Morning Glory Cafe: Breakfast and Lunch in Corktown

by Lauren Ching on January 5, 2012

The eye catching, single-line drawings of coffee, toast, and eggs along side the Morning Glory Cafe have been taunting me and teasing me every time I travel east on the King Street car.  I finally had the opportunity to go in and see what kind of goodies Morning Glory had to offer, and I’m actually kicking myself for not going in sooner.

Morning Glory Cafe is located in Cork Town, on the south side of King at Trinity Street. A great little breakfast and lunch place that seats about 20 people inside, and 10 on the patio come summer, it’s run by Hannah, owner and manager for about a year.  Success clearly runs in the family, since Hannah has taken Morning Glory over from her brother, one of the owners of Grinder Coffee House on Gerrard and Main.

Cute and casual details compliment Hannah’s laid back attitude and Morning Glory’s simple menu. The Amelie soundtrack sets a whimsical and cozy mood as Hannah greets me to take my order. She recommends that I try the Breakfast Butty; a scrambled egg, bacon and tomato sandwich with aioli . I wasn’t sure what was going to be so special about this simple sandwich, but the freshly baked Ace bread  with the tangy aioli and olive dressing just made my day. I sipped on a mild cup of brewed coffee, made with Mountain View Estate beans. Quite easy to drink, and not bitter at all, so I was happy.

Breakfast Butty ... mmm goodness.

I wish I had more space in my tummy as I looked through the menu. The Jimmy Screech sounds amazing; a grilled ham and cheese with dijon and a fried egg right in the bread, or maybe the Monday Classic; a bacon, brie, caramelized onion sandwich with aioli on a hand-rolled bun. I settled on a cookie for dessert instead, so Hannah insisted that I try their reknowned ginger molasses cookie, a favourite of the regulars.

Ginger Molasses Cookie ... I know you're drooling right now.

The soups, muffins, cookies, ketchup and aioli are all made on the premises, and all meals are made fresh to order. You should also check out their blog, http://tomorningglorycafe.blogspot.com/ , where they post the daily specials. No WIFI here though – so keep those computers at home and bring your good old fashioned appetite instead.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin

Trust me when I tell you, I will be looking for all kinds of excuses to walk past Morning Glory to grab a bite to eat … Maybe see you for brunch!

Morning Glory Cafe, 457 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario. M5A 1L6  416-7034728

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday, and Friday: 8:30am-3pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-3pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: closed


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

ar January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

An indie coffeshop with no espresso? what kind of coffeshop is this?

IanVen January 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

This is a great joint. The sandwiches are terrific and so is the coffee. And yes, they serve espresso!

nvan January 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

The article says they are closed Tuesday and Thursday but they are actually closed Tuesday and Wednesday. A delicious place to be!

Heinrich January 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

ar, were you actually in the coffeeshop and missed seeing the espresso machine?

Lauren Ching January 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thank you! i fixed that. Much appreciated!!!

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