I’ve been thinking (dangerous, I know) about my backlog of posts and rather than having old posts take precedence over new adventures, I’ve decided to institute regular “Throwback Thursday” posts instead. This way I can still share current reviews and photos with older ones and I won’t end up in this awful spiral of “I forgot what everything tasted like” (note taking might be in my future?).
So for the first WWAP Throwback Thursday – we’re heading back to finish the Calgary Food Tour with Carmen (@foodkarmablog) where I brunched at Diner Deluxe and Wurst, satisfied my ice cream cravings at Village Ice Cream and discovered the deliciousness of a Clive Burger custard shake.
One of the things I really love about Calgary is the plethora of brunch options available – brunch is a serious business in Calgary and I am a bit sad that the Edmonton brunch scene isn’t quite at the same level yet. The first brunch stop of the weekend was at Wurst Restaurant and Beer Hall. Shockingly, there was no wait at all and we even got to sit outside on the sunny patio.
A and I both had the French Toast with Double Smoked Bacon, Shredded Sylvan Star Gouda, Apple Slaw, Whipped Crème Fraîche, and Blueberry Sauce. I am always shocked at portion sizes when I order french toast because the version I make myself at home is so tiny in comparison! I nearly finished this and it was heavenly… I loved the apple slaw as it gave an added crunch and the flavor with the cheese and bacon was spot on for me. As someone who struggles with eating egg yolks (I just cannot unless my eggs are scrambled), I really appreciate places that also have excellent non-egg related brunch items. I am definitely planning to head back to Wurst for some french toast the next time I’m in town.
Our second brunch over the weekend took place at Diner Deluxe, which was featured on the first season of ‘You Gotta Eat Here‘. Diner Deluxe is a Calgary institution and the line for a table definitely proved it – luckily it was a gorgeous day outside so we were able to sit on the patio with coffee and wait for our table.
Once we were seated and got a good look at the menu, I felt overwhelmed by the potential options – I wanted everything! Carmen suggested that I give the maple fried oatmeal a try and I am glad I did. I don’t usually like oatmeal in its usual oatmeal-y form, but this was amazing. I really liked the tartness of the lemon curd followed by the sweetness of the vanilla bean cream. I don’t know if I could eat the entire thing as the oatmeal felt a bit dense after awhile, although that won’t stop me from ordering it again.
A had the Veg-Oh Omelette and she seemed to enjoy it. I had a small taste and it was pretty good. I actually really like the hash browns as they had reminded me of my favorite kind of french fries – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I also loved that they had a mix of potatoes and sweet potatoes in the hash browns too.
Finally we also ordered the Good Morning Sliders, which were perfect for me because the eggs were scrambled. I thought these were cute take on breakfast sandwiches, but one of these puppies is quite filling! In the end, I ended up nixing the biscuits and just eating the middle. These were quite delicious and made me think that I would want them on the start of an early morning road trip.
After my initial experience with Diner Deluxe, I can certainly see why they have lines out the door every weekend and why ‘You Gotta Eat Here’! The service was also great as my coffee was always full and I like that the servers were so efficient, but yet still friendly.
In between meals, Carmen took us to visit Village Ice Cream as she had been raving about their ice cream since she discovered them. Village Ice Cream is a bit tucked away and I could easily see myself driving past it if I didn’t know it was there. It’s a small-ish space, but I don’t think anything bigger is really necessary. Village Ice Cream makes their ice cream on site in the shop and uses natural ingredients – obviously a lot of love goes into making their product and it shows.
There were about 12 flavors available when we went and I didn’t even have to look to know that salted caramel was going to be in my cup. The salted caramel was perfect for me as I like a solid hit of salty with the sweet, although I know it might not be for everyone. I also had a small sample taste of the coconut ice cream and it was just right in terms of coconutty flavor. I was a very happy villager at Village Ice Cream!
And finally, we get to my late night visit to Clive Burger. I was pretty much stuffed to the gills and eating a burger was completely out of the question, but Carmen insisted that I must try the custard shake and I am glad she managed to convince me to grab a shake and people watch.
The vanilla custard shake does remind me a lot of liquid creme brulee and now it’s become a must to grab for the road on my way home after every visit. Another great thing I love about these shakes are the fact that they come in 100% compostable cups and as I’ve said before – every little bit helps!
So What Would Argenplath Pay?
As I wrap up my whirlwind Calgary Food Tour, I have to say how much I appreciate Carmen. She is one of the most awesomest and generous people I know – I am so glad she let A and I crash at her place and that she took the time to drive us around to eat and shop – I couldn’t ask for a better friend!
In terms of everything I ate, I feel like the prices are relatively reasonable and I don’t regret a single thing I had (maybe a little on the quantity) but it was very yummy!
Our brunch at Wurst worked out to $63.00 + tip and I guess you could say it was bit on the pricier side but the portions were also quite substantial and I know I didn’t finish my dish. The itemized breakdown was:
- Coffee (x2) – $6.50
- Tea – $3.50
- French Toast (x2) – $32.00
- Confit Duck & Goat Cheese Eggs Benedict – $18.00
Our meal at Diner Deluxe was a little bit cheaper coming in at $46.09 + tip, although it did have less expensive ingredients (i.e no duck), but this is slightly more in line with what I would pay for brunch in Edmonton (not that I really wake up early enough for brunch?). Again, portion sizes are not tiny and I am sure we left food behind on our plates!
- Coffee (x2) – $5.70
- Tea – $2.75
- Maple Fried Oatmeal – $9.25
- Veg-Oh Omelette – $13.25
- Good Morning Sliders – $12.95
As you could probably see from the menu board above, the single scoop of Village ice cream was $5 but the more scoops you get, the cheaper each scoop becomes so triple scoops for the win? The Clive Burger custard shake was also $5 and definitely worth every penny for me.
Overall, my Calgary Food Tour was probably not the cheapest eating adventure I’ve had but the opportunity to check out restaurants that I’ve heard so much about is awesome – I was going to go some time (gotta keep my “foodie” street cred), so it may as well be with good friends.