Address: 898 Queen St E, Toronto, ON
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.”
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!
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.
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!