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Oct 12, 2009 07:41 PM

Grits for Breakfast in Calgary?.... Where?

Once in awhile i get a yen for grits with bacon and eggs (sunny side up)...
is there anyplace in Calgary (prefer SW) to find them?


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  1. I'm going to guess no. Soul food doesn't exist in Canada.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      It used to once. Back when my grandma immigrated from the US (pre WW1 and around WWI) so did a bunch of Southerners, and Midwesterners- these people brought this food with them and there were restaurants. Unfortunately these restaurants have died out as eat-out and this food must be made at home.

      The last batch of southern style chicken and chicken and steak joints in Canada were probably iin the old Hogan's alley restaurants in Vancouver and they died out in the mid to late 70s.

      As a high school kid there in the early 80s I still heard stories of old timers being served chicken fried steak by Jimi Hendrix's grannie.

      Best bet is to cook this food at home or learn how and experiment.


    2. If you REALLY want grits, Palomino's has it as a side dish. They have cheddar grits. But I don't think you can get it for breakfast/brunch. You can have it a side for one of their sandwiches or entrees at lunch/dinner. I can't attest to the authenticity as I'm not a grits fan and have never experienced the real thing from the South.

      1. Ignatieff or "Norma" Bob Rae? First thing in the morning. Well that would just ruin the whole bloody day!

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        1. re: Scary Bill

          Denny's actually serves grits. They are the instant variety but will do if you are REALLY craving them. I load them up with butter, salt, pepper and hot sauce and pretend I am sitting in a Waffle House. ;-)

            1. re: John Manzo


              It's easy to poke fun at Canadian Grits in these here parts. I do prefer US grits, they're more truthful.

              1. re: Scary Bill

                I prefer Canadian Greens, because they're much more abundant :)

          1. I hate to admit this but I have seen them on the menu at Denny's on 16th ave NW. Never ordered them just noted the option.

            Must have been writing this as DeeDub was. Just glad someone else admits to having been at Denny's!

            1. Luckily they are very easy to make.

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              1. re: Mawson Plan

                I have never looked for them at the grocery store but are they easy to find in Calgary?

                1. re: sarah galvin

                  I have never been able to find them in Calgary. I emailed Quaker and was told that they do not sell any grits in Canada. Your best bet is an online grocery store or take a trip to the US.

                  1. re: sweedon

                    Well, I'm in the South right now and would bring some back if they aren't readily available in Calgary. Do you use the quick cooking grits?

                  2. re: sarah galvin

                    Bob's Red Mill (yellow)corn grits/polenta is available at most supermarkets. I used to get mine in Calgary at Superstore or Planet Organic.

                    Cheese Grits Recipe from recent Home Cooking Expert in Residence & Grande Dame of Southern Food Martha Hall Foose:

                    1. re: maplesugar

                      I recently purchased Bob's Red Mill corn grits from Safeway and they are super easy to make and very delicious. A HUGE improvement over instant grits from Quaker that I used to smuggle across the border. Thanks for the tip maplesugar!