BY AMY ALLEN
Brunch: it’s a Sunday dining favourite, that late-morning meal that brings together the best parts of breakfast and lunch. Not sure which one is right for you? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to help you decide.
Wilf & Ada’s
After 20 years in business, the owners of Ada’s Diner, a beloved greasy spoon in Centretown, retired and sold the property to a new generation of restaurateurs. The location was reborn as Wilf & Ada’s and has been serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch ever since. Dishes are lovingly prepared from scratch wherever possible, using high quality products sourced from local suppliers. Popular choices include the hot chicken sandwich, the eggs benny, and the house-made sugar pie. Wilf & Ada’s, 510 Bank St., 613-231-7959, wilfandadas.com.
Tucked in a basement on Elgin Street, this cozy, hole-in-the-wall eatery is a regular hang-out for Ottawa’s arts crowd. Choose from tasty brunch platters heaped with eggs, hash browns, and bacon, go the lunch route with burritos and sandwiches, or indulge your sweet tooth with decadent French toast and homemade scones served with preserves. The Manx, 370 Elgin St., 613-231-2070, manxpub.com.
Owned by a pair of chef brothers, Fraser Café is a homey spot nestled in the heart of New Edinburgh, just east of downtown. The brothers are committed to using local products in their dishes, so the carefully planned menu changes often, but each meal is guaranteed to be delicious. If you’re still hungry at the end of it, be sure to try their freshly made doughnuts — they’re to die for! Fraser Café, 7 Springfield Rd., 613-749-1444, frasercafe.ca.
Hintonburg Public House
As its friendly name implies, the Hintonburg Public House is a place to meet with comrades, share a pint, and dig in to some delicious, thoughtfully prepared food. The chef here puts a twist on traditional pub grub — instead of standard hash browns and eggs, you can treat your palate to veggie fritters, cheese and charcuterie, and beer battered fish and chips. 1020 Wellington St. W., 613-421-5087, hintonburgpublichouse.ca.
Benny’s Bistro is a little off the beaten track — you’ll find it behind the French Baker in the ByWard Market — but it’s entirely worth seeking out. Their plates are as beautiful as they are tasty, and with a seasonally rotating menu, there’s always something new and scrumptious to discover. We bet you won’t regret ordering one of their omelettes! Benny’s Bistro, 119 Murray St., 613-789-6797.
The co-owner and chef of Soca Kitchen & Pub hails from Venezuela, and she brings her South American heritage to her food. Largely tapas-driven, the menu boasts Southern and Spanish inspired plates; for brunch, try their cheese and charcuterie, their raw bar, and delectable selection of small plates. And be sure to order the drink from which the restaurant derives its name — soca juice, a tropical beverage that’s pressed from the stalks of sugar cane. Soca Kitchen & Pub, 93 Holland Ave., 613-695-9190, socapub.com.