If you've never gotten the brunch hype, then you obviously haven't had good brunch before. This glorious meal is something people seriously look forward to - and, yes, it's way different than breakfast (kind of).
Sleeping in on a Sunday and going out for brunch with your friends or S/O is an actual need, not just a want. There's legit no better way to kick off your day and cure a hangover than with a mimosa and a plate of eggs benny or a mountain of syrup-soaked pancakes.
Don't ever think you've woken up too late for brunch, either! Most brunch restaurants are generous enough to serve grub until at least 2:00 PM, which is an avid brunch-eater's dream. If you don't get the hype yet, you definitely will after trying these 10 best spots to grab brunch in Ottawa.
Baker Street Cafe, 385 Richmond Road
Baker Street Cafe is famous for their delicious, reasonably priced brunch. This London-themed cafe is usually packed, but the wait for their hearty fare is absolutely worthwhile. Their white and whole wheat bread is homemade, which makes this place even more authentic.
Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue
Pressed hosts a weekend waffle brunch, which consists of tasty waffles beautifully topped with all of your favourite brunch items. No, I'm not kidding. Just when you thought Eggs Benedict couldn't get any better... How about loading your waffle up with house-smoked brisket, smoked chicken fritters, or caramelized apples and double-smoked bacon? ARE YOU DYING?! If you want a completely unique brunch experience, make sure you try out Pressed.
Stoneface Dolly's, 416 Preston Street
Stoneface Dolly's is an incredible restaurant in Little Italy that has tons of all-day brunch options. Serving loads of classics with their own outta-this-world, tasty twist on them, this restaurant knows how to keep you coming back for more. Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancake? Breakfast Jerk Ribs? Iconic fried-egg Bobby Mac sandwiches on homemade molasses toast? Need I say more?
Jax, 479 Bronson Avenue
One of the best parts about this cozy bistro is that they serve breakfast until 3:00 PM, so it's a great place to go if you want comfort food after a long night and rough morning. PS: Their Banana Bread French Toast is to die for!
Benny's Bistro, 119 Murray Street
Benny's Bistro is definitely a more upscale brunch place. It's perfect for a birthday or brunch date. Their unique options (Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with Maple-Cured Pork Loin and Soft-Poached Eggs!) might make you scratch your head, but the taste is unlike anything you've ever experienced.
Fraser Cafe, 7 Springfield Road
With its items changing frequently, this menu will always have something new and delicious to spice up your weekend-brunch life. One thing's for sure: The chefs like to keep it simple and focus on serving up top-notch fare. I mean, you can add rum to your smoothie and they have Fresh Apple Doughnuts on the brunch dessert menu so... #YOLO.
Wilf & Ada's, 510 Bank Street
Wilf & Ada's is your quintessential brunch diner - but even cuter. They're known for their popular dish, Eggs in Purgatory, which is essentially two eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce and smothered in cheese. If it's been a rough morning for you, you can also order their delicious Painkiller drink. It's a win-win all around.
Edgar, 60 Rue Bégin
If you're a foodie looking for an awesome brunch experience out of the city, go to Edgar. Though their menu is limited, the chefs put all their effort and care into their creations - and you can taste it. You'll be amazed with whatever item you try. Their Dutch Baby, for example, is to DIE for, consisting of crêpe soufflée filled with apples, aged cheddar, a chunk of crispy pork belly and maple syrup. Bonus: They're open until 5:00 PM on weekends!
Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Road
The ambiance (and food!) of this fine French pub is so spot on, it almost hurts (in the best way possible). In the heart of Westboro, this trendy place is always packed - and for good reason. You can enjoy weekend brunch à la française until 4:00 PM, ample time to enjoy a few mimosas with your Duck & Waffles.
The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West
The Hintonburg Public House isn't your average brunch restaurant. With items such as pickled eggs, fish and chips, and marinated cheese curds; but if you're hipster enough, you'll love these different noteworthy options. They obviously have more brunch-themed foods as well, but it might be hard to choose them with such unique items on the menu.
All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on Narcity's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.