WHEN DINOSAURS & DISNEY CHARACTERS MEET HUEVOS RANCHEROS & BREAKFAST BURRITOS: THE SUMMIT CAFE IS A QUIRKY HIDDEN GEM

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We're letting a (not-so-well-kept) local secret out of the bag. The Summit Cafe is one of Canmore's hidden gems, and for a quirky-cool brunch or casual coffee date, it's your hero.

Tucked up on the hill along Cougar Creek Drive, The Summit Cafe is a Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch cafe loved by Canmore locals for its hearty food, quirky decor, and top-notch patio views. Here, you'll find lots of choices for the hungry cyclist, the active family of hikers or skiers, or the laid-back local looking for a casual coffee date.

Fully licensed and family friendly, this tried-and-true coffee-hub is perfect for a hearty meal, flavourful snack or thirst-quenching bevvie. Offering a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as tasty daily specials, fresh baked goods and sweet treats, organic fair-trade drip coffee and specialty drinks, there's something for everyone.

As you enter this warm and inviting coffee hub, place your order with one of the friendly staff, then sit and relax (or let your inner-child squeal with delight) as you sit down with one of the many unique table markers, from a velociraptor to Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

When your order is ready, the team bring everything direct to your table. Friendly and approachable, the team are happy to offer vegetarian, gluten, and dairy free options, and invite you to take a comfy seat, kick back in the sun and enjoy the mountain views on their open-air patio.

From 2018, Summit now offers Canmore Brewing Company's 10 Peaks Pale Ale for those beautiful days sitting outside the cafe in the sunshine.

What to Eat: Most Popular & Most Unique Dishes

  • The top 3 most popular dishes on the menu include the Heuvos Rancheros, the Summit Club Sandwich, and the Breakfast Burrito.
  • For something extra unique, the Spicy Mexi-Eggs are Megan's personal favourite: hot sauce-scrambled eggs and salsa with organic tortilla chips, baked with cheese and topped with sour cream.
  • The Amigos is Summit's version of Eggs Benedict, with 2 eggs soft-poached on an English muffin, topped with salsa, baked with cheese, and topped with guacamole. Both are served with hash browns.
  • The Pesto Chicken Panini made with grilled chicken, house made pesto, goat cheese and apple is a delicious combination. Megan says the Heuvos Rancheros is probably the most special dish: a flour tortilla topped with beans, a layer of hash browns and 2 eggs, topped with salsa then baked with cheese. Finished with sour cream and  guacamole. Buen provecho!

Set-Price Experience: Canmore Uncorked 2018

Festival Feature: During Canmore Uncorked (May 3-13, 2018), visit The Summit Cafe to enjoy a Bow Valley favourite: Huevos Rancheros, paired with an espresso-based drink, for the special price of $12.

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