Aunties and Uncles- Toronto, Ontario
Welcome College St. Named for the city's University of Toronto, it's filled with the sort of restaurants that I like to go to the most: small mom and pop shops that are incredibly charming in atmosphere and serve extremely well-made, unpretentious food.
the sunday specials
I think Aunties and Uncles is the poster-restaurant for that category of dining. Once again I'm going to use a terrible cliche, but when you walk into Aunties and Uncles, you feel like you're at home, no matter where you're from. You come here for the warm, enveloping atmosphere as much as you come for the food. You sit at long picnic tables with the locals as your dining companions. You're served banana pancakes with a cup of coffee vs smoked salmon eggs benedict and a champagne mimosa.
Aunties and Uncles is quite small, (kitchen included). As a result, our wait time was a little over an hour. In fact, the entire experience is a test of one's patience, as between the time we took our spot in line to when our food arrived on the table, 2 hours had passed. It's definitely an atmosphere of leisure and calm- a way to spend a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon, or if you're a hungry tourist a way to waste your precious hours in Canada. We were absolutely starving by the time our food came.
The breakfast tacos ($8.75) were filled with pinto beans, cheddar, and house-made chorizo, served with a little dish of cilantro sour cream. The pillowy eggs, mounded high,were voluptuously soft and fluffy and paired well with the salty meat. For the Top Chef fanatics out there, Gail Simmons would gladly swoon over how well these scrambled eggs were made. (see her Top Chef season 2 freakout on eggs)
one of the breakfast burgers