A good friend of mine started telling me about Edna Halifax months before they opened. As plans developed, I would get occasional updates, new reasons each time on why I would love it. ‘Only 60 seats’,’They’ll be serving Big Spruce Beer’, ‘They’ll have an all-local menu’, ‘Community table seating’.
Right up my alley.
But would my parents and sister (who are no where near as local food obsessed as I) agree? Two weeks ago, we visited for brunch in celebration of their 34th wedding anniversary.
My friend was right, Edna’s is everything I look for in a dining experience. A hyper-local menu, a mix of urban and antique, beautiful repurposed wood, local beer, lots of light and friendly staff. We were greeted at the door and seated at a long communal table in the middle of the restaurant. Despite the fact that no one else was seated there yet, I caught a glimpse of concern on my family’s faces, but they didn’t say anything.
And any apprehension they may have felt went out the window when the menu arrived. Edna’s has a small-but-mighty brunch selection. I went with the eggs benny with local bacon and duck fat home fries served on a potato latke base (their GF equivalent). My sister and her best friend (and our unofficial third sister) both ordered the Sale Sucre, a type of french toast with sausage and bacon topped with two poached eggs and covered with hollandaise sauce. My mom ordered a few a la cart items, and my dad chose the shrimp fishcakes in a panko crust.
There were also a few nice extra’s. My dad fell in love with their special Java Blend roast coffee, and mom was crazy for the preserves (a strawberry jam that day) made in-house! I picked up a bottle for her at Janes Next Door after our meal.
While my sister found her meal a bit too heavy (albeit delicious), I cleaned my plate, not wanting to miss out on one bite. It kept me full the rest of the day.
And the verdict? My parents are already talking about their next visit, this time to dig into the dessert menu!
2053 Gottingen Street