Purple Perk – Breakfast in The Mission

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This morning I had breakfast at a common haunt, Purple Perk.  This cafe is a popular, very casual dining spot on 4th Street.  It is convenient to where I live and as such a common place for me to have coffee and sometimes grab breakfast.

At 08:30 it is not yet busy (like the rest of Calgary), but over half the tables are full.  The staff are pleasant, although you do collect your own coffee and counter-food with only meals prepared in the kitchen bought out to your table, and you’re expected to bus your own table at the end.  For some reason, when it is snowing outside Christmas Carols aren’t nearly so annoying.  In this case they were playing very bluesy carols which make them even less intrusive, so I’m happy to not be a total grinch about these things.

Purple Perk breakfast sandwich

This morning I had my usual medium latte and as usual it was decent.  Along with coffee I had the breakfast sandwich (BFS).  The BFS is bacon, fried egg, cheese, lettuce and tomato within two slices of thick whole grain toast.  Accompanying the BFS is a large pile of hash browns.  The BFS was its usual self, although as expected for December the lettuce is not the greatest quality, it is tasty and filling.  The skin of the hash browns are actually a little crunchy, which I like as too often they’re soft filler of diced potato.

All in all a typical visit to Purple Perk, nothing spectacular but quick and convenient good food.  Cost for breakfast, tip and tax was about $16.

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Baton Rouge – Quarry Park

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TC and I visited Baton Rouge in Quarry Park on Friday night.  I’ve been here for dinner during the week, but on Friday it is packed.  All the booths were full, so we had a high table around the bar area in the lounge. The lounge is definitely more brightly lit than the main part of the restaurant, but gave some okay people watching.  The wait staff were generally pretty prompt and time for the meals to be delivered were good, especially given it was a busy night in the restaurant.

Every time I go to Baton Rouge I get the BBQ pork back ribs and garlic mashed potato, sometimes with additions and in this case not.  The meat really does just fall off the bone and with the BBQ sauce they really are fantastic.  I don’t know of anywhere else in Calgary that comes close to their ribs and TC agrees (he only knows of one place better and that is Ontario).

I had the wine that was advertised with a card on the table, a Peller Estate Cabernet/Merlot.  As I only had a glass i didn’t get to see the bottle but I assume it was the lowest tier, the Family Series.  I believe it is a Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend that is in a Bordeaux style.  It was pleasant and perfectly drinkable but nothing to write home about.  TC had a glass of Argentinian Malbec and I was too hungry to really notice, it may have been Nieto but may have been something else.

The wine list provides suggested foor pairings, unfortunately they do not provide a by the glass pairing for the ribs.  This to me is disappointing as ribs are the reason I go to Baton Rouge.

TC had the chocolate brownie for dessert and I had the chocolate mousse.  The brownie didn’t last long and I definitely enjoyed the chocolate mousse with it’s raspberry coulée.  The mousse was nice and light, which suited my mood as I didn’t want anything too heavy.  They also avoided the trap many make with a chocolate mousse of making it sickly sweet, this was just right and a generous portion.

Overall I like Baton Rouge, the ambiance is fine, service good and as I keep saying the ribs are excellent.  Total cost for the two of us for two courses and two glasses of wine, including tip, was about $100.