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Desperately seeking good, fun breakfast place in Ottawa

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Can anyone help? When we lived in Victoria, we had several amazing choices for breakfast. People would regularly queue up to eat at places like Mo:Lé, Shine Café, Blue Fox, etc. Since moving to Ottawa, we've been unable to find a similar spot... something fun with character, friendly service, great food that offers more than just your standard eggs, homefries, etc. (And please, don't suggest Cora's...we ate there...once.)

Here are a couple of items off Mo:Le's menu to give you an idea of the kind of thing we're looking for:
http://www.molerestaurant.ca/food/bre...

Chinatown Dragon Bun
Sweet Chinese Sausage, Julienne Onions and Peppers, Avocado, Spicy Chili Bean Sauce with Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs On a Whole Wheat Bun with House Aioli Served with Pesto Hash Browns. 11~

Huevos Rancheros
Two Eggs, Any Style, Organic Frijoles Piquante Rojo (Spicy Red Beans) and Goat Feta Cheese, Set Atop Two House Made Corn Tortillas, Fresh Lime, Avocado, and Cilantro Served with House Made Salsa and Roasted Apple

Mo‘s Biscuit
Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs, House Bacon, Fresh Basil, Roasted Red Pepper, Havarti Cheese and House Aioli on a Buttermilk Biscuit served with Pesto Hash Browns

Can someone enlighten me? Is there a place in the capital region with similar offerings, or do we have to go further afield?

Thanks!

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  1. Have you checked out Stoneface Dolly's on Preston Street?

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    1. re: trishna

      Not yet. I've read repeatedly bad things about the service there. Do you recommend it, then?

    2. cyberveg - the Manx has a nice brunch - don't know the hours, so probably not appropriate for an early breakfast.

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      1. re: tochipotle

        Manx brunch for sure. For breakfast, try the French Baker in the market or the Wild Oat in the Glebe -- though I should warn you, the Oat is pretty hippie/healthfood-ish.

        1. re: piccola

          ex Ottawan here...

          The French Baker really does have trully remarkable croissants. Not really in the french style, but fabulous none the less.

          And yeah, The Manx for brunch is a good bet as long as you don't mind waiting.

          1. re: A Train

            What about Elgin St. Diner?

            1. re: domesticgodess

              The Elgin's breakfast sandwich helped me through a few hangovers.

              1. re: A Train

                Elgin St. Diner is what came to my mind first too! They have all the classic breakfast choices, but offer some neat variations too. Not "gourmet" or groundbreaking cuisine, but fun and reliable... even at 4 a.m.!

                http://www.elginstreetdiner.com/

                Near there is The Manx - I agree with this suggestion FOR SURE! The brunch there is creative and DELISH! The menu changes with the season and there are always interesting daily specials. It's tiny though, so is ALWAYS packed. Be prepared to wait (it's worth it).

                Benny's is great but a small menu - and I'm not sure about the "fun" caveat.
                http://www.bennysbistro.ca/bistro/bre...

                I'll add a vote to the Wild Oat too. Great place to grab some yummy groceries too!

          2. re: piccola

            The attached (you actually have to walk past the bakery and down a hallway) Benny's Bistro does serve brunch, though I can't say whether or not the food is good since I've never been there to eat.

            1. re: Blueicus

              Thanks to everyone for their suggestions :)