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Jan 22, 2008 10:40 AM

Best Cheap/Value Breakfast in Calgary

I've always been a fan of cheapo breakfasts. Not only because they're cheap, but because a lot of the times they're the best tasting (albeit not always the healthiest).

So, back when I was in Ottawa I had a few favourite places, but since being in Calgary, I have yet to find some good old fashioned dirt-cheap breakkies.

I've heard rumours that Tipperary's has a $1 or $2 breakfast, but I just found that out recently and I haven't check to see if it rings true.

Any suggestions from the fellow 'hounders?

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  1. I'm not sure you would call it dirt cheap but 1886 beside the Eau Clare Market makes a pretty good all-day breakfast.

    1. Casinos have dirt cheap breakfasts. The Elbow has $2.99 eggs, bacon, sausage and toast, pretty good for the price. I heard other ones have comparable (cheap) breakfasts, free if you play poker all night :)

      There's also a place in Inglewood on the way to the zoo, I don't know the name but it's a diner-ish spot on the right side as you approach the zoo parking lot heading north from 9th Ave, last time I was there about 2 years ago breakfast was about $4. There's a lot of other places in Inglewood for about $10-$12 breakfasts, reasonable but not cheap (I think that's what you were looking for) - Buffalo cafe, Deane House, Jacqueline Suzanne (after 11 so more like brunch).

      1. I hear the IKEA breakfast is decent and it certainly is cheap but haven't been there so can't confirm.

        The Galaxy Diner is reasonable for the portion size.

        Breakfast panini from Safeway. The other sandwiches are good, this one might be good too. It could happen.

        The Lido in Kensington. I've had good luck there but I can imagine the experience might not always be stellar.

        6 Replies
        1. re: sharonanne

          ikea's $1 breakfast was great, but they switched to powdered eggs and the sausage tastes like their meatballs....too bad, that used to be a great deal

          1. re: sharonanne

            Tried the Lido the other day, and I found it absolutely disgusting. The homefries are just a bunch of greasy, barely-cooked rabbit turds, and everything tasted like it was cooked in 5 litres of canola. I'll take Ikea's $1 breakfast over that place any day.

            1. re: fmanning

              Haha. I guess you should have been warned that the Lido is a total grease pit. I suppose it's a good cheap, casual, retro-ish place to go if you have a yearning for heart-stopping amounts of greasy food. ;)

              I find eat! eat! in Inglewood very good, and the prices are very reasonable.

              1. re: charliel

                I believe that charliel is being charitable here. Lido is awful. I don't know why people eat there.

                Nothing that I have had at Lido is made from scratch. Everything is cheap, processed and nasty. It is a dive in all but appearance. (It is surprisingly clean inside.)

            2. re: sharonanne

              You might try Take Ten - north of the Lido; just past the Broken Plate. Prices are the same or less than the Lido. It is under new management (~3-4 months) so I haven't had breakfast there recently. They were busy when I walked past on Saturday.

              1. re: cancowboy

                I second Take Ten. Take Ten is good. Lido is dire.

            3. Chinatown is great for cheap, tasty breakfast, with different places offering a number of options in Hong Kong style. Most places have inexpensive breakfasts before 10:00 or 11:00 am. For example, at the ABC Bakery and Café on 3rd Ave, you can get two eggs any style, ham macaroni soup, and a coffee for $5 (which includes tax and tip). Calgary Court and MBA (I think) also offer cheap breakfast, some of which could be eaten for lunch, like pork chops.

              Plenty of MSG in a lot of the dishes, though, so definitely not healthy!

              The IKEA breakfast is definitely cheap ($1.99 or less) but I'm not a big fan of the powdered eggs nor of the dried-out chewy potatoes.

              1. electroleum, i feel your pain... or at least remember feeling it when i moved here from ottawa many years ago. I was shocked at the lack of cheap breakfasts when i got out here. i used to eat at ada's all the time on Bank st, where you could get 2 eggs, toast, hash browns and bacon for a couple bucks. my advice is to get used to paying 3-4x that for breakfast in calgary... there just doesn't seem to be as much of a culture for the cheap breakfasts here.

                having said that, the Lido suggestion from sharonanne and the Inglewood Diner from hsk are good suggestions for what you're looking for. I have lunch once in a while at the Inglewood diner, and you just can't beat it for artery-clogging value (you will probably feel slightly ill after the double burger and fries). Also in inglewood, there's the oddly-named delightful cafe, sandwiched in behind Kane's diner. Breakfast here is only a couple of bucks, and i would say you get what you pay for... I had a denver there one time which brought back strong memories of the one's i'd get in downtown ottawa. If you're in canmore, i'd suggest the canmore inn, it's quite the um, experience. i can't imagine what it would've been like when it was still a smoking establishment. When we were there, the food took it's time, but when it arrived, it was relatively good.

                i've heard rumours of some bars doing cheap breakfasts too, but can't confirm either. it seems to me that Broken City used to do $4 breakfasts on sunday, but i'm not sure. I think the Rose and Crown had a similar thing going, but last i went, it wasn't really that cheap.

                It seems to me that there has got to be some greasy-spoon, diner-type places in forest lawn, or maybe marlborough that serve cheap breakfast that i'm missing out on, but haven't managed to track them down yet.