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  • Erika Ravnsborg

Alberta Breakfast Sandwiches


Sometimes, you wake up in the morning and you realize that you have been having a crazy couple of days. Everything from the stresses of work to family obligations, and friendship drama can get to you. Still, you are immediately greeted by the growling of an empty stomach. However, you are not going to take this lying down. A go-getter like you takes life by both hands and solves the problem ASAP. Luckily, the solution is simple, and it is a breakfast sandwich.


The not-so-humble and essential breakfast sandwich is a wonderful way to ring in the morning and start your day off right. Even if the previous night was a little harder on you than you had meant it to. It is a staple for many restaurants throughout many cities and towns.


Luckily, there are breakfast sandwiches in various communities that will cure those belly grumbles we all experience every so often. Here are some well worth trying:


Glenn’s Family Restaurant (Red Deer) A quaint little place just off Highway 2 is home to this simply irresistible sandwich. In it is an egg, some bacon, melty cheddar cheese, with some avocado, between the bread of your choice. How can you go wrong? Especially if you have this sandwich with one of their delicious 250 tea selections and a homemade cookie. You won’t want to leave. They had to cut us off.


Little Brick Café and General Store (Edmonton) You can never go wrong with a classic café when it comes to a breakfast sandwich, especially when it’s made with all local ingredients. This includes Gull Valley tomatoes, Four Whistle Farms eggs, fresh greens, aged white cheddar, and garlic aioli on their fresh made buns. The thought of eggs, mixed with garlic, and cheese. Whose mouth is watering?


Holy Grill (Calgary) The Bacon Avocado Crisp Sandwich is the most unusual on this list. Sure, its name doesn’t sound like it, but it’s true. Here is a hint: it’s not because of the tomato, spinach, cheddar cheese, or mayo. Of course, it has an egg, avocado, and bacon, but it also has pickled eggplant on it. Now how wild is that? The first bite of this savoury sandwich will have you coming back for more.


Chez Francois (Canmore) Want a Mexican fiesta for breakfast? Well, this sweet little place has just what you are looking for in the Mexican Wrap. When you have a craving for zesty guacamole, sassy salsa, and decadent sour cream on your eggs, this is going to make for a glorious morning. The sight of those majestic mountains that are in view no matter where you choose to sit. Inside or out - you get to witness the natural beauty that this province provides.


Mocha Cabana (Lethbridge) For anyone who loves a little Mediterranean flare, go to the Mocha Cabana. If a farm fresh egg with naturally smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayo, that is housed on an artisan brioche bun doesn’t make it a winner, we don’t know what would. Especially when you get to sit out at their glorious courtyard.


Boondox Family Restaurant (Sundre) Mountain Goat Cheese on Toast - you’ve got to eat here because this dish is fantastic! If you love mushrooms, cheese and poached eggs slathered with hollandaise sauce on a thick piece of toast, then this is for you. When you have one of those days when you need a hug from the inside out, The Boondox has a whimsical style that family members of all ages can appreciate.


Your Own Home It’s an easy home staple that can be made in a matter of minutes, the question is, how can you make it great?


Let’s start with the basics to make the best:

- You need eggs, bread, and cheese. But not just any old items that you can get at the corner store. Let’s go a little further than that. Get some free-range eggs, deli-style pepper jack cheese for a little spice, and a fresh-made artisan bun.

- Next, let’s go crazy with farmer’s market add-ons. For preference, we reach for tomatoes, spinach, roasted red peppers, and even pickles for a unique zip.

- Lastly, is the spread of your choice. A good idea is to add something a little sweeter just to balance the flavours. Go for a subtle spread such as cranberry sauce or a honey Dijon (if available, get the Divina Fig Spread because it will give a nice finishing touch to your sandwich). The best part is you can do this in your pyjamas.


Wherever you are in our beautiful province, you can be filled with the deliciousness of this breakfast delight and be ready to seize the day. No matter how you feel, a good breakfast will start you off on the right path.


Whether you are going to work or it is just a relaxing day off, a breakfast sandwich gives you that positive energy that we all need in the morning. When it’s delicious, nutritious, and allows us to be creative, it’s a good way to give yourself a little love. Now pass those hashbrowns!