Take your date to Denny’s and you’ll be sorry. Brunch is a sacred weekend ritual. You only get two chances to do it right, so don’t go wasting it on some neon lights and a grand slam. Some of the best Calgary brunches happen to be a little North of the city. Here are a few sure things in Bridgeland.

Blue Star Diner

Love is in the air at Blue Star Diner…or is it in the food? They know what’s up in this Bridgeland Kitchen. Show up on the weekend and you’re almost guaranteed a wait, but it’s worth is. Besides-that’s what instagram is for. With an emphasis on local this little diner has a giant menu; go for an omelette, a breakfast burrito or opt for a classic breakfast. My ‘worth the wait’ order is the Bridgeland Breakfast Sammy; 2 eggs,  bacon, fresh basil, ripe juicy tomatoes, gruyere cheese with homemade pesto on sourdough. Legit goodness.

Diner Deluxe

Diner Deluxe is a retro 1950’s cafe serving up breakfast classics and comfort food all day long. Diner Delux is very popular…bring a lawn chair, spark a fire, play monopoly-you’re gonna have to wait. This mom and pop shop serves over 1,100 benedicts a month-known for the basil hollandaise made from scratch daily. They also have some unique creations like their breakfast poutine. Angiogram not included. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 

* Diner Deluxe has an Affogato next door to handle the overflow from the weekend brunch herd. You can grab a coffee, fiasco gelato, a mean breakfast sandy or belgium waffles in a box while you wait.

The Main Dish

The Main Dish is a gourmet take away market in Bridgeland with a focus on healthy meals made for busy people. They also serve up soup, salads, sandwiches, dessert, a hot entree and protein shakes. But we’re talking brunch here. They have a power brunch offering quinoa oatmeal, sundried blueberry & buckwheat pancakes,caramalized banana & almond stuffed french toast, suasage omelettes…and of course the main dish essential breakfast with the staples; 2 eggs, bacon, toast and fruit. This is just the beginning-brunch is stacked at the Main Dish. Bonus-you can stock up on pre-made meals for the week while you wait. You’re so efficient.

Over Easy Breakfast Co.

Good food is created here. Over Easy Breakfast is where breakfast classics become favourites and where eggs….are not just eggs. With an endless brunch menu to drool over you’ll be hard pressed not to order family style and just call it a cheat day. Benny’s, crispy belgium waffles, foie gras poutine and our favourite BOX’D breaky ” A-LOTT A-LOX”, poached eggs, herbed potatoes, quebec cheese curds, cured salmon with fresh dill, capers and brown butter hollandaise.  Gotta love the box!