Eight things you need to know about brunch at The Next Act:
- It is located on 8224 104 Street, just off Whyte Ave, in close proximity to the annual Fringe Festival.
- Brunch hours are Saturday, Sunday and holiday’s from 10 am to 2 pm. The regular menu is available too and is consistently good. Brunch for two costs about $50, with drinks. They also have vegetarian options available.
- Brunch is busy. And while you might not associate The Next Act with brunch or children, the restaurant was bumping during a recent visit with adults, children and hipsters alike. Minors are allowed until 4 pm.Like their sister restaurant, MEAT, they do not take reservations.
- The brunch menu leans more towards the tired-and true with standbys such Eggs Benedict, Steak n Eggs and French Toast. There are also some less familiar dishes such as the Pulled Pork Melt and Breakfast Poutine.
- They have a patio, ideal for people watching on a nice day while enjoying your breakfast beer or mimosa. I decided to try the “Poinsettia”, which is a mimosa with cranberry juice instead orange juice (I will stick to my traditional mimosa next time).
- Substitute the hashbrowns for fries. It’s not that the hashbrowns are bad, they’re fine, but their fries are amazing. They are what all other french fries should strive to be.
- Get the Breakfast Sandwich. If brunch fare isn’t your thing or you just can’t quite decide what to get, this is for you. The over easy egg, cheddar cheese and bacon sandwich on a toasted brioche bun is the epitome of brunch.
- Overall, The Next Act produces a satisfying brunch, perfect after a morning of strolling through the Strathcona Farmers Market.