In a very cute scene, Richard Gere asks Julia Roberts how she likes her eggs in Runaway Bride. He presses her to really think about this. It’s the moment when she finally lets her guard down and reveals a part of yourself even unbeknowst to herself. Who knew eggs could create such a bubble of debate and conversation?! But it’s the truth: everyone loves their eggs a different way and it’s a big no-no when they’re not made the way you like them. I’m talking nose wrinkling, scoffing, and tsking. Some like them best scrambled. Others, like my boyfriend, prefer them boiled. My mum and best friend refuse to eat their eggs sans ketchup. And me? Over easy with lots of fresh black pepper! 😀
Okay, truth be told I don’t have pictures of eggs for this post, but rest assured there will be plenty of future egg posts from Over Easy because this sunny, cheerful breakfast eatery is amazing! With 2 locations in downtown Toronto, this homey establishment, with framed pictures of fresh fruit on the walls, kitschy kitchen decor and figurines lining the ledges, red-and-yellow plaid booths, and sunny yellow and cornflower blue walls, serves up breakfast proportions worthy of an evening meal.
The menu selection is vast and for lack of a better word, ginormous! It makes the breakfast food lover in me prance around with delight. It also drives the indecisive part of me insane. Oh well. Divided into categories, breakfast options include omelettes, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, French toast, fruit and granola, and a plethora of fun and classic egg dishes: 3-eggs breakfasts with the bacon or sausage works, eggs in a hole, huevos rancheros, steak and eggs, corn beef hash, and everything in between.
This diner is not for the faint of heart. You do not step in here if you are looking for a “snack”. You saddle up and prepare yourself for a MEAL. Just ask my honey, Richard. I told him that he would most likely have to take a portion of his meal to go. He had ordered chocolate chip pancakes and he was presented with a plate of 4, count ’em FOUR, pancakes. He stubbornly insisted that he could eat them all. I told him he was nuts. Oh, he ate them all. And proceeded to moan and groan for the rest of the day. Oh, boys, sigh. Proportions are incredibly generous and prices range, on average, from $5.50-$13 for most dishes, with the majority of mains coming in at around $8-$10 without a drink.
With eyes roaming up and down the menu, the veggie lover in me squealed when they landed on the Vegetarian Skillet: sautéed red bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini, sliced button mushrooms, and diced potatoes, covered in melted ooey gooey aged cheddar cheese, with juicy sliced Roma tomatoes on the side. This was vegetable heaven. The savouriness from the mushrooms and melted cheese tones down the slight bitterness of asparagus, the juiciness of the tomatoes breaks up the starchier quality of the potatoes, and this baby just delivers an amazingly flavourful meal that makes you want to eat vegetables all the live long day – or week! And seriously, when you get that forkful of cheesy potato goodness, it’s reminiscent of poutine *happy sigh* A meal chock full of hearty, delicious vegetables and melted cheese – what more could you ask for? 😀
Over Easy serves 2 locations in downtown Toronto (and yes, I have been to both!):
- 208 Bloor St. West (west of Avenue Rd. and east of St. George St. and Bedford Ave., across the street from the ROM, Royal Ontario Museum)
- 56 Yonge St. (north of Wellington St. and south of King St., on the west side of Yonge)
The Yonge location is open from 7am-3pm and the Bloor location is open from 7am-4pm.