Calgary's Best Brunch
There are lots of places to get good eggs, bacon, waffles and pancakes in Calgary. These are five of the best.
Mushroom Benedict from Vendome Café.
Photography by Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order.
Blue Star Diner is a consistent favourite on Avenue’s best brunch lists, and for good reason. The menu features local produce, free-range eggs and thick-cut traditional Hutterite bacon. The generous portions are hearty and fresh, the eggs are always cooked to perfection, and there’s a solid list of breakfast cocktails, making this Bridgeland diner well worth the inevitable wait.
809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca
This cozy brunch spot serves a unique selection of eggs Benedicts, such as chorizo and goat cheese or sliced Angus beef and sautéed mushrooms. There are even options for dessert lovers who don’t let early mornings deter their sugar cravings, including the banana and Frangelico cream cheese-stuffed French toast topped with Nutella.
1301 10 Ave. S.W., 587-352-7131
From the staples like eggs Benedict and the insanely good pancakes to the more obscure (like the uoya alla Toscana) OEB has you covered. The breakfast poutine is a thing of legends, with herbed potatoes, bacon lardoons, cheese curds and poached egg doused with brown-butter hollandaise, and the perhaps the best part? It now has two locations, doubling its brunchey goodness.
824 Edmonton Tr. N.E. and 110, 222 5 Ave. S.W., 403-278-3447, eatoeb.com
It serves lunch and dinner too but brunch is the real draw of this lovely Kensington café, especially its wonderful twist on the Italian classic mushrooms on toast, which is the mushroom eggs Benedict. Rich and earthy, served with shallot-peppercorn cream and hollandaise, it comes in half orders, but … really?
940 2 Ave. N.W., 403-453-1140, vendomecafe.com
The hotel breakfast buffet can be fraught with culinary horrors — burnt bacon, flabby sausages, frozen (yes, frozen!) pancakes and insipid coffee. But Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro takes the pain out of breakfast with an à la carte menu and not one but two buffets. Try the Continental with fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, cured meats, artisan cheeses, juices, pastries and decent coffee. Or kick it up with the “hot buffet” of daily dishes — duck confit cassoulet, perhaps?
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca