A culinary Easter egg hunt: 9 egg-cellent eats in Calgary

Easter egg hunts are a classic holiday tradition for many. Every year families celebrate Easter by going on the hunt for hidden colourful eggs.  This year, switch things up by going on a culinary Easter egg hunt in Calgary. Here are 9 of the city's most egg-cellent eats.

Overeasy Breakfast

1
825 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

This popular Bridgeland brunch spot serves up a decadent breakfast-inspired poutine called The Soul In A Bowl. The dish features herbed potatoes, cheese curds, bacon lardons and hollandaise topped with two soft poached eggs. If you’re hankering for something a little "eggstra" OEB also sells eggs by the basketful. Take home a basket of 30 fresh free run farm eggs for only $16.

Una Pizza & Wine

2
618 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4

Although UNA Pizza + Wine is known for its gourmet thin-crust pizzas and extensive vino selection, the restaurant has also gained a following for its kale Caesar salad. The salad is topped with toasted panko, crispy prosciutto and a boiled egg. Order it as an appetizer and split it with your dining companion or throw caution to the wind and just eat a full salad as your entrée.

Blackfoot Truck Stop Restaurant

3
1840 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T8

This 24-hour classic greasy spoon is the place to go for a no-frills eating eggs-perience. Keep things simple and order the two eggs, toast and hashbrowns menu option. Order your eggs any way you want them and feel free to switch things up for yourself. Try ordering one egg scrambled and one egg poached.

Proof Cocktail Bar

4
1302 1st Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V7

This 18+ offering is an original creation found in the bitters section of Proof’s cocktail menu. The two-ounce drink features a whole egg, along with Amaro Lucano, Braulio, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, espresso, cinnamon and Suze Red Bitters.

Spolumbo's Fine Foods & Deli

5
1308 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3

Located in the heart of Inglewood, Spolumbo’s is a locally owned and operated Italian deli and eatery. The restaurant has an impressively long menu of sandwich varieties, including a homemade egg salad sandwich. Served on a crusty Vienna bun, the sandwich is packed full of in-house-made egg salad, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

Shiki Menya

6
827 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

Head to one of the original Calgary ramen spots and enjoy a huge bowl of ramen in tonkotsu (pork) broth with negi (green onion), menma (bamboo shoots), char siu (BBQ pork belly) and spring greens. The bowl is topped with soft tamago, which is a perfectly gooey soft boiled egg. As an added bonus, ramen itself is an egg-based noodle.

Clive Burger

7
736 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

This 17th Avenue burger destination serves satisfying Alberta beef burgers as well as veggie burgers, smokies, French fries and more. Order a classic hamburger (or veggie burger) with all the free fixings you can handle and then top off your creation with a fried egg for $3. Sweeten the deal by ordering one of Clive’s signature milkshakes, which are made with a creamy, eggy custard base.

Holy Grill

8
827 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B4

Many Calgary eateries have perfected the eggs benedict, but Holy Grill consistently serves up one of the best benny options. The dish features poached eggs and creamy hollandaise atop a soft, fluffy English muffin. Order the classic benny with cappicola ham or get a little adventurous with The South Beach Benedict (a vegetarian-friendly option with tomato and avocado) or the Pacific Benedict (with smoked salmon and spinach). Holy Grill has two locations in Calgary: one located off 10th Avenue and the other located in the downtown core off 5th Avenue.

Made by Marcus

9
121-1013 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A7

Marcus Purtzki’s Made By Marcus is a micro-creamery specializing in small batch, locally-made artisanal ice cream. The key ingredient that gives Marcus’ ice cream its creamy texture is egg. Marcus initially ran a macaron-making business, which required large quantities of egg whites for the macaron cookies’ meringue exteriors. Marcus decided to turn the remaining egg yolks into ice cream. Order up a scoop (or two) or purchase a pint to go.

One of the most festive Calgary events of the summer, Marda Gras is a New Orleans-themed street festival that runs August 13, 2017, in the heart of the Marda Loop community. Since Marda Loop is one of the best dining communities in the city, make sure to stop in to one of these eateries while you’re in the area.
With Calgary’s warm weather (hopefully) here to stay, the city’s food truck scene is entering its busiest time of year. Since there are so many delicious mobile eateries to choose from, YYC Food Trucks has organized Picnic in the Park, a two-day food frenzy that takes place May 27 and 28 in Murdock Park in Bridgeland. Here are six food trucks you need to check out while you’re there. [Photo credit: YYC Food Trucks]
Let Mom take a break this Mother's Day and treat her to a gourmet brunch experience. Whether your mom is into gourmet gastronomy, runway fashion or local history, you’re sure to find a brunch destination that’ll really hit the spot (and possibly even allow you to reclaim your title as Mom’s favourite child). Image credit: istockphoto.com/PeteerS
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