Danny Korduner delivers two fruit-covered bowls of made-to-order oatmeal at Margarita’s Dishes in the Calgary Farmers’ Market
Light Breakfast Eats
Breakfast sandwiches conjure up images of an egg (maybe precooked) and a slice of cheese slapped on an English muffin—the kind of snack that goes down in a couple of gulps. Not so at Bite Groceteria & Café, in Calgary’s trendy Inglewood neighbourhood. Here, the breakfast sandwich ($4.95) is a made-to-order monster, featuring fluffy eggs, avocado, Oka cheese, thick chunks of bacon, lettuce and tomato, all stuffed between two nicely toasted pieces of whole-grain bread. It’s one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve eaten, almost a morning BLT with scrambled egg thrown into the mix.
One of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve eaten, at Bite Groceteria & Cafe
Bite Groceteria & Cafe
1023 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary
Monday and Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Tuesday to Friday 9 am-6 pm
I’ve scarcely sat down at Holy Grill when my little buzzer goes off, signaling my breakfast sandwich is ready. “Your Americano is coming right up,” the counter guy says. “Too late,” I reply. “It’s already been delivered.” The speed is a product of six people scurrying around the tiny, open kitchen, cooking Benedicts, paninis and even a breakfast burger on an English muffin.
My bacon avocado crisp ($7) is almost too pretty to eat. But my stomach wins out, and I dig into a creation that includes a crispy fried egg, spinach and an unlikely ingredient, eggplant, all tucked inside a toasted Kaiser bun. It disappears in just over the time it takes to cook it.
A gorgeous bacon, egg and avocado breakfast sandwich at Holy Grill
827 10 Avenue S.W., Calgary
Weekdays 7:30 am-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Closed Sunday
At Margarita’s Dishes, in the Calgary Farmers’ Market, Danny Korduner and his mother, Margarita, are amongst the friendliest people you’ll meet. You can certainly load a plate with their Eastern European dishes like hand-rolled blintzes and savoury sausages. But why not get a bowl of creamy, hot oatmeal, made to order and smothered in fresh fruit?
It’s hard to see the creamy oatmeal under all that fruit
Margarita’s Dishes (in the Calgary Farmers’ Market)
510 77 Avenue SE, Calgary
Thursday-Sunday 9 am-5 pm, closed Monday to Wednesday
Caffé Mauro serves hefty, delicious meatball and Italian deli meat sandwiches at lunchtime. It also makes smaller, creative breakfast items like a boiled egg sandwich ($5.50) or a prosciutto provolone melt. But I go for an egg perfectly poached in a tomato sauce, topped with cheddar and served on a half baguette. It’s a light $6.25 meal, but like everything owner Sal Malvaso does, it’s well executed.
A lovely egg poached in tomato sauce at Caffe Mauro
999 8 Street S.W., Calgary
Weekdays 7:30 am-4 pm. Closed weekends