Hello Dolly!

Searching high and low for the best of Ottawa’s brunch scene led me to staples like Kettleman’s Bagels and the Robyn recommended Manx pub.  But did Ottawa have more to offer? It turns out I had just scratched the surface.

Delicious Bobby Mac sandwich on Molasses Toast
This Bobby Mac is saying “EAT ME.”

Nestled along Ottawa’s restaurant food mecca of Preston Street, our next brunch adventure in Ottawa turned out to be the Rachel recommended Stoneface Dolly‘s . We tried it for the first time over the Canada Day weekend and have gone 3 times since – Yes, It’s that good!

Seated at the bar and ready to order
Seated at the bar and ready to order

Chris and I managed to snag two seats at the bar on our first visit. We started off by sipping on two refreshing Dolly Mimosas while we decided on breakfast options. I love that water is served in mason jars.

Mimosas to start our morning - Strawberry Banana and Orange Stonefaced Dolly's Brunch Ottawa
Mimosas to start our morning – Strawberry Banana and Orange

One of the waitresses made us a latte with a little hot chocolate mixed in. We didn’t need to have dessert after this!

Beautiful Coffee Stonefaced Dolly's
Beautiful Coffee

It did not take too long for our meals to arrive. I went with the New Bobby Mac – Fried Egg, Peameal Bacon, Grilled Onions, Tomato and Swiss Cheese on their homemade molasses toast.

More Bobby Mac goodness
More Bobby Mac goodness

The toast was a selling feature for this meal.  Adding a hint of sweet flavour to a very savoury meal was perfect for this sandwich.  I devoured this thing!

We all hate when a poached egg is over done but how do you know when your egg is really done right? Chris’ philosophy is simple but sometimes a hard feat to accomplish:

“When you cut into the centre of an Eggs Benny it should have a liquid centre that is a slow ooze not a flow or explosion.” ~ Chris

Dolly’s passed the test with their Peameal Eggs Benny.

Eggs Benny - Chris couldn't wait for me to take a picture before he dug in!
Eggs Benny – Chris couldn’t wait for me to take a picture before he dug in!

And if you want a little sweeter you can sub the english muffin for the molasses toast!

The most interesting Dolly menu items?

South African traditional chicken bobotie Stonefaced Dolly's Ottawa brunch
South African traditional chicken bobotie

Dolly’s chef incorporated a little of his South African background by adding the Chicken Bobotie (minced chicken and egg dish) to the menu.

I went for Dolly’s special Grandpa’s Minced complete with homemade minced meat and lemon Diablo sauce:

Grandpa's Mince - Homemade mincemeat with our lemon Diablo sauce
Grandpa’s Mince – Homemade mincemeat with our lemon Diablo sauce

I gotta say, Ottawa surprised me with this one. On the surface Dolly’s seems like your typical brunch resto but they definitely offer more than that!  Even TV has noticed! Next time you’re in Ottawa make sure you stop by Dolly’s!

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