Had a hot night on the town? Well, you don’t have to go too far – if you want to party until the morning, there are some great places for brunch in the heart of the city. Here are the top brunch spots in the beltline!
Two words: Breakfast Poutine. Yes, you heard me. Your choice of hash-browns or fries, cheese curds, and 2 eggs any style. Is this good for you? Not even a little bit. Is it deliciously satisfying? You better believe it. However, if this is not quite the healthy wake-up call you’re looking for, don’t fret. The Broken City brunch ranges from deliciously greasy to surprisingly health and even vegan friendly. Take their breakfast bowl for example: Hash-browns, vegan chili, 2 scrambled eggs, cheese and fresh salsa. (Substitute eggs and cheese for tofu.)
Canvas Coffee and Wine
Traditional Breakfast + Artisan Breakfast Sandwiches + the Classics = Brunch at Canvas. Simple and pleasant with just the good stuff. Try their French Artisan Breakfast sandwich on a crispy croissant with melted brie, sunny-side up egg, ham, avocado and béchamel, served with hash browns and seasonal fresh fruit, or their Steak & Eggs – AAA Alberta Beef tenderloin, sunny-side up egg, fresh taboule and organic seasonal veggies. Nothing is over done, it’s just done right – a nice alternative to a busy, greasy brunch.
Home of the original sweet potato chip, Holy Grill is a family owned business focused on Breakfast and Lunch. This place is a great place to grab a quick meal that will leave you smacking your lips and contemplating your next trip back. Breakfast options are a lot of bennies and sandwiches and the tasty brunch burger. Grilled all-natural beef patty topped with a fried egg sunny-side-up, bacon, cheddar, red onions, roma tomato and mustard skillfully engineered to fit on an english muffin. Sound good? Onward to lunch! More burgers to choose from – this time real gourmet lunch burgers with a variety of topping choices. Make sure you get a side of beet or sweet potato chips; thinly sliced and crisped to perfection. If burgers aren’t what you’re after, try a panini. I recommend the Mr. Chicken, so good I would eat two. Otherwise, try the smoked salmon, cream cheese, spinach, red onions, artichoke hearts and capers – sold.
Monki Breakfast Club + Bistro
Monki has delicious menu options that encompass all of your breakfast and lunch desires. If you are going for breakfast, get the hash. It’s ridiculously good. Pulled pork on their golden hashbrown potatoes with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, served with a side of fruit and a fortune cookie. Monki also whips up a mean frittata and some perfect benedicts. If you’re over breakfast and looking forward to lunch, Monki has one of the best burgers in Calgary – 100% ground chuck burger, maple bacon, fried egg, gouda, chipotle aioli on a pretzel bun. It’s a mess of goodness. Sound good? Set a date…but be prepared to wait, it’s worth it.
The Pig & Duke
The Pig & Duke specializes in bacon and beer- so naturally , weekend brunch is going to be delicious at this neighbourhood pub. Saturday and Sunday from 10-2 enjoy breakfast classics, beer and casears to cure your weekend hangover. During NFL season, Sunday brunch at The Pig & Duke is a smorgasbord of pastries, muffins, baked goods, cheeses, charcuterie boards, pancakes, bacon, sausages, a la carte omelette and … well you’re starting to get the picture. The Pig boasts a full breakfast buffet that is sure to have your plate stacked by the time you’re ready to have a seat. What sets the Pig & Duke brunch apart from the rest, is their build-your-own mimosa and Caesar bar. Simply order your booze and make your way to the selection of juices, seasonings, sauces and garnishes. Creating the ultimate mimosa or Caesar to go with your colossal mishmash of brunch sounds a like a good way to start off the day… or cure a hangover.