The Farmer John's Delight omlette is one of 70 items on the trendy new OEB downtown breakfast spot. GRAHAM HICKS/EDMONTON SUNEdmonton

OEB Breakfast Co.
10174 100A St.  (Kelly-Ramsey Building)
587-520-0936
eatoeb.com

Reservations: by phone weekdays, weekend wait list

No listed delivery service

Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weekends and holidays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Breakfast for two excluding tip, taxes or beverages: Basic, $25; loaded $50

Food:  4 of 5 Suns
Ambience:  4 of 5 Suns
Service: 4.5 of 5 Suns

By GRAHAM HICKS

The biggest problem at the OEB Breakfast Company (besides trying to remember if it’s OEB, EOB or BEO – it stands for Over Easy Breakfast) is where to start?

The new downtown  breakfast emporium has 70 different dishes – everything under the prairie sky, as long as it has some connection to eggs, waffles, French toast or bagels.

At lunch (it’s open until 3 p.m.) you could even order a Moroccan-Style Alberta Lamb Burger from the sandwiches section. Its brioche bun, I suppose, is vaguely breakfast-ish.

OEB is the first major retail tenant in the new Kelly Ramsey/Enbridge office tower in the downtown’s Rice Howard Way.  It sits on the very same ground as the still-legendary Bistro Praha restaurant (since moved), until the original Kelly-Ramsey Building burned in 2009 under suspicious circumstances.

OEB is deliciously new, bright, white and Ikea-like. Natural light pours in through an all-glass exterior. It’s the perfect-breakfast nook, though at 54 seats, it’s a mighty big nook.

And they are friendly! OEB, I mean OMG, these people have learned a lesson or two about friendliness since Calgarian restaurateur Mauro Martina opened the first of what’s now four OEB outlets a decade ago.

OEB now has three franchises in Calgary, this one in Edmonton with a second to open on 124 Street. OEBs are also slated to open in Vancouver and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Having regaled us with Christmas stories that come with being named Holly, our server wisely guided us through the barnyard of choices by asking what we were in the mood for.

Once she knew — omelette and eggs benny — she made excellent recommendations from the nine bennies and four omelettes on the vast menu card.

The Canadian EH! Eggs Benny was very good – being back bacon, poached eggs (cooked exactly as specified) and maple-syrup infused hollandaise sauce on the two bun halves. A generous arugula salad (your choice – greens or breakfast potatoes) was nestled between the eggs.

OEG offers a healthy choice – arugula salad instead of breakfast potatoes with many of its dishes. Here’s the Canadian EH? Eggs Benny with the light salad..

My guest had enough food on his Farmer John’s Delight omelette plate to keep him stuffed through dinner-time. The omelette was made from at least three eggs, chopped premium bacon and ham, sweet-potato fries under the omelette, toast on top, fresh fruit on the side.

OEB is a fancier version of a Cora Breakfast and Lunch outlet — more downtown, more sophisticated in a friendly way, more expensive but still representing good value.

Its strength is in its hospitality and the wide-ranging menu.  I am intrigued and must try OEB’s specialty ‘breakfast poutines’, maybe the “Confit de Canard” or the “Chunky Lobster Scramble”.

You can’t go wrong with multiple variations on lox, and, by golly, the lunch-time sandwiches look good!

OEB is the first breakfast specialist in Western Canadian to venture well beyond pancakes and waffles, sunny-side up, or ‘do you want fries with that?’

OEB is well worth a visit – at $15 to $20 for full breakfast dishes, it may be a tad pricey, but I can guarantee you won’t need lunch!