When one has a morning appointment in downtown Calgary, on a weekend, there aren’t a lot of brunch places that come to mind. I know they’re out there, but to be honest downtown can be a ghost town outside of business day hours – so please do give me recommendations.
One bright spot in the downtown brekkie scene is The Palomino Smokehouse. Located on the picturesque? Seventh Avenue and First Street stretch, it was the perfect location for some pre-Women’s March nosh a couple weeks back.
Walking into The Palomino is like walking into a warm, smoky hug. There is stuff everywhere: posters, autographs, animal heads. The tables and chairs unapologetically don’t match and it’s got some major vintage back home chic. In other words, it’s perfect.
While The Palomino has a sweet breakfast menu, you can also order off the regular lunch menu. Katie went with the Palomino Bennies – homemade hollandaise over soft poached eggs and choice of meat (she went with ham).
I went with the traditional breakfast classic, The Smokehouse Poutine. Really though, nothing warms the heart, and body, of a lady about to march for Women’s Rights better than a poutine piled high with melt-in-your-mouth brisket.
Other meat options for the poutine include pork, bacon, sausage or smoked turkey. While I’ve already highlighted that freaking delicious brisket, I’d also like to point out the gravy. It. Was. Amazing. I don’t know what it was, and I probably should of asked, but I would bottle this in a flask and sip it on the ski hill it’s so darn tasty.
Should also give a shoutout to our server, who was attentive and helpful. Especially when we couldn’t decide how much PBR we wanted to add to our orange juice (breakfast drink of champions). Also fun fact: they have PBR on tap!