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Ottawa Café Crawl: Eldon’s

By Philippe Ha on March 8, 2019



One thing about the Ottawa Café Crawl is that it isn’t exclusive to coffee shops; it’s open to any local business where one can happily enjoy a cup of joe. That could mean supporting an independent café through the Elgin Street renewal project, or getting that espresso kick at the National Arts Centre before a fulfilling night of performance. This week, it brings us to The Glebe, where Cory Baird and Marhlee Gaudet opened Eldon’s restaurant in July, 2018.

Eldon’s is located on Bank Street near the corner of Second Avenue, just a block up from the old Pomeroy House, which left locals stunned, disappointed, and hungry after it suddenly closed in August 2018. Though these two restaurants aren’t related, Eldon’s does exude a similarly unpretentious vibe through their service and decor, opting for an open kitchen, fresh cut flowers, white brick walls, and herb boxes beside a light-flooded garage door.

The menu is comforting and well balanced with excellent vegetarian options. “I am a vegetarian and Cory is someone who eats anything—whenever we go out to eat I usually have 1-2 options and he has the entire menu. We wanted to create a menu that appeals to everyone,” Gaudet explains.

They also shine during brunch, where practically everything is made in-house, from the delicious whipped kefir to to the homemade hot sauce. Try the smoked trout, which comes with two poached eggs on a crispy hash brown and some refreshing mixed greens for $14. It’s not overly complicated, but with Ferme Rêveuse delivering eggs laid that very morning, it certainly hits the spot.

Shoutout to City Witch not only for tweeting the brunch photos below, but also having recommended this place when we desperately needed an afternoon pick-me-up!

While waiting for your meal, enjoy a cup of super satisfying Pilot coffee. The Toronto-based roaster is a nod to where the couple met and earned their chops in the service industry before jumping to Ottawa to pursue their restaurant dream.

Eldon’s actually gets its name from Baird’s grandfather, the man who also inspired the restaurant’s famed chicken and dumplings dish. His portrait hangs between the dining area and kitchen, across from an old photo of great aunts Lois, Phyllis, and Kathleen, and not too far from the antique teacups they collected from their families.

These relics are a charming reminder that Eldon’s isn’t just family-friendly—it’s family-driven. With Baird leading the kitchen and Gaudet at front of house, the relatively new kid on the block feels like a natural fit for the neighbourhood, providing the kind of warmth that will keep you coming back for seasonal takes on the classics.

Eldon’s is located at 775 Bank Street and is open 11am—2pm and 5pm—close Tuesday through Friday, and 10am—2pm and 5pm—close on weekends. Now if this article was your cup of… tea?… try following us on Instagram where we spill all the beans!