London Restaurants

THE EARLY BIRD: A Fine Diner

The Editors
Written by The Editors

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 Scene

All-Day Breakfast and More

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.

Menu Highlights

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.  

Retro-Chic Diner

355 Talbot Street (at King)
519-439-6483

HOURS:
SUN–WED 8 am–3 pm
THURS–SAT 8 am–8 pm

ALL-DAY MENU: $7–$16

theearlybird.ca 

All-Day Breakfast
Seasonal Roadside Patio
Craft Beer, Wine, Full Bar & Tiki Drinks!
Uniquely Inspired Menu & Decor
Variety of Sandwiches & Perogies

Eggs Jenny

 

The Turducken Club

 

Street-side Patio

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