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January 24, 2022
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Where to eat when in Edmonton

Dr Agnieszka Wojciechowski gets German comfort food at this breakfast hot spot

Every weekend, my husband and I look forward to getting up early to beat the line-up which is bound to form outside our favourite breakfast spot, Barb and Ernie's Old Country Inn in Edmonton.

From the moment you step in to this German, family owned and operated restaurant you feel right at home. At the door, all the ladies get a loud and cheerful "Hello, gorgeous!!", from Ernie himself, who greets and guides his guests to a table.

The breakfast menu, which draws the biggest crowds, features everything from over 22 different kinds of omelettes ($5.95-$14.95), and the best Eggs Benedict in town ($7.95-$13.95), to homemade potato pancakes served with applesauce and sour cream.

One of our favourites, the Barb and Ernie Special Breakfast for $6.95 includes your choice of hotcakes, crêpes, French toast, potato pancakes or German-bacon pancakes served with two eggs (any style) and bacon, sausage or ham. On the other hand, for those watching their waistlines, there is an extensive health menu featuring gluten-free, calorie-reduced and heart-healthy options.

But the restaurant's menu doesn't stop at breakfast. For those with a taste for German cuisine, this is the place to find the best sauerbraten (pot roast that's been marinated in vinegar and spices), wild boar, schnitzels, as well as feature entrees such as roast duck with red cabbage.

The food is complemented perfectly by a selection of German and international beer. The cosy décor, hearty portions and bottomless coffee allow you to really relax and enjoy your meal.

This restaurant has been around for 31 years and Barb and Ernie have no intention of stopping any time soon. Their restaurant has become one of the best loved in Edmonton. If you're ever in this part of the world, we enthusiastically recommend that you experience it for yourself!!

Barb and Ernie's Old Country Inn

9906-72 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
(780) 433-3242
Breakfast for two around $20.


Dr Agnieszka Wojciechowski is a family physician in Edmonton.

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