Looking for the best places in downtown Oshawa to grab some breakfast this weekend? Instead of sweating over the stove, head out to our top picks for delicious brunch eats.
Coffee Culture Café & Eatery
Serving all day breakfast means you can grab a simple, but hearty, morning meal at any time. Coffee Culture on King Street West delivers the breakfast goods from open until close, allowing the not-so-early birds to enjoy their favourite meal anytime of day. An egg and cheese sandwich on an English muffin with bacon or sausage, bagels or yogurt and berries are solid choices, while their variety of muffins, scones and buttery croissants make for easy grab-and-go options. What really lands Coffee Culture on the top breakfast places list is their drinks, from their fair trade organic that’s a medium, full bodied roast, to their specialty coffees like a latté or a white chocolate mocha, you’ll enjoy every sip in their Old World style coffee house.
Marketing manager Liz Wright says this neighbourhood meeting place feel is easy to recognize. “Your senses will tell you best – delicious taste, warm relaxing atmosphere and comfortable seating,” she says. “As the name suggests, at Coffee Culture the coffee is great. We purchase high quality whole roasted coffee beans and grind them fresh for delicious coffee, espresso, latté and cappuccino. It is a perfect spot to grab a quiet cup of coffee, hold a casual business meeting or take advantage of the café’s free wireless Internet access and plasma TV.”
Wright says it’s a perfect spot to start your day. “The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and right out of the oven muffins will waken your tastebuds!”
Just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge Rainbow Restaurant by its unremarkable exterior. This is a hidden gem that many locals swear by.
Friendly service and great value mark this as the non-franchised place to be for Sunday brunch. An updated menu gives even more options for customer’s look for the huge portions that Rainbow is known for. Favourites include the GM breakfast named after the workers who are ‘Bow regulars stacked with bacon, eggs, home fries and toast. Rainbow is known for its thick cut peameal bacon, which customers’ claim is the best in the city, if not the province. This yummy meat is showcased on their peameal on a bun sandwich, but breakfast eaters can enjoy the lumberjack special. A perfect choice for hungry eaters, this breakfast includes two huge pancakes, two eggs, two slices of peameal bacon, two highly-praised farmers sausages, two slices of ham, and two slices of toast all for under $10. Stop by and experience this unpretentious joint.
If you’re looking for a breakfast that’s off the beaten path, you’ve got to stop by Viva Burritos. While it’s not the traditional bacon and eggs, their breakfast burritos have been filling up ravenous workers on their way to the office since late 2009.
Choices like the eggs, beans and chorizo or chorizo and cheese in a 10” tortilla will have you drooling and stuffing your face for under $5. Their easy and affordable grab-and-go breakfast will fill you up while you explore everything downtown Oshawa has to offer, from shops to museums. They’re slinging out breakfast burritos at their 12 Centre St. N. location from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. when they switch over to their variety of other burritos including chicken, shredded pork and a veggie offering.
Any restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch better be good at it. Lucky for the hungry masses, Sunnyside Eatery is. Open from 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, this King Street West joint is serving up long-time favourites like an English muffin sandwich with an egg and either ham, bacon or sausage for under $3.
Other popular choices include a sunnyside omelette that features steak smothered with cheese and mixed into three eggs, served with home fries and toast and the namesake sunnyside special, a platter of three eggs, two sausages, two pieces of peameal, two strips of bacon and your choice of either pancakes or French toast. Both choices are served up for under $7, although prices rise after 11 a.m. All their items are served with a smile and their cheery interior sets the scene for a great brunch.
No matter what location you chose, these top picks should help ease you into your day and kick start your morning right. After all, they do say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Dig in!