Brothers Justin and Gregg Wolfe’s The Early Bird, downtown London’s red-hot retro diner since 2012, expanded last year due to popular demand. The London siblings have continued to travel the globe to bring big-city food and drink ideas to their hometown.
The Early Bird has an idiosyncratic charm and by two steps inside you know this is not your typical resto. Delightfully fun and funky decor — see the “Elvis Meets KISS” busts for example— stretches back throughout the long narrow space, creating an atmosphere perfectly suited to the creative and lively menu. In season, a street-side patio brings the Early Bird vibe outdoors.
The food is fresh and fun — comfort food with always surprising twists. The cooking is from scratch, using local products and ingredients. Ontario meats are smoked and cured in-house for a variety of sandwiches. Perhaps the awe-inspiringly huge Turducken Club — a two-hander with smoked turkey, fried chicken, duck bacon, maple mayo, tomato and greens — is the most iconic Early Bird dish. Other contenders include Perogie Poutine, homemade perogies burrowed in fries, cheese curds and rich dark gravy, the Smoked Meat Sandwich, with a Montreal-style brisket, sauerkraut, Thousand Island, Swiss cheese and thyme, or the delicious Eggs Jenny, a turn on the classic with grilled tofu, herb fried tomato, avocado and chèvre. The extensive breakfast menu is served all day, but there are also a variety of salads and homemade soups. And save room for the Bacon-Fried Pickles and other interesting sides.
Be sure to check out the Tiki Bar and try the Early Bird take on a Hurricane, Mai Tai or Zombie. A solid craft beer and selective wine list augment the full bar.
355 Talbot Street (at King)
SUN–WED 8 am–3 pm
THURS–SAT 8 am–8 pm
ALL-DAY MENU: $7–$16
Seasonal Roadside Patio
Craft Beer, Wine, Full Bar & Tiki Drinks!
Uniquely Inspired Menu & Decor
Variety of Sandwiches & Perogies