Five Classic Breakfasts Under $10 in Kingston

By Tianna Edwards

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

But with the hype of brunch, I don’t think breakfast gets enough attention. I am all for the delightfully sweet and salty combo of chicken and waffles or savoury huevos rancheros. But what about a classic meal of bacon, eggs and toast or a good ol’ western sandwich?

A satisfying meal, free of the frills and easy on the budget. That’s what I’m talking about. I’ve rounded up five of my favourite classic breakfasts under $10 (before tax) in town. The tricky mix of tasty and affordable is always hard to nail down – so look no further than this list for a satisfying classic breakfast out that won’t break the bank!

Fardella’s Bakery

King’s Crossing Fashion Outlet, 101 Dalton Ave B8

Old Faithful, $7.99 (includes coffee): Two eggs, bacon or sausage, homefries and toast.

Located in the west end on Princess east of Bayridge drive and in the east end near Division and the 401, Fardella’s is home to many treats. During a visit to the west end location, I order directly from the counter and watch as they fry up potatoes and eggs at lightning speed. I pour myself a coffee, take a seat and my meal arrives in no time. As I settle into my breakfast, I am distracted by the many treats – macaroons, brownies, cookies, fritters, cakes – that line the shop’s shelves. I spend my time considering which treats I am taking for the road.

Three other classic meal items under $10: Baked French Toast, $6.99; Western Sandwich with Homefries, $8.99; Buttermilk Pancakes, $5.99

Fardella's
Baked French Toast with Streusel Topping

Morrison’s Restaurant

318 King Street East

If you’re looking for a classic greasy-spoon diner, Morrison’s Restaurant is your place. My go-to is their two eggs over-easy with sausage, toast, and home fries for $6.50. The service is quick and the breakfast is always delicious (especially their perfectly soft and seasoned home fries). If you’re planning to go on the weekend, ask for a booth by the window. It’s a great spot to watch the hustle and bustle of vendors at Springer Market Square.

Three other classic meal items under $10: Greek Omelette, $9.25: two eggs, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, toast and home fries; Three Pancakes, with bacon, ham, or sausage, $9.75; French Toast, $5.00.

Golden Rooster

111 Princess Street

Spencer Sandwich, $5.95: bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried egg, mayo on toast. This Princess Street gem has been around for years and years; I remember coming here for lunch breaks from my summer job as a teenager. It still has its same old charm and affordable dishes. Order at the counter and they’ll whip up your order in plain sight and bring it to you. I ask which menu item under $10 is the most popular and the Spencer Sandwich is recommended with high praise. After my first bite – no wonder! Such simple ingredients but oh so tasty and super cheap!

Three other classic meal items under $10: Two eggs with bacon, ham or sausage, home fries toast, coffee or tea, $7.50; Western Sandwich, $5.95; Toasted Bagel and Cream Cheese, $2.75.

Two Eggs with Bacon

Carmelinda’s

2799 Princess Street

Carmelinda’s is another west end breakfast spot that you can rely on for good quality breakfast on a budget. I splurge for the home fries with my western sandwich (Western Sandwich, $6.99, add home fries for $2.50) but it is so substantial that I am stuffed before I can put a dent in them! Though I am too full to finish the potatoes, they are golden, round and crispy discs of deliciousness that I wish I saved space for.

Three other classic meal items under $10: Morning Club, $7.99: eggs, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato; Three-piece French Toast (plain or cinnamon), $7.99; Peameal, Bacon and Cheese Sandwich, $6.99.

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Western Sandwich

Peter’s Place

34 Princess Street

Two eggs with bacon, home fries and toast, $6.25.

A downtown staple, located at the bottom of Princess street, Peter’s Place is a townie favourite — always packed and for a good reason. The toast is generously buttered and the bacon is plentiful. This diner serves up classic meals at reasonable prices and their homestyle cooking never disappoints.

Three other classic meals under $10: Cheese omelette with home fries and toast, $7.45; The Old Farm Style!; Three pancakes, two eggs with bacon, ham or sausage and home fries & toast. $9.95; Three Pancakes with Bacon, Ham or Sausage, $7.95

Peter's Place
Cheese Omelette with Homefries