Toronto Eats: Saving Grace

by byn on July 23, 2012

in Bakeries & Restaurants

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You may have noticed a lack of restaurant reviews here on Planet Byn. This is for a couple of reasons, the main one being that I wouldn’t say I’m a super avid eater-outer. The reasons for this include, but are not limited to the following: I like to try to make stuff at home, I like having my friends over to eat, I hate uptight, pretentious, overpriced spots, and I can’t handle places where the tables are too close together. (I’m the ideal dinner companion, obviously). When I do eat out, it’s for things I know I can’t make at home (SHAWARMA), or if Nicole tells me about something I have to try. The other reason is that if you live in say, Grande Cache, AB, do you really care about something I had to eat in Toronto?

Well let’s shove all that aside for today, because it’s time to start telling you about an epic day in eating that took place last week. Check your judgments at the door, and close this tab immediately if you’re my naturopath. Let me just say one thing first though: Yes, the following series of Toronto Eats posts took place in one day, however, this was a 10 hour day that including LOTS of walking.

As mentioned yesterday, Danielle was in town last week, and I devised a little Toronto Treat Tour for us, but we started off the day with brunch, as recommended by Nicole. Actually, blogTO rates Aunties & Uncles as the best brunch in the city, which is where Danielle and I went last time she was in town, back in 2008. I’ve already been to the #2 spot, Lady Marmalade, so naturally, we hit up #3: Saving Grace.

There’s a nice little menu with some really creative choices, it’s not just omelettes and pancakes here. I wanted to lay a solid foundation for the onslaught of sugar and treats to come over the course of the day, so I had scrambled eggs, with corn, feta, and avocado salsa, which came with salad and toast (obvs I added a side of bacon).

Danielle decided to just dive right in to SugarFest2012, and she ordered sourdough french toast with caramelized bananas, which she loved.

A few non-food related observations:

  • Saving Grace is super small, and I would say seats about 25 people. We were there on a Thursday around 11am, and still had to wait about 20 minutes for a table.
  • Shout out to the girl waiting out front who told us to go in and write our names on the clipboard hanging inside. Shouldn’t it be outside? Hmmm.
  • This joint has NO AIR CONDITIONING. This is imperative for a person such as myself who just runs hot, and can’t handle sweating while eating. We had to make a break for it by the end of our brunch.
  • The waitresses wear Uggs in the middle of July. Just saying.
  • We did not fit in here. There were a lot of the following: aggressive eyewear, high waisted short shorts, beards, plaid, bicycles.

All that being said, I would absolutely return to Saving Grace, just not between the months of May – August.

*Saving Grace is located at 907 Dundas Street West, between Ossington Avenue & Bathurst Street*

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

jennifer w. July 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

you make me laugh…..
also, we need to go out for lunch sometime soon. then you can blog about it and then i will laugh some more.


Danielle July 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

As a resident of Grande Cache AB, I most definitely care what you eat in Toronto!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the posts, it’s like I’m reliving that insulin requiring day all over again! Love the review, would eat there again although this time I would opt for my aggressive eyewear and hipster hair stylings.


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