Brunches That Are Worth the Wait
These three places are worth waiting in line to get into
Arrive at Blue Star Diner, early, before the crowds
Photograph by Erin Brooke Burns
1. Blue Star Diner
Standard favourites and inventive creations, like its eponymous breakfast burrito, all made with lots of local ingredients, have people lining up at this Bridgeland spot. Kudos to the staff who manage the lineup as efficiently as possible while making sure hungry diners at least have coffee while they wait. -Gwendolyn Richards
809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca, @bluestar_yyc
Use your time waiting for a table at this perennial favourite to decide what to order from the extensive menu that covers all the bases for every breakfast craving. Even standard fare gets a twist, like porchetta eggs Benny and a French-toast trifle. -G.R.
824 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-278-3447, eatoeb.com, @oeb_breakfast
3. Galaxie Diner
A small spot with large portions of diner-inspired dishes, it’s no wonder there’s a lineup. (Don’t worry, there’s coffee for the wait.) The first bites of the huevos rancheros or smoked meat hash (or smoked meat stuffed into an omelette) make it worthwhile. -G.R.
1413 11 St. S.W., 403-228-0001, galaxiediner.com, @galaxiediner