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Two Family Friendly Breakfast Places for the Fish Bowl

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Several minutes after my workday ended, I ran across a tweet from Andrea Tomkins (@missfish), one of my favourite local mommy bloggers. She operates “A Peek Inside the Fish Bowl.” The “Fish Bowl” is a website and it hosts a blog to “peek at” some well written entries on the subjects of family and raising children in the Ottawa area. Today, Andrea asked twitter for some of their favourite local breakfast places.

After inviting her to join what my dear friend Yannick (@endorphinbuzz) likes to call our “Elite” brunch club, I discovered that two of the more family-friendly great breakfast places in the Hintonburg and Westboro neighbourhoods have no entries on foodiePrints: Fil’s Diner and the Baker Street Cafe

Fil’s Diner
Fil’s Diner (1209 Wellington Street) is Hintonburg’ s own 60′s style diner, complete with a checkered tile floor, high back booths, chrome edged furniture, hot dog platters, chicken finger baskets, steak sandwich platters, beef liver meals, and classic burgers. It also serves a really nice breakfast, including a great 2 egg combo.

My better half and I, however, are fond of Fil’s Double Double: 1 pancake or 1 slice of French toast, 2 eggs any style, 2 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages, and home fries.

French Toast Double Double ($6.49)

French Toast Double Double ($6.49)

Pancake Double Double ($6.49)

Pancake Double Double ($6.49)

While the pancakes and French toast are somewhat uninspired, they are made to order, fluffy, and and griddle fresh. The bacon is crisp. The eggs, come as ordered. The home fries, while made from frozen, are fried up to order, crisp on the outside and tender in the middle.

The sausages served can be somewhat crusted and dry later in the day, as if they spent too much time under the heat lamps.

Crusted Sausages

Crusted Sausages

The large booths are ideal for families with children. We’ve often seen parents with their sons and/or daughters enjoying themselves at Fil’s, some on high chairs, others on booster seats. Fil’s even has a generous “Kid’s Breakfast Special” that is a smaller version of the double double.

Jenn and I like sitting at the bar where we can interact with the servers and take a peek at the kitchen.

Cute Mugs on the Bar Next to the till

Cute Mugs on the Bar Next to the till

Often times, we are joined by off-duty servers who likewise enjoy a breakfast plate after a shift.

Baker Street Cafe

Baker Street Cafe

Baker Street Cafe

The Baker Street Cafe (385 Richmond Road) is located in Westboro in what used to be an Irish pub called Annie?s. As Candice points out on the Mmm, Tasty! blog, the Cafe still has a pub feel with a partially converted rectangular bar, overhead hanging drink-ware, wood accented walls, and high bistro tables by the windows. Elsewhere in the restaurant, standard height two seater tables are arranged to seat groups of 4, 6, and 8.

At the Cafe’s front door, there is a handwritten sign, stating that the entire menu is made to order.

Sign asking for patience

Sign asking for patience

It asks patrons to have patience when they order.

Indeed, the small kitchen seems to take an inordinate amount of time to produce plates that other restaurants seem quick to make. While we awaited our ordered breakfasts, I asked for coffee and Jenn opened a copy of the newspaper. The first page she turned to had an offer for a McDonald’s McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

McMuffin Breakfast Sandwich

McMuffin Breakfast Sandwich

I actually ordered an English muffin sandwich for breakfast.

My coffee cost a seemingly expensive $2.75. That was until the waitress dropped off an entire carafe of freshly brewed coffee on our table.

Entire Coffee Carafe

Entire Coffee Carafe

When our orders arrived, the plates served were indeed fresh and rather generous:

My Fried Egg, Ham and Tomato Muffin ($8.95)

My Fried Egg, Ham and Tomato Muffin ($8.95)

Her Fried Egg Breakfast Texas Toast Sandwich ($8.95)

Her Fried Egg Breakfast Texas Toast Sandwich ($8.95)

Accompanying our sandwiches were freshly cut fruit and home fries.

While my muffin sandwich was head and shoulders better than anything McDonald’s serves, I found my egg somewhat overcooked.

Muffin Sandwich

Muffin Sandwich

Hers wasn’t much better.

Texas Toast Breakfast Sandwich

Texas Toast Breakfast Sandwich

Still, the sandwiches were satisfying. The fruit, sweet and the home fries made in-house.

We did, however, find several pieces of undercooked potato.

Under Cooked Potato

Under Cooked Potato

How is the Baker Street Cafe family friendly? There are kid-sized options on the menu. There is stroller parking next to a leather couch by the door.

Stroller Parking Lot

Stroller Parking Lot

Finally, the restaurant has high chairs for younger children and booster seats for slightly older ones.

While Jenn and I sat at the bistro table by the windows, we watched several families seat themselves comfortably and enjoy a fine meal.

What makes a family-friendly breakfast restaurant? Affordable prices, flexible menu, and accommodations for the young ones.

BTW, to Andrea, the next outing of the brunch club is scheduled for September 27, 2009. You are welcome to join us!

Particulars:
Fil’s Diner
1209 Wellington Street
(613)728-9987
info@filsdiner.ca
Fil's Diner on Urbanspoon

Baker Street Cafe
385 Richmond Road
(613)761-7136
Baker Street Cafe on Urbanspoon

Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.

Comments

yannick

I wouldn't have thought that long service would equal family friendly but you saw some happy families there so that's great.

I kinda like the buffet style/left under the heatlamp for a while sausages. I know it ain't right but I like them :)

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