Mitzi's Café: Why You Need to Check Out This Homey Parkdale Brunch
Mitzi's Café brunch features a perfect mix of eclectic and classic options. With a delightful patio and a variety of weekly specials, it's a great option located in the heart of Parkdale.
If you go to Mitzi's over the summer, I would definitely advise sitting on the patio. The restaurant is located on a quiet, residential street, meaning that you'll get a nice breeze (and the chance to people-watch!).
Their menu changes weekly, so if you don't want to check out the options one weekend, don't write it off all the way. The week I went had a couple of delicious options, and I would definitely be interested in seeing what other varieties they offer other times.
The inside was also adorable (if a little hot). Colorful artwork lined the walls, and was joined by a variety of plants to create an inviting space.
One downside, though: service here was extremely slow. It took at least fifteen minutes to get water, and another ten after that to get coffee. Mitzi's Cafe brunch definitely isn't the place to go for a quick meal.
And what about the food?
Although Mitzi's Cafe brunch menu changes weekly, you can count on their meals being in one of five categories: a scramble, a poach, french toast, pancakes, or an omelette.
They're also always 14$ — not a bad price for brunch in Toronto, especially when it's this tasty.
For our brunch at Mitzi's, two of us picked the scramble, which featured sweet pimentos, jalapeno cream cheese, and garlic. It wasn't spicy (the Sriracha they had was definitely needed in my case) but was flavourful and a little sweet. The sourdough bread was also appreciated as an option (and something I wish more brunch spots would feature).
My last friend chose the traditional option, which featured the usual sausage, eggs, potatoes and toast. She enjoyed the sausage (which regular readers of this blog will know I can't speak to) but she thought it could've used more garlic (and honestly... what can't?).
However, we all thought that the potatoes could've used some improvement. Mitzi's used red potatoes for their home fries, and the skin was too thick for our taste.
And the best part?
I got to make friends with an adorable neighbourhood cat on my way out. If that isn't a sign of a great restaurant, I don't know what is!
Overall review of Mitzi's Cafe brunch: 4/5
Mitzi's cute atmosphere and their constantly evolving specials combined to make it a brunch place I'd definitely come back to and recommend. I'd love to try one of their pancake or french toast specials next time to see how their sweet brunch options compare to their savoury ones.
Mitzi's Cafe brunch at a glance:
- Their brunch menu changes weekly, but you can find their regular breakfast menu here to get an idea of the type of food they have
- Good for: couples or small groups
- Good mix of vegetarian and meat options
- Brunch hours:
- 8 am - 3 pm Wednesday - Friday
- 9 am - 5 pm Saturday - Sunday