Whether you're a socialite meeting up with friends, or you're a weekend warrior leveraging food to recover from a night of heavy drinking, you can't deny the power of a good brunch. For those in the Edmonton area, there's a vast array of locations where you can eat, chat, and possibly take in a little "hair of the dog."
With its artsy décor, hipster vibe, and monstrous selection of over 160 craft beers, Sugarbowl is a local favorite. Brunch is served weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. off a small but powerful brunch menu that includes oats, omelets, chicken & waffles, and French toast. Favourites include the SugarBowl Benny featuring back bacon, potatoes, béchamel, and grilled corn bread. The huevos rancheros are a zesty hit amongst patrons as well. Be sure to arrive early to grab one of their famous cinnamon buns, as they often run out before closing time.
This Gold Medal-winning eatery has earned Avenue Magazine's "Top Brunch in Edmonton" award, and for good reason. Eggs Benedict is their specialty and Wildflower serves it in several different ways. Some of their more celebrated offerings include the Brioche Bread Pudding French toast, quiche Lorraine, and their selection of homemade French pastries. Wildflower provides a more upscale dining experience, but diners insist that the laid-back atmosphere and dedicated wait staff makes it worth the price. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and reservations can be made via OpenTable.
Highlevel calls itself a diner, but don't expect gum-smacking waitresses and checkered tile here. As its name suggests, Highlevel is an upscale destination with tasteful décor, dark wood interior, and hanging art glass. Brunch begins at 8:30 a.m., ending at 1 p.m. Sundays and noon on Saturdays and holidays. You'll find many classics here such as breakfast pastries, hot cereal, quiche, and eggs Benedict. Homestyle cooking is what they're known for, and even their ketchup is homemade. Many vegan and gluten-free options are available, and they use a separate toaster for their gluten-free bread.
There may be some long wait times if you're not early enough, and parking has been known to be a bit of a challenge here, but De Dutch is worth these minor hassles. They feature huge portions, clean and simple décor, and specialty Dutch pancakes known as "pannekoeken" in both sweet and savory varieties. These massive crepe-like creations are 37 inches in circumference, 12 inches in diameter, and miles of delicious.
Everyone agrees that De Dutch slings the best hash in town and that
everything is better with DeBakon, their Dutch version of Canadian back bacon.
If you like what you see and taste (and you will), consider joining their
club. De Dutch has but one restaurant in Edmonton, but if you're ever
visiting Vancouver, several other locations can be enjoyed there.
Folks in Edmonton know how to brunch hard. The only challenge is picking a restaurant from the top-notch selection of eateries in the area. Have a great meal, and don't forget the mimosas!
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