Photo: Courtesy of Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies
By Afton Aikens
Every day is like a weekend at Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies, the only local restaurant to offer a brunch menu alongside the regular menu seven days a week (10:30 am to 2 pm). “The top seller is chorizo mushroom hash,” says owner Rob Olson. Skip the coffee for one of three brunch drinks, including a Baesar with beer, clamato juice and signature Caesar spices.
Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail: The original “Soul in a Bowl” at OEB Breakfast Co. (Photo: Jason Dziver)
Just a four-minute drive north of downtown, Edmonton Trail is the dark horse of emerging restaurant rows. The stretch is punctuated with an eclectic mix of eateries from retro diners serving brunch, burgers and Benedicts to upscale bistros serving fusion cuisine.
Dine in luxury at Teatro in the heart of downtown Calgary. (Photo: courtesy Teatro)
Calgary’s many brunch spots feature long lineups on Mothers’ Day. We’ve found six elegant, kid-friendly and casual venues, which are still open for bookings.
Brie, blueberry and red onion tostie at De Dutch Pannekoek House
Think De Dutch Pannekoek House serves just breakfast foods? Think again. In addition to omelettes, French toast and the ever-popular pannekoek, the local restaurant chain dishes up lunchtime favourites such as burgers, wraps and tosties. Stop by the new waterfront location at Canada Place for one of the most stunning views in the city, and you might even learn how to pronounce “pannekoek.”—Sheri Radford
The delectable crespelle at Borgo Trattoria. Photo: Courtesy Borgo Trattoria.
Swank uptown Italian eatery Borgo Trattoria offers a delicious brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays that is both ample and affordable. The steak and eggs are given an Italian treatment; thin, broiled strips of sirloin are served alongside scrambled eggs with truffle oil and crispy smoked prosciutto. The crespelle is another instant classic consisting of two delicate fried crepes filled with caramelized onion ricotta and topped with prosciutto, sage and maple syrup. The flavours are heavenly and the sweet to savoury ratio is just right. (more…)
The Mill St. Brew Pub
Located in a 165-year-old heritage building that started its life as a pulp mill, Mill St. Brew Pub is a new — and welcome — addition to Ottawa’s dining scene. Several Mill St. beers can be found on tap and are switched up regularly, and three are brewed on site (and boast locally inspired monikers to boot): the Portage Ale, the Ambre de la Chaudière, and the Valley Irish Red. In keeping with the Ottawa trend, many of the ingredients from the pub’s menu are locally sourced. Popular dishes include flatbreads, tourtières, and mussels, and brunch is always a crowd pleaser. Bonus: Mill St. is a short walk away from the Bluesfest site at LeBreton Flats, making it the perfect spot for a pre- or post-concert meal.
555 Wellington St., 613-567-2337. ottawa.millstreetbrewpub.ca.
Roasted Pacific cod with ratatouille provençale and brandade croquette, at Le Parisien. Photo by KK Law
Le Parisien, John Blakeley’s remake of the much-loved former Café de Paris, pays homage in true bistro style. Locals flock to the West End hideaway for addictive smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait, cassoulet, côte de boeuf, sweetbreads and just-crispy duck confit. Another tradition reborn: you can drop by for an early-morning cafe au lait and croissant, or for a full-blown weekend brunch, complete with boudin noir and crêpe Bretagne.—Tim Pawsey
How does a buttery croissant sound right about now? If your mouth is watering at the thought, then a trip to The French Baker is in order. Along with flaky croissants, this bakery is also popular for its French macarons and pains au chocolate. As if that weren’t enough, nestled in the back of the downtown location is Benny’s Bistro, with an original brunch menu of both sweet and savoury dishes (think French toast with roasted apple compote and salmon gravlax). The bistro is also open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week, and the bakeries are open daily.
ByWard Market, 119 Murrary St., 613-789-7941, and the Glebe, 801 Bank St., 613-236-7579.
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Mom’s the word on May 13, which is Mother’s Day in North America. It also happens to be one of the most popular days of the year to go for brunch, so reserve ahead. Treat your marvellous mama to a delicious spread at Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, Coast Restaurant, Fleuri, Horizons Restaurant or Raincity Grill. She’ll love it almost as much as she loves you.—Kristina Urquhart
Victoria Conservatory of Music Garden (Photo: Maureen Flynn-Burhoe)
Mother’s Day Paint-In
At this arts and crafts fair at Hatley Park National Historic Site, browse the works of local artists, purchase plants and locally made jewellery, food items or beauty products and more. Other diversions include bands, face-painting for kids and tours of the historic Hatley Castle and gardens.
Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd., 250-391-2666; May 13, 10–4; May 12 and 13, 10–4; free. (more…)
Dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients fill the menu at ARC Lounge
Nestled in ARC The.Hotel, ARC Lounge is a chic gem. This downtown restaurant manages to be both sleek and cozy, and is the perfect place for a business meeting over lunch (it’s also a go-to for a romantic dinner or after-work drinks). Known for fresh and local seasonal menus that blend sophistication and creativity, this is a place that is generating increasing buzz. Head over in the morning and order the Arc French Toast — oat and cinnamon crusted cranberry focaccia with maple syrup and orange butter — for a nice wake-up call. 140 Slater St., 613-238-9998.