Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Easy on Queen West: Brunch & Breakfast Burritos

There’s something extremely nostalgic about diners and how they manage to stop time. The most authentic are decades old and pride themselves on unaltered interiors and original menus, while others recreate the nostalgic vibe by design, with neon signs and chrome-trimmed vinyl booths. Either way, the diner is a place to imagine where time has stood still, and all that matters is a plate of comforting, hot food. 

Surrounded by junk shops, Peter Morrison's retro-inspired daytime diner at the corner of Queen and Roncesvalles has been a Parkdale favourite since it opened over fifteen years ago, attracting an arty crowd for its ecclectic mix of Tex Mex morning classics and Euro-centric staples. Known affectionately as "The Easy" for all the Easy Rider posters that line the walls with other 1970's era memorabilia, Easy Restaurant is one of the city’s best-kept secrets — it's diner food done right using the freshest ingredients and all made from scratch. Not to be missed are their deliciously tempting Banana Latte, Mango or Peanut Butter Smoothies or the decadent Mexican Hot Chocolate made with arbol and ancho chili. 

For that Tex Mex flavour, the house specialty Huevos Divorciados features two free range eggs topped with both red and green salsas, cool refried black beans, chunky tomato-spiked guacamole, rosemary-tossed home fries and a toasted baguette with homemade ancho chili jam. The Toast Soldiers with two soft boiled eggs, fruit and toast strips even comes with toy soldiers! Great food, endless cups of Illy brewed coffee and friendly, courteous smiling staff, it's no wonder there's a lineup every morning. 

Dozens of motorcycle-themed posters line the walls at 'The Easy' on Queen West, 
helping to makes this restaurant a favourite among locals

A self-described car fanatic, this is the film that inspired owner Peter Morrisons Parkdale retro diner

Toy cars and assortment of 1970s Americana line the walls

The all-day breakfast and brunch menu with a decidedly Mexican culinary twist

The quintessential diner "still life" — Heinz Ketchup with kitschy salt and pepper shakers

Banana Latte Smoothie with banana, Dutch cocoa, espresso, with cinnamon and soy milk

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

Mexican Hot Chocolate made with arbol and ancho chili

Easy's Peanut Butter Smoothie made with Skippy peanut butter, Dutch cocoa, bananas and soy milk

Huevos Divorciados with eggs on a corn tortilla with spicy green and red salsa, 
re-fried black beans with guacamole, ancho jam and toasted baguette

Breakfast Burrito with re-fried black beans, scrambled eggs, chipotle salsa, monterey jack, coriander and caramelized onions, baked in a whole-wheat tortilla with guacamole, salad and home fries 

A side of hot and spicy Chorizo sausage for just $3.95

Three Mushroom Omelette with sautéed portobello, shiitake & button mushrooms, with monterey jack cheese, fresh basil, salad, home fries and toasted baguette 

And endless cups of Illy coffee and pitchers of milk for $2.95

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