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Breaking your nightly fast with a hearty meal is always a bright idea. Starting today, Monday, March 28, Toronto has one more option for plates piled high with breakfast and brunch staples, with the opening of OEB Breakfast Co., in Liberty Village. A place that aims to push the boundaries of what counts as breakfast, OEB is sure to become your new fave for grabbing a morning or midday meal.
Located at 125 East Liberty Street, the new restaurant is OEB’s first in Ontario. Established in Calgary in 2009, the chain has grown to include locations in several Canadian cities, including Edmonton, Vancouver and Saskatoon, as well as stateside, in California and Arizona. The Toronto location marks the first move into Ontario for the popular chain. Headed by chef and founder Mauro Martina, OEB is built on a culture that supports everyone involved — from farmers to chefs, guests and more. Growing up in Italy, Martina “was exposed to fresh, rich ingredients daily and learned the value of being able to shake the hands of the local purveyors who produced [them],” reads a press release. Martina brings that same devotion to quality and sourcing local, seasonal ingredients to every item on OEB’s enticing menu.
A bright, inviting space, the 2720-square-foot Liberty Village location features whimsical, egg-inspired décor, and room for 92 guests. A 40-seat patio is planned for warmer months.
On the menu, guests will find an eye-opening collection of dishes, ranging from breakfast classics to decidedly innovative treats. On the savoury side, those tempted by tradition will find everything from classic egg and bacon breakfasts to assorted eggs Benedict dishes, and scram-blettes (akin to omelettes).
More daring palates will want to dig into some of the chain’s more adventurous fare. Canadian Lobster & Shrimp Crêpe, with optional organic sturgeon caviar, finds butter-poached lobster and shrimp scramble nestled inside a thin pancake, topped with brown butter hollandaise. Hand-pinched pierogies are served with hardwood-smoked bacon, duck confit, and sunny-side eggs in the restaurant’s Pierogies & Duck dish. A list of signature Breakfast Poutines, constructed on duck-fat fried herb potatoes, are also guaranteed to grab customers’ attention. Sweet-toothed guests are also taken care of with menu offerings, including Banana “Cream Pie” French Toast, Belgian waffles, and sweet crêpes.
A comprehensive beverage menu includes fresh juice, and smoothies, along with traditional hot and cold breakfast companions. Spiked coffees, cocktails, beer and wine are also available for anyone craving a little hair of the dog.
A place devoted to elevating morning meals from cereal-and-milk dullness, OEB promises to be a ray of sunshine for the Liberty Village breakfast crowd. “Our morning meals deserve the same chef-inspired artistry and passion that Torontonians have come to expect from a dining experience,” says Martina. “We’re bringing innovation to the breakfast table with creations that will change our guest perception of what breakfast can be.”