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Rating: NNNNNBONJOUR BRIOCHE (812 Queen East, 406-1250) Neighbourhood noshery with a Parisian bent serving up all-day breakfasts and midday meals..


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BONJOUR BRIOCHE (812 Queen East, 406-1250) Neighbourhood noshery with a Parisian bent serving up all-day breakfasts and midday meals. Best: scrambled eggs with potato rosti topped with a smoked salmon rosette, horseradish sour cream and salmon roe Provençal omelette with tomato, Swiss, chives and red pepper cubes daily quiche and soup combos oversized butter- and egg-rich brioche and divine almond croissants. Complete brunches/lunches for $12 per person, including all taxes and tip. Open Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm. Closed Monday. Beer and wine. Smoke-free. Cash only. Access: short step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

CAFE BERNATE (1024 Queen West, 535-2835) This is a laid-back lunch spot on the frontier of Queen West’s hip strip. Best: chilled summer soups like pulpy gazpacho, dill-ish yogurt cucumber, guacamole with a peppery punch sandwich and salad combos in infinite variations — ham, avocado, provolone on Dijoned baguette with retro greens tossed in poppy-seed lemon mayo, perhaps? Lattes and caps, homemade iced tea and lemonade, memorable in-house muffins that always sell out early. Nippy huevos rancheros with tortilla and salsa at brunch. Complete lunches for $8 per person, including all taxes and tip. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday brunch 10:30 am to 4 pm. Closed Sunday. Unlicensed. Smoke-free. Cash only. Access: two-inch step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

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