I absolutely love breakfast places. When I find a good one, I enjoy visiting it often. There are a few spots in Toronto that I enjoy, including Le Petit Dejuener on King Street, and The Dickens in Burlington. Now I have a new favourite for when I’m in cow town – Red’s Diner in Calgary, a located at the corner of 15th Avenue SW and 4th Street SW is a hip spot, attracting young, local customers with a bright atmosphere and delicious, traditional “greasy spoon” menu options and a few yummy health-conscious choices.
I can understand why it’s a popular spot – the food is made fresh from scratch, the mood casual, and the service friendly.
During my recent business trip in Calgary, I had the opportunity to enjoy a breakfast at Red’s Diner with my clients. We were preparing for a busy day of preparations for an event and needed to eat for an energetic few hours.
Red’s Diner didn’t disappoint. The Farmhouse Benedict with the traditional Canadian Bacon ($10.99) is a great choice. Served on the typical toasted English Muffin, with eggs just as I like them (cooked hard and not runny), and with a homemade Hollandaise sauce, this Eggs Benny is filling and satisfying. The Hollandaise sauce is creamy and with enough of a zesty flavour, without overpowering the other flavours. What shines in this dish is the fried hashbrowns – they are fresh cut, meaning they taste like fried potatoes should.
The Classic ($8.99) is a standard two eggs the way you like them, with bacon or a breakfast sausage, and the fried hash browns. Like the Farmhouse Benedict, it is made from scratch and fills you up. It’s also served with a choice of Italian White, multigrain or Sourdough Cheese Toast.
For anybody who is truly very hungry, or just wanting to share a light breakfast with a friend, the Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes ($8.99 for plain, $10.79 for blueberry pancakes) are a must-have. Three generous pancakes, served with whipped butter, and your choice of maple syrup or field berry compote (an extra $1.99) showcase Red’s Diner’s focus on making food that tastes real – just as if your wonderful cook of a mom had made it for you for breakfast. Fluffy and filling at the same time, with a slight sweetness to them, these pancakes are probably the best I’ve ever had.
Repeat refills of coffee and a friendly staff, with the cheerful design and busy atmosphere make this a great place to wake up and start the day in Calgary.
1415 4 St SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2