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The growing popularity of brunch is a treat many people would rather not do without. Downtown Ottawa is full of quality eateries, but Osgoode Properties wants to single out three establishments in East Ottawa. Local neighborhood brunch spots near Pleasant Park Place (2035 Othello Avenue) are expanding their culinary horizons without losing sight of classic favourites.


Cora – 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard


Cora is only a 25-minute walk north of Pleasant Park Place and serves classic breakfast and lunch specials from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Their meals include fresh fruit, omelettes, crepes, waffles and french toast that will satisfy any appetite. The lunch menu includes chicken crepes and vegetable skillets that are available for late starters. Cora is a neighbourhood favourite for brunch, so get there early to beat the crowds.


Hometown Sports and Grill – 1525 Bank Street


Hometown Sports and Grill is homegrown in East Ottawa. They attract a crowd for the sports entertainment and daily brunch menu. Signature dishes like the “Bulk Up” meal satisfy massive appetites. The meal comes with two large eggs and 6oz. Alberta strip steak. For something on the lighter side, try the No-Frills deal served for only $4.25 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday to Friday. The daily seniors menu is also a good deal and starts from $5.99. Find Hometown 21 minutes west of Pleasant Park Place on the 148 bus towards Hurdman.


Kelsey’s – 1910 St. Laurent Boulevard


Kelsey’s is the perfect example of how restaurants are changing their menus for the better. Not only do they cater to residents with gluten sensitivity, their menu has evolved with chicken and goat cheese salads, tomato basil penne and fire-grilled sirloins, while they incorporate seafood in pub classics with lobster poutine and fried popcorn shrimp. They also serve signature desserts including pumpkin spice cheesecake. Of course, traditional pastas, club sandwiches are burgers are always available. The best part: Kelsey’s is only a 25-minute walk north of Pleasant Park Place.


Second Cup – 1200 St Laurent Blvd


There is nothing better than a hot cup of artisan coffee to complement brunch. Second Cup is on the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ogilvie Road, a 30-minute walk north of Pleasant Park Place. This is more than just another coffee shop. Each location takes pride in the cozy, friendly atmosphere, coffee selections and the wide variety of freshly baked foods for breakfast and brunch. Croissants, bagels, salads, wraps and sandwiches are prepared by hand. Second Cup is open early from 7 a.m. and closes late at 11 p.m., seven days a week. Stop in for a bite and a coffee on your way to the St. Laurent Shopping Centre.


East Ottawa is a booming area where restaurants are expanding and new eateries are popping up near Pleasant Park Place (2035 Othello Avenue).