The alternative involves eating things wrapped in paper.
So it was nice to find that The Main Dish — which I thought only did fancy take-home meals — is a great place for a quiet, simple breakfast (weekdays 7-10 a.m.).
The menu is short but has the basics. Bacon and egg with toast is only $3.99. An extra egg is $1.99. You can build your own omelette too.
Christina’s scrambled egg sandwich (something like $4.50) came on healthy multi-grain baguette but was missing some salt, or cheese.
The morning menu expands for weekend brunch (Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) with steak and eggs, stuffed French toasts and Benedicts.
With decent coffee from the café counter, kind staff, comfortable seating against a wall of windows, and zero lineup, I can’t complain at all.
The Main Dish, 903 General Ave. NE, Calgary, (403) 265-3474. Open Monday to Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.