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10 Best Breakfast Spots in Calgary

By RACHAEL FREY

Diner Deluxe's salmon eggs Benedict (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Diner Deluxe’s salmon eggs Benedict (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Breakfast and brunch are serious business in Calgary. Diners are willing to line up around the block for the best spots, and it’s worth the wait at these excellent eateries.

OEB Breakfast Co.
This little 36-seat diner is a local favourite. Chef-owner Mauro Martina cooks with natural, local ingredients—OEB even has its own egg-laying flocks of free-run chickens.
MUST TRY: Soul ’n a Bowl incorporates potatoes fried in duck fat topped with St. Albert cheese curds, slow-cooked bacon lardons and brown-butter Hollandaise.
• OEB Breakfast Co., 824 Edmonton Tr NE, eatoeb.com
Map and reviews

Diner Deluxe
Just a few doors from OEB, this funky retro diner serves hearty plates with ingredients from local producers such as Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage. The walls are adorned with vintage metal signs, but the food is fresh and modern.
MUST TRY: Maple Fried Oatmeal, a thick slab of oatmeal fried in maple syrup and topped with lemon curd and vanilla bean cream.
• Diner Deluxe, 804 Edmonton Tr NE, www.dinerdeluxe.com
Map and reviews

Vendome Café
The casual sister venue to the renowned Teatro Italian restaurant, Vendome serves breakfast classics until 5 pm every day (except eggs Benedict, which are available 9 am – 3 pm). The eatery also serves alcohol, including breakfast-approved drinks like mimosas and the Vendome beezer—a Caesar cocktail cut with PBR.
MUST TRY: Salted Caramel French Toast, a decadent treat with caramelized bananas, caramel sauce, cream cheese, black lava salt and whipped cream.
• Vendome Cafe, 940 – 2 Ave NW, vendomecafe.com
Map and reviews

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
The decor in this little strip-mall restaurant may be plain, but the food is something special. Massive crepe-like Dutch pancakes (pannenkoek) come loaded with savoury or sweet toppings.
MUST TRY: The impossibly rich Black Forest pannenkoek, topped with warm cherries, ice cream, whipped cream, dessert liqueur in a chocolate cup and chocolate sauce, or the classic bacon and leek topped with a crust of golden-fried cheese.
• Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus, 2439 – 54 Ave SW, www.dutchpancakes.ca
Map and reviews

Galaxie Diner
This tiny diner isn’t reinventing the wheel, it’s just giving the people what they want: fresh, well-made, classic breakfasts. The old-fashioned diner vibe is genuine, right down to milkshakes thick enough to stand a spoon in.
MUST TRY: The Omelette of Choice comes with any number of fillings for the same price. The 13 filling options include authentic Montreal smoked meat.
• Galaxie Diner, 1413 – 11 St SW, www.galaxiediner.com
Map and reviews

Blue Star Diner
This pint-sized spot claimed the Best Brunch category in Where Calgary’s 2013 Where to Dine Awards for its comfortable breakfast classics with a twist, such as the Albertan omelette with bison chili and Sylvan Star cheddar.
MUST TRY: The Vegan Scramble, even if you’re not vegan. Maple and coconut curry, diced tofu, sundried tomato, basil, bell pepper, red onion, mushroom, avocado and grilled tomato with a Tres Marias corn tortilla.
• Blue Star Diner, 809 – 1 Ave NE, www.bluestardiner.ca
Map and reviews

The Fine Diner in Inglewood
This bright, modern diner is focused on comfort foods made from scratch with local ingredients. The restaurant even harvests some of its own produce and honey. Cult-status local bread maker Sidewalk Citizen Bakery supplies its bread.
MUST TRY: The Croque-Madame is a “French toast sandwich” made with Gruyère cheese, bacon, tomatoes and a poached egg.
• The Fine Diner in Inglewood, 4, 1420 – 9 Ave SE, finedinercalgary.com
Map and reviews

Grumans Catering and Delicatessen
This Jewish deli’s delicious weekend breakfast-brunch menu is Calgary’s best kept dining secret. Though it’s possible to get a seat without waiting in line (unheard of Saturdays and Sundays at Calgary breakfast spots), this won’t last long as Grumans will be featured on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here.
MUST TRY: The Lox Benedict is a Jewish take on eggs Benedict made with house-cured lox, red pepper artichoke spread, lemon Hollandaise and poached eggs served on latkes.
• Grumans Catering and Delicatessen, 230 – 11 Ave SE, grumans.ca
Map and reviews

Monki breakfastclub & bistro
A relative newcomer to Calgary’s breakfast dining scene, Monki is a hip and popular eatery serving Benedicts, frittatas and more. They even make their own sausage.
MUST TRY: The brisket & monki sausage hash, topped with fried eggs and Hollandaise.
• Monki breakfastclub & bistro, 1301 – 10 Ave SW, monki.ca
Map and reviews

Red’s Diner
This homey Fourth Street SW diner recently opened a second location just east of downtown. Both spots serve traditional breakfast dishes such as Bennies and pancakes as well as a robust selection of vegetarian plates.
MUST TRY: Red Quinoa served hot and topped with maple-roasted almonds, pumpkin seeds and milk or soy milk.
• Red’s Diner, 1415 – 4 St SW, redsdiner.com
• Red’s Diner in Ramsay, 1101 – 8 St SE, redsdiner.com
Map and reviews

DINING IN CALGARY? CHECK OUT:
• Calgary’s Best Eats: Where to Dine Awards 2013
10 Calgary Restaurants for Gluten-Free Diners
• A Guide to Calgary’s Best Cocktail Lists

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