Sudbury is a city full of early risers. Thanks to our substantial mining and industrial community, when the sun comes up we’re up and at it, ready for a hearty breakfast to equip us for the day ahead. Because so many of us are bona fide breakfast enthusiasts, we have ample options for dining depending on your location, mood, or appetite. Below, you’ll find the 10 most commonly recommended homegrown restaurants in town to get a great breakfast.
Gloria’s Restaurant (469 Bouchard St.)
Opens at: 6:00 am (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Gloria’s has been a city favorite since it opened its doors in 1952 and is 100% family owned to this day. Don’t let its age fool you though, Gloria’s Restaurant has kept up with the times and has a modern, clean cut feel. The owner, Bruno, is a professionally educated and trained chef that takes such pride in his family business that he has personally paid for the formal training of 8 Gloria’s Restaurant cooks. It’s no wonder they were voted Best Breakfast by the Readers Choice Awards. They haven’t let that go to their heads though. Gloria’s is a warm, welcoming spot where many of their customers are known by name. They’re also incredibly community oriented and believe in giving back whenever possible. Every year, there is one Saturday in March where all proceeds from their #2 breakfast special go to support the Sudbury Canadian Mental Health Association and another Saturday in September where they do the same to support Sudbury’s own Terry Fox Run. If you’re visiting on the weekend, be sure to try the Saturday Special: freshly made crepes served with homestyle crème anglaise & filled with strawberries and bananas, garnished with real whipped cream and syrup on the side.
Eddie’s Restaurant (1769 Regent St.)
Opens at: 7:00 am (7:30 am on Saturdays, 8:00 am on Sundays)
Not only is Eddie’s Restaurant a hit with the locals but their South End location and large trailer-friendly back parking lot makes them an ideal stop for anyone passing through town on Highway 69 south. They’re also right across from the Holiday Inn, giving guests of the hotel a chance to experience Sudbury’s small town charm firsthand. The laid back, sports bar vibe is appreciated by diners looking to have a relaxing breakfast without the all the hustle and bustle of large chain restaurants. The staff are just as laid back as the atmosphere and are always friendly, providing a homey down-to-earth dining experience. If you’re looking for good food, great prices, and even better coffee, be sure to visit Eddie’s Restaurant on Regent.
Jak’s Diner (1100 Barrydowne Rd.)
Opens at: 6:30 am (9:00 am on Sundays)
Photo credit: Rachael McKay
If you’re looking for the classic family owned Mom and Pop diner feeling then you’ll love Jak’s. It’s a small, intimate setting where the owners will warmly welcome you when you walk through the door. While its not located within or beside any of the city’s hotels, you will find the diner directly across from the city’s most popular shopping mall - The New Sudbury Centre. Its convenient location pulls in patrons from all around the city who can all agree - Jak’s breakfasts are hot, fresh, and big. If large portions are important to you, you’ll definitely enjoy this timeless diner. While you’re there, try out the Peameal BLT. It’s large and in charge, and made with peameal bacon and fried onions!
Ti Amo Cafe (124 Cedar St.)
Opens at: 8:00 am (10:00 am on Saturdays, Closed on Sundays)
If you were to inquire about getting a great breakfast from the employees or regular visitors of Sudbury's downtown core, chances are they would recommend Ti Amo Cafe on Cedar St. Its central location and beautiful, modern decor makes it a must see. Whether you’re craving a savoury or sweet meal to start you off for the day, Ti Amo can make it happen. They have a variety of beautifully plated crepes and waffles, using only homemade batter and sauces, with toppings like brownies, berries, whipped cream, ice cream and Nutella, to name a few. For something a little more classic, check out their breakfast sandwiches -- 2 eggs topped with provolone cheese. They offer a fresh (and delicious) take on the most important meal of the day.
Taphouse Northern Grill + Pub (1500 Regent St.)
Opens at: 11:00 am (8:00 am on Sunday)
Photo credit: Lesley Lafountaine
Taphouse Northern Grill + Pub is one of Sudbury’s newer restaurants and has proved itself to be a valuable addition. Patrons of Taphouse all agree that the wait staff offer exceptional, friendly service and the food is always on point. They have a daily breakfast menu but also offer an impressive Sunday Brunch. They are conveniently located beside the Canada's Best Value Inn hotel in the city’s South End. The decor is described as modern and fresh, offering a seamless transition from a harmonious breakfast restaurant to contemporary dinner grill.
The Doghouse Sports Bar and Eatery (Azilda Location only - 25 Aldege St.)
Opens at: 9:00 am (10:00 am-1 pm on Sunday)
Just ten minutes North West of the city, down highway 35, is another highly recommended breakfast with a twist! If wings are your thing, the Doghouse won’t disappoint. Aside from their regular all day breakfast, you can join them on Sunday mornings for a breakfast buffet that not only includes your standard bacon and eggs, but also unconventional (yet genius) additions like chicken wings and perogies. For the last 12 years they have been offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a real hometown vibe. Locals know this is a hidden gem, so don’t let the short drive up the road prevent you from enjoying this mean breakfast.
The Motley Kitchen (70 Young St.)
Breakfast/Brunch service available Saturday and Sunday only from 10:00 am to 2 pm
The Motley Kitchen is a unique, contemporary space that offers gourmet meals and a unique business model. Not only do they house a revered bistro, but they also feature an event space, catering facility and kitchen incubator which allows off-site up-and-coming culinary entrepreneurs in Sudbury an opportunity that they may not otherwise be able to afford. They’re the first multi-faceted business of this kind in the city and are quickly becoming a cornerstone in the revitalization of Downtown Sudbury. They care about their city and industry which is reflected in their work. They offer a highly rated and well reviewed brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Bistro with captivating dishes such as Stuffed French Toast, Palacinke, and French Omelet de Mer.
Hardrock 42 GastroPub (117 Elm St.)
Opens at: 7:00 am
Conveniently located in the Clarion Hotel, Hardrock42 Gastropub has Sudbury written all over it. The name was inspired by an old photo of a banner that was welcoming hardrock miners to Elm Street Sudbury in 1942, which speaks to the respect owners Jason and David have for Sudbury’s rich heritage. These guys know what Sudbury looks for when it comes to good food. They also have a passion for using quality Ontario grown ingredients, specifically local when possible. Known for their unique menu options, breakfast is no different; while they offer the classics they also have interesting and enticing dishes like Bailey’s French Toast, Morning Glory Poutine, and a Mushroom Brie Benedict.
Maria’s (499 Notre Dame Ave.)
Opens at: 7:00 am (8:00 am on Saturdays and 9:00 am on Sundays)
For the past 52 years Maria’s has been serving up hot, homemade breakfasts for the locals in the Flour Mill area. Every day they offer a new breakfast omelet special that does not disappoint and you’ll often find Maria herself, adding her anticipated personal touch in the kitchen. She also enjoys interacting with the diners and sharing stories and knowledge one can only expect from an established, long term Sudbury restaurant owner. The decor offers an untouched look of a classic, cozy diner and is sure to evoke feelings of nostalgia for any returning visitors.
Rudy’s Restaurant (483 Lasalle Blvd.)
Opens at: 7:30 am (8:00 am on Saturday and Closed on Sunday)
Rudy’s was originally known to the city for serving some of the best ice cream in town but transitioned into a full-fledged restaurant in the early 1960s. They serve up hot, made to order breakfasts all day long, and pride themselves on the strong relationship they have with the regulars who visit each day. Wait times are quoted as being some of the shortest in town and service is always with a smile. The restaurant has 2 dining areas, one quieter and more relaxed, the other more bright and cheery, which makes it an ideal stop for both diners with children and diners looking for a relaxing quiet breakfast.
By: Brittany Wright