SAVING GRACE (907 Dundas St. W.)
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: Chris, Tomas, Emmy, Christine & Rocio
FOOD: 2+ (standard breakfast)
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: YES
COFFEE INCLUDED: NO
FREE REFILLS: NO
HP SAUCE: NO
So Rocio took me to this place called Saving Grace a couple weeks of ago located just east of Trinity-Bellwoods Park on Dundas St. W. and up until the fact, was repping it to the fullest. After our first visit I found myself impressed with this charming little hole-in-the-wall and due to that, here we find ourselves.
bacon or sausage
THE FOOD: It wasn't the quality of the food that earned the place it's rating, but rather a culmination of factors. As far as options go when it comes to a standard breakfast...they have none. The eggs come in scrambled, scrambled and scrambled and the portion makes you feel like you're on a diet. The first time I went, I ordered the daily breakfast special (which changes daily), consisting of 2 poached eggs, tomato and cheese on a piece of toasted corn bread. It was small, but needless to say it was great, and I would highly suggest trying the specials. All in all, their food is top notch in both it's quality and the creativity of the dishes, however this is definately not a place you would go for a cheap, standard breakfast by any means.
Emmy Side-Note: Thumbs up to almond butter.
THE PRICE: I found the price quite inconsistent throughout the menu. In some places it is more than fair and in others, otherwise. As far as the breakfast goes, $6 is a bit of a kick in the teeth for the amount of food you recieve. For two breakfasts and beverages I found myself short with $20 and leaving unsatisfied.
THE SERVICE: A little slow on the draw, but nothing to complain about. Our server didn't really inquire too much, but then again, I'd rather let her know when I need something than be continually bothered throughout my breakfast as with many other places. Oh, and she was cute, so +1. ;)
THE AMBIANCE: The place has a glass storefront, letting in plenty of light and is nicely shaded by trees on the sidewalk. Me being the vampire that I am, I figured I would object to this fact, but quite the contrary. I found it lit perfectly and very pleasent. The benches could be cushioned...yet thats about my only complaint. There is just something about this place that makes it quaint and comfortable. It could be the fact that not a single coffee cup matches, or that the spoons for the raw sugar are like those little ones your grandma used to collect and hang on the wall. It could be the original art on the wall, or the fact that their soundtrack consisted of The Pixies, The Cure and The Postal Service. Whatever it is, it just seems to work.
At Saving Grace, great food seems to come in small packages. Nevertheless, it's a joint worth smoking if you're in the mood for anything other than a standard breakfast.