During weekend outings with the family, you’ll inevitably find yourself looking for a certain kind of restaurant. Something nicer than a fast food spot, but not so fancy that you’ll get the side-eye when you roll in with little ones in tow. For those moments, there’s Uncle Betty’s Diner, where the friendly staff will welcome your family as warmly as they’d welcome their own. Decorated in bright candy hues of turquoise and orange, this über kid-friendly diner in the Yonge and Eglinton area offers a sit-down restaurant and ice cream parlor, as well as an outdoor patio with ample stroller parking. So tell the kids they’re in for a big surprise, then guide them under the blue awning and through the white-framed doors to a cheerful place where a deliciously fun meal awaits them.
You’ll need your strength if you’re in the midst of a family adventure, so scarf down a decadent order of Betty’s Benedict—which happens to be served over an authentic Dreesen’s donut—and get the kids “ultimate” grilled cheese sandwiches, which come stuffed with meatloaf and gooey mac ‘n’ cheese. Nearly every dish on the menu gives a delightfully modern twist to comfort food, but if all you really want is the old timey goodness of a classic Nathan’s hot dog and a milkshake, Uncle Betty’s knows how to keep it simple, too. As for the name, it’s based on a real “Uncle” Betty, who’s a loving mom, grandma, and aunt. The uncle part is an affectionate joke about her take-charge ways. As long as they result in amazing food and a warm atmosphere, more power to her.