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BITE: Brunch and Breakfast Bones
Bone Marrow and Eggos are at the heart of chef Eric Wood's new brunch menu at The Beverley Hotel

If you get distracted for even just one second by the HMV across the street, you will walk right past the Beverley Hotel. Narrow and unassuming, the hotel also houses a restaurant and bar that’s classier than most of its neighbours on Queen Street west near John Street.

Open just three months, chef Eric Wood is already rolling out a new dinner menu this week and just this past weekend introduced a stellar brunch menu.

The Chicken and Waffle Sandwich ($12) reads: “house fried chicken, sunny side egg, Eggos, rosemary-chili butter, maple bourbon syrup.”

“That’s cute that you call the waffles ‘Eggos,’” I say to the chef.

“They’re actually Eggos,” he replied.

And so they are. Two Eggo toaster waffles barely hold together a crispy fried piece of battered boneless chicken marinated in Eric’s own blend of 11 herbs and spices that include: ginger, Vietnamese cinnamon, and fenugreek. Not quite what the Colonel has in his secret recipe.

The Breakfast Bone ($14) isn’t the precursor to a walk of shame on a Sunday morning. The combination of bone marrow, quail eggs, and pork belly is hearty and comforting as the crisp weather approaches. A manly dish, you say? Not quite. On the first day of brunch service, a table of middle-aged women indulge in this carnivore’s delight.

A simple Mushroom Benny ($14) is a filling vegetarian brunch with mixed mushroom confit, wilted greens, soft poached eggs, and herbed hollandaise on a cheddar biscuit. Roasted potatoes are served with a spoonful of tasty house-made jalapeno plum ketchup.

Sides include Sun Tots ($5) are made with roasted sunchokes mixed with potatoes to create soft little bites similar to a croquette. Granola, yogurt, pork belly bites and a small basket of baked goods can also be ordered at $5 each to help round out a hangover breakfast. 

Show up after 11am when the bar can start serving and order a $4 Caesar made with bacon bourbon, lime, and house Caesar mix.  If you get a little sleepy, don’t worry. There are rooms to be rented upstairs. Plenty of time to take a nap and wake up to try the new dishes on the Beverley Hotel’s dinner menu.

TheBeverleyHotel.ca

@BeverleyHotelTO

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Pay Chen is a TV and radio host, writer, and producer who puts a lot of things in her mouth. If you have a favourite spot in the city to share, follow her on Twitter at @PayChen.

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