A Canadian take on tapas-style food, MPC Public serves tasty food in a relaxed environment, with fun, light-hearted touches. The quirky dining area is a little on the small side so be prepared for a short wait if you’re visiting at peak times.
Golf’s Steakhouse may be a little old-fashioned in terms of interior decor but its Sunday brunch is one of the best in Kitchener. Served in an all-you-can-eat buffet style, the choices on offer range from French toast to poached whole salmon and old fashioned ham. If possible, try and bag a window seat in the corner of the dining room for a view of the nearby stream while you enjoy your meal. Golf’s Steakhouse, 598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, ON, Canada, +1 519 579 4050
Diner, Restaurant, American, Canadian, Vegetarian
For a real no-frills, greasy spoon breakfast, Country Boy is the place to go. With an extensive range of unbeatable omelets, pancakes and waffles, the all-day breakfast menu is available from 6.30am, with a slightly tweaked version on offer at weekends. Its great value food means that it remains a true neighborhood favorite.
The homely, family-run Fireside Restaurant has a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere making it the perfect choice for a low-key breakfast or brunch. The dishes on offer include a variety of omelets, sandwiches and lighter dishes. The portions at this place are huge so you’ll certainly be fuelled up for the day ahead.
City Cafe is a true Kitchener-Waterloo bakery institution. With all their breads, pastries and croissants baked fresh daily, this is the place to go for a baked good breakfast. Over the years they have grown such a loyal fanbase that they now operate on an ‘honors system,’ where you simply select your choices from the cabinet and pay by placing your cash in the box provided!
The Bauer Kitchen is one of the Kitchener-Waterloo regions trendiest restaurant spots. The brunch menu exhibits creative twists on classic favorites, with the shining star being the Amaretto soaked brioche French toast, served with candied apricots, Chantilly cream, hazelnuts and fresh fruit. This place is also fully-licensed.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, Canadian, Gluten-free, $$$
The Belmont Bistro is a quaint French wine bar with an excellent brunch menu. Their weekend options include traditional egg dishes, like huevosrancheros, and the classic two egg breakfast. Their specialty is crepes: opt for the tasty veggie choice, complete with kale, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant, or go the healthy route with their signature buckwheat alternative.
The Yeti is a charming hipster-like cafe that serves a fantastic range of wraps, egg-based sandwiches, bagels and sweet options. Their signature ‘Brunchie’ dish is a tasty combination of scrambled eggs, peameal, cheddar, caramelized onions and greens, served on fresh organic bread (just as all of their sandwiches are). Vegans are also well catered for here, thanks to their Vegan BLT with bacon alternative and vegan mayonnaise, as well as the Buddha Bundle with bell pepper, greens, carrots and a sunflower seed dressing.
For the traditional diner experience, Mel’s Diner is the most authentic spot in Kitchener. The menu here is huge and covers all the major breakfast bases, including eggs (with a whole section devoted to different types of eggs Benedict) as well as sweet options, omelettes, sandwiches and skillet dishes. The atmosphere is casual and homely and, with breakfast on offer all day, this is a great choice if you’re not so much of an early bird.
Korner Kitchen is a casual venue offering over and above the typical breakfast offerings. Their menu features a good number of dishes, nearly all of which can be altered to meet any dietary requirements.