Great, economical, unpretentious food! Kings Diner, 906 Kingston Road, Upper Beaches
I admit it, I eat out a lot - mostly for breakfast or brunch. So I've seen the inside of most places in the Beaches, Upper Beaches, and all along the Danforth, serving some version of a simple bacon and egg breakfast. I'm usually looking for a quick meal, nothing fussy, and if it's going to be breakfast or lunch, price matters. Most importantly, it has to taste good!
Today I revisited Kings Diner at 906 Kingston Road in Kingston Road Village for 'second breakfast' just to refuel in between appointments. Though I missed the breakfast specials that run until 11:00 am, it was still economical, only $3.95 for 3 eggs, home fries and toast and another $1.50 for a coffee. And that's the 'all day' price. I don't think you can beat that price anywhere in the Beaches, Upper Beaches, or anywhere in East End Toronto - and if you can, please let me know.
Pancakes and waffles are also on the menu and you can get a decent variety of omelettes, different versions of eggs Benedict, and any number of beef or pork 'add-ons' to round out the meal. For instance, steak and eggs are $8.95, still cheap by most restaurant standards.
The menu is made up of hearty fare as you'd expect from a place that bills itself as a diner. There's the standard list of sandwiches, burgers, souvlaki and steak. But they also have pasta and 4 seafood choices, topping out at $11.95 for the fillet of salmon or sole almandine.
I haven't tried much past the breakfast menu, so I can't comment on the dinner items. But if they compare to the breakfast menu for quality and portion size, they're a great deal too.
Typical of low-key diners, the room is long and narrow, but quite bright and pleasant, with table seating on two levels. Away from the weekend crush of Queen Street East, there is never a line up out the door on Saturday or Sunday mornings and it is rare to wait more than a couple of minutes for a table.
Kings Diner is a clean, friendly, relaxing place where you can grab good food at a very reasonable price. Great value for the money. I'll be back again.