CAFÉ OLÉ (3466 Dundas St. W.)
THE ORIGINATORS: Chris & Tomas
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES (special before 11)
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: NO
COFFEE INCLUDED: NO
FREE REFILLS: NO
LICENSED: YES (full bar)
HP SAUCE: NO
Tomas and I were rolling down Gasoline Alley one day and noticed a sign advertising "$2.99 BREAKFAST BEFORE 11". Being it was nearing noon, we noted this ad and continued on our way. Fast forward a couple of weeks later and here we find ourselves. Café Olé is a quaint little neighborhood bar & grill situated smack dab in the middle of nowhere on one of Toronto's ugliest strips. Being the open-minded breakfast connoisseurs that we are, we thought, "fuck standards", lets give this one a try.
bacon or sausage
$2.99+tx. (with the purchase of a beverage)
THE FOOD: Sub-par. Pictured above is Tomas' basic bacon & egg special. It's as simple as that, 3 eggs (of which 2 of mine were broken), 2 strips of bacon and 2 slices of toast.
The catch at Olé is the extras. For not more than $1 a piece, one can add a hashbrown (store bought frozen style a la McDonalds), sausage (x2), bacon (x3), toast or a tomato.
In the end, to put together a satisfying breaky, you end up paying quite a bit more than the advertised price.
THE PRICE: No complaints here. Not only is it $2.99 ($3.99 after the necessary coffee), but extras are dirt cheap and for $6-8 you may not be looking at the best tasting breakfast, but it'll definately be a filling start to your day.
THE SERVICE: Pretty much non-existent and her name was Linda (according to the empty tip jar). We found ourselves ordering at the cash, our coffee and water was served in styrofoam cups and when breakfast was ready, Linda yelled across the bar "Your breakfast's ready!" rather than walking it the whole 20 feet across the room to bring it to us.
THE AMBIANCE: The patio is small, but it's a nice option that isn't offered at many breakfast joints and one that earned this place it's rating. The view isn't the best, being situated in a strip mall and staring out at gas stations as far as the eye can see. The interior is big and empty and looks more like a clubhouse style bar than anything else. All in all, I was just happy to be sitting outside.
Overall, there's nothing particularly special about Olé's breakfast aside from the initial price tag. I will say it could be worse, but it's not a place I would recommend unless you're dirt broke and not too picky.