It’s been a while since I’ve last seen my University friends so we decided to catch up this weekend over brunch. It took a while before we could decide where we could possibly go eat on a Sunday morning but in the end, we agreed to go to Stockyards since it was close to Yorkdale mall where we wanted to go after and it had pretty decent breakfast menu.
Stockyards opens for brunch at 9 am and we arrived around 10 am anticipating a long line up as this place is always busy. However, we were quite surprised to not see a long line and only ended up waiting for approximately 20 minutes or so until we got a table for 3 by the window.
We could tell upon entering the restaurant that the staff here is very unique compared to the other places we’ve visited. First of all, the environment is more informal and the staff treat each other and their customers as if they were long time friends. The servers would hug several customers upon their arrival, an indication that they are regulars at the restaurant. They also had an open kitchen where you could sit along the kitchen bar and interact with the chefs if you wish.
This is the second time that we’ve been here. The first time we came here for brunch, we ordered the Fried Chicken and Waffles and their Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. Stockyards is famous for their Fried Chicken and their BBQ Ribs which they only serve 3 days a week due to their long smoking process which can take up to 18 hours. Although we enjoyed the Fried Chicken and Waffles last time, we agreed it was too rich and greasy for us to thoroughly enjoy so early in the morning. The Biscuits with Sausage Gravy was also too greasy for me in the morning and very peppery for my personal liking. In addition to that, I wish there was more texture in my dish but due to the gravy, everything just tasted soggy. As a result, I decided to order something else this time round.
My friend ordered the Chicken Fried Breakfast Burger with soft poached eggs and sausage gravy on an English muffin. The overall meal wasn’t bad but again, he found the dish to be overly peppery for his personal liking. For those who aren’t a fan of overly seasoned dishes, this may not be the dish for you. Aside from that, the dish was good and the chicken was crisp since it just came out of the deep fryer.
I ordered the standard 2 Egg Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Roasted Potato. I also got their Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice which came in a plastic bottle instead of a glass which I was normally used to getting. I definitely enjoyed this dish a lot more than what I ordered last time because it wasn’t overly seasoned and had a nice variation of texture in the dish. My favourite item in this dish by far is the Bacon — It was thick and crispy, and full of flavour. Best of all, it wasn’t dripping in grease either! The scrambled egg was really smooth as well and didn’t have that rubbery texture of overcooked eggs. I would’ve liked my potatoes to be crispier on the outside but that’s just my personal preference.
My other friend got the same dish as me but he decided to try the Deep Fried Poached Egg instead with Breakfast Sausage. The poached egg was perfectly deep fried and was oozing with egg yolk upon poking into it with a fork. He expected his breakfast sausage to come in a sausage form and was surprised to see it come out looking like patties instead. Nonetheless, he preferred my bacon over his breakfast sausage because it was more flavourful and crisp.
All in all, it was fun catching up and enjoying each other’s company. We would definitely consider coming back once in a while but it’s definitely not a place we see ourselves eating at on a regularly basis since we’re trying to be health conscious and all We would definitely recommend you come before 11 am to avoid the long line up as that was around the time when we left and the restaurant was PACKED!
699 St.Clair Ave. W
Phone: 416 658 9666
Does not accept Reservations
Accepts Cash and Credit Cards