Poutine at Elgin Street Diner
Poutine at Elgin Street Diner
Elgin Street Diner
Elgin Street Diner
Foods from Elgin Street Diner

2019 Apr 23
Just a pile of standard mashed potatoes, meh... but crisp fry large chunks of it, maybe throw in some onions, peppers, bacon, and yeah, iíll allow that as home fries.

2019 Apr 22
The "are mashed potatoes suitable breakfast potato" question has been an ongoing debate between my group of friends for the better part of a decade.

I am firmly on the pro side and like the mashed potatoes as a vessel for yolk and beans.

Admittedly I haven't been to ESD for breakfast in awhile so can't comment on the current quality.

2019 Apr 22
I hadnít been to Elgin Street Diner since 2006, and now I remember why.

Service was non-existent at our table (but given exceptionally to the table next to ours of two military bros), which is unfortunate because we could have flagged that mashed potatoes are not homefries earlier on in our experience.

When we did mention it, our server argued that this was a reasonable expectation of what homefries are, going so far as to open a Wikipedia article to build his case. (Potatoes that are wedged, diced, sliced, shredded, all apply. Mashed does not appear, if youíre curious.)

The trick, if you must eat here, it seems, is to order fries, not homefries. The latter remains an awful pile of gently fried mush made with margarine. They reminded me of Sherriff instant potatoes. $30 for two breakfasts and one coffee is also a steep price to pay for what this was.

2013 Dec 10
Date of Visit: December 3, 2013

I donít often eat a full breakfast when I am on culinary adventures to Ottawa (or elsewhere, for that matter) and this mostly because I prefer to only have something light in the early morning so as to save myself for lunch. On this particular occasion, I was up very early and, having spied this place on a tour of the neighborhood, I decided to give it a tryÖ

The Meal
Pea-meal Bacon Breakfast ... Rating: 4 out of 4

The Elgin Street Diner is obviously a very popular place and deservedly so. It serves good, cheap, and hearty fare around the clock and has a very inviting and cozy atmosphere that makes eating there a pleasure. I would certainly return and I rate it at an unstinting 5 out of 5.

See a full pictorial review at: sybaritica.me

2011 Oct 8
Today for breakfast, the Elgin Street Diner had on special their "OMG Eggs Benedict," which is a bacon cheddar grilled cheese sandwich with a couple of poached eggs on top, covered with hollandaise of course. It was delicious in that "well, I don't have to have that again for another year or two" sort of way.

You can have the sandwich done with whole wheat, white or egg bread. I chose the egg bread, but next time I will choose the whole wheat, as a bit more texture to the bread would have been nice.

2010 Oct 9
Went there for breakfast a few times.
I always order the Dagwood club sandwich.
Very high and soooo delicious. Make sure
you're hungry or better...you can actually
share it. There's enough for two unless
you're a baseball player. Service can
sometimes be a bit slow but not bad for
a super busy place. Try the Dagwood...
Yummy for my tummy!!! :)

2010 Jul 23
Went for breakfast here once. I found the restaurant dirty. The service was slow and not very friendly. My eggs were overcooked and I don't know who thought frying mashed potatoes in a clump on a griddle would be appetizing? It was a mush that was sort of greyish in colour and still sort of cold in the middle. Wow, ESD wins my all time worst breakfast ever award! Mark me questionable if you must... somethings just have to be said.

2010 Jul 22
I've been there while under the influence and didn't really enjoy it either. I had the smoked meat - however I'm from Montreal and spoiled on late night dining :)

The one visit was my only one so I cannot comment on the food at other times of the day.

2010 Jul 20
Sorry, why is Dita's comment flagged but not Snoopy Loopy's????

2010 Jul 20
Drunk people are the only reason why this place is still running.

Have you ever been here at 3am on a weekend?




2006 Sep 27
I am in the camp of people that don't get the "love Elgin Street Diner Poutine" mentality. Give me Sasha's or give me death!

2006 Sep 25
mmmmm. OKAY so I waited for almost 45 minutes for a poutine at 2:30 in the morning, BUT, IT WAS WORTH IT! It was amazing.

2006 Sep 22
Crazy poutine 24 hours a day. They've got something good here. I've walked out of here wondering what inspired me to order the smoked meat poutine. But then I've had a poutine in smalltown Quebec covered in shredded BBQ chicken! Awesome (stomach ache!)

2006 Sep 20
the sheer variety of poutine is amazing.

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2007 Mar 27
The banana chocolate milkshake at the diner is quite possibly the best diner shake out there. Pass on the poutine, go for the milkshakes.



2007 Sep 30
Sorry - I just can't get down with the fried mashed potatoes instead of homefries. I've tried to like this place, but there's much better value and food out there as far as breakfasts are concerned. The 24-hour breakfast special used to be ~$4 and it's probably twice that these days.

This restaurants thrives on it's reputation and location (OK the poutine is good, I'll give them that)



2012 Feb 16
This sandwich is delicious as far as vegetarian diner fare goes, but when compared to anywhere that specializes in veggie-based meals, I give it a big fat meh. I'd reccomend using a red pepper spread instead of mayo to add flavour, and knock down the price! C'mon, I know what vegetables and bread cost.