There’s a new brunch spot in town – The Original Sunnyside Grill in Burlington has opened up on Appleby Line at New Street, and is doing some pretty good business on weekend mornings.
Part of a growing franchise (one location in Oakville and now Burlington), the Sunnyside Grill is welcoming to all – to the single person who may want to grab breakfast by the old-school counter (with all the styling of a 1950’s diner), or to the family with little kids, sitting comfortably in the neutral, well-lit booths.
The menu offers an all-day breakfast with a dozen breakfast choices and several omelettes. The focus isn’t pancakes or waffles, but for those who must have them, they are on the menu. For lunch you can enjoy sandwiches and burgers.
During our visit we were greeted by pleasant waitstaff who quickly visited our table offering us something to drink. Coffee at Sunnyside Grill is good, beating Tim Horton’s any day, and you get a free re-fill.
We were in an omelette mood during our visit with Frank choosing the “Northern Notion” with gooey, cheddar cheese, mushrooms and bacon ($9.50) and with me choosing the “Eastern Experience” with the tangy, salty feta cheese, tomato and green pepper ($9.50). Each plate included griddled chopped potatoes and your choice of toasted bread.
Trying both omelettes, I was very much impressed by how fresh the ingredients tasted, as they were freshly chopped and mixed into the egg. While some who love their food highly seasoned and salty will find the omelettes at The Original Sunnyside Grill a bit bland, those like myself , who like to taste the ingredients than salt, will love them. There’s not all that much grease either.
This isn’t Cora’s with its overabundance of fruit on your plate, but the portions are generous. The price is right too and best of all, at 10:30 a.m., there’s room for you to sit down and enjoy your breakfast. No standing in line at this location (at least for now!).
Note: I’ve seen reviews talking about how slow staff are to clean the tables. I’ve noted on the restaurant’s website that they are looking to hire staff for this new location in Burlington. With any new restaurant there’s always a bit of time needed for the team to get into a system that works well in ensuring a quality experience. Given time, it will run like a tight ship. This location for The Original Sunnyside Grill has much potential to be one of the contenders for the weekend morning brunch customer’s patronage.
UPDATE: We’ve dined at Sunnyside Grill on Appleby Line several times and have consistently had good breakfasts and service. For Torontonians used to fancy-schmancy “greasy breakfast” joints run by hipsters, leave your expectations of twists on traditional morning eats at home. The simple approach at Sunnyside Grill is like eating at home, just with the convenience of not having to do it yourself.
The Original Sunnyside Grill
450 Appleby Line, Unit 11