I learned of The Starving Artist when I stumbled upon a picture of an Eggs Benedict on a waffle rather than on an English muffin. The image I saw intrigued me, and knew that I had to check it out for myself. An All-Day-Breakfast joint, and everything is made on a waffle? Sign me up! So I gave the Lansdowne location a call, and asked if they took reservations. They said no, but that they would try to accommodate my request, and will sit my party and I together if we arrive by 9:30am on a Saturday morning. This was still very early for me, but I wanted a pretty large group to sit together (8 of us). So I made everyone arrive by 9am, and as promised, they sat all of us together.
What I always have to get when I visit The Starving Artist is the peanut butter, chocolate and banana smoothie for $5. It is to die for! I also like to get the grilled cheese for $4–do note that the grilled cheese is made with processed cheese. I love it, but many may not like the “processed” aspect. I have also gotten the Waffle Bacon for $6 (bacon dipped in waffle batter then pressed in the waffle iron, served with real maple syrup) on more than one occasion. And of course, I always get the Benny! Something else I want to note is that they are quite flexible for those with allergies etc.
SIDES & SUBSTITUTIONS
- Avocado (4 slices)…3.50
- Caramelized Bacon(4 slices)…3.50
- Potato Salad…3
- Baked Beans…2
- Mini Waffle…1.25 each
- Potato Waffle…2.25 each
- Vegan Gluten Free Waffles…2.25 each
- Bacon = Avocado…FREE
- Bacon =Tomatoes…FREE
- Reg = Potato…1
- Reg = Vegan…1
- Reg = Gluten Free…1
Also, there is a new location at 1078 St. Clair Ave. W. Review from BlogTo here. I have heard that the new location is not great, but maybe things have improved since they opened–always gotta give restaurants a bit of time to work out the kinks.
I loved The Starving Artist the first time I visited, but overtime it has lost its luster. I guess with so many brunch options in the city, I rather try a new place, than return for a waffle breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, the food is tasty, but not tasty enough to make the trek on a regular basis.