Mill Creek Café
9562 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Rating: ****

You probably wouldn’t give it a second glance.

The unassuming sign and storefront seriously undersell the warmth and wonder that lie within the Mill Creek Café.

That Saturday morning, the door never ceased swinging as customers came to fill travel mugs with coffee, pick up baked goods or stop for a kick-ass brunch.

My breakfast bowl ($11.50) took a few minutes to prepare, but the casual atmosphere, engaging local art and sweet servers combined to make the wait a pleasant one.

One bite and I was lost: Molten Cheddar and Monterey Jack seeped down among the soft, cubed potatoes, peppers and spiced sliced sausages. Along with buttered multigrain toast, a few orange wedges and my V8 ($2.25), I had the perfect brunchtime meal for a price far lower than I would expect elsewhere in the city.

I only despaired of the fact that Mill Creek’s famous cinnamon buns were nowhere to be found.Ah, well: It’s not like I won’t be coming back! They have recently started serving dinner and are offering an unrivalled Valentine’s meal by reservation only.

If you overlooked Mill Creek Café, look again.

Dining out

The Melting Pot
For more than 30 years, The Melting Pot has offered fondue across the U.S. The first Canadian location is opening next to Cora’s, near South Edmonton Common, early this year. They will offer four-course fondue dinners, an ambitious wine list and private functions. Visit www.meltingpot.com/edmonton for details.

For Scotch Lovers
Bin 104 takes Scotch seriously. Drop by any Sunday afternoon to try a range before you buy, join the Scotch Lovers’ Club or pick up a $55 ticket to Robbie Burns Night on Friday, Jan. 22.
Hear the pipes, savour the haggis and down some unmatched Scotches. To register or for information, visit www.bin104.com.

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