What’s the most memorable food experience you’ve had in Toronto? Here’s what you told us


“Glenn Gould would sit in the same booth and order the same meal of scrambled eggs”

“In the winter of 1969, I was a first-year journalism student at Ryerson and, for a while, I had a part-time job at Canadian Press near King and Yonge. On nights when NHL teams were playing, my job was to compile statistics, including final scores, assists, penalties etc. I lived in Don Mills, so on mornings when my first class at Ryerson began at 8 a.m., I would sleep for several hours on a couch in the CP office, then walk the short distance to Fran’s Restaurant near Ryerson for an early morning ‘comfort’ breakfast of scrambled eggs. It was my breakfast of choice, partly because I had heard on CBC that pianist Glenn Gould would go to the Fran’s original location at Yonge and St. Clair between two and three every morning. It was a block away from his Toronto apartment, and he would sit in the same booth and order the same meal of scrambled eggs. Thirty years after graduating from Ryerson, I wrote an article for an international online publication about the best places in Toronto to get caviar. I was reminded of my scrumptious scrambled egg breakfasts at Fran’s when I read a comment by famed chef James Beard, who wrote, ‘I have had memorable meals of scrambled eggs with caviar and other glamorous things, but to me, there are few things as magnificent as scrambled eggs, pure and simple, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned.’ My sentiments exactly!” — Dennis McCloskey