I’m not sure whether to call *Bee’s Knees Café a coffeehouse or a restaurant. Because it’s that rare place with first-rate coffee (using Edmonton-based Transcend beans) and even better, scratch-made food. Oddly enough, it’s housed in a little, out-of-the-way strip mall near the Heritage Pointe Golf Club, at Calgary’s southern outskirts.
For my Cowboy Flatbread, it starts with chunks of sautéed new potatoes, something you don’t often see in full-blown breakfast places, let alone a tiny, open kitchen like this. Three eggs are added to the pan, along with sliced sausage, green onions and cheddar, and then everything’s folded into an herbed flatbread. The resulting, fabulous concoction ($6.25) is cut into pieces and artfully arranged on a plate, alongside a little dipping dish of locally made salsa.
Chef Matt (you really can’t call a guy with this much skill and experience a cook) also creates a daily roster of regular and special sandwiches and soups, along with a dinner menu four nights a week. What puts the place over the top is all the little touches: The Manuel Latruwe Belgian pastries, the Fiasco artisan gelato, the big jug of fruit-infused water, the bouquet of fresh flowers, the blues playing softly in the background, the bright ceramic brick walls and the repurposed grain-elevator wood.
This place really is the bee’s knees, I’m thinking, as I walk out with a peanut butter and banana muffin, still warm from the tin.
Bee’s Knees Cafe
220, 412 Pine Creek Road, De Winton, Alberta
Monday to Friday 7 am-9 pm, Saturday 8 am-9 pm, Sunday 8 am-4 pm