Brunching off the Beaten Path

Fermented Potato Bread at Donna Mac

Fermented Potato Bread at Donna Mac

5 Calgary Restaurants Offering Delicious Brunch Alternatives

You have to look no further than the long line-ups stretching out the doors of traditional diners in the city every weekend to know that Calgarians really love their brunch. While there are plenty of amazing spots to grab a more traditional selection of fare, there are also some restaurants serving up delicious brunch alternatives, often without the long wait times. These can range from interesting ethnic options which may be new to those of us who were raised on bacon, eggs and pancakes, to contemporary twists on North American classics. If you’re looking to get out there and break out of your normal brunch routine, here are our picks for five YYC spots to consider.

Donna Mac

Located at the corner of 10th avenue and 9th street SW, Donna Mac is a relative new comer to the Calgary restaurant scene. Their brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm and features unique takes on classics along with some “out there” creations. Options include the restorative Hangover Cheese Toast, a soulful Vegan Tourtiere, a dense and delicious Fermented Potato Bread topped with pork belly and a poached egg, and more. After your brunch you can also purchase a loaf of their amazing  red fife sourdough and a bag of Calgary Heritage Roasters coffee to go. If you’re looking to try some unique dishes and to avoid the long line-ups of traditional brunch spots, Donna Mac should definitely be on your radar.


Calcutta Cricket Club

If you’re looking to spice up your brunch next weekend, look no further than the newly launched brunch menu from the Calcutta Cricket Club on 17th avenue. Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm, and features both classic Indian brunch/breakfast dishes along with some original creations. For a sweet note try the Ovaltine-Chai Pancakes, or for a Northern Indian classic try the Puri Chole – deep-fried flatbreads with spicy chickpea curry, pached egg and onions. Their $5 Pineapple Mimosas are also an excellent idea.




Chef Roy Oh has won over the hearts of Calgary foodies with his unique takes on Korean cuisine largely inspired by his mother’s cooking. While Anju may be best known for their amazing dinner dishes and bar snacks (including the famed Gochuchang Chicken Wings), their brunch game is also exceptionally strong. Try the Porkbelly and Kimchi Eggs Benny for a Korean twist on a brunch classic, or the Breakfast Hash Stone Bowl served with kimchi hollandaise and two poached eggs for a sizzling savoury delight. The Shin Ramen Caesar is also a personal favourite when a hair of the dog session is required.



Native Tongues

Another great alternative if you’d like to warm up with the flavours of Mexico, Native Tongues rocks a great brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. If you’re feeling like eggs, try the Huevos Divorciados with fried eggs on top of tostadas with salsa roja and verde, avocado and queso, or if you’re feeling decadent give the Pollo Frito a try with fried chicken, donuts, chorizo gravy and avocado. Wash it all down with a Tequila Sunrise or a Michelada for good measure.



Brasserie Kensington

Turn up for the brunch at Brasserie Kensington on any given Saturday or Sunday, and you’re sure to find a fair number of restaurant industry staff crushing a meal. This is a perennial favourite for good reason – the portions are generous, the beer list is amazing and nobody flinches if you order a shot of Buffalo Trace Bourbon at 11 am. The Breakfast Poutine is one of the best poutine’s in the city of any kind, and the Duck Confit & Quinoa Waffles is always amazing. Get there early to catch their creative specials, which tend to sell out fairly quickly and always include interesting spins.