Sneak Peek: The Mercury Café

Saturday morning, Whitworth, myself and my family were invited to a sneak peek/trial-run breakfast at a brand new (and hotly anticipated) restaurant in the Cathedral area, the Mercury Café and Grill (2936 13th Ave). As the pics attest, it’s a diner-style eatery with a nice retro-modern feel to it.

The Mercury will be open for business for reals tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

The menu is pretty much what you’d expect: eggs, toast, cinnamon buns, burgers. Pretty straight forward. Might pass unnoticed except that the Cathedral neighbourhood has been screaming out for a place like this ever since the Quality Tea Room closed its doors. At one point, there was even a Facebook group to show support for a new breakfast joint in the area.

More chatter and an interior pic after the jump….

Looks like hash browns will be one of the Mercury’s specialties as they’ve five different styles on offer. Also, I’m told the person behind their baked goods is the same baker who used to work for the Quality Tea Room. I moved to Regina long after that institution shut down but I hear the Tea Room’s pies were pretty special.

In short, it looks like the Mercury will be a welcome addition to Cathedral, a neighbourhood already well equipped with great places to eat.

Okay, so now you’re thinking, “Hey, wait a second, Dechene. Back on April Fool’s Day, weren’t you mocking advertorials? This reads awfully advertorialish.”

Well, yes, I was. And maybe this does. But, I have to confess a certain weakness for diners in general and breakfast joints in particular. Whenever I move, the local greasy spoon is one of the first things I seek out. Mornings with eggs, bacon and four or five cups of drip coffee are just about perfect in my books. I’m damn happy to have somewhere I can get all that just a short walk from my front door. Don’t know what it says about me exactly, but the opening of a new diner in the neighbourhood is a pretty big event in my life.

On top of that — and this is a tip — if a local business invites prairie dog folk out to an event and we have a good time (which we did at the Mercury) then we’ll do our best write that up. Gratis.

Anyway, thanks to everyone at the Mercury Café for a great breakfast.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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9 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: The Mercury Café”

  1. We tried it for a Saturday breakfast…after an hour of waiting, we inquired as to the wait and were told we were “far back” in the queue because they’d had “large orders” or whatever….the impression was that we were unreasonable in expecting faaster service. We repaired to Nicky’s where we were in and out in under 45 minutes.

  2. HA I just saw the cook buy frozen veggie burgers from safeway… I’ll never go there.

  3. I’m sure the food was good they day they were invited in for a preview of the place, but I was there yesterday, after reading this review, and was sadly disapointed. $25.00 for a dried up burger with cold poutine and a choc shake. When I walked in the girl was at the counter rolling cutlet, shouted at us to take a seat anywhere I wanted, came to take the order, sat back down at the counter, and continued to shout into the kitchen. She slammed my milkshake down, walked away and promptly returned with my burger/poutine. The burger itself was overlooked and cold, but I was hungry, I ate a few of the fries which were also very cold, the cheese wasn’t even melted it was so old, and the gravy tasted like a package gravy. I was really hungry, but couldn’t finish because cold food that should be hot is not that appetizing. The shake was good though. I had to get up to ask for the bill, left a $5 on the table, and waited for a bit by the debit machine, only to see her not getting my bill ready, but carrying a case of coke and stocking instead, she came up and told me the bill was $25.31, I didn’t see the bill, but took her word for it as I wanted to go elsewhere to eat, I paid, and she looked at the debit receipt, and scowled at me when she saw no tip, her tone changed to a sarcastic rude tone and she told me to have a good day and hopes to see me soon. She obviously didn’t see that I left a $5 on the table which works out to a 20% tip. I figured she did t make the food, and as I’m in ther service industry as well, I should leave something decent, but after that to e change in her voice, I’m now wishing I went back to the table to grab it.

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