Can you believe I’ve NEVER been to the infamous OEB for brunch? There’s probably not much to add but in a nut shell, this is one of the most popular places in Calgary to grab brunch. 2 to 3 hour weekend lineups (ridiculous!) has prevented me from fighting with the massively obsessed OEB’ers.
If you want to eat here, get the NoWait app (I specifically downloaded it for OEB). This was my first time using the app but it was simple and straightforward. We signed up at 9:00am Sunday morning and there was already 26 parties ahead of us. Perfect because squash happened for the next two hours. About an hour and 45 minutes later, I got a text saying our table was ready. I responded a bit later than you’re supposed to (10 minute grace period) but we got lucky and were still able to snag a table for four.
The inside is small but quaint. It can fit 36 people with a large communal table smack in the middle of things.
The friendly, easy going vibe here is great. I was expecting it to be packed and chaotic but it was the complete opposite. Bright, modern and funky.
Love the chalk board drawings on the ceiling. So talented!
The menu is absolutely massive. So many enticing dishes.
Their most popular dishes are the Box’d items, with 11 options to choose from. It’s basically gut busting poutine.
Coffee ($2.80 each) – Coffee includes unlimited refills. I don’t drink coffee but the two love birds were content with their mugs.
Gold digga ($16.99)
Poached eggs, herb potatoes, Quebec cheese curds, pork belly, black truffles and brown butter Hollandaise. S and Nbread are the smart ones and shared a Box’d dish. They ask you for how you want your poached eggs done and they picked soft. Rich, heavy, carb loading goodness.
Hog & scallops ($17.99)
Poached eggs, seared Digby scallops, bacon lardons, Saint Cyrille cheese curds and brown butter Hollandaise sauce. This Box’d variety is available in limited quantities so you’ll have to ask your server if they have it. Tomtom struggled to finish this on his own but he liked it. I had a bite and it is glutinous. For me, I can only handle/enjoy a few bites of poutine. That Hollandaise sauce is crazy good but heavy.
Moroccan style Alberta lamb burger ($14.75)
Home grown and naturally raised lamb. Came with a side of dill tzatziki, twice fried herb potatoes and fresh fruit. I was lacking in the fresh fruit category from a weekend of eating so this was perfect. Fruit included apple, orange, kiwi, strawberry, pineapple and dragonfruit! The potatoes were perfectly seasoned and crispy – frying them twice in duck fat is complete genius. My burger looked and tasted great.
Two lamb patties with red onion, dill pickles, lettuce and tomato. I would have liked more emphasis on the Moroccan flavour and for the meat to be cooked a medium rare but they specifically state on the menu that it’ll be done well. Not sure if you can request it to be cooked to your liking.
All the other dishes, especially the sweet ones, coming out of the kitchen looked delicious. Looking forward to coming back and trying more items. Believe the hype! Don’t forget to save yourself a lifetime of waiting – get the NoWait app.
OEB Breakfast Co.
824 Edmonton Trail NE