Lady Marmalade

If you want a brunch experience like you’ve never had before, head on over to Lady Marmalade at Queen Street East and Logan Avenue in Leslieville.

Best known as the staple brunch place for families, hippies, and retirees in Victoria, B.C., Lady Marmalade ventured half way across the country to Toronto in July of 2009.

You’ve never seen brunch plates like this. If you want the true Lady Marmalade taste, try one of their fabulous “Eggs Bennies.” With options like roasted tomatoes, pesto, back forest ham, mangoes, brie, avocado, aged cheddar, bacon, there something for everyone. And if you want a waffle like never before, go for their “Aged White Cheddar and Spinach Waffles,” served with smokey tomato-orange cream sauce. It’s a heaping mound of deliciousness that’s as much a treat for your eyes as for your taste buds.

If lunch is more your thing, they have that too! Chow down on their “Madre Tierra” sandwich, served organic whole wheat sourdough with roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers, beets, tomatoes, cream cheese, and basil pesto, or try the “Crunchy Thai Slaw” with cilantro, mint, basil and peanuts in a sweet and spicy ginger dressing.

All the dishes are served with free run eggs, organics whenever possible, and delicious and organic St. John’s Bakery breads.

Originally from Toronto, brother and sister Carla and David Cherry opened up the Victoria location in 2005. David moved back to Toronto in 2008, and with the help of his girlfriend Natalia and his big sister, he was able to get the Leslieville spot off the ground and running. And the response has been amazing ever since! Just make sure you bring lots of cash, they don’t take plastic. Lady Marmalade, 898 Queen Street East, Toronto, 647-351-7645.

Images courtesy Lady Marmalade, Casey Cunningham (appearing on Brill Communications), and Jen Chan’s Flickr.