She said – It turns out Belmont Diner is just Galaxie Diner in a different neighbourhood!
Today was a lovely day (by Calgary standards) and I wasn’t content to spend it eating peanut butter on toast and watching Mad Men in aladdin pants in boyfriend’s apartment. We decided to go out for brunch and after some flip flopping about whether or not it was best to drive somewhere to wait in line (Over Easy Breakfast) or walk somewhere to wait in line (Galaxie Diner), we opted to enjoy the weather and go for a lovely walk. Sadly, the line up at Galaxie was astronomical (get it??) and we were getting hungry, so rather than stickin around, we decided to take our lovely walk to Marda Loop instead.
We picked Belmont Diner because the line up was hidden inside and we thought we’d hit the jackpot. The menu at Belmont was literally the exact same as Galaxie and we (or at least I) already had a good idea what we wanted from there so we decided to stick it out. Belmont is small with only about six tables and counter seating, but the food came fast so they’re likely able to turn over tables pretty quickly.
The waiting area at Belmont was cramped and had no seating, but the waitress came by with free coffee and let us order orange juice while we stood in line. Warning though kids – the juice is a steep $3.75 a glass.
While waiting we both fell in love the cody scramble (pictured below) after drooling over a couple plates of it at the counter.
It looked so good that I opted to order it instead of the incredibly fun to say huevos rancheros. It was tasty, but the cheese on top made the meal too heavy and the dish could have used more veggies (although I tend to think everything could use more veggies). And the portions were huge for the price (apparently bottomless carbs are Belmont’s thing – both our orders came with unlimited toast and hashbrowns). Ali wanted the scramble too, but that left us without really being able to trade meals half way through. He asked our waiter what he’d recommend and after hearing his glowing review of the montreal smoked meat hash made a snap decision to order that instead.
Montreal Smoked Meat Hash
The has was good, but I found the meat a little fatty, grisly, and just all around gross. The banana peppers added some spicy-ness and the eggs were tasty, although not being much of an egg person, I’m not really in a position to judge.
After breakfast, we wandered Marda Loop a little, but with the exception of Casablanca video, a funky gift shop called Murmurs, the Inner Sleeve, and a jewelry store I wanted to check out that is apparently closed on Sundays, there wasn’t much to see. We stopped by the vehicle registry so that Zaidi could pay off a small fortune in traffic and parking tickets and headed back home.
He said – Belmont was awesome, and in my opinion is in contention for the best breakfast place in Calgary…if you don’t mind not knowing how long you are going to wait. Luckily it was only about twenty minutes for us, but since they take no reservations, and there are only a few tables inside, we could’ve been waiting awhile. As for what counts, the service and the food are top notch. The meals are filling and very tasty, and took less than five minutes after we ordered to come.
I have to admit, I probably liked Ali’s Cody Scramble a bit more than my Montreal Smoked Hash, but both were definitely repeaters. On top of that the price is very reasonable. If it were up to me, this would place high on our list, but unfortunately the lady doesn’t go out much for breakfast, nor is she a big fan of wonderful and scrumptious eggs, which sadly are two big parts of the Belmont. Nonetheless we begin this blog on a high, and if the rest of our search will be this tasty, I will likely be morbidly obese in no time.
Location: 4.5 out of 5 “I Feels” (Walkable from Zaidi’s crib!)
Service: 4.5 out of 5 “Yay Hurrays” (OJ in line!)
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 “Purple Shirts” (Cute, but not memorable)
Nicheness: 3.5 out of 5 “Green Tights” (Small, but quite popular…long wait)
Price: 4 out of 5 “Overstuffed Wallets” ($43.38 for the whole thing – cheaper if you cut out the $13 in beverages)
Taste: 4 out of 5 “Jeepers”
Overall: 24 out of 30. Not as close as you thought Zaidi!! And the search continues…