Nellie’s Cosmic Cafe
Nellies is a Calgary Institution. For pancakes. A Pan-stitution. They have several locations scattered around the city, and the nearest one to our hotel in downtown Calgary is located 5 blocks south of us on 17th Ave.
They don’t try to be super trendy or hip, they just make good breakfast. Also, they go the extra mile by having both toys and colouring books available. They are supposed to be “for children”, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let a chance to play with a giant Godzilla action figure pass me by.
– Banana Pancakes
Located just on 17th Ave, just 5 blocks down from our little boutique hotel here in downtown Calgary, this little restaurant is a short walk to a great meal.
Now, just fair warning, but this is a vegetarian restaurant. Having said that, you probably won’t even notice it. That’s how good the food is here. The restaurant is small, so if you don’t get there before 9 AM, be prepared to wait. Also, they are only open for breakfast on the weekends. It’s still an amazing restaurant, but you will only be able to get a heaping helping of their Happy Hen’s Hash on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Happy Hen’s Hash
This hidden gem is also just 5 blocks from us, although it is not on 17th Ave. Known for its fantastic olde-fashioned milkshakes, The Galaxy (and the deli next door) have been providing hung-over hipsters with early morning sustenance since wearing plaid shirts was actually fashionable. The 90′s. It was fashionable in the 90′s.
The Galaxy has been around for almost two decades. In that time they have perfected the fine art of cramming as many animals into a single dish as possible. Seriously, I’m pretty sure that for every one animal that The Coup saves by being vegetarian, two of them get added to The Galaxy’s Montreal Smoked Meat Hash.
– Montreal Smoked Meat Hash