Restaurant type

  • Snack Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,


  • Vegetarian,
  • Brunch,


  • Breakfast,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,


  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Breakfast,
  • Brunch,
  • Lunch,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
72 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S 2P1
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • < $10,

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Meet the owner

Russ Nicholls opened Aunties and Uncles in 1998 with humble ambitions. Russ, a native of the Waterloo-Kitchener area, was living in Kensington Market while taking cooking classes. He had worked in the restaurant industry since he was about 13 years old and enjoyed the high-energy creative process unique to working in the kitchen.

Russ would sometimes point out the small space at the corner of Lippincott Street (which would later become Aunties and Uncles) to his friends and say, “I like that spot there. There’s something about it.”

In the 1990s Russ became inspired by places like Mimi’s Diner and Jet Fuel. “She’d sometimes get cranky with customers, but she had her own thing going on,” Russ says of the owner of Mimi’s. These places made an impression; he realized that you don’t necessarily have to throw around lots of money and be slick to make an impact in Toronto.

“I basically started with nothing”, Russ recalls. “I was always drawn to places that weren’t fancy but had the most character and personality.” In high school, Russ liked the 1960s mod style in England, and this would late inspire the signature style of Aunties and Uncles.

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Best patios for brunch in Toronto

There is a strict no reservations policy at Aunties & Uncles so you can count on a line-up at the door. The street-side patio is a hot commodity, and if you manage to snag a seat you won’t be let down. The brunch menu is available every day until 3 pm.

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Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Toronto

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Toronto

Aunties & Uncles is revered for its all-day brunch service, but did you know that it also has a wide array of sandwiches, including the heavenly grilled cheese? Served on challah with house-made ketchup, the grilled cheese is made with Canadian cheddar and comes with your choice of fried egg, peameal bacon, strip bacon, or all three! It’s a perfect way to start your day!

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Best all-day breakfast in Toronto

Best all-day breakfast in Toronto

Bringing kitschy back to breakfast, Aunties and Uncles is a go-to brunch spot for most Torontonians. Located near College and Bathurst, the restaurant is open for breakfast seven days a week. The menu is filled with delicious breakfast items like banana oatmeal pancakes, cinnamon French toast and scrambled eggs. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared for a little bit of a wait.

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