For most, it is known that Calgary is a brunch mecca of sorts – and the beacon of that mecca is Edmonton Trail.
Diner Deluxe, OEB, Blue Star Diner (sort of) – they’re all there. Practically a stone’s throw from one another. And guaranteed on any given weekend morning, they’re lined up out the door.
- Disclaimer: If you have an Edmonton Trail, or elsewhere, brunch spot to recommend, let me know!
On Saturday we brunched at a spot on Edmonton Trail I hadn’t heard of before, Big Fish Dockside. The cat show was once again in town, so obvs her group of cat loving co-workers needed some sustenance before taking in the feline frenzy – and I rarely turn down an opportunity to eat out.
We arrived promptly at ten – with a reservation – and, fancy that, no line! Big Fish has your typical sea-faring theme with boat paraphernalia and lots of heavy rope and wood. It’s an intimate setting with soft lighting and the booths have large sofas – that are a little tricky to sit on unless you stuff a pillow behind your back, or have really great posture.
As its name suggests Big Fish is very seafood oriented, however, when it comes to breakfast, I am not. And while it wouldn’t be very fair to blog about a seafood restaurant without seafood, Siddall saved the day by ordering the Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab. Big Fish certainly wasn’t stingy on the crab meat, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the thick cut hashbrowns I stole off her plate.
I went with the good ol’ French toast. Big Fish does a brioche style – with marmalade and cream cheese. I really liked the flavour, not as eggy as French toast is, which in my case, is a good thing. A bit on the sweet side, but that was really well tempered with the generous dollop of cream cheese and the excellent, thick double-smoked bacon served on the side.
Brunch for two: Just over $32