I recently stopped by this place near Carlton & Parliament st in Toronto. I woke up early in the morning and decided that I wanted to eat something very specific: eggs benedict. I figured somewhere small and comfortable would be nice. As I looked at the map and skimmed through menus, Johnny G’s stood out.
It was raining in Toronto and I unluckily walked past this place twice. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough because it definitely caught my eye as I walked past it but I didn’t realize it was the place I was looking for. The name, as you can tell from the picture above, is on the awning and not on the window so I walked right under without seeing it.
I didn’t get to take a picture of the menu like I wanted to. The waiter was a fast talker and server so I had little time to look through the menu extensively. I can be a bit indecisive so I felt rushed once I sat down. You can check their wordpress for menu options and prices! In the end, I decided to get the eggs benedict with orange juice after all, that’s what I was craving.
The food was made fresh to order, from what I could tell. It took a while to get my order even though the place was empty. I really enjoyed this dish at Johnny G’s compared to other places I’ve had it before. After the nervousness of ordering was gone, I noticed that the waiter was actually pretty nice and very attentive!
ADR: 478 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 2P1, Canada [Gmaps]
The place was very inviting and calming. They played classic instrumentals. It felt like an old fashioned diner. A few regular customers walked in as well, which made the restaurant seem friendlier. I could tell because an older man came in, sat down and the waiter brought him coffee right away. He asked him if it would have something different today or the usual.
My meal came with the eggs benedict, choice of ham or sausage and a cup of coffee or juice was included. The eggs looked well cooked; the yolk wasn’t just runny, it was creamy and silky. The sauce was also creamy and went well with the eggs. There was a thin slice of ham between the eggs and crumpet which gave the dish enough of a smoky and meaty taste; it didn’t overpower the eggs. I was expecting the crumpet to be hard but it stayed fluffy as I ate. The potatoes were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
I was surprised with how small the cup of juice was. Maybe it’s because I’m used to American portions. The cup was honestly about 8oz (237ml).
Take note that seasoning was very little. Aside from the usual smoky and meaty flavor from the ham, everything else had little to no salt, pepper or any other spices or herbs in it. I did add salt and pepper from the shakers on the table but I will point out that there’s a difference between something seasoned and something that just has salt and pepper on it.
I would say most items are fairly priced. I was expecting to spend $15CAD on the meal but it was only $10CAD plus tax. I was very happy with the price. With the additional 2 cups of orange juice I had, it added up to a little over $15CAD with tax. Each extra glass was $1.98CAD. Had I realized this ahead of time, I would’ve waited and bought orange juice at the store for a cheaper price.
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Would I go again? Yes.
Though I wasn’t 100% satisfied, there were other items on the menu that sounded good. I’d go back to Johnny G’s to try some of those dishes, particularly their sandwiches. It does say “Toronto’s Best Burgers” on their window! I’d like to find out myself one day.