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Baker Street Cafe

385 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON K2A0E7
Tel: (613) 729-8807
Neighbourhood: Westboro

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Easily the best breakfast in Ottawa
By Phil_Culhane of Ottawa (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Treat yourself. This is easily, very easily, the best location for breakfast (or lunch) in Westboro - if not in all of Ottawa.

Food - fresh made, wholesome, filling, you get a range of tastes on your plate and everything actually has taste. You may walk in for lunch and be offered some incredible, fresh, scratch-made honey fritters - free - if that's what the chef felt like doing that day.

I've yet to have every breakfast on the menu, or every lunch, but I'm halfway thru the first and about a third thru the second - and there's nothing that isn't exceptional.

Service is also exceptional - there are usually 4-5 staff in a restaurant that serves about 60(ish) - and you are always welcomed, and well cared for. Throughout each meal, dining alone or with a friend (or several), the staff have always been amenable and offered just the right touch.

Value - you will pay more for your breakfast here. There is no $2.99 special, But value doesn't mean cheap. Value means that you look at the food on your plate, and then a bit later you think about the food you ate, and you think, damn, that was a fine meal - and well worth every penny. You'd have to be exceptionally hard-hearted to NOT think that about your meal here at Baker Street. The aforementioned fresh fruit, the carafe of coffee they give you (you order coffee, you get your own carafe - I love that!), the variety of tastes, the freshness of the food - it's exceptional value.

Ambiance - formerly a pub, Baker Street has been slowly acquiring its own flavour over the months and a couple years...it's been fascinating to watch it all happen. But there's a stereo with a turntable! in the lounge area; lots of musically themed posters on the wall - a light, but a definite, touch. I love it. I love the casualness of it.

They also sell fresh bread, colossal fresh muffins, and cinnamon rolls. For complete decadence, have them toast your cinnamon roll. They slice it in three horizontally, toast it in the oven, and I have to think they add extra honey and cinnamon before they bring your plate to the table. Skip lunch if you have this option.

Baker Street hides behind a very bland exterior, but once inside, you may never want to leave. I'd be hard pressed to think of another restaurant I'd prefer to go to for breakfast or lunch anywhere in Ottawa.

Note: They don't do supper!

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