Father and Sons: Pub, Sports Bar or Greasy Spoon?

Father & Sons

Another Saturday morning breakfast at Father & sons.
For U of O students they don’t need a car
The trek to Father and Sons is not very far.
We went there for breakfast and found it quite good
One of several such places in this part of the ‘hood
Seems it’s as much greasy spoon as it is a Sports Bar

As we trundle around, each wrapped up in our own daily grind, it is sometimes easy to forget the sheer variety of eating establishments available to us here in the Ottawa area! In just over a year of posting to this blog, we have managed to review a mere 60 or so and we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. At the rate that new ones come and go, we could never hope to cover them all. So when you feel like you are stuck in a rut, don’t despair, just go somewhere different. You’ll be surprised how envigorating it can be to step outside of your comfort zone every now and again.
Father and sons, Pub or greasy spoon?Where we went: Now, I’m not trying to suggest that our recent visit to Father & Sons on Osgoode St. in Ottawa, smack bang in the middle of Ottawa University Campus was exactly a walk on the wild side, but it was certainly a departure for us and a slight reminder of a world we left behind many moons ago. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that Dorothy and I are alumni of Carleton University rather than the University of Ottawa. Back in the day, (was it REALLY that long ago?), we rarely ventured onto the Uof O campus, but similar venues were easily found further South! In any event, since we were meeting up with a current student who lives on campus, here we were! If you take a look at the picture ( RHS), other than the Rickards logo in the background, nothing would suggest that this was a pub. Even the exterior seems to smack of identity crisis!

What we ordered: It really did not matter to us exactly what type of eatery we were in, since we were there for what the English would term a ‘ bog standard’ breakfast. Even though we all went through the motions of perusing the menus proffered, we all opted for the breakfast special except yours truly who really went outside of the box by ordering poached eggs with ham! 

Poached Eggs breakfastWhat we got: As you can see from the pictures, what we got was pretty much what one would expect in any of potentially several hundred locations throughout the city. If any should doubt that we humans are creatures of habit, just stop and imagine how many millions of similar breakfasts are served world-wide on any given Saturday morning!

Worthy of note: Of course, I can’t guarantee that you would enjoy the same experience, but my poached eggs were cooked to perfection. The waiter had asked how I would like them cooked and I opted for medium. Whether it was serendipity or just dumb luck, that was exactly how they arrived!


  • Positives: Great location for Ottawa University.
  • Negatives: Parking is not easy!
  • Recommendation: The breakfast is as good or bad as many other locales in our illustrious city!
Category Rating Explanation
Food Quality *** No complaints
Price $$$ moderate
Decor *** cafe-style
Service *** Forgetable
Overall Rating *** OK, not outstanding

Frivolous Foodie Facts
What is a ‘greasy spoon’? A small cafe or beanery that serves fried and deep-fried foods. The food is often delicious and almost always bad for you.

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