Main Dish, Calgary

It seems you can’t get into any decent breakfast place or diner in Calgary these days without having to line up. (Or queue up as my newly relocated friend JJ would say.)

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.

Main Dish, Calgary

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.