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Okay, guys. Let’s just admit it. Our nation’s capital is a pretty cool spot. Obviously Parliament is a cool sight to behold. Some of the country’s best museums, arguably the best white water paddling on the planet, the Byward Market, the canal, nearby mountains, and ample opportunity for wilderness adventure ensure that Ottawa is a great travel destination. But where Ottawa truly shines… is in their brunch offerings.
Brunch is a time to make sense of the previous night’s adventure, it feels sort of classy, and if you can wrap up before noon, you feel a weird sense of accomplishment
Is there a better meal than brunch? Golden eggs, light flapjacks, warm maple syrup, salty bacon, fresh fruit, creamy hollandaise, crispy hash browns, mimosas, caesars, bottomless coffee. It’s breakfast and lunch, so you’re dealing with a stacked menu, it provides a venue to make sense of the previous night’s adventure, it feels sort of classy, and if you can wrap up before noon, you feel a weird sense of accomplishment.
Address: 510 Bank St.
Hours: M-F, 7AM – 3PM. S-S 8AM – 3PM
The corner restaurant is a popular brunch spot in Ottawa’s Centretown. Though fairly small, the bright light, exposed red brick and chalkboard menu make the space feel cozy. Daily frittata’s, insanely good benny’s, and an infamous thai chilli sauce (which they sell by the bottle) keeps this spot busy from open to close.
Address: 385 Richmond Road.
Hours: 7AM–2:30 PM
We hit a pretty sizeable line at 10:30 a.m. on a Sunday and were told that would be standard any day of the week — which is usually a good sign. Amazingly enough, the waiters brought out trays of muffins to tide everyone over. Apparently this was also standard affair. Baked goods are made in-house and the hungry crowd waiting to curb their hangover couldn’t stop riffing about the homemade cinnamon buns that are made into French toast. The menu is enormous and the serving size is equally as big. Bring an appetite for two or be sure to get a to-go container.
Address: 14 Byward Market Square
Hours: 24 hours
Open 24-hours, this throwback diner is a staple for the post-bar crowd in the Byward Market. Serving breakfast up all day, and quickly, it’s hard to deny the appeal. If you’ve been to a 50’s era diner, you know what you’re in for: aluminum framed tables and chairs, jukeboxes, neon signs, linolium floors. Breakfast was solid — and given the ability to get it 24 hours a day, Zak’s gets our full approval.
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