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Check out unique brunch dishes at these Victoria restaurants

These exciting breakfasts are worth waiting in line

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Brunch in Victoria is an experience in and of itself. From deciding on the restaurant to waiting in line as your stomach rumbles, the finale is picking the perfect dish to start the day with. 

Luckily, Victoria is certainly not lacking when it comes to amazing spots to enjoy your favourite breakfast foods. (You can also vote for your favourite brunch spot in our Tasting Victoria Awards, here are the top eight nominees.) 

Here we have compiled a selection of some of the most unique brunch options that can be found across the city. From cinnamon bun pancakes and breakfast tacos to jerk caesars and shaft milkshakes, these are some of the dishes that are worth lining up for. 

Fuego Old Town Eatery

Fuego Old Town Eatery offers all day breakfast with dishes inspired by Mexican staples. Its breakfast chimichanga features a crispy tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, guacamole, and cheese that is topped with enchilada sauce. Its sweet churros pancakes are a twist on the classic dessert and are topped with caramelized apples and chocolate sauce. Alternatively, try its cornbread french toast—made with egg battered cornbread and served alongside avocado or bacon.

Address: 1435 Store St., Victoria
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9am-2pm

Jam Cafe

Jam Cafe knows how to do brunch right. The breakfast joint was recently featured on Yelp's top 100 restaurants in Canada and it offers both sweet and savory dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Choose from a comprehensive selection of pancakes, including its cinnamon bun pancakes that are topped with cream cheese icing and maple butter. Its s’mores pancakes offer another unique rendition on the classic breakfast dish, with toppings of graham cracker crumble, chocolate, and torched marshmallows. For a savoury option, try the tater bowl made with fried tater tots, corn salsa, and chimichurri and topped with either pulled pork or pulled chipotle chicken. Add a side of sugar cured bacon to any dish to make the meal extra special. 

Address: 542 Herald St., Victoria
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3pm

House of Boateng

House of Boateng in Langford serves brunch dishes with a West African and Caribbean twist. Try out its special jerk chicken eggs benedict served on a crispy rice cake. Round out the experience with a jerk caesar featuring pickled vegetables and jerk chicken skin. For an alternative eggs benedict option, check out its sweet yam benny—made with avocado puree, slaw, and mango and habanero hollandaise. Not a fan of eggs? Try its Ghanaian style fried chicken sandwich made with smoked shrimp and honey glazed chicken, pickled onions, and plantain.  

Address: 2854 Peatt Rd. #105, Langford 
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9am-3pm

Floyd’s Diner

Floyd's Diner, the classic Victoria brunch spot, recently opened its fifth location in the Gorge. The breakfast and lunch joint serves up creative dishes that remain true to its quirky and colourful diner roots. For a sweet option, try its banana split stackers—available either as pancakes or as french toast—featuring Nutella glaze, ice cream, and strawberry sauce. Pair with a mighty shaft milkshake to make brunch boozy. Alternatively, opt for a savoury breakfast with the diner’s Moroccan chicken benny featuring roasted vegetables and pineapple chutney.

Address: 332 Menzies St.; 123 Gorge Rd. E; 4496 W Saanich Rd.; 721 Station Ave.; 6719 W Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay  
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8am-3pm

The Ruby

The Ruby has two locations, with its spot on Douglas recently reopening on Feb. 23. The brunch joint has a comprehensive menu that spans sweet and savoury. Notably, its breakfast tacos bring eggs to the classic Mexican dish, with its Migas tacos sticking to more traditional flavours while its Country Trash tacos introduce smoked brisket and barbecue sauce into the equation. Its vast eggs benedict menu includes an arancini benny that pairs the risotto balls with bacon and oven roasted tomatoes. Opt for breakfast dessert to top off your brunch with the restaurant’s chocolate waffles featuring sponge toffee and coffee crumbs. 

Address: 642A Johnson St.; 3110 Douglas St.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3pm

Bear & Joey

Bear & Joey, the brunch spot that takes influences from Australian cooking, creates dishes that are comforting for the soul. Its bread pudding is a savoury start to the day—made with marbled sourdough and topped with roasted vegetables, pickled fennel, and a poached egg. Salmon and bacon can be added to elevate the experience. Alternatively, try its pork belly sandwich—made with pork belly that truly melts in your mouth—and packed with arugula, pickled carrots, and jalapeno mayonnaise.

Address: 1025 Cook St., Victoria
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-2pm