Affordable spots for brunch on a budget in Toronto

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you should have to suffer through watery eggs and flavourless pancakes at your local greasy spoon. Go gourmet without breaking the bank at these affordable brunch spots.

Aunties And Uncles

72 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S 2P1

Nothing on the menu is over $10 at this retro west end café, which might explain why the line-up snakes out the door even in the dead of winter. Home-style favourites like banana oatmeal pancakes, breakfast tacos and the grilled Canadian cheddar cheese sandwich are definitely worth the wait. Don’t forget to bring your bills — this popular diner keeps its prices low with a cash-only policy.

Bonjour Brioche

812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7

Discover this quaint Parisian patisserie nestled among a tree-lined stretch of Queen Street East in the heart of Riverdale. The menu boasts a surprisingly affordable list of French favourites like quiche, savoury tarts and croquet-madam, which features toasted brioche layered with ham and Gruyere cheese and topped with a fried egg. If you’re feeling particularly famished, try the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with rosti potato, creamed horseradish and caviar for just $11.50.

E L Ruddy

1371 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y3

You'll find house-made vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free comfort food at this unassuming Dundas West café. Order the Huevos Yelapa ($9) and enjoy a tasty combination of fresh salsa, cornbread, refried beans and a choice of eggs or marinated tofu. All of the prices on the menu include tax and a bottomless cup of fair trade coffee.

Morning Glory Cafe

457 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1L6

This breezy Corktown hangout has a sunny interior and affordable breakfast offerings that’ll brighten up your morning. The menu features an array of satiating sandwiches made with locally grown ingredients and served with homemade ketchup. Classic favourites include the tuna melt, BLT and a traditional breakfast butty. Feeling a bit adventurous? Opt for a signature sammy like the “Jim Davison” served with bacon, green apple and cheddar or the “Jimmy Screech” with grilled ham and Havarti and an egg fried right in the bread. The casual café is wallet-friendly with everything on the menu coming in at under $10.

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