Brunch is our new favourite meal. We could quite happily brunch all day, erryday. But it also seems to be the thing to do in Edmonton (or perhaps Canada in general?). Go to any main restaurant on the weekend and they will slap you with a Brunch menu that runs until 3pm. Not a lunch menu in sight. Initially, I thought it was so weird. What if I actually wanted lunch on the weekend?! However, I have since come to embrace it. We now brunch every weekend — without fail. So, here’s your ultimate guide to skipping lunch and making brunch a thing in Edmonton:
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#1: Cafe Linnea // Holland Plaza, 10932 119 St NW
Our ultimate favourite — they never let us down. The Scandinavian sister restaurant to Duchess Bake Shop is our all-time favourite brunch. My go-to order are the Galletes, which are gluten-free and so satisfyingly delicious. I crave them ALL the time (I even try remake them at home. It is never quite like their food). Their menu is always changing — which we love — but check out their current menu here.
Order: The Complete Galette
#2: District Cafe & Bakery // 10011 109 St NW (Downtown)
District is another popular one with us (and with the rest of Edmonton — the cafe packs up full, pretty fast on weekends). They were voted #1 brunch with Avenue this year. While their menu is limited, I always go for their scramble special minus the gluten and I leave quite satisfied. Craig always needs two dishes! You can find their menu options here.
Order: The Rice Pudding (Hot or Cold)
You can also check out our full blog post on District here.
#3: Canteen // 10522 124 St NW
I love Canteen for their interesting brunch options. Their menu offers up things like Dutch baby pancakes served with rhubarb compote, toasted coconut, walnut, back bacon and fried eggs or crispy pork belly served with fried eggs, caramelised onions and brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts for breakfast?! Hey, don’t knock it till you try it!
You can check out our full blog post on Canteen here.
#4: Workshop Eatery // 2003 91 St SW (South)
It’s a little out of the way for us, but I love Workshop Eatery’s commitment to fresh and seasonal fare. We’re hoping to head there soon to add some hunger-inducing photos to this post!
#5: Bundok // 10228 104 St NW (Downtown)
A newbie on 104th Street, we tried this out on a market day (see here — pre-game brunch treats) and somehow got a booking. All the portions are relatively small, but my omelette was extremely fulling. Or more appropriately, my brie cheese with a side of omelette was fulling. (P.S. I’m okay with all the cheese on my plate. Gimme it all). Check out Cindy’s post over on Let’s Om Nom on Bundok here.
Speaking of Farmer’s Markets, check out this blog post on why we buy from Sunworks Organic Farm. You can find them at Old Strathcona & St Albert Farmers Markets!
#5: Clementine // 11957 Jasper Ave (Closed for breakfast)
When finally checked this gem out, we could not believe how divine their food was! Famous for cocktails, they were also open briefly for Sunday Brunch. While I usually don’t expect much from a mainly dinner-service establishment, this breakfast blew it out of the park for me. Best omelette to date. Not kidding!
Update: Sadly, this place has since closed and now all we can do is dream about their perfect omelettes. Anyone else keen to petition a re-open of breakfast at Bar Clementine?? We want you back!
#6: Ampersand 27 // 10612 82 Ave NW (Old Strathcona)
Located on Whyte Ave, it’s a brunch option I always forget about (we always go for lunch & dinner). But their menu boasts options for everyone so it’s a safe bet for a crowd.
There is always a queue for this Edmonton old favourite (a queue I dread in winter). If you’re a diehard fan, you’ve likely experienced this too because Sugarbowl doesn’t take reservations. But it’s worth it. Their cinnamon buns are legendary and were even featured on the show, You Gotta Eat Here.
#8: Kb & Co // 10224 104 St NW
This little gem is your health-food-one-stop-shop. Plus, it’s all plant-based so a perfect option for vegans and vegetarians. We always pop in on City Market Days for a smoothie if we haven’t had a full brunch yet to keep us going while we stroll around the market stalls or after a morning walk along the River Valley.
#9: Pip // 10403 83 Ave NW
We finally visited Pip for bunch — the latest newbie on my radar just off Whyte Avenue. While we did have a bit of a wait, their brunch drinks and Avo Toast game is strong so we will definitely be back to this new hotspot. You can also check out Eat With Sharon’s review of her brunch here. They offer brunch 7 days a week, and ALL day. Talk about brunch commitment?!
Order: The Avo Toast with Bacon – SO. GOOD!
#10: Wilfred’s // 10429 121 St NW
A newbie that we love, particularly because they’re open at the crack of dawn — when we’re up and about! They also serve our favourite local coffee, Ace.
#11: OEB // 10174 100a St NW
The popular Calgary brunch spot has now set up shop in Edmonton too! OEB (Over Easy Breakfast) has the widest variety of brunch options compared to any other restaurant in Edmonton! The extensive menu offers up things like breakfast poutines, benny’s, omelettes and sandwiches — see for yourself.
Order: The Avo Toast with mozzarella and truffle.
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Always Brunchin’… Leigh!