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Her Take: Brunch at Joy Bistro in Leslieville

Some of the best restaurants I’ve been to are those that Kyle and I never intend on visiting, and that’s exactly how we stumbled upon Joy Bistro in Leslieville. After walking along Queen Street to find multiple restaurants with an unimaginably long line, we came across this place that only had about three groups ahead …

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1. Come here for the patio in the summer. It looks over a park as well as the hustle and bustle of Queen Street.

2. If you enjoy your coffee, order a latte with brunch. It comes in a tall glass and is the perfect pick-me-up to a Sunday hangover.

3. Keep your eye on the specials board. Kyle and I ordered two items from here and both were delicious.

Some of the best restaurants I’ve been to are those that Kyle and I never intend on visiting, and that’s exactly how we stumbled upon Joy Bistro in Leslieville. After walking along Queen Street to find multiple restaurants with an unimaginably long line, we came across this place that only had about three groups ahead of us instead of fifteen. Looking back I’m thrilled the other two brunch spots we passed by ended up being packed, as Joy Bistro did not disappoint.

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While waiting in line to grab a seat, the waitress came over with small tidbits to keep those anxiously waiting for a table happy. The samples were carrot cake waffles topped with whipped cream, nuts and maple syrup, and I just about died in ecstasy with one bite. My decision was made, and I ended up ordering this special for my main meal. Although the portion was smaller than expected, the overall burst of flavor with each forkful more than made up for this small setback. I’m not normally a waffle person, but Joy Bistro might just have converted me.

Kyle ordered the eggs benedict with pulled pork, which was the perfect choice for him considering he has an appetite similar to a sumo wrestler preparing for a fight. Unfortunately for him we had agreed to share each meal beforehand, but even still the portion was filling. My final verdict: pulled pork eggs benedict over the carrot cake waffle (although the latter was delicious).

Although we stopped by for brunch we both intend on making the most of the patio section this summer for dinner. With prices ranging between $10-$20 for mains, how could you go wrong? If the evening menu is anything like breakfast, you’re guaranteed to leave satisfied.

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