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May 5, 2008 04:24 AM

morning pho in calgary


I have been looking for a few days in calgary for a vietnamese restaurant that opens early, 6am, for breakfast. does anyone know of such a restaurant? thanks!


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  1. Have you checked Chinatown? They might have enough traffic to warrant it.

    1. Lotus Grill on Macleod and 10th SW opened for breakfast, 7am I think. They've changed hands recently so not sure if they still are.

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      1. re: hsk

        They werent serving Vietnamese food for breakfast though was my understanding. Just regular "grill" items.. (bacon, eggs, etc...)

        1. re: yen

          I found this place by chance yesterday and tried it. It's not clear if they open at 7, 7:30, or 8am, because I saw a lot of different opening-hours signs. And I think the name might have changed, although you can still see Lotus Grill outside.

          Anyways, they happily gave me a very large bowl of pho, but I am not sure if they would serve other items off the regular menu. So yes, this is a winner!

          1. re: rumbleca

            That's awesome. I stand corrected - thanks for the intel. Im going to have to give that a try sometime soon. I love pho for breakfast!

      2. Looks like you just got back from Vietnam, and you already miss all the breakfast scene in the market.

        I don't think the North American Vietnamese people open that early for breakfast. Is just the life style here, and yes I do agreed the breakfast selection in Asia are much more better than Calgary.

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        1. re: wine guru

          Is there some other city in Canada where Pho is served at breakfast? I see no reason to malign Calgary for something that's the case in every Vietnamese resto in North America,

        2. I think the closest you'll get to this is to order pho to go the previous night. Any self-respecting vietnamese restaurant will pack up the broth separately. Just be sure to get the meat and veg in the fridge right away.

          Next morning, just bring the broth to a boil and pour over everything else.

          Not the same, I know. But not bad either. If you do manage to find a restaurant open that early for pho, let us know. I bet it'll become popular fast!

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          1. re: can_i_try_some

            thank you, that is a good idea. as I mentioned above, the Lotus Grill place (or whatever the new name is) opens, I think at 7:30, although the day I got there opened at 8am. I spoke with them and they were keen on having a lot of breakfast business.

            Oh, and actually it is on 11th ave and macleod trail north, not 10th.

            1. re: rumbleca

              Yeah I forgot - 10th is where all those transformers are. Sorry.

              I'm not surprised they'd let you have pho for breakfast, it's sure a lot easier to make a bowl of pho than eggs over easy with bacon and hashbrowns.