It was a gloomy Saturday morning on a long weekend and we were up way too early so we decided that heading out for breakfast would be a great idea. If you live in Calgary you know that you can easily wait 45 minutes to an hour to get into a popular breakfast spot on the weekend so we decided to head south of the city.
A beautiful and traffic free 45 minute drive later we pulled into the beautiful little town of Claresholm. If you are a fan of the food network and are a watcher of the series You Gotta Eat Here, you may have already deduced where our final destination was. Roys Place is a local staple diner that has been in Claresholm for 20 years. Located right off the highway at the only stop light in town, it is a popular destination for locals and travellers alike as it is a great place to rest, stretch and refuel yourself for anyone traveling to southern Alberta or BC.
The diner is a beautiful open space that is clean, bright and well decorated. There are lots of tables and booths (not to mention parking) where you can settle in and watch the traffic flow through town on their way to anywhere you would like to imagine while you sip on a lovely morning coffee.
They have a vast breakfast menu (as well as a large lunch and dinner menu) and with breakfast served until 4PM I am pretty sure that we could spend the entire day here tasting various breakfast dishes if only our stomaches were large enough. The breakfast menu covers everything from eggs right down to silver dollar kids pancakes which warmed my heart a little as these were always a favourite of mine when I was a kid. I am a big fan of savoury over sweet for breakfast so I was also delighted to see the “I just want a waffle” item on the menu where you can order just a plain crisp Belgian waffle with syrup on the side.
For breakfast I ordered the Early Riser skillet, scrambled eggs filled with green onions, mushrooms, bacon, smothered with cheese and served over a bed of chunky potatoes. It also comes with your choice of toast, my choice of rye toast came as a beautiful swirled rye toasted just right. I also opted for a side of hollandaise and am so glad that I did. The hollandaise is beyond compare, it is silky and smooth with a great splash of lemon that complimented the eggs beautifully.
My husband ordered the Whaleback breakfast and I warn that although this is an amazing plate of food you had best be hungry to tackle this one, three french toast (or pancakes), two eggs and sausage or bacon. They are not kidding around with their french toast here, it is made with a beautifully rich yellow sweet bread that is egg dipped and cooked golden and fluffy. That alone would fill most most people but the eggs are also amazing as they are from the local Hutterite colony and will be some of the freshest and best tasting eggs you will have.
Roys Place is more than worth making the drive south for so if you are up on a gloomy day, take the chance and drive out of your regular comfort zone. You will enjoy the friendly environment without the rush of the big city, the amazing food and the portions huge, you will not be disappointed. As a little side note, if you happen to have any room left make sure to ask about the “secret” sweet buns. I say secret because they do not appear on any of their menus but those in the know are always sure to ask if they have any ready (especially around 11:00 when they are most likely to be coming out of the oven). The sweet and sticky buns are as big as a plate (or your head) and each one comes in its own take out container with a side of caramel sauce and whipped cream cheese icing. These would make an amazing travelling companion to keep you fuelled on any journey!
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