School

School

School is a brunch mainstay in Liberty Village. Located in its own little corner (and, conveniently for the drivers amongst us, across from a parking lot), on a clear day it's possible to see lines stretching around the block. 

school brunch

School's brunch much more popular than its namesake, although its decorations reflect the name well. (The clocks are probably helpful for those poor souls waiting in line. Pro tip: come before 10 am.) The abundance of windows in both rooms, and the possibility of a summer patio, are also great selling points.

school brunch

Although School's brunch runs a little pricier here than other spots (with the least expensive dish being $16) the interesting variety of dishes is definitely a selling point. The menu is also fairly limited, which can either be seen as a good thing (they're focused on making what they do have well!) or a bad one (I want more options!) depending on your point of view.

school brunch

Plus, if you're not interested in talking to your brunch companions, never fear: there's a TV screen playing all sorts of old-school (pardon the pun) cartoons on the wall to keep you entertained. 

 Tatiana's choice: Krispy Krunchy French Toast

Tatiana's choice: Krispy Krunchy French Toast

I was initially sceptical about this french toast, because I wasn't sure what the cereal would taste like. However, I was quickly proved wrong—it was delicious! The strawberry syrup was sweet without being overwhelming, and the slight hint of maple complimented it well. 

Even better: the bread was extremely buttery, unlike many dishes of french toast I've had in which the exterior was well-battered but the inside was dry. I felt as though it was melting in my mouth. Although aesthetically it wasn't the prettiest meal I've had, the taste more than made up for it. 

Overall: can't recommend it enough

 Jian's choice: The Safe Bet

Jian's choice: The Safe Bet

I went with my typical basic-brunch meal here, and compared to Tatiana's, I regretted this choice a bit. The waffle wasn't my favourite—I would have preferred to have home fries instead. (However, to be fair, I'm not much of a sweet brunch fan overall.) I did like the way the sweetness from the waffle and the maple syrup blended with the eggs and the bacon. 

I will say this, though: their scrambled eggs were delicious! They were fluffy and buttery, and well-cooked without being dry. For a simple meal, it was well done. 

Overall: tasted how it looked

School brunch at a glance: 

  • You can find their menu here
  • Good for: small groups
  • Paid parking lot across the street
  • A couple of vegetarian options (particularly sweet ones)
  • Doesn't take reservations
  • Brunch hours:
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday, Sunday & holidays
 
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