Best greasy spoon breakfasts in Ottawa

If it’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s a good thing that greasy spoon breakfasts abound in the city of Ottawa. Grease your spoon at these local spots and you’ll never skip breakfast again.

Zak's Diner

16 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1

Take in the ’50s décor at this ByWard Market staple while you choose from a plethora of breakfast options. Try The Great Canadian, Zak’s Big Breakfast, or their Lumberjack’s Breakfast, a skillet-style breakfast with your choice of bacon, ham or sausage with three scrambled eggs, topped with a melted three-cheese blend and served on home fries with toast.

Al's Diner

834 Clyde Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5A1

Breakfast is quick and deliciously greasy at Al’s Diner. Al’s Big Hit wraps everything you love about breakfast into one big meal. It brings their Good Morning Special (eggs and choice of bacon, ham or sausage) together with your choice of a pancake or French toast (topped with syrup and butter). It really doesn’t get any better than that.

Wilf and Ada’s

510 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z4

If Eggs in Purgatory isn’t the most interesting sounding breakfast on a menu, I don’t know what is. The thought of two eggs simmered in spicy tomato sauce is enough to make my mouth water. There is also the Hungryman, a breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, home fries and French toast with fruit compote, whip cream and maple syrup.

Father & Sons Restaurant

112 1/2 Osgoode St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6S2

Current and returning students will tell you Father & Sons is a University of Ottawa institution. Their breakfast special is among the most affordable and delicious in the city. If you’re looking to spice things up, try the breakfast poutine, which consists of home fries with cheese curds and gravy topped with bacon and one egg.

Elgin Street Diner

374 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1

Elgin’s Hangover Breakfast (their breakfast special served with poutine instead of home fries) is the greasy remedy your body needs after a long night out. Whether you’re too tired from all the fun the previous night to wake up in the morning, or your night has yet to end, Elgin Street Diner is famous for serving breakfast all day.

Mellos Restaurant

290 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E6

After you walk past the iconic sign hanging over Dalhousie Street, grab an old-fashioned booth or swivel on a padded stool by the bar while you watch your breakfast being made at this Ottawa fixture. A greasy spoon personified, Mellos is one of the last truly authentic diners in the city.

Bramasole Diner

428 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y8

Bramasole embodies the classic ’50s diner. With its retro look and small town feel, Centretown’s favourite greasy spoon is a hot spot for locals. Bring your appetite and shine with the Sunrise on Bramsole’s all-day breakfast menu. It includes two eggs any style, ham, bacon or sausage, home fries, toast and coffee.

Bobby's Table

255 Montreal Rd, Vanier, ON K1L 6C4

Bobby’s Table is a deli-style restaurant whose greasy spoon breakfasts are as affordable as it gets in Ottawa. Come really hungry, with a very big appetite for their morning special, or satisfy your hunger with their Big Appetite and Really Hungry breakfasts. You can’t go wrong either way.

White Horse Restaurant

294 Tremblay Rd, Ottawa, ON K1G 0A4

White Horse is a family-owned restaurant on Tremblay Road that prides itself on providing patrons with a genuine home cooking experience. With all the greasy-spoon goodness you would come to expect from an establishment of this sort, Rib Steak and Eggs are a great, protein filled way to start your day.

Nate's Deli

152 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5B6

While the early bird special is enough to satisfy your need for a greasy spoon breakfast, it’s the smoked meat at Nate’s Deli that is among the best in the city. Try some in a traditional eggs Benedict or an omelette with feta cheese. Better yet, add smoked meat to Nate’s Basic Br’egg’fast of eggs and home fries served with toast.

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