Lifestyle & Parenting

Eggs Too, Caesar?

May 20, 2011

I love a proper diner: no fake nostalgia or designer stools, just
clever, comforting, all-Canadian dishes.

Such a spot is Cardinal
, a hole-in-the-wall down on Roncesvalles, at Queen. "New
management," says the sign, and a clever new menu, too. On weekdays you
can get macaroni-and-cheese maki (fusion food at its least
pretentious),sammies (some on gluten-free bread) and meatloaf muffins,
to stay or to go.

But brunch is my reason to live, so we went on Sunday for the Hail
Caesar Eggs Benny. Y’all heard me: a pair of perfect orbs poached in
Clamato juice, layered with pickles, worcestershire celery salsa and
genoa salami (I subbed for veggie bacon, which is just smoked tofu) atop
a white english muffin. For a perfect side, there are super-savoury,
excellently potato latkes.

Cardinal Rules. But you knew I’d say that, didn’t you? SNP

5 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, 647-352-0202,


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