The Brunch Date – 17th Ave

The term “Brunch” was coined in 1895 to describe a meal for “Saturday-night carousers”, eliminating the need to wake up early on Sunday it was intended to promote human happiness. Weekend brunch is cheerful, social and not just meant for after Sunday School with Grandma anymore. Brunch is talk compelling and a great way to unwind and re-connect. While 17th Ave may be your night time playground it also boasts some amazing brunch! Here are our top picks for brunch on 17th Ave:


“Unapologetically bold”, Cleaver is anything but your average gastropub.

Tucked within 17th Ave, a step inside Cleaver proves to be an unforgettable experience.  Cleaver also serves up a legendary brunch.

The menu is stacked with elevated takes on brunch favourites and everything is made in house, from scratch, even the “brown nutty”: a hearty traditional Irish bread. Go “Full Irish” and you’ll be served up eggs, sausage, bacon, black and white pudding with tomato, mushroom and brown nutty- yes, all on one plate.

The duck waffle with a hen egg is a posh version of chicken and waffles and if you have a sweet tooth we highly recommend  the french toast. The thick sliced Challah bread, similar to a brioche, is garnished with poached pears a house made ricotta and brandy soaked cherries.

If you’re slow to decide, start your brunch date with double dipped duck fat fries, you can add gravy, cheese and curds (posh poutine ), or top with parmesan and truffle oil. Really, the best way to start your day.

Make a reservation here– save yourself being left out in the cold.

The Coup

The coup is a funky little spot in the heart of the hustling bustling 17th avenue. With an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu they guarantee a great meal. Not all their menu items are gluten free but there are definitely some great options available. For breakfast we love the curry tofu scramble with kalimata olives, sun dried tomatoes, and sheep feta. Keep things GF by substituting toast for their divine rosemary hash browns. The Coup recently got a makeover- don’t worry they didn’t touch those secret recipes.

National on 17th

You may be more familiar with late night drinks at National, but they offer a great weekend brunch too! French pressed coffee will ease you back into your weekend and they add  lemon to  their hollandaise- it’s the little things, right? Serving brunch until 3pm Saturday and Sunday-feel free to sleep in for this one. Our favourite is the fried egg sandwich…yum! Careful though, we have yet to go to National for brunch and it not turn into afternoon drinks. Be prepared to waste the day… “The Brunch Date” may be more like “The Sunday Funday Date”!

1410 World Bier Haus

Bier haus stuffed french toast, customized omelettes, smoked salmon and asparagus benny……oh, and if you splurged a little too much the night before you can catch up by ordering the “soooooo healthy” breakfast; egg white omelette with pico de gallo and a side of fruit, you don’t even need to make substitutions!  They also offer buns from care bakery for those gluten free peeps.

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