Breakfast! This was one of the places recommended by the Lonely Planet Guide and it was also on the Calgary map that we picked up. There are actually 4 or 5 different Nellie’s places now – I don’t know if they have the same menu’s or not though… First impressions were that this was a pretty funky little place – there were some cool paintings on the wall – one of a cow looking through a window and the furniture and mugs etc were a mishmash of different stuff, and the overall atmosphere was comfy and eclectic! The menu was varied with a good selection of veggie options. I was trying to decide between the cheese omelette or the breakfast tostada. Finally I decided that I can have an omelette any time and went with the tostada. It was huge! And it was great… it came with fruit, but I substituted that for hash browns, and when it came down to it, I had to decide between finishing the tostada or eating the hash browns… a big decision if you know me – I love potatoes! I finally decided to finish the tostada, as the hash browns were not the best that I have ever eaten… it was a good thing that this breakfast was doubling as lunch as well – I was completely full when I finished… Martin also went the ‘Mexican’ breakfast option and had the breakfast burrito which he said was really good. He also ordered the oatmeal as he usually does… Nellie’s food is great – try it if you are in Calgary!
We ate breakfast here twice – which means it couldn’t have been too bad the first time! Craig’s is kind of an ‘old style’ diner with booths and a counter near the kitchen where it looks like you can sit and eat and have a waitress top up your coffee and call you hon’! We didn’t sit at the counter… They serve breakfast all day which was great for us because it was really kind of brunch that we were eating, and there is a lot of choice on the menu… The first time I had eggs benedict with mushrooms and hash browns. That’s real hash browns made with real chopped up potatoes and fried in a pan – not the mashed up, battered and deep fried variety… The second time I opted for the veggie supreme omelette with a side of hash browns (yep – love them potatoes!). Both dishes were great… The poached eggs were a little runny for my tastes, but the hollandaise sauce covered it up pretty well… Both days Martin ordered the veggie scramble – served on a muffin with fresh tomato, as well as oatmeal – which was actually quite nice. Not sure what is on the rest of the menu, but breakfast is definitely good!