I think I’ve finally figured out how to enjoy brunch. Over order. Simple but genius right? Well, it was a Sunday so being in Calgary, we obviously had to go for brunch. I still can’t get over how much Calgarians adore brunch – it reminds me of Montreal so much. We decided to check out Dairy Lane Café, which apparently has been in the Hillhurst area since 1950! Wow, 65 years and going strong.
The place is tiny and packed. DLC is one of those places where you’re right in the grill of your table neighbours but the chatter is loud enough that you can carry on a conversation without feeling like others are eavesdropping on you. People were constantly putting their names down on the wait list. Crappy weather meant the patio was closed and inside can fit about 20 people or so.
Arriving around noon (way too late), we were told the wait would be about an hour. At least they give you coffee/tea on the house while you wait outside. Or more like death stare the people sitting by the window and will them to hurry up and finish their last piece of toast!
Stuffed French toast ($13.50)
Two options to choose from (sweet vs. savoury) – we went with sweet. Cinnamon cream cheese and field berry compote on French bread with a side of local potato hash. We were both a little skeptical about cream cheese in French toast but the dish was well executed. Just enough that you could taste the cream cheese without it being overpowering. The French toast is huge with two slices topped on one another. The hash was good – nicely seasoned.
Eggs benedict ($15.00)
Three options to choose from (bacon/grilled tomato, smoked salmon/avocado or spinach/garlic mushrooms). We went with the smoked salmon! Two poached farm fresh eggs, english muffin, house hollandaise with a side of local potato hash. The eggs were perfectly poached. Smoked salmon and avocado is a great combo. Add that with the heavenly hollandaise sauce, you have a killer eggs benny.
Marinated prawn tacos ($15.00)
This was on their featured menu. Three prawn tacos filled with roasted poblano pepper and avocado creama, cabbage, black bean pico di gallo, queso fresco and cilantro. It also is served with a side of BC kennebec potato fries. In hindsight, we should have asked to sub one of the sides for something less carb heavy (so many potatoes!) but all good, we know for next time. The tacos were excellent. The shrimp had a great flavour and the addition of beans gave the tacos additional heartiness. We had to fight over the third one, I won.
Another good spot in town to grab brunch. Heck, they’re even open for lunch and dinner. Get there early or else be prepared to wait. Tip – you can wait inside if you walk around the back near the washrooms. Hopefully, next time we’ll be able to sit out on the patio.
Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 Street NW