We've always loved going for brunch on the weekend but the clock has moved up a few hours and now breakfast is the new cool thing to do. And not just weekends. Calgarians are meeting people after the early morning jog or before work and the city restaurant scene is responding with as many new eateries as there are ways to crack an egg. Here are just a few of note:
Go for the original Red's on Fourth Street in Beltline or visit their new location in Ramsay right on 8 Street S.E. You can even have your eggs any-side-up any time you want because breakfast is served all day. They have lunch offerings as well with burgers and gluten-free options plus boozy coffee and a selection of beer. Red's deal is about farm fresh and local with a nod to our city's heritage and arts community.
Eob Breakfast Company
This small and mighty café is located at 824 Edmonton Trail in the North East community of Renfrew. Choose a table or two or sit family-style at the farm house table. More than 75% of visitors rank Eob as very good and excellent on Trip Advisor. There are many variations of Eggs Benedict and other favourites like breakfast poutine, crepes and some lunch offerings as well. You have to be there early to get in. This is just one of many wonderful breakfast offerings along Edmonton Trail, including Diner Deluxe.
A good breakfast is not just the forte of inner-city eateries. Calgary's northern suburban community of Evanston has it's own rise'n'shine favourite and that's the Brokin' Yolk. Two brothers put their collective restaurant experience together and have come up with a fantastic menu served daily from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Their fantastic dishes are Instagram-worthy and folks line up the door for chicken waffles and more. Use a Wait List app to ensure a seat is waiting for you when you arrive.
Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
The website is dutchpancakes.ca but you'll know this Altadore landmark as Pfanntastic Pannenkoak Haus. It's been featured several times on Canada's Food Network and in Gourmet Magazine and for good reason. Dutch pancakes are more like crepes, and these babies are 12 inch in diameter with 40 different fillings and toppings to choose from. With apologies to celiacs. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open 9 to 8 except Saturday from 8 to 8 and Sunday from 8 to 3.
With two locations in Calgary, it’s no surprise that Diner Deluxe is a top breakfast restaurant in Calgary. They serve up locally sourced dishes and ingredients and use real butter and fresh seasonings to give their food an impressive flavor beyond the normal breakfast and brunch fare. Those looking for homemade comfort food will delight in Diner Deluxe’s sumptuous menu options.
Because everything is made from scratch, the chefs here can accommodate just about any type of food allergy. They use rice flour to batter their fried dishes like chicken and fish to keep the fryers safe to make everyones food—even those with gluten sensitivities. In fact, over 90 percent of the menu can be prepared gluten free. Diner Deluxe locations are at 804 Edmonton Trail and 350 Aspen Glen Landing SW #104 in Calgary, and don’t be surprised to find a line to get in on weekends.
Blackfoot Truck Stop
Urban foodies might like their duck confit but nothing beats bacon and eggs from a classic Calgary diner. No frills, no dragon fruit slices or strawberries carved up like roses. Just good plain food with coffee refills on demand. Classic breakfast for under $10 and it's open all day in Inglewood.
Carriage House Inn
For more than 40 years, the Carriage House on Macleod Trail South in Acadia has served up the perfect breakfast for guests and Calgarians who wish they were. The Carriage House bakery is famous throughout the city for bread and pastry – just add coffee and some easy-over-eggs and you have a great recipe for breakfast. The coffee shop isn't a closely guarded secret among long-time Calgarians but it's definitely waiting to be discovered among newcomers.