Kensington Market


Critic’s pick

NNNNN Brunchalicious

NNNN Eggs ‘traordinary

NNN Quiche me quick


$ Under $15 per person (minus alcohol)

$$ $15 to $20 per person (minus alcohol)

$$$ Over $20 per person (minus alcohol)


Black Metal Brunch @ Graffiti’s

170 Baldwin, at Kensington, 416-506-6699. Planet Kensington may be dead, but the legendary punk club’s Black Metal Brunch lives on in this Elvis-fixated local. Unless your mom digs Florida grind-core blasted at maximum volume, maybe not a good Mother’s Day choice. Best: from grunge gourmet chef Linda Dawson’s (ex Southern Accent, Bellair Café) rotating card, start with bracing bowls of minty cream of spring pea soup mini-cheeseburgers on grilled garlic Calabrese topped with poached eggs and lemony hollandaise and sided with greens in berry vinaigrette or fried sweet potato “homies” pan-seared pork chops with buttery skin-on smashed potatoes, Market veggies, and beer-sozzled gravy hand-breaded eggplant Parmesan smothered in kick-ass tomato sauce. Open Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Licensed. Access: one step at door, small washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNNN $$

Also in the area…

La Palette

256 Augusta, at College, 416-929-4900. When this charming Gallic outpost opened here eight years ago, the Market was a no man’s land. Thanks in part to owner/activist Shamez Amlani’s terrific bistro, the nabe is now a hipster foodie’s paradise. And car-free once a month come summer! Open Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: three steps at door, washrooms in basement. $$$

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