Available only on Saturday and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Pressed’s Waffle Brunch recently earned a feature on The Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here!’ As the name suggests, the premise of their brunch selection is a choice of seven savory and two sweet topping combinations, all served on a fresh buttery waffle. If you have a sweet tooth, the seasonal fruit waffle (topped with fruit, peanut butter, nutella, vanilla ice cream and local maple syrup) is a dream come true.
Wilf & Ada’s serves traditional breakfast fare and yet sets itself apart by describing the restaurant as a ‘scratch’ diner, meaning that all food is prepared from scratch and in house, fresh everyday. The menu offers less choice than some other places but the attention put into every dish is clear. The quaint diner interior makes this a very popular spot and there is limited seating, so get there early to avoid a wait.
For still-warm, fresh baked goods, Art Is In Bakery is the place to go. This tiny joint produces great-quality breads, croissants, scones and beautifully delicate pastries, all under the watchful eye of their pastry chef Kevin Mathieson, who aims to combine the tradition of a Parisian boulangerie with the edgy vibe of a Brooklyn pop-up.
Nestled behind a French bakery, Benny’s Bistro can be a little tricky to find but is definitely worth the effort. Alongside unfalteringly attentive service, one of its most interesting features is the seasonally rotating menu which prioritizes the use of local ingredients in dishes to match Ottawa’s widely varied climate. Whatever the time of the year, however, you can be sure of a well-crafted choice of dishes, such as salmon gravlax with potatoes and an olive tapenade.
This charming bakery offers over ten different varieties of scone fresh from the oven every day, including sweet, savory and wheat-free options, which make the perfect light breakfast before a day of sightseeing. For those looking for something a little more substantial, they also offer a range of ‘sconewitches’ and egg-based dishes.
A trendy art-café, perfect for a laid-back casual brunch. The vibe is very relaxed and the interior quirky, with unexpected touches such as the bookshelf of paperbacks to peruse whilst enjoying your cup of coffee. Most items on the menu have a subtle Caribbean influence and the breakfast tacos are particularly worth trying.
The limited menu is primarily filled with breakfast favorites, including six different takes on the classic eggs benedict, as well as their speciality items, such as the New York strip steak, which is topped with onions, mushrooms and two eggs. The interior is airy and modern, although the outside terrace is also popular during the summer months.