Sunday Brunch at Dogwood Cafe – Riverside
While many locally owned restaurants took a break on New Year’s Day, Chef Stuart Whyte was hard at work serving up his Mexican brunch menu at the new Dogwood Cafe location from the Culina Family at Riverside Golf Course.
Riverside is a great location to slap on the cross-country skis and work up an appetite. Dogwood at Riverside is ideal for a post ski bite, but also a great option for those who roll out of bed on a Sunday and can appreciate that the brunch is available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Each of the dishes feature a flavour boost from Chef Whyte’s own Original Redhead Condiments – a line of hot sauces, mustards and other treats like the jalapeño leek 4 week fermentation.
I opted for the Desayuno Ranchero (Rancher’s Breakfast) for $15. Diners have a choice between chorizo or bacon, which is paired with two fried eggs, chilaquiles (fried corn tortillas), rice and potato sourdough toast. The chorizo sausage is handmade from local proprietor Steve Furgiuele of Fuge Fine Meats who uses locally sourced Alberta pork.
The chorizo and bacon are also options on the Huevos Benedictinos Rojas (red eggs Benedict) for $15. The meat is sandwiched between potato sourdough toast and a poached egg, and topped with red hollandaise. The dish comes with refried beans and potato croquetas (which may be the best tater tots you will ever have).
If you love meat and potatoes – be a kid again and order a plate of croquetas. The gourmet tater tots can topped with Fuge’s chorizo sausage.
Dogwood Cafe at Riverside is a casual spot that offers lots of free parking and great views of people skiing as you enjoy a spicy and flavour-filled brunch. Chef Stuart Whyte offers a unique menu featuring some great Alberta pork; visit him on on Sunday’s from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.