Eggs Benedict with Roasted Vegetables and Aged White Cheddar at Lady Marmalade in Toronto, ON

I AM NOT A FOODIE — Lovin’ Lady Marmalade

The sign above the entrance to Lady Marmalade in Toronto, ON

Lady Marmalade

Seating: 40

Address: 898 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

Location: Logan/Queen

Neighbourhood: Leslieville

Food type: Delicious brunch with an inexplicable Mexican twist

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Brunch is Sarah’s favourite meal of the day. I often decline to tag along when she’s trying a new spot (as it’s often reserved for “girl time”, something I’d only be intruding on), but with a Monday off and time booked with our friends Trevor and Sakshi, we were brunchward-bound!

With its yuppie crowd and a charming atmosphere, Lady Marmalade is a good place to go if you’re looking for a brunch that won’t disappoint.

“There’s no rest for the wicked awesome.”

–Casey Palmer

In a busy city like Toronto, you can forget that it has so much to offer — even in your own neighbourhood! Despite Sarah having lived on the east side for a few years now, we don’t explore it nearly as much as we should, and even without a car, much of it is very well-connected by either bike or public transit — overlooking all its hidden gems is a mistake.

One of the areas I don’t visit as much as I should is Leslieville. Just south of where I live, the more I hear about it, the more I want to visit. A restaurant that specializes in bacon? Somewhere selling fried chicken and donuts in the same place?? Or how about Queen Margherita Pizza which you constantly see on lists for the best pies in town? A neighbourhood full of charm and Mom ‘n’ Pop shops?

Yes, Leslieville has it going on, which is why I was happy that brunch on Easter Monday found us at Lady Marmalade, a restaurant known for a solid breakfast at a decent price with a Mexican twist to it!

The Skinny

Lady Marmalade isn’t sizeable by any stretch of the imagination, and don’t come here starving, because you may have gnawed your arm off by the time you get in — but it is worth it.

I looked at the menu and couldn’t decide what to get because it all looked so delicious (which, by the way, is an excellent problem to have), but finally settled on the huevos migas, which had a slight edge over the huevos rancheritos by including sausages (from Rowe Farms, I assumed, judging from the rest of the menu). The food was definitely delicious, you could tell how fresh the ingredients were — but more importantly, it was filling. I came in hungry, and Lady Marmalade did not disappoint.

The huevos migas dish at Lady Marmalade in Toronto, ON.

Huevos Migas: 3 soft-scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage, tomatoes & scallions served with brown rice, smashed beans, sour cream, pico de gallo salsa & organic tortilla chips 12. {sub tofu for eggs 1.}

Complemented by its glass of grapefruit juice, my huevos migas was a solid blend of flavours. I probably could’ve added a little spice to it to make the deliciousness pop just that much more, but I was happy with what I got!

So if you’ve ever considered venturing east of Yonge, but find yourself searching for a reason — or perhaps if you’re already one of us eastsiders and need to know a bit more about what there is off of the Danforth, try Lady Marmalade on for size.

Your stomach deserves it!

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–case p.

18 thoughts on “I AM NOT A FOODIE — Lovin’ Lady Marmalade”

      1. Yeah agreed! I’m so happy Calgary has a lot of great new restaurants using locally-sourced ingredients and amazingly fresh food – I’m loving the food revolution! The one thing we seem to be lacking though is an amazing MEXICAN brunch place. I miss Chilaquiles and Machacha Con Huevos!
        Although, I just found out that the Mexican place across the street from my house serves brunch so I’ll have to check that out…
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  1. casey, your pictures make me wish that i was at lady marmalade….NOW. this is by far, my fave brunch spot in toronto! it’s got character and really good food…worth the line up to get in.

  2. Lady Marmalade is amazing! You’re right, totally worth the wait! Just remember to bring cash (the TD on the corner must do brisk ATM business in the mornings!). I get the Migas everytime I go (albeit the vegan version). The coffee is pretty darn good too!

    If you’re looking for another fun brunch place, you should check out Lola’s on Church St just a bit south of Bloor. Great food, decent prices, nice atmosphere, and $5 mimosas/caesars (although they follow city by-laws and don’t serve them until 11am).

    And since you were talking about Mexican food, I must tell you that you HAVE to try Pachuco. It’s super-authentic Mexican food and delicious mojitos. It’s on Danforth just steps East of Broadview. Fish tacos are amazing, as is the guacamole and pretty much everything I’ve ever had there. Go. Go now. Don’t stop to respond to this message, put on a jacket, finish your work day, just drop everything and go. Now.

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