Good day foodie fans,
I’ve decided something. And that something is, the best time to toodle around Banff is earlier in the morning on a cool spring day.
Siddall and I were in Banff for a conference and left on the final day seeking breakfast in town. At around 9:30, we were ushered right to a table at Melissa’s Missteak.
Melissa’s is very “Banffy” with its wooden timbery, log cabin feel and old photographs of logging and mountains. I feel when you’re there in the morning you’re surrounded more by locals than not. The table behind us housed one lovely older gentleman, clearly a regular, who showed up for a piece of toast and a chat with the waiter and was in and out in about 15 minutes.
Breakfast isn’t really my bag so I just went the traditional route, the Mixed Grill, which included one of my favourite things ever, a grilled tomato. Worth noting, menu says “tomatoes”, I got “tomato”. The dish included sausage and bacon so was a win in the meat department.
Melissa’s doesn’t have those fantastic little jam holders on the table, but when I requested the server promptly pulled a little strawberry jam packet out of his apron. Maybe too many people were absconding with tiny jams? Hard to say.
Siddall is far more of a breakfast aficionado and went with the crab and asparagus omelette, a touted local favourite, and a side of french toast (she’s a lady who knows how to breakfast). She said the highlight was definitely the french toast.
Melissa’s has great ambiance, and the service was awesome. The two of us ate for about $50, not the priciest we’ve eaten, but also not the most reasonable.
And about arriving earlier than usual, the place was lined up almost out the door on our way out. Win.