Nothing like enjoying a little Canadian flavor in good ole’ Texas, and Maple Leaf Diner aims at serving up some breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a northern twist. And dessert, leave room for dessert. You’ve been warned!
To get any proper breakfast started, we ordered some mimosas. Specifically, we had a peach mimosa. There just isn’t a way to go wrong with bubbles, and the fresh peach was delicious. As we enjoyed our mimosas, they brought out our first appetizer, a poutine.
The Pot Roast Poutine has fresh cut French fries smothered with pot roast, cheese curds, and gravy. If you have never had the chance to have a poutine, you are missing out. Traditionally served without the pot roast, this is dish is not for the feint of heart. The pot roast was fantastic, and one can simply not get enough of the cheese curds. Awesome twist on the poutine!
Next we had the Potato Mecca-Skins, which were crispy potato skins topped with mozzarella, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, scallions and served with sour cream. A hearty helping of freshly made potato skins, this was mouth watering. The cheese dip was great, especially with the sour cream, but those potato skins! Soft but crispy, full of flavor, lightly salted, this dish alone is worth coming back for.
Our first entree was the Flag Ship Chicken Sandwich, a crispy breaded or grilled chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, marinated tomatoes, hot peppers, lettuce, red onion and dill sauce served on a fresh bun topped with a flag of mozzarella sticks and choice of marinara or zesty dill dip. A fresh chicken sandwich with a creative way of attaching mozzarella sticks. Fresh, delicious, and the mozzarella sticks were fantastic.
Next out was the Cabbage roll, which also had the Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole side. The bowl of mashed potatoes was topped with cheese, bacon, cheese, chives. The cabbage rolls were very, very good, comparable to grandma’s cabbage rolls, and that says a LOT (do NOT tell grandma!). The beef and other ingredients were cooked masterfully together, and the cabbage leaves were flavorful.
Next came the Salisbury steak, cooked medium, with potatoes with gravy and carrots on the side. A good Salisbury steak, packed with all the traditional flavors one would expect.
Before we were allowed to leave, we had to have some dessert. Out came their famous cookies and tart: Canadian butter tart, chocolate chip brownie stuff, pecan stuffed with apricot, peanut butter jam stuffed, and dolce de leche filled with caramel. This was just a small sampling of the cookies and desserts that they have, and they were all heavenly! We had no room left to eat them, brunch was so fulfilling! As we were trying to leave, our server asked us if we wanted another cookie, and we declined. He said, “It’s an M&M cookie, lady!” Our minds were saying yes, our stomachs were saying no, and we couldn’t stop laughing!
We had an absolute fantastic time, enjoyed amazing food, and were catered to by a wonderful staff. The plates are hearty, the dishes are original, and, most importantly, authentic. We will be visiting again for brunch on our own just to show this place to friends and let them try some of these dishes.