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Best Breakfast & Brunch in Ottawa

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The Lieutenant's Pump

Step down from trendy Elgin Street to the Lieutenant's Pump for a delicious pub meal. Main dishes draw in the crowds. At Lieutenant's Pump, you'll find a wide range of culinary creations, from Thai green curry chicken to veal, liver, bacon and onions. The decor is typical pub style with lots of wood paneling and brass. For the gamesmen there is a shuffleboard court. During the summer months, the patio is a popular spot for relaxing with a beer and watching the world go by.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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The Manx

Recline into plush crimson seats at one of a dozen or so hardwood tables at this cozy basement pub; order a single malt scotch or an imported brew and relax. Authors read their works periodically during the week and the famed Sunday brunch was voted as the Best Brunch two years running by readers of Xpress, Ottawa's entertainment newspaper. There are various goodies on the menu like Eggs Ireland and stout French Toast stuffed with bananas. Traditional pub grub, including Shepherd's Pie and burgers are also offered, as well as more upscale choices, like Moroccon Stew and grilled salmon.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Elgin Street Diner

Whether it's for family outings, power lunches or late night munchies, locals flock to this downtown diner for great eats. The house specialty is smoked salmon, but try the local favorite Poutine for a real dining treat. This French Canadian specialty consists of fries, gravy and cheese curds and more to devour. Though the diner doesn't serve alcoholic beverages, it offers a variety milkshakes, fresh juices, sodas and more to accompany your meal. Its rustic interiors have a striking teal blue seating where you can sit comfortably and enjoy your meal as the friendly servers bring your orders to you.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Wilf & Ada's

Set on the former space of Ada's Diner, Wilf & Ada's is an ode to the couple who were behind the former eatery that was so loved in the neighborhood. The brainchild of local restaurateurs, it dons a hip look with eclectic artworks, exposed bricks, industrial lighting and wooden elements. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, this diner is known for its made-from-scratch menu which includes all-day breakfast, sandwiches, lunch, brunch, desserts and soups. They also have a small selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to accompany your meals. Satisfy your morning hunger pangs with their dishes like Hungryman, Eggs in Purgatory, Bare Bones or Classic. For a quickie lunch, savor their poutine galvaude, hot chicken and dagwood. Don't forget to try the crowd favorite sugar pie to round-off your meal.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Fraser Café

If you wish to enjoy a laid back brunch on a weekend then Fraser Café is where your search ends. Yoghurt Pancakes, Poached Eggs and the Panzanella give a refreshing start to your day and Mimosas and smoothies add the extra zest needed. Albeit more popular from brunch, many also explore Fraser Café for lunch and the place does not disappoint. For lunch, try the Chicken Barley Risotto, Braised Pork Pie and do not leave out the Smoked Trout if you like seafood. The Striploin and Pork Belly make great mains if you are having your dinner here. Fraser Café also has a list of impressive wines to complete your fare.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Stoneface Dolly's on Preston

Serving up hot breakfast meals to the hungry crowd in Ottawa's Centretown neighborhood is Stoneface Dolly's on Preston. Begin your day by digging into classic favorites such as Eggs Benedict served with a dollop of hollondaise sauce, poached eggs with molasses bread, housemade bacon and fragrant rosemary baguettes. Breakfast and brunch is not the only specialty that pulls neighboring crowds to this family-owned eatery. Stoneface Dolly's is also known for their gourmet-style lunches and dinners, featuring dishes such as Black Bean Pasta, the South African special Tofu Bobotiea and a flavorful Chickpea Curry. A wine list serves as a good accompaniment, as do the beers, which include brews such as Kitchisippi, Beau's and St. Ambroise's.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Wellington Diner

Wellington Diner is an affable restaurant and a popular breakfast haunt in the locality. With peppy music playing in the background and great food for company, whether you're alone or with family and friends in tow, you will relish their all-day breakfasts, poutines, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Dig into their breakfast delights like The Mother Clubber, Breakfast Poutine, The Diner Florentine and Neptune Omelet. Try their other dishes such as Piggy's Poutine, Schnitzel on a Bun, Smokey and The Bandit Burger, Carbonara, Meat Loaf Medallions and Braised Pot Roast for lunch or dinner. Wash down your meal with a milkshake or soft drink.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Baker Street Cafe

The long queue outside this small restaurant and cafe bears testimony to its popularity as a favorite haunt for breakfast in the neighborhood. Baker Street Cafe is very serious about the first meal of the day and offers a wide array of options to curb your morning hunger pangs. Their lunch menu is lighter and is great for a quick bite. Dig into their home-made sausage patties, steak and eggs, Atlantic smoked salmon Benedict, oven baked omelets, cinnamon raisin French toast and smoked meat sandwich. What's not to love about the scrumptious fare of this place that is generously portioned and reasonably priced!

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Hard Stones Grill

One in a chain of three restaurants which are scattered around Ontario, Hard Stones Grill is a great place to come to for a meal with the family. Serving breakfast and brunch dishes from early morning hours and hearty items like pizzas, burgers, steaks and pastas through the rest of the day, the restaurant sees quite a bit of the local crowd. Cozy booths and mood lighting give the place a warm welcoming ambiance. This is also a popular spot for people to drop in on a game night to cheer on their favorite teams over a pint of beer.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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