Saturday mornings usually mean two things: the opportunity to finally sleep in and brunching with friends. Saving Grace is a gem of restaurant located at 907 Dundas Street West in quaint Little Portugal.

The exterior is nothing to gawk at, in fact, it’s a bit on the drab side. But step inside and find the unassuming environment both cozy and inviting; from the simple plywood tables to the garage sale bohemian mix of tableware. The restaurant seats a mere 20 hungry folks which is why you’ll typically find a lineup of people parked on benches and loitering outside. Don’t fret, it moves fairly quickly and the staff is friendly with perky smiles and bottomless cups of coffee. Your main focus should be deciding which dish from the diverse menu will feed your hungry soul.


One of my favourites is the Flauta ($10.75), shown above: fresh corn tortillas, fried and stuffed with red beans, sweet potato and feta. It’s served with a side of greens topped with avocado, tomato, pickled onions as well as baked potato wedges.


The freshly baked Waffles ($8.75) are unconventionally brilliant with lime ricotta and sour cherries.


The Open Omelette special ($8.75) consists of decadent caramelized figs and brie, garnished with a blueberry peach chutney. It’s served with a side of baked potatoes and we added a New Zealand lamb sausage ($2.75) for some additional protein.

The meals above were all ordered from the ever-changing specials board. Saving Grace also offers plenty of vegetarian options and thirst-quenching fruit juices such as fresh orange mango ($4) or blueberry lemonade ($3.75). There’s also their infamous freshly baked muffins ($2.50) — blood-orange pistachio, lemon ricotta cornmeal or chocolate pear, to name a few. The flavours change daily so be sure to visit Saving Grace not just on the weekends.