Breakfast in Calgary
Why is it so hard in this great city on a weekend to find a place to sit and enjoy a good breakfast?
There is no end of great diners; Diner Delux, Dairy lane, Galaxy, Belmont.... etc but why is it that you need to stand around at all of these places for an hour watching other people eat before you can get so much as a cup of coffee!
I have a few jewels I'd like to share... and Now that Calgary is smoke free there are a lot of breakfast option that are way easier to enjoy.
Palamino has a great little breakfast menu (maybe 5 items) but there is more seating than you can imagine and the banana and PB stuffed french toast topped with bacon is to die for! Only Saturdays* they are closed on Sunday.
Village Cantina on 9th in Inlgewood has a really nice spread, they use cabata bread with all there breakies.. which i just love about this place.
The Crossroads Market on Blackfoot Tr. There are 2 booths in the food court do a $4 fry up, for a cheep and greasy breakfast, there is never a line up there and they both serve till 11 am Sat and Sunday. nothing special.. but sometime you just want breakfast with out the pain in the but!
Wolfmans Pub / Basil's in Marda Loop always overlooked for Nellys and Belmont, the breakfast menu here puts them both to shame. There Benny is spot on, and the hash browns come 2 ways.. both fresh made and pan fried...mmmmmm.
Candance Cafe in Bowness (somebody correct me on the name, because I think I have it wrong)
Really a fine breakfast spread ( I would avoid the baked goods there.. as I don't think they are baked fresh on site) but the friend egg sandwich now thats fresh and pretty fabulous.
Cravings Market on Flint road.... now just like the crossroads.. this is an option for a basic breakfast... the food is not special at all, but it's really speedy.. and as the place is always dead, you can get a table no problem. I have a few issues with this place, like they only serve starbucks coffee which i personally hate so I have to opt for tea with breakfast, that aside it's a weird "market" style of dinning... you get a shopping list and it's basically a self serve deal. You walk around to different stations and order you food. Cool in concept... but it's a little annoying. The perk of this place (which i tried for the first time this Sunday) is the breakfast I had the basic 2 eggs breakfast, came with a whopping bowl of fresh fruit salad that was perfect. the "whole wheat toast" was super whitey and smothered in margarine :( but the eggs were great and let me say again SUPER SPEEDY! If you had a huge group of people you wanted to have breakfast with... this is the place to ensure a table, and a quick meal!
We've been looking for a place to have our monthly Sunday brunch meeting for a few years and we ended up at the Village Park Inn. It's ok but far from great. Every once in a while someone suggests we can find a better place but it's difficult. We need something central as some come from Inglewood and some from Springbank. We don't do the standing and waiting part well so want reservations and we need not to be hassled when we pull out the paperwork after eating.
If you have a suggestion I'd love to hear it.
The Palomino's Fried Egg Sandwich is lovely too! I am also a big fan of Avenue Diner (line-ups occur) but when I want a "cultural" outing the Blackfoot Diner rocks! For those of you who remember a little sitcom called "Alice" the Blackfoot Diner is like stepping on to the set. The ladies serving you even wear jumpsuits and every jukebox has Johnny Cash tunes. I cannot tell you how good their homemade pies are or how greasy their giant burgers are but I can tell you that I have yet to add a quantity of syrup that cannot be sucked up by their pancakes....and I love every morsel of them. Look, I love the Avenue Diner (my favorite breakfast spot) but if I am hungover, feeling nasty and not wanting to shower before entering a public place there is no other place I'd rather get my groove back. How can you beat a place with a toy train rolling around the ceiling? Oh, and those pies do look DAMN good...even if Flo isn't the one serving you!
River Cafe for Sunday brunch is worth the call for reservations....
The place in Bowness is called Cadence Café (or Coffee, I'm not sure which; http://www.cadencecoffee.com/).
The Kilkenny in Brentwood has a Sunday buffet brunch with a great pastry/dessert spread. They make a decent omelet and the buffet offerings are plentiful. Pretty good food for the price. It's been a while since I went for the Sunday brunch, so I am not sure if they still have it.