Whether you love a carb-loaded plate of waffles with syrup dripping down the sides or a hearty omelette filled with peppers, onions, and ham, there’s nothing quite like a big spread of breakfast foods. It’s even better when you don’t have to cook them yourself. Lucky for you, Canada is ripe with breakfast hot spots that will challenge the assumption that Canadians thrive only on ketchup chips, poutine, and maple syrup. Check out these five restaurants to kick off your tour de breakfast:
1. The Senator Restaurant, Toronto
As Toronto’s oldest restaurant, you get a little taste of history when you eat at the Senator Restaurant. In 1929, entrepreneur Robert Angeloff converted a house into what was then known as the Busy Bee Diner. In 1948, new owners dubbed it the Senator Restaurant and converted it into the establishment it is today. The original fixtures remain, the orange juice is hand-squeezed, and everything is made from scratch.
What to order: eggs Benedict served with peameal bacon and hollandaise on a homemade biscuit
2. Régine Café, Montreal
Take one look at the photos on Régine Café’s website, and you’ll be convinced to pay it a visit. In addition to the egg and french toast dishes on the menu, there’s an entire wall of fresh homemade buns, scones, and other baked goods. Don’t forget to try Régine Café’s twist on Nutella and the peanut crunch made with crispy pralines. In true Canadian style, you get a complimentary breakfast shooter with your brunch.
What to order: the corn waffle served with trout gravlax, cream with chives, and tomato salsa
3. Jam Café, Vancouver, British Columbia
You’ll be in comfort-food heaven at Jam Café. The menu includes everything from red velvet pancakes and huevos rancheros to chicken french toast and a waffle board. You might have to roll out of the restaurant, but your taste buds will thank you for it. Just toast to good food and a cheat day with a bacon-garnished Bloody Caesar.
What to order: Green Eggs and Ham served with spinach, pesto, and goat cheese on a buttermilk biscuit
4. Panache, Québec City
Perhaps one of the coolest atmospheres on the list, Panache is a converted maritime warehouse from the 1800s. With eclectic chairs, exposed wood beams, and stone walls, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind dining experience that also happens to boast killer views of the St. Lawrence River. It’s on the finer side of breakfast dining, featuring crepes, an egg white omelet with bruschetta, and smoked salmon. But in this case, you get what you pay for: The owners source most of the produce from their organic garden.
What to order: the Panache Breakfast of poached eggs, spinach, duck, wild mushrooms, and classic hollandaise sauce
5. Elements, Whistler, British Columbia
Yes, casual upscale dining is a real thing, and that’s exactly what you can expect at Elements. The breakfast menu includes seven different types of Benedicts and various baked frittatas. Don’t count out the caramelized banana-stuffed french toast, either. The owners buy their cheese from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, their seafood is sustainably sourced, and they’re long-time locals. So it’s all good vibes at Elements. (And make sure to come back for tapas and wine at dinner. The wine selection has looks that could kill.)
What to order: a frittata — any frittata
So that settles it. Canada does breakfast, and it does it well. Whether you live locally or are planning a trip to the area, these restaurants and their breakfast menus won’t steer you wrong.
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