Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 St NW
Calgary AB T2N 2J2
Phone: 403 283 2497
A bright, sunny Saturday in Calgary and a long walk around town brought us to Dairy Lane Cafe. After our long walk we were ready for food, but the nice weather had given others the same idea, so we had to wait. We were told 30 minutes, and exactly 30 minutes elapsed before we got a table.
Dairy Lane Cafe is on the tiny side. It only has about ten two-person tables inside and five two-person tables outside. Expect a wait whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or brunch.
The ambiance is that of an old-fashioned diner in a new setting. Although Dairy Lane Cafe opened in 1950, you wouldn’t guess that from its appearance. Everything is fresh, clean, and well-maintained.
The friendly staff keep an eye on how your meal is going. They could have come sooner to take our order, but I prefer that over feeling hurried to order when I’m still perusing the menu.
The menu is small, and that would limit how many times I’ll go back to the Dairy Lane Cafe. Have a look at the menu on their website (prices are not accurate anymore) to see what they have to offer.
I went with my usual restaurant choice: a burger. The Dairy Lane Burger comes with cheese, bacon, and mushrooms. Dairy Lane Cafe chooses locally grown and organic ingredients wherever possible, and I think that makes everything taste better. The burger was very good, and the crispy bacon on top made it a feast to eat. It was definitely one of the better burgers I have eaten. The accompanying fries were nicely browned, crispy, and also great-tasting.
My friend chose the Vegan Tofu Scramble, and this dish looked amazing. It was prettily garnished with fresh avocado and a side of red tomato slices. The curry flavour and tofu-potato medley made it a unique, signature-worthy dish.
It is always nice to see a local business do so well in competition with the big chains. Restaurant chains are plentiful and familiar, but sometimes one wants something more. Dairy Lane Cafe offers that something more. They even do their bit for the planet by using 100% carbon-free energy in their quest to deliver good-quality food for a reasonable price. Their prices are just slightly but noticeably higher than comparable establishments in Calgary.
Last thoughts: Dairy Lane Cafe certainly made me happy. My walk back home was a bit more difficult after they stuffed me with great food. I think I would go back, but I wish there were more things on the menu to try. If you’ve never been there, you have to go at least once. There’s always a line-up for weekend brunch.