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Best breakfast joints in Western Canada

Magnapro Jan 3, 2007 01:31 AM

No deep fryed bacon,hash browns or margarine. I want real breakfast. Cook to order. Most places I've been to don't know how to cook an egg without turning it into some insult to the egg.
No need for fancy but I'll try anywhere they can do it right.
I'm heading on a roadtrip through western Canada and would like suggestions for best in the west.
Seeking the good Breakfast

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    JWh RE: Magnapro Jan 3, 2007 01:35 AM


    -Wildwood (tennis club)
    -Fairmount Chateau Brunch


    -Hard as I have yet to find the perfect spot, but here are few good places. Paul's, Feenies Brunch


    -1886 Cafe (Eau Clair Market)

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      urbanchowlover RE: JWh Oct 13, 2009 02:29 PM

      I second Paul's in Granville

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        nonlinear RE: JWh Nov 5, 2009 09:14 AM

        ^^you've got to be kidding me about 1886 Cafe. IMO calgary doesn't have the best breakfast scene, but out of all the options, that's all you suggest???!?!?

        We tried 1886 once and will never go back again. It was a few years ago and I don't remember the details, but we thought it was perhaps the crappiest breakfast food we had ever been served. and IIRC it's hard to find a plate less than $15!!! gimme a break!

        business from the nearby hotel is the only thing keeping them in business.

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          maplesugar RE: nonlinear Nov 5, 2009 09:25 AM

          JWh made the post almost three years ago. I used to hear good things about 1886 Cafe haven't been for years myself. Sorry to hear it's gone downhill.

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          nanuk RE: JWh Mar 8, 2011 02:45 PM

          old bump but I thought I'd bring this up

          I am a breakfast nut. I love eggs....

          best place is a hole in the wall, mom and pop kind of place. Look for small, and home baking.

          Then, ASK for your 'taters to be grilled. And your eggs, your way

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          steph76 RE: Magnapro Jan 3, 2007 02:25 AM

          if you come through edmonton, you have a few possibilities.
          culina cafe (www.culinacafe.ca) has great breakfast on weekdays and saturday. don't be scared by their non-traditional sounding menu- you'll walk out satisfied. their saturday brunch menu is online and the weekday one is similar.
          new york bagel cafe is also great... good luck.

          1. formerlyfingers RE: Magnapro Jan 3, 2007 04:34 AM

            Diner Deluxe in Calgary is good for so many different reasons at breakfast. The service is efficient and fun and the food is reliably creative and well made. It's on Edmonton trail just up past 7th ave.

            The Blackfoot Truck stop also probably cooks the best sunny and over easy eggs I have had in a restaurant anywhere.....it's weird in there though, but totally cool. You've been warned. I'd check it out if I were you! Good luck

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              aktivistin RE: formerlyfingers Jan 8, 2007 12:48 AM

              In Calgary:

              I second Diner Deluxe. Great atmosphere and well-thought-out food. It's like a traditional diner breakfast done with a gourmet twist. But go early (i.e. before 9:00am) if you're visiting Diner Deluxe on weekends; it fills up very quickly.

              I'd also like to throw in votes for the Galaxie Diner at the corner of 14 Ave and 11 St SW and its sister diner, the Belmont Diner, in Marda Loop (33 Ave SW). A bit cheaper than Diner Deluxe, the two places offer similar all-day breakfast and lunch menus and awesome milkshakes. Like Diner Deluxe, get there early if you're going on a weekend day.

              Any Calgary chowhounds been to the Siding Café lately? Is it good?

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                yen RE: aktivistin Jan 8, 2007 03:15 AM

                Search on Siding Cafe. There was a very long discussion about how badly it has gone downhill since the renos.

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                  aktivistin RE: yen Jan 8, 2007 02:42 PM

                  Thanks, yen! Looks like I'm not going there anytime soon. It's sad to lose such a great place.

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                    yen RE: aktivistin Jan 8, 2007 04:28 PM

                    It is. I loved it, but my last experience there was miserable, after a series of increasingly poor experiences. Ah well, hopefully at some point they get their act together, and someone is actually still around to try it :)

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                  KcM RE: aktivistin Jan 18, 2007 06:59 AM

                  Another vote for Diner Deluxe, great on so many levels...Can't say I've been to the Galaxie before, but I personally wouldn't rush back to the Belmont anytime soon. Way overpriced for what you get: poorly cooked eggs, way salty hashbrowns, and a pretty ho-hum menu (especially compared to Diner Deluxe)...IMO... Breakfast at the Coup on 17th can be really nice option. Great veggie and vegan stuff, tons of flavor, heavenly coffee (Oso Negro!) and not too pricey. Cadence Coffee in Bowness deserves a mention as well, nothing groundbreaking here, but good atmosphere, quality food and again, awesome coffee. Lastly, got to give a shout out to Take 10 cafe in Kensington. Spanish omelette w/ lotsa avocado, salsa and cheese!!

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                    John Manzo RE: KcM Feb 2, 2007 03:34 PM

                    Belmont has almost comically huge portions, so I don't agree with what you say about its value. I just wish they where open for dinner as they were when they first opened- one of their "breakfast burritos" is great for a HUGE dinner but just too much food for breakfast.

                    The Coup is just excellent all around, agree there completely and Oso Negro is a great bean and they pull very good espresos there too. If you like the Coup, have you tried breakfast at Koi? Even better coffee (Big Mountain, Calgary's closest thing to JJ Beans in Van) and vibe, lots of veg options too, www.cafekoi.com

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                    jamtart12 RE: aktivistin Aug 28, 2007 12:20 PM

                    we were just at siding cafe for a birthday brunch last weekend
                    the service was so ridiculous we could only be amused
                    i can't decide if my favourite moment was the blank stare when someone asked for a cafe au lait or when the server had to point and count the 5 of us (twice) before taking the orders
                    the food, however, was quite good
                    i just had fruit and yogurt - so tough to screw up, but the others seemed to be happy, 2 orders of bennie, one quiche, one grilled cheese and an order of mac and cheese; the mac and cheese was very good
                    but be warned - they have a breakfast and a lunch menu but if your party is bigger than 4 or 5 you all have to order from the same menu

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                    mrsloquacious RE: formerlyfingers Apr 19, 2009 06:01 PM

                    I love Diner Deluxe! The food tastes fresh and the place has some serious character. If you go to Diner Deluxe, head next door and grab a loaf of delicious chocolate cranberry sourdough bread. That stuff is hard to come by and soooo good!

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                    Canada Eats RE: Magnapro Jan 3, 2007 12:32 PM

                    In Edmonton, check out the Upper Crust Cafe (109 St., and 87/86 Ave.). They're open Saturdays for breakfast from 9 onwards (or at least those used to be their hours; you might want to double-check). No grease, lots of good options, although of course I'm drawing a blank on specifics right now. All I can think about is their sticky toffee pudding (and this at 8:30 in the morning!).

                    There's also the High Level Diner (109 St., and 88 Ave.). The place is generally overhyped and overblown, but the breakfast is decent, and it's open at 8 in the morning.

                    - Lea

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                      sackman RE: Magnapro Jan 5, 2007 06:57 PM

                      I usually have the eggs benny, and the best I've had are at Jacqueline Suzanne in Inglewood Calgary. Also Chez Francois in Canmore, famous for their eggs benny, almost as good, and not a tub of margarine in sight.

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                        Merry113 RE: sackman Nov 18, 2007 02:02 PM

                        I know this is an old thread but I didn't think I should make a new one - We ate at Chez Fracois in Canmore today for brunch. Had the eggs benny with back bacon and it was WONDERFUL!!!! The hollandaise sauce was the best I have ever had. Had a taste of lemon, butter and a touch of heat.....maybe white pepper?? The english muffins looked house made though could have been from a local baker (should have asked). They are served with fried potatoes and fruit. At $10.95 for two eggs it's not overly expensive either. We will definitely return.....how I wish they were in Calgary!!

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                        Dr. J RE: Magnapro Jan 5, 2007 09:31 PM

                        In Winnipeg -- try Stella's on Osborne or the one at corner of Kenaston and Grant. Great omelets. Great baked goods (Osborne location has more baked goodies).

                        For Edmonton, I agree with all of the above postings. HighLevel Diner is overrated. The Sugar Cube next door has awesome cinnamon buns, and a very interesting brunch menu, though haven't tried anything but the CBs.

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                          Canada Eats RE: Dr. J Jan 5, 2007 10:25 PM

                          Oh no, please don't mention those cinnamon buns to me while I'm so far away in Toronto! That's just cruel. (BTW, I think you meant Sugar Bowl, not Cube :)).

                          Actually, I think the cinnamon buns might be from High Level Diner, ironically, although I heard that years ago, so can't confirm it in any way.

                          - Lea

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                            mims RE: Canada Eats Aug 27, 2007 12:30 PM

                            The Sugar Bowl cinnamon buns are actually made at the Sugar Bowl. I saw it happen every morning When I worked there.

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                          Dr. J RE: Magnapro Jan 6, 2007 05:21 PM

                          Yes, I did mean the Sugar Bowl. I'm fairly new to Edmonton and the source of the CBs is unknown to me. I haven't had a CB at HLD.

                          Happy travels and breakfast eating!

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                            JMHewer RE: Magnapro Jan 9, 2007 03:04 PM

                            Sophie's on West 4th in Vancouver is the place to go for breakfast

                            1. Magnapro RE: Magnapro Jan 11, 2007 02:18 AM

                              Starting in Edmonton,I will try everyplace except the High Level diner(previous bad experiences).
                              Then south to Red Deer and Calgary......
                              On to B.C. via (I'll decide at the time)Haven't heard about Rocky Mountain House or Red Deer.
                              Thank You all so much.
                              I'll plan my trip to include most of these great places and hopefully find a few more.
                              Keep posting Please

                              Feeling like a Maple glazed tenderloin Benny.

                              1. hagar4316 RE: Magnapro Jan 18, 2007 03:25 AM

                                The "Blue Fox" on Fort Street in Victoria, BC. You have to try it.

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                                  Mr Burns RE: Magnapro Jan 18, 2007 03:46 AM

                                  Slickity Jims on Main/Kingsway is a place to AVOID, due to their ludicrous seating policy...

                                  We were there on a busy morning over Xmas 2006, and waited for ten minutes before three parties in three booths (which seat four a-piece) almost simultaneously finished their brunch. Since we had three people, and were third in line, we thought the coffee would be flowin' soon.

                                  The couple who were seated in front, occupying a table for two, seemed like they were having coffee after brunch were then ushered to one of those booths. Strange we thought... Then the two couples ahead of us were both given the remaining booths. That left the table for two empty, and our party of three, and another two parties of four waiting even longer!

                                  Apparently, at this joint, you sign up for where you want to seat, regardless of how many in your party! Needless to say, we left. The seem to be doing their darndest to NOT run a business!

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                                    ceylont RE: Magnapro Jan 25, 2007 04:54 AM

                                    Nelly's in Calgary. loved their periogies.

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                                      tubtub RE: Magnapro Jan 25, 2007 10:53 AM

                                      For Calgary - definitely agree with Dinner Deluxe, and Galaxie.
                                      Another suggestion would be Dell's Cafe in Bowness - its a small family run cafe, and homestyle breakfast is made to order. They are opened at 8 and breakfast is served until 10:30.

                                      1. starlady RE: Magnapro Jan 26, 2007 02:43 PM

                                        Vancouver - Nu and Fiddlehead Joe's
                                        If you are looking for good (quality) hangover breakfast Shineshine Diner is what it's alllll about

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                                          Shazam RE: Magnapro Jan 26, 2007 10:17 PM

                                          What's the verdict on Nellie's in Calgary these days? The last time I went it was less than memorable.

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                                            yen RE: Shazam Jan 26, 2007 11:21 PM

                                            I still find it less than memorable. Though some locations are better than others.

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                                              jkl RE: yen Feb 1, 2007 04:56 PM

                                              Less than memorable... i used to go for their mini muffins but the last couple times i went in, i was told:
                                              1) whomever made the batch messed it up... too bad - sorry.
                                              2) whomever worked the night before forgot to seal the box... too bad - sorry.
                                              3) whomever was SUPPOSE to make them forgot... too bad - sorry.

                                              and now... i remember not to go back... too bad... sorry

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                                            sherry f RE: Magnapro Jan 27, 2007 07:13 AM

                                            Cafe Barney, Vancouver, South Granville. Amazing Blueberry pancakes.

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                                              egon61 RE: Magnapro Aug 28, 2007 08:26 PM

                                              Blue Plate Diner on 104th St. in Edmonton. The basics, but done well.

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                                                geckogirl RE: Magnapro Aug 29, 2007 11:42 AM

                                                I also vote for Diner Deluxe, awesome awesome food if WAY too crowded on weekends. Other good spots in my opinion
                                                -Avenue Diner (11th St and 15th Ave SW)
                                                -Eat! Eat! (9th Ave SE in Inglewood)

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                                                  AriaDream RE: geckogirl Nov 16, 2008 05:31 PM

                                                  I second the vote for Eat! Eat! I recently went there and had eggs benedict and it was wonderful. Best of all, the homefries were great! Those usually suck at most places I've gone to.

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                                                  feuerzeug RE: Magnapro Aug 30, 2007 09:27 AM

                                                  For Calgary, I must, must, must vote against Nellie's, Galaxie, and Belmont. Only go if you enjoy lining up for hours for 'trendy' and 'cool' places that serve mediocre food.

                                                  Diner Deluxe is better, but just up the street in Country Kitchen. It usually gets the overflow from DD, which often has a queue, but I think it is better and tastier, as well as simpler. No frou-frou, just good breakfast.

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                                                    sharonanne RE: feuerzeug Aug 30, 2007 01:25 PM

                                                    We tried to get into Deluxe Diner the other weekend and the wait was predicted to be an hour. This was an hour before the sign says they close so we had to wonder about that.

                                                    We went down to Country Kitchen and it was plain decent food. Not sure it was good enough to drive across town for but we did get some good bread from the Urban Baker too.

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                                                      feuerzeug RE: sharonanne Aug 30, 2007 01:32 PM

                                                      Diner Deluxe is definitely good. Sometimes I just feel like having normal bacon and eggs, and Country Kitchen hits that spot. Maybe it is an exaggeration to call it better than DD, or maybe it is comparing apples to oranges.

                                                      But unless you hit DD for breakfast on a weekday, your chances of getting in quickly are usually slim.

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                                                    feuerzeug RE: Magnapro Aug 30, 2007 01:36 PM

                                                    Ugh, I hate deep fried bacon.

                                                    I was told that DeDutch in Kelowna does a great breakfast if you're heading through the Okanagan. We used to have one in Calgary, but it is gone. I know they do Dutch pannekoek, which are really tasty, for breakfast or otherwise. They are very crepe-like, and I prefer them to the tasteless foam cakes you get at most breakfast places.

                                                    De Dutch Pannekoek House
                                                    1749 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y3H3, CA

                                                    De Dutch Pannekoek House
                                                    Hwy 97 S, Kelowna, BC, Canada

                                                    1. puck1337 RE: Magnapro Sep 8, 2007 10:37 AM

                                                      In Winnipeg, The Toad in the Hole (a pub in Osborne Village) has an amazing greasy-style breakfast available on the weekends. Stella's is really good, but the best breakfast in the city might be available at Blaze Bistro (in the Delta downtown).

                                                      Blaze Bistro & Lounge
                                                      350 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C, CA

                                                      1. trixel RE: Magnapro Sep 12, 2007 09:33 PM

                                                        I realize this is long past your trip, but I had to mention the daily breakfast buffet at the Hotel Fort Garry downtown Winnipeg. Eggs cooked to order. Fresh fruit and pastries. Absolutely delicious.

                                                        It gets even fancier (and more expensive) on Sunday when they have a brunch buffet which is a Winnipeg institution and voted the best brunch in town by the Globe and Mail. Call ahead and make a reservation if you plan to go on a Sunday.

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                                                          emeraldeyes RE: trixel Sep 13, 2007 01:38 PM

                                                          I must absolutely endorse the Fort Garry Hotel Sunday brunch. Amazing!!

                                                          Variety! Freshness!!

                                                        2. Cancuk RE: Magnapro Sep 13, 2007 07:07 PM


                                                          Nu (Under Granville St. bridge, North side)
                                                          Seb's (Fraser/Broadway)
                                                          Diva at the Met (Met Hotel, downtown).

                                                          Fiddlehead Joe's is good as well.

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                                                            DezH RE: Magnapro Sep 14, 2007 05:27 PM

                                                            My faves and my favorite things there if I can remember what they are:

                                                            Sophies: I usually have either the veggie omelet or one of their mexicanish eggs dishes and I steal part of hubby's pancakes (buckwheaty? with a little cinnamon flavor I think- awesome). We made sure to go when we were in town for the weekend.
                                                            Elbow Room: any of the creatively named omelettes or egg dishes.
                                                            DeDutch Pannekoek House: perogy pannekoek of some variety.

                                                            Olive Olio's (Cadboro Bay- below the UVic campus): best cinnamon buns ever. Many other tasty baked goods, as well as lovely coffee
                                                            John's Place: nothings terribly fancy, but terrific service, excellent eggs benny (with delicious ham) and we haven't found a place we like as well in Edmonton or Vancouver.

                                                            Still exploring Edmonton, but so far we've tried
                                                            High Level Diner: good food, long wait, but good service once you get in. Love the fruit smoothies, omelets a little too much like I make at home- very free form.
                                                            Blue Plate Diner: good food, good service, menu was small and heavily salsaed.

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                                                              Magnapro RE: DezH Sep 14, 2007 09:33 PM

                                                              Thank you for the info I'm still travelling and sampling along the way. Doing another Northwest tour in a few weeks. I do read everyones input and have been trying to visit every recommended place possible.
                                                              Keep em coming Thanks

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                                                              FashionDiva84 RE: Magnapro Nov 7, 2007 09:43 PM

                                                              Cora's in Winnipeg is great. There's a few locations, but I like the one in the French cultural centre best.

                                                              And anyone who says they don't like the Giant Apple Pancake at the Original Pancake House is either on glue, lying to you, or has no tongue.

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                                                                cleopatra999 RE: FashionDiva84 Nov 19, 2007 04:26 AM

                                                                casual: sugarbowl, urban diner (went through some tough patches, but back to a fantastic breakfast, especially the bennies), bacon (new, small, 100 mile menu, homemade food),
                                                                nicer: culina (have the bacon & eggs....braised succulent pork, mushroom frittata & hash)
                                                                nicest: cafe de ville (by far the best mini croissants this far from Paris)
                                                                Calgary: galaxie, diner delux, belmont, pfantistic pannakoek house (this place is apparently much better than de dutch, great experience....think thin crepe like pancake with toppings cooked like a pizza without the sauce or goopy mozza)
                                                                Canmore: the summit cafe (big with the locals, off the main strip)
                                                                Jasper: the black sheep cafe

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                                                                  blackpowdermorning RE: FashionDiva84 Nov 16, 2008 06:35 AM

                                                                  I second the vote for the Giant Apple pancake! If you can't tackle a whole plateful of sugary, doughy goodness, might I recommend the Baby Apple, which is just barely smaller than the size of a dinner plate.

                                                                2. blackpowdermorning RE: Magnapro Nov 16, 2008 06:37 AM

                                                                  Whistler: Crepe Montagne (they make their own caramel sauce... oh gosh you'll kill for this!)
                                                                  Elements (also a tapas bar in the evening, but it is rumoured that it's the same Wildwood breakfast, only fancied up and you get a smoothie shot with your meal)

                                                                  Seine River Cafe
                                                                  Pancake House

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                                                                    anewton RE: blackpowdermorning Nov 16, 2008 11:02 AM

                                                                    I wholeheartedly endorse Mo:Le in Victoria. A cut above, and using primarily organic ingredients.

                                                                    Blue Fox in Victoria is good but the lines are RIDICULOUS.

                                                                    Sunshine Cafe in Victoria also has very soild breakfasts (great omelettes).

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                                                                    retroville RE: Magnapro Nov 17, 2008 01:08 AM

                                                                    If you are coming to red deer, Check out hubies. Its a 50s diner in a little strip mall in westpark. jukeboxes on the wall, lots of elvis paraphenalia, tasty omelettes, and massive pancakes. also friday is free extra patty on your burger day, and all the fries you can eat.. And the milkshake comes in the metal container. I miss that..

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                                                                      anewton RE: retroville Nov 17, 2008 06:27 AM

                                                                      Correction to my previous post; I meant to say that Shine Cafe in Victoria has very solid breakfasts (NOT Sunshine Cafe, which probably doesn't even exist!)

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                                                                      kits221 RE: Magnapro Jan 15, 2009 01:23 PM

                                                                      Elements in Whistler has pretty good breakfast, but really bad service.

                                                                      1. tamberb RE: Magnapro Jan 15, 2009 03:06 PM

                                                                        If you stop in Banff...make sure you hit up Bruno's. SO SO SO good. GO early to get a table because it's always packed...or go a little later after the breakfast rush is gone.

                                                                        It's a 'can't miss'

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                                                                          John Manzo RE: tamberb Mar 8, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                                          It's still around eh? One of the best deals in Banff!

                                                                        2. Magnapro RE: Magnapro Mar 7, 2009 09:57 PM

                                                                          I am now seeking the best brunch in Edmonton. I am heading to the Fairmont Macdonald Hotel so far. But I would really like any alternatives. I still have yet to find a good breakfast spot in E-town. I am after superb cooking price is not the object.


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                                                                            mrsloquacious RE: Magnapro Apr 19, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                                            Best brunch?

                                                                            For AYCE, we really like the Tom Goodchild's Moose Factory brunch. Another one (though maybe it has gone downhill since our visits) is the Atrium at the Radisson Edmonton South. Brunch - AYCE - at La Ronde is great for a view and tasty too, but expect to pay out the wazoo for it.

                                                                            My sister swears by the brunch (not AYCE) at Hulbert's Coffee House. We even like the brunch at Milestones, and of course Wildflower Grill is yummy.

                                                                            Best food (quality-wise) in Edm, IMHO, is at Hardware Grill, followed by Characters, Ric's Grill, and Jack's Grill. Maybe these places have brunch?

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                                                                            mrsloquacious RE: Magnapro Apr 19, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                                            In Edmonton:
                                                                            - Wildflower Grill - tasty, pricier, but very good fare.
                                                                            - New York Bagel Cafe ~ pricier but good, and expect a line-up.
                                                                            - Barb & Ernie's ~ you can't get more authentic than this! Our Edmonton favourite. Character building with great breakfasts (including potato pancakes) that even my grampa loves!!

                                                                            In Vancouver:

                                                                            - Paul's Place ~ Our absolute favourite. The bennies come with real (not mix) hollandaise and the omelets are *amazing.* Jam is also homemade, and the servers are great folks (we know some of them personally). Affordable too, but again you may need to wait in line.
                                                                            - Sophie's Cosmic Cafe - spunky place, big plates.
                                                                            - Slicketty Jim's Chat and Chew - crazy name but another character place with some good food (though presentation is a little lacking).
                                                                            - Central Bistro - my favourite is the croissant French toast. Yum!
                                                                            - Joe's Grill - another local favourite with a line-up out the door.

                                                                            List is still growing as we continue exploring Van...

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                                                                              blackpowdermorning RE: mrsloquacious Oct 1, 2009 03:56 PM

                                                                              Try Zen Cafe on Arbutus. Good variety of eggs bennies, and fast, FAST service. Get in line though, or come early/late cause this is a busy place.

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                                                                                grayelf RE: blackpowdermorning Oct 1, 2009 04:33 PM

                                                                                What city is Zen Cafe in?

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                                                                                  ck1234 RE: grayelf Oct 1, 2009 04:51 PM

                                                                                  I'm guessing they mean Cafe Zen on Yew, here in Vancouver? I could be wrong though! :-) Personally, I didn't like the eggs benny I tried there - once.

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                                                                                Magnapro RE: mrsloquacious Nov 4, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                                                I have been to Barb and Ernies in Edmonton and would never go again. The food was terrible.
                                                                                Not even close to what I want in brunch or breakfast.

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                                                                                  Lotti RE: Magnapro Jun 4, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                  I agree about Barb and Ernies - I just don't see the attraction. My sister insisted we go there a few years ago. I also thought the food was terrible - greasy, not as hot as it should have been, and very ordinary. The only thing I could see that may be an attraction was Ernie's personality. He certainly went all out to acknowledge people he new - his way of trying to make them feel welcome I guess. I found him very annoying and loud, but my sister loved the attention she got from being recognized from a previous visit.

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                                                                                    mims RE: Lotti Mar 8, 2011 02:55 PM

                                                                                    I live 3 blocks away from Barb and Ernie's, and will cross town to go for breakfast.

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                                                                                pennystock RE: Magnapro Apr 21, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                A litle known place in Edmonton is Hathaway's Diner. Its small and homey and everything is homemade. There is usually a wait at the door, but its quick - and well worth it.

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                                                                                  foodie00bc RE: Magnapro Oct 16, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                  Blue Toque Diner in Fernie.
                                                                                  The best breakfast anywhere.

                                                                                  Blue Toque Diner
                                                                                  601 1st Ave, Fernie, BC V0B, CA

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                                                                                    foodkarma RE: Magnapro Nov 5, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                                                    - Definitely Wildwood

                                                                                    - Joe's Grill: my fav Eggs Florentine
                                                                                    - Dim sum at Garden City Hot Pot or a few of the Shanghai restaurants in Richmond

                                                                                    - Diner Deluxe - love the lemon curd fried oatmeal
                                                                                    - The Coup

                                                                                    - Culina's
                                                                                    - Blue Plate Diner

                                                                                    - Stella's

                                                                                    - L'Avenue - mmmmmm the juicy omelettes and the carmelized banana crepes with vanilla creme anglaise.

                                                                                    Blue Plate Diner
                                                                                    10145 - 104 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9, CA

                                                                                    Joe's Grill
                                                                                    2061 W 4th, Vancouver, BC V6J1N3, CA

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                                                                                      trixel RE: foodkarma Feb 16, 2010 07:31 PM

                                                                                      I second Diner Deluxe in Calgary, and Stella's in Winnipeg.

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                                                                                        gingerbelle RE: trixel Apr 29, 2010 06:12 PM

                                                                                        I ate at Diner Deluxe today because of all the rave reviews here, and now I have to add another one! Eggs were perfect, yolks SOOO bright and healthy, in-house chorizo was intense and delicious. service was fast and our server was very attentive. she knew all about the sources of the meat and eggs - which farmer, how they raise their animals, etc! we went early on a weekday because we didn't want to wait in line. awesome!

                                                                                        Diner Deluxe
                                                                                        804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

                                                                                      2. re: foodkarma
                                                                                        Magnapro RE: foodkarma Apr 10, 2010 10:24 AM

                                                                                        Edmonton, Did not find Culina good at all.
                                                                                        The Blue plate very average.

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                                                                                          anonymoose RE: Magnapro Apr 12, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                                          Which Culina did you go to and why didn't you find it good?

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                                                                                            mianoelle RE: Magnapro Dec 7, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                            Thank you! I too found Culina (Millcreek) to be thoroughly mediocre. The flavours in my meal, as well as my mother's were nothing special (we went for Saturday brunch). I'm wondering if we're just ordering the wrong thing. that and the service was lacking, but maybe our waitress was just having a bad day.

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                                                                                            foodkarma RE: foodkarma Jul 1, 2010 09:04 PM

                                                                                            I'll add that over the year, we've also started to frequent Dairy Lane in Calgary. I love that they focus on local farms and fresh ingredients.

                                                                                            Also in Calgary Pfanntastic Pannekoek Haus is a favourite.

                                                                                            In Edmonton, we have gone to Barb and Ernie's lots over this year - I know it's a greasy joint with long line ups but Ernie's so entertaining and we love their eggs benedict over schnitzel. There's a level of cozy divey-ness about it that's great sometimes for a Sunday morning.

                                                                                            Dairy Lane Cafe
                                                                                            319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

                                                                                          3. Zollipop RE: Magnapro May 16, 2010 11:38 PM

                                                                                            Winnipeg. Two Words: Tallest Poppy. Don't mind the homeless on the way in. They're mostly harmless.

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                                                                                              chillywilly2 RE: Zollipop Jun 4, 2010 07:31 AM

                                                                                              I just read your post, Zollipop, and will try Tallest Poppy this month. Two other spots that I have found excellent and not expensive, particularly for breakfast, are The Nook at 43 Sherbrook and J & H at 2635 Portage. J&H has a large breakfast which, although closer to $10 than $5, will keep you satisfied right through lunch.

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                                                                                              jsfoodchat RE: Magnapro Jun 4, 2010 08:33 PM

                                                                                              In Calgary try the new Red's Diner - very impressive.

                                                                                              Red's Diner
                                                                                              1514 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2, CA

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                                                                                                dineoutgal RE: Magnapro Jun 13, 2010 09:15 AM

                                                                                                Black Sheep Diner - 540 Ellice Ave - great farmer's sausage and omelettes
                                                                                                Falafel Place - 1101 Corydon Ave - diverse offerings from eggs and bacon to falafels and shwarma; noisy busy vibe
                                                                                                Stella's - 166 Osborne Street - good non-greasy breakfast and sandwich options
                                                                                                Fresh Cafe - 775 Corydon - great bison burger and bison or turkey sausage - all made in house. and yummy fresh juice bar

                                                                                                Oh and I've heard that Gasthaus Gutenburger (2583 Portage Ave), a German place serves a very hearty brunch.

                                                                                                More pricey brunch buffet options:
                                                                                                Fort Garry Hotel - 222 Broadway - massive offering of food - omlette station, meat station, lots of hot food, breakfast food, seafood, dessert table with chocolate fountain
                                                                                                Terrace Fifty Five - 55 Pavilion Crescent in Assiniboine Park
                                                                                                Gates on Roblin - 6945 Roblin Boulevard in Headlingley

                                                                                                The Gates on Roblin
                                                                                                6945 Roblin Blvd, Headingley, MB R4H 1A2, CA

                                                                                                1. Magnapro RE: Magnapro Dec 1, 2010 10:41 PM

                                                                                                  I am back on the road in Alberta looking for good breakfast every town I go to.
                                                                                                  Any good breakfast suggestions in Red Deer or Ponoka?
                                                                                                  Really I need any good breakfast places in the three western provinces at this time.primarily Alberta for a few weeks.. Thanks for any suggestions :)

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                                                                                                  1. re: Magnapro
                                                                                                    maplesugar RE: Magnapro Dec 2, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                    Surprisingly Ricky's does a decent breakfast - there's one off Gasoline Alley on the west side in front of Costco. For a quick bite (after 9:15am...mall hours) I like the breakfast paninis at Good Earth.

                                                                                                    Otherwise if you're here over the weekend Fuzion in Sylvan Lake serves up a good brunch. http://www.site.fuzionrestaurant.ca Ack it seems their brunch menu isn't online.

                                                                                                    Let me talk to DH since he's downtown in the early hours and see what he recommends.

                                                                                                    1. re: maplesugar
                                                                                                      Magnapro RE: maplesugar Jan 19, 2011 05:45 PM

                                                                                                      I tend not to like the type of food at Ricky's, it is all the bad food I talked about in the original post.
                                                                                                      Restaurants need to do a much better job than they are doing at Ricky's.
                                                                                                      Some people here are beginning to talk about Cora's.
                                                                                                      But we shall see.

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                                                                                                        maplesugar RE: Magnapro Jan 19, 2011 07:25 PM

                                                                                                        No Cora's in Red Deer I'm afraid. As for Ricky's, it's not all bad imho. I avoid the greasy offerings and stick to their omelets. I don't know about other locations but the few times I've been there whoever is doing the eggs is getting them right.

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                                                                                                    sharkphine RE: Magnapro Dec 2, 2010 03:19 PM

                                                                                                    I love Big Fish on Edmonton Trail in Calgary, AB. Their brunch menu is simple but oh-so-satisfying. I especially like their take on eggs benedict with dungeness crab.

                                                                                                    Big Fish
                                                                                                    1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

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                                                                                                      Magnapro RE: sharkphine Dec 4, 2010 04:07 AM

                                                                                                      Thanks that sounds good, question: have you read KItchen Confidential? You might rarely eat eggs Benedict or antthing with Hollandaise in a restaurant after that, but I like to live on the edge!
                                                                                                      I will give Big Fish a try.

                                                                                                      Big Fish
                                                                                                      1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

                                                                                                      1. re: sharkphine
                                                                                                        maplesugar RE: sharkphine Dec 4, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                                                        In the same area of Calgary there's Over Easy. I had their Bison eggs bene the last time we were there and it was fantastic... apparently I live more on the edge than I thought ;) Get there early to try and avoid the lineup. The thread about Over Easy when it first opened: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662393

                                                                                                      2. anonymoose RE: Magnapro Dec 7, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                        In Edmonton everyone is gaga over Cora's.
                                                                                                        I also still love the eggs benedict at Urban Diner.

                                                                                                        Urban Diner
                                                                                                        12427 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N, CA

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                                                                                                        1. re: anonymoose
                                                                                                          foodkarma RE: anonymoose Jan 19, 2011 08:13 PM

                                                                                                          I've been to Cora's in Halifax, Toronto, and Calgary... and IMHO still don't get why it's so popular. I get that they give you fresh fruit but once I went with a friend and his fruit plate cost $11-13 IIRC. Other than that I find the other items quite mediocre.

                                                                                                          Haven't had brunch in Red Deer yet but have had great dinners at Restaurant 27 when I'm passing through. Just checked and the website advertises Sunday brunch - http://www.restaurant27.ca/menus/sund...

                                                                                                          1. re: anonymoose
                                                                                                            Magnapro RE: anonymoose Jun 25, 2011 04:36 AM

                                                                                                            I'd rather eat breakfast at a place like the "Red Goose" in Edmonton than any chain restaurant.
                                                                                                            Yes it's a bit divey, but the food is better than chain food.
                                                                                                            Barb and Ernies sucks I must say.
                                                                                                            Just my opinion as many people like it.

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