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White Lily Diner (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

White Lily Diner (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

Name: White Lily Diner
Address: 678 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G8
Website: Website
Instagram: @whitelilydiner
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Leslieville/Riverside, Toronto
Type: Brunch/Diner

White Lily Diner is located in Toronto’s Riverside/Leslieville neighborhoods just at Broadview and Queen Street East. True to it’s name it has the classic diner look with muted yellow banquette booth seats and stools that line the counter area where the kitchen is open for all to see.

White Lily Diner: Interior
White Lily Diner: Interior

Serving brunch all day from morning to night both breakfast and lunch/dinner options are available and everything is made in-house including the bread, in-house smoked bacon, and pastries.

Doughnuts are available and the flavors rotate daily. We  get the Sticky Toffee Pecan and Maple Bourbon($4.50 CDN + tax for 2). They’re dangerously good to the point where I would think they specialize in doughnuts. They’re light and fluffy and most importantly not overly sweet. The sticky toffee has just the right amount of crunch with the crumbled toffee and pecan bits and the maple has just the hint of bourbon.

White Lily Diner: Doughnuts
White Lily Diner: Doughnuts

Next we try Biscuits with Sausage Gravy or Gravy ($5.50 with sausage gravy, $4.50 gravy). At the recommendation of the server we choose the sausage gravy and it does not disappoint. The biscuits are pillows of perfection and the sausage gravy is rich and flavorful. I feel like I’ve taken a trip down to the South.

White Lily Diner: Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
White Lily Diner: Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

As for the mains they have a wide selection to choose from. Everything from pastrami sandwiches, to kale Caesar salads, and a classic turkey club. To be honest, it’s a little difficult deciding what to get because it all sounds so promising.

We finally settle on the English-ish, clearly their riff on British Bangers and Mash but with the White Lily version consisting of a single banger,  2 eggs, hashbrown, toast, and marinated mushrooms  ($12 CDN + tax). I typically am not a fan of sausages but this one is juicy and seems to have just the right blend of spices to sway me. The hash browns are shoestring shreds of potato that loosely resemble a potato rosti. Theyr’e pan fried but not overly oily and do well in sopping up the runny egg yolks.

White Lily Diner: English-Ish
White Lily Diner: English-Ish

If you prefer something more on the lunch side of brunch there’s several types of patty melts available but of course we opt to get the egg topped  Breakfast Patty Melt with 6oz beef patty, American cheese sauce, poblano relish, bacon, sunny egg ($14 CDN + tax). Stacked high this is not a sandwich you want to approach with your hands and White Lily has graciously provided a much sharper steak knife for you to slice into. The patty is juicy and the in-house smoked bacon is crisp  and has the perfect smoke fume flavor. I wish I had ordered an extra side of bacon. A definite must order this is my favorite item of the entire brunch meal.

White Lily Diner: Breakfast Patty Melt
White Lily Diner: Breakfast Patty Melt

Lastly, there’s the Lemon Meringue tart with shortbread crust,  lemon curd, toasted meringue ($4.50 CDN + tax). I’ve eaten way too much at this point but for something like this I can dig deep and find just a little bit more room. The shortbread crust is buttery and the lemon curd has just the right amount of tartness to balance the sweet. And who could resist a mountain of toasted meringue?

White Lily Diner: Lemon Meringue
White Lily Diner: Lemon Meringue

Ok, so I know that I probably sounded like a broken record in this post because I basically said that everything was delicious, but that’s because it was! And there’s only so many ways I can say delicious over and over again. In all seriousness though this place exceeded my expectations. The service was also super friendly and efficient and the atmosphere casual and approachable. It explains why there was already a line up to get inside 10 minutes before they opened so go early and hope that it’s not too cold outside.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. Yup, paid full price for it all. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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