Early Bird is not for the faint-hearted. It is a glorious gastronomical assault of calories, ideally suited for a rock-and-roll state-of-mind.
More retro diner than café, the decor screams punk with brightly coloured walls, shiny vinyl banquets, and vintage rock art. Along with tattooed servers, the rebellious nature continues on a menu that defies contemporary trends toward moderation.
Over-the-top gourmet ingredients turn the volume up to 11 on the breakfast, sandwich and burger selections.
Having had the indulgent Braised Duck sliders ($12) previously, I crave Perogies ($12). More than 10 arrive, loaded with bacon, onion and token greens. They are lovingly home-made and boiled — not fried — like grandma used to make. The
Poutine ($11) is a massive stage packed with crispy fries, incredible gravy and smoky, shredded cured beef.
Alternative to its core, Early Bird is ideal for late-nights and hangover breakfasts. It offers no apology for delivering punches of flavour straight to your mouth.
Visiting the restaurant
Early Bird Café
Address. 355 Talbot St.
Price range. $6 – $12
Business lunch. No
Social lunch. Yes
Quick solo lunch. Yes