Mother’s Day is around the corner, and that means treating one of the most important ladies in your life to something special. Why not brunch? Here are a few spots where you can take her:

Novotel Toronto Centre:
Executive chef Brad Scully and his team will showcase the best of a recent contest where kids entered their mom’s favourite dish. Winning dishes along with their recipes will be on the menu at this special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 416-367-8900 or visit for more.

Bonjour Brioche:
This Leslieville landmark of French cuisine is one of the best-known brunch restaurants in the city. How does French toast and yogurt and fresh fruit in bed sound? The entire menu is available for takeout. 812 Queen St. E., 416-406-1250.

Mitzi’s Sister:
A fave for Queen Westers (not the ones who never venture west of Bathurst), the young hipster moms of Parkdale know to hit this diner early on a Sunday to reserve their seat for brunch, and Mother’s Day will be no exception. It’s a surprise every Sunday as the menu gets revised week to week. 1554 Queen St. W., 416-532-2570.

The Old Mill Inn: Fresh pastries, poached lobster and salmon darns accompany double smoked bacon and scrambled eggs, among other dishes. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., $40.95 for adults, children 6 to 11 half-price, under 5 free. Reservations for eight or more. Call 416-207-2020 or visit

Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines: Set sail around the Toronto Islands and Toronto Harbour as you sample a buffet featuring carved pineapple-smoked ham with applesauce, eggplant parmesan lasagna with a selection of fruits, juices and cookies. Adults $44.95, seniors $39.95, kids $19.95. Call 416-203-7245 or visit

Peartree Restaurant:
This little resto can be found among the trendy shops that line Parliament Street in Cabbagetown. Peruse eclectic choices such as Chicken Creole Eggs Benedict, Rocky Mountain French Toast and more. Arrive early to get your patio seat. 507 Parliament St., 416-962-8190.

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