August 22, 2008

Fran's

Fran's Restaurant has its own Wikipedia entry. A "Toronto Tradition" (their words, not mine) for nearly 70 years, Fran's is a classic, 24-hour diner that serves up massive plates of diner food: burgers, fries, omelettes, waffles, soup, chili, sandwiches, and every variety of fried food. And booze.

Best of all, the College Street location is right in the heart of downtown -- just north of College Park (directly across the street, in fact) and only a block or two from several popular hotels, including the Days Inn and Delta Chelsea. I've eaten at least once at Fran's every time I've been to Toronto. It's a great place to drink coffee and read the paper on a lazy morning, and a perfect spot to talk film late into the night.

One tip: If you go for breakfast, get the home fries. You won't need to eat for the rest of the day.

9 comments:

Dan Dickinson said...

If you're at either the Visa Screening room or Yonge-Dundas AMC, or staying at the Pantages or Bond Hotel, the location at the corner of Shuter & Victoria (just east of Yonge, just north of Queen) is closer, and a lot bigger.


Maya said...

Hey Darren, don't you owe me a breakfast?!! Hint hint.


Darren said...

At least one!

Thanks for the tip, Dan. It just occurred to me that I've never wandered east of Yonge that far south. Might have to do a bit of exploring this year.


Grease1739 said...

Anyone else have problems with the phones? It's like clockwork every year. The damn website hasn't even updated yet and it is 10 after.


Michael said...

I think I ate breakfast at Fran's nearly every morning during TIFF in '06 and several mornings in '07. Good place and definitely recommendable.


Maya said...

Does anyone know if Frans has free wi-fi like Eggstasy (which, is my favorite breakfast haunt, being right around the corner from the Manulife)?


Parabola said...

I don't know if Fran's has wi-fi (seems unlikely), but the Shuter & Victoria location is below a condo building I was in just the other day. There are a number of open networks ... maybe you can pick up one of them from street level. :)


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