Brunch exists for those of us who may not be early risers but still enjoy a hearty breakfast. Hunting for a place to eat can be stressful, especially first thing in the morning. Whether you’re looking for a classic greasy spoon diner or an upscale spot with a killer mimosa, we’ve got you covered with our list of the top spots for brunch in London, Ontario.
A Graceland-inspired spin on a classic diner. A very eclectic space with silkscreen poster art collaging the walls. Once owned by the Wolfe brothers, the Early Bird was recently taken over by the former manager.
They offer hearty dishes made with fresh local ingredients and everything is made to order. All of their proteins are prepared in house using various methods of curing, smoking, grinding and pressing. Something as simple as bacon can take 7-10 days to prepare properly but you can taste the difference.
Their menu also plays on the Elvis theme with must try dishes like the ‘Fat Elvis’ which is thick cut French toast filled with fried bananas, peanut butter, bacon, syrup and honey.
Craft Farmacy is the definition of upscale casual and offers brunch on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They’re rustic and refined while remaining cool and comfortable. Their brunch is no different. Features include everything from a delicious chorizo hash to their infamous chicken and waffles. Every dish is elevated with farm to table ingredients and presented beautifully. Their cocktails are great as well. We highly recommend pairing breakfast with one of their classic mimosas. You won’t be disappointed.
The Church Key Bistro-Pub is most definitely a staple on Richmond Row. Located inside of a beautiful, extensively renovated heritage building in the heart of downtown London, they serve traditional gastropub fare with a gourmet flair that is sure to impress. Their Sunday brunch is definitely a menu highlight. It starts with a large basket of freshly baked pastries for the table to share and gives you the option to choose between five brunch entrée dishes. The Church Key offers brunch every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. On a sunny day, we highly recommend grabbing a seat on their courtyard patio.
Whisk & Griddle has been open since November of 2020 and is just now getting the opportunity to serve customers inside of their restaurant. The food here is excellent with a creative menu offering something for everyone and a focus on fresh, local ingredients. They’re known for their potato pancakes and their chocolatey banana pancakes can only be described as heavenly. The space itself is beautiful and comfortable with warm brick walls and Edison lights hanging from the ceiling. It’s the perfect spot for family brunch or even a business meeting. They offer breakfast 7 days a week and are now open until 9:00 p.m. for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Bag Lady Variety is such a special place with a wild, colourful interior filled with vintage collectibles that remind you of days gone by. The space is warm, inviting and offers a creative touch that makes you feel right at home. Their breakfast menu is equally unique and features everything from freshly baked cinnamon rolls to the Bag Daddy’s Big Stack which is two slices of sourdough French toast, filled with spinach, scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, honey ham, maple bacon, tomato and avocado slices then topped with their delicious house made hollandaise sauce.
While The Singing Chef has the look and feel of a successful franchise, the food here speaks for itself. The generous portions and friendly service are reason enough to visit, but their special features are what sets them apart. Everything from massive stacks of Churro French Toast to deliciously sweet peanut butter cup pancakes are a small taste of what you can expect. Both are equal parts Instagram worthy and delicious.
Billy’s Deli is a family owned / operated breakfast spot that has been serving downtown London for over 30 years. Billy’s specializes in the breakfast classics that we’ve all come to know and love such as eggs benedict, hash and flapjacks stacked high.
Billy's has a cozy atmosphere that feels like home and the service is always great. This is the type of place that will keep you coming back time and time again.
Although the portion sizes are large, we recommend saving room for dessert because their homemade pies are fantastic.
Edgar and Joe’s Café is a bright, beautiful, open space that was created as a social purpose enterprise by Goodwill Industries. They make their food affordable and approachable for everyone without sacrificing farm to table quality. They use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and have a wide variety of from scratch, healthy options that are impossible not to love.
Edgar and Joe’s also offers an incredible coffee donation program that allows you to pay it forward by donating a coffee to someone that may not be able to afford one otherwise.
Campus Hi Fi is a Western University themed breakfast joint that has been serving downtown London since the 1950’s. They’re one of the few fixtures in the city that have survived the constant updates and changes on Richmond Row. This place has been a go to for both Western and Fanshawe students for years because of their hearty portions and reasonably priced menu. The ‘All American’ is a menu standout that features two English muffins filled with sausage patties, scrambled eggs, American cheese and two hash browns. A unique character and a rich history make Campus Hi Fi a must visit in London.
Well, there you have it. After a successful weekend, there’s nothing better than a delicious brunch and now you’re well equipped with plenty of suggestions that are worthy of getting out of bed before noon.
Jesse Walker started @dinein519 in February of 2021 as a way to support local restaurants that may not have the time, resources or skillset to properly market their business. Dine in 519 supports restaurants by providing them with a professional photo shoot free of charge, writing about the experience and then marketing the photos through their digital channels. A lover of food and all things local, Jesse has been working as a marketing professional and photographer for nearly a decade. As the platform grows, Jesse looks to expand into other regions that may benefit from similar services.
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