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Oct 26, 2008 03:54 PM

YYC breakfast spots

Recently, a friend and I have started going out for breakfast on Saturday mornings.
We have done Diner Deluve, Avenue Diner and Galaxie diner. We are trying to avoid hotels and anything really expensive, but that has limited our choices.
Any suggestions?

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  1. I've heard good things about Cora's (although I've never been) and I'm pretty sure I've seen John recommend Bumpy's Cafe as a reasonable breakfast spot. I also found you can get some good early morning eats at the CFM (plus some P&S coffee before you leave!)

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    1. re: raidar

      Yep, Bumpy's has some delicious bfast items- including a really wonderful oatmeal w/ homemade fruit purees. And they are open Sat.

      1. re: raidar

        Cora's is good and really inexpensive as well. I recommend the April 89 fruit loaded crepe with custard or the waffle which is the same except with waffle instead of crepe, if you don't mind fruit for breakfast. For savory try the Ben et Dictine or the Crepomelette au gratin. This is a Canadian establishment and originates in Quebec.

        1. re: cn1822

          After a 6am drop at the airport this morning, I considered this to be an opportunity to try Cora's in Northland. There have been plenty of links to the establishment, and CH has offered up some AMAZING suggestions. So off we went! We arrived on a Sunday at 7:15am and there was no lineup. Great! Only half a dozen seats were occupied, and our server was prompt. She was of the plate-slinging variety, but whatever. We're good. Breki was served about 20 minutes later, all good. We dig in! Now I am so sad, Cora's IMO doesn't pan out. I had the 7th of July, hubby the Panini-Crepe (he sub'd swiss for cheddar which was graciously accommodated). But, crepes should not be ... gluey comes to mind, and the consistency of neoprene (there was NO way they could be cut without a knife), the fruit accompaniment shouldn't have been tossed yesterday, and the eggs in the Panini shouldn't be completely "browned". (sigh) On a picky point, and perhaps you think I am picky already, they might also want to use seedless grapes, cut the cores out of the pineapple, and pan fry the potato wedges for more than (... maybe) 30 seconds. I can't comment on coffee as others have since I made Espresso at home before leaving for YYC. I don't think other like establishments have anything to worry about. Hubby says he would have rather had a Tim Horton's breki sandwich (with biscuit) instead. If we were near Sunterra, we would add a container of their fresh fruit salad and be happier than going to Cora's. But hey, we tried, and you never know until you do... Next, Diner Deluxe!

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

          1. re: nutellaluvr

            Sorry to hear Cora's quality has slipped so badly. Neoprene crepes? *shudder*

      2. Breakfasty and brunch places are few and far in between. I have heard others mention Diner delux. How were those places for breakfast? We used to go to Perkins for buttermilk pancakes. They have pretty hearty breakfasts.

        The last place we had breakfast was 1886 Cafe

        187 Barclay Parade SW, Eau Claire
        (403) 269-9255

        It was very good and fully packed.

        Another place I have heard of Belmont Diner

        2008 33rd Avenue SW
        (403) 242-6782

        1. I'll third the Bumpy's recommendation--love the breakfast panini!

          I visited eat! eat! in Inglewood for the first time today. Had the eggs benny with spinach and tomato--the hollandaise was done light, not rich though tasty, and the eggs were perfect. I didn't like the wilted/blanched spinach, but then again, I chose this option over ham. It's a great spot with a lot of menu choice (almost too much) and I'd definitely visit again to try their breakfast specials (today's was chocolate chunk banana pancakes).

          To give you an idea of the prices, a full eggs benny is $12 and a half is $7 -- most other items hover around $10. That includes sandwiches and burgers.

          eat! eat! has an early bird special every weekday from 7 - 9 in the morning. In short, I'd recommend it as another place to try. It is comparable to the places you have mentioned.

          Other recommendations include: Dairy Lane in West Hillhurst, the Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus near Altadore/River Park (Crowchild and 54th Ave), and the aforementioned Belmont Diner in Marda Loop. For cheap breakfast, try these three Hong Kong-style diners in Chinatown: Calgary Court and ABC Bakery (although I'd check Calgary Health Region's board first to make sure there aren't any outstanding infractions).

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          1. re: aktivistin

            I wondered about Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus, but didn't really get a feel for it from their website. Can anyone give more details about the food, is it really just a large crepe?

            1. re: raidar

              I LOVE Pfanntastic Pannenkoeks! We go there at least 2x month. Similar to large crepe, but the fillings are baked into the batter, not rolled around. Choices are huge from savory to sweet. Prices are excellent, most pannenkoeks are 10-12 range for the savory ones. Very fresh food and great quick service. Nice touches to the service, like getting a gratis speculaas cookie with your tea. Very laid back family style place. Great for kids - they have a big toy box by the front door. Don't forget to try the Stroop syrup (a container is on every table) on your pancake - the owner suggested trying it on our savory pancakes - yum!

              1. re: dollykat

                Yep - this place is foodie. I LOVE it too. BUT I can see how you might be sceptical from the look of it on the web and even from the outside.

                In the end, the line up speaks for itself. If you are into the morning breakfast scene go at 9 am and beat the rush. By 10: the place is lined up out the door. As a tip, try sharing as portions are large. My husband and I get one savory too start and then have a sweet to finish. The cookes that go with the coffee are good too.

          2. artisan bistro! in bridgeland. this place is criminally underrated. these days, i prefer to diner deluxe, which is saying a lot, considering my better half worked at diner deluxe for years.

            dairy lane and eat! eat! are good options too.

            1. I recently went to Diner Deluxe's sister place down the street - Big Fish - for weekend brunch.

              It was excellent - a deep-fried soft shell crab sandwich with wild boar bacon and organic tomatoes. Enormous to eat and delicious! A bit on the pricey side at $15 (with hash browns & coleslaw), but worth every penny.

              Also shared the curry mussels, which were really good.

              Lots of other brunch items to try...

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              1. re: ybnormal

                I was going to suggest Big Fish as well - but I hesitated because I like it so much and I can always get in without a line up ... so I didn't want to tip off the masses! But now that the cat's out the bag, I can say that it's my fave breakfast place in the city. I love the creative breakfast selections, fresh ingredients, and excellent brewed coffee (I haven't tried any espresso based drinks yet).

                1. re: Jigga

                  Sigh. I'm with Jigga. Big Fish. But don't tell anybody else because I can't get in this Saturday I am going to be very sad.

                  Down the street Noon is pretty good as well - good backup if you give up on Diner Deluxe, tho not as cool.

                  1. re: Jigga

                    Ooooh. I can't wait to try this place! Thanks for the recommendation!