The perfect place for bacon and eggs

Waterloo has a plethora of fantastic restaurants that offer enticing and affordable breakfasts


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Whoever invented the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” was right. Despite what people may think of dinner or lunch, breakfast is easily the focal point of anyone’s morning and the perfect start to the day. But as we all know very well, each of our mornings can start off very uniquely. Some mornings might start at 7 a.m. while others may start at noon. Some mornings might start groggy and others totally refreshed. No matter what morning you wake up to, Waterloo has enough breakfast spots to satisfy your every breakfast need.

If you have woken up with a stomach filled with rye and gingers after a long night out, Mel’s Diner on University Avenue is the perfect place for you to break bread. Their all-day breakfast works seamlessly with most hangover timelines; whether you get there at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., the greasy goodness will remain the same. They have very generous portions and don’t skip out on the side of homefries. You will want a hearty breakfast to get you through your sunglasses-and-Advil morning.

At first glance, their menu might be intimidating but defaulting to a Belgian waffle with whip cream or a Big Mel Meal is never a bad choice.

Ever gotten that early morning call from your mom or dad saying they will be arriving at your apartment in 15 minutes and want to go for breakfast? You’re the lucky one if the answer was no. If you have, then you know Benny’s is the perfect spot to take them for a little morning outing. The newly renovated space is surprisingly sophisticated, proving to your parents that you haven’t been eating exclusively at McDonald’s and Harvey’s. They have some classic breakfast items that are reasonably priced. Their egg, meat and toast combos can hit the spot and keep the parents happy too.

Believe it or not, Wilf’s is your best bet for the cheapest breakfast around. On Sundays only, the legendary Hungry Hawk is $4.50. That’s three eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and tons of home fries. Out of anywhere in Waterloo, that is easily the most amount food for the least amount of money. The beauty of Wilf’s is that it’s right on campus and their drink specials on Sundays never disappoint. Breakfast may end at 2 p.m., but why not enjoy some cheap caesars afterwards and make a day of it?

Breakfast dates do happen and when they do you need to be prepared. Having Symposium in your back pocket is key. The modern classy establishment in the heart of uptown is perfect for a first date or two-year anniversary.

They have tons of share platters and the best eggs benedict around.

Their morning cocktails are also decently-priced so feel free to dive into a little mimosa with your date. Not only is the menu perfect for a date but also the seating is comfortable and very intimate.

If you’re looking to eat a little healthier in the morning and want to start your day off on the right foot, then think Cora’s, which has a great selection of fruit-based breakfast entrees that will satisfy your appetite without putting you in a food coma. Cora’s is also a crêpe and omelette haven. Any omelette concoction you could think of is probably on the menu.

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