Scarborough’s very own Pop’s: Bendale Restaurant

I’m proud to call Scarborough my home. Scarborough was and remains a Mecca for immigrants. This town allows you to bring a little piece of home to Canada, like that mosque down the street and the Chinese supermarket next to it.

I grew up in a colourful and loud neighbourhood called Bendale. I try to support as many local family businesses as possible. I came across Bendale Restaurant recently while searching for a place to have breakfast.

As soon as I walked in, I immediately wondered if Pop Tate was working, but then realized that I was delusional, and this was unfortunately not Riverdale after all. To your left, you’ll find a row of bright red chairs at the bar, and a little further down, the kitchen. Steph and I naturally gravitated towards a booth thinking that we were Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper. The retro decor and beautiful aroma of fried foods made my little heart happy.

We both had to have coffee and pancakes. How does one not have drip coffee and pancakes at a diner?! We had finished our workout at the Cedarbrae Goodlife which meant we were hungry. Very hungry. I had four strips of bacon and three eggs which came with toast and home fries. Steph opted for a mushroom omelette and home fries. We had a quality and hearty meal for less than $30:

  • 4 strips of bacon and 3 eggs $7.95
  • Mushroom omelette $8.45
  • 3 Golden Pancakes $6.95
  • 2 coffees $2.80

The owners were lovely people–the wife took our order, and her daughter cashed us out. I plan to go back and indulge in a burger and milkshake in true Riverdale style.



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