We’ve rounded up five venues in Calgary that offer something a little different, whether you’re looking for an authentic western experience, the best view in the city, or a massive crepe selection.
By Sally MacKinnon
1 SCRAMBLED SAFARI
The Calgary Zoo offers Sunday brunch buffet in the Safari Lodge with pancakes, eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, lunch fare, a “kid-friendly” waffle bar and a chocolate fountain. But the real appeal is the venue: Safari Lodge is located in Destination Africa, home to the Zoo’s lions, giraffes, and hippopotamuses. With a combined ticket, you can visit them (and the rest of the Zoo animals) after your meal.
2 AN OMELETTE WITH A VIEW
Sky 360 is located at the top of the Calgary Tower, and offers rotating 360 degree views of the city 160 metres (525 feet) below, as well as the distant Rocky Mountains. The food is upscale casual and served à la carte, with items like yogurt and muesli trifle and French toast made with raisin brioche.
3 VEGGIE COUP D’ETAT
Every Saturday and Sunday, The Coup serves vegetarian brunch items such as spelt crepes with ricotta cheese, berry compote, coconut banana butter and hemp oil, and scrambled eggs with red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and seasonal greens.
4 WESTERN COOKOUT
Located in Turner Valley, a ranching town about 40 kilometres south of the city, Chuckwagon Café is built to look like a small red barn, features décor such as branding irons, and serves beef from owner Terry Myhre’s nearby ranch. The service is friendly, and the food hearty and homestyle, especially if you like steak and eggs.
5 FANTASTIC PANCAKES
Crepes are the forte at Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus, which has more than 80 Dutch pancakes (crepes) to choose from. These massive crepes are around 12 inches in diameter and made with savoury or sweet fillings, often baked right into the batter. We recommend the bacon, cheese and mushroom, or the warm apple topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.