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Cheap breakfast special in Vancouver.

CheapAppetite Aug 19, 2009 08:48 AM

If you are looking for a cheap and tasty breakfast in Vancouver, please check out my latest find: The most important cheap meal of the day – Bon’s off Broadway breakfast special. http://CheapAppetite.com

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    selena03 Aug 19, 2009 09:56 AM

    I just looked at your website for the first time. It looks great!

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    1. re: selena03
      CheapAppetite Aug 19, 2009 11:51 AM

      Hey Selena,
      Thanks for your comments:) I'm glad you like it.

    2. Cancuk Aug 19, 2009 12:51 PM

      While Bon's is cheap, it is pretty horrid IMO.

      For a couple extra dollars, try Docker's on Powell.

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        CheapAppetite Aug 19, 2009 01:21 PM

        Thanks Cancuk,
        I'll check out Docker's soon. Can't wait to see what I can get under $5 at Docker's:)

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          grayelf Aug 19, 2009 02:36 PM

          +1 for Dockers. Every day at Dockers they have a special for under $5 -- last time we went it was the bacon and eggs.

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            CheapAppetite Aug 19, 2009 06:52 PM

            Thanks Greyelf. That sounds like a good deal! I would normally go for a special. Better value for the money:)

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              fmed Aug 20, 2009 07:01 AM

              Dockers also does a good souvlaki in a hoagie bun. The owners are Greek iirc. I usually go to the location on Fraser St.

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                CheapAppetite Aug 20, 2009 11:29 AM

                Souvlaki sounds good too. Thanks fmed.

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                  grayelf Aug 20, 2009 12:22 PM

                  We went in June and chatted with the owner, a most energetic woman who took over about four (?) years ago. I didn't pick up on the Greek connection but had wondered about the "other" Dockers and didn't think to ask...

                2. re: fmed
                  Annamika Jun 7, 2013 07:36 AM

                  They have nothing to do with the one on Fraser St. Totally different menu!!

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                    fmed Jun 7, 2013 09:20 AM

                    Thanks for that clarification.

          2. re: Cancuk
            Annamika Jun 7, 2013 07:35 AM

            Agreed. Dockers on Powell is great. The grumpy lady is not there anymore so the service is friendly now that the ladies are not at each others throats anymore. I love the chilli omellette at Dockers on Powell.

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              LotusRapper Jun 7, 2013 08:57 AM

              It's a moot point now. Dockers Diner (Powell) has closed. Dockers Family Restaurant (Fraser) still open. The two were never affiliated in any way.

              BTW, Dockers on Powell, from my 3 times there (2 brekkies, 1 wknd brunch) was expensive and rather meh.

              Want a great, cheap brekkie ? Go to Nice Cafe on E. 8th (across from Goh Ballet and Eight-1/2 Restaurant Lounge).

              1. re: LotusRapper
                kinnickinnik Jun 7, 2013 09:49 AM

                Nice Cafe is also my pick for a cheap and cheerful brekkie.
                Very fresh eggs (free range avail for modest charge), and my fave hash browns in town - shredded, crispy and seasoned (with bits of green onion).

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                  LotusRapper Jun 7, 2013 10:57 AM

                  Victoria Restaurant (Victoria/49th, beside RBC) has shredded hash. I always ask for extra crispy just in case. I like their corned beef & hash with 2 poached eggs which has green onion, but the corned beef is of the sliced deli variety. But I take what I can get :-)




                2. re: LotusRapper
                  Annamika Jun 7, 2013 01:31 PM

                  No, Dockers has not closed. They have limited the days they are open that is all. They are open Wed. - Sat. only now. That started 1 May 2013.

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                    LotusRapper Jun 7, 2013 03:49 PM

                    Ha, I guess I happened to drive by on their closed days, when they looked like they were closed for good.

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                      LotusRapper Jun 7, 2013 10:48 PM

                      I have good authority from a friend who lives near PNE who confirmed Dockers is closed for good.

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                gourmet wife Aug 20, 2009 09:39 AM

                It's been years since I've gone to Bons and personally I do enjoy going there for the experience such as people watching. It's not gourmet treats but never the less good for it's value. It is what it is.

                Jane's on Hastings (Bby Heights area) has a $2.95 special as well. I find it less greasy but pretty good for it's value. Again it's just a family diner joint.

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                  ck1234 Aug 20, 2009 10:47 AM

                  I haven't met anyone in Vancouver that hasn't been to Bon's at one time or another. We used to go all the time when he had Bon's ON Braodway. Now my son goes...I have less patience & won't wait in line for a cheap breakfast! There's a cafe right across from Save On Foods on Cambie - "Cambie Cafe"? Anyway, they have a $2.95 brekky too. The place is dingy & dirty, but the couple that run it are fine. Looks like husband cooks, wife is waitress. They have home fries which is not bad.

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                    CheapAppetite Aug 20, 2009 11:39 AM

                    @gourmet wife. I agree with you about people watching. And it's a good value for the money. We have to realize that it's a $2.95 breakfast. I'll have to try Jane's soon. Do they serve breakfast all day?

                    @ck1234 Thanks CK. Another $2.95 Breakfast? Cool:))) I don't care if the place is dingy & dirty. They all added up to fun, down to earth and affordable experiences.

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                      grayelf Aug 20, 2009 12:19 PM

                      In that case you might want to check out Yummy Sushi on Pine just north of Fourth. They serve a brekky for less than $4 (yeah, I know it's a sushi place..). Not bad for the money but deffo a hole in the wall.

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                        CheapAppetite Aug 20, 2009 04:25 PM

                        Is it a japanese style breakfast? That would be really interesting.:)

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                          grayelf Aug 20, 2009 08:28 PM

                          Decidedly not, I should have been clearer. This is your typical meat'n'eggs...

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                            CheapAppetite Aug 20, 2009 09:38 PM

                            ahhh. I was trying to imagine what Japanese style breakfast would be. No clue here:) lol. But $4 still affordable. I'll put it on my list.

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                              grayelf Aug 22, 2009 12:23 PM

                              I just drove by Yummy and it's actually $2.99. Not the best breakfast you're ever going to have but it won't break the bank.

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                                CheapAppetite Aug 24, 2009 08:58 AM

                                Thanks grayelf. So many breakfast under $3. I'm happy.

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                                grayelf Sep 14, 2010 05:04 PM

                                Hey CA, I just saw a reference online to Tenhachi offering Japanese style breakfast. I'm going for dinner tonight so will try to find out more, especially if they are still offering it, as comment I read was from last year...

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                    yuyu Aug 23, 2009 09:08 AM

                    does anything get cheaper than IKEA breakfast?

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                      CheapAppetite Aug 24, 2009 09:01 AM

                      I think they are probably the cheapest. $1 for breakfast special. I just post a story about it on my blog last night.:)

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                        grayelf Aug 28, 2009 11:15 AM

                        No idea if it's any good but the Regal Beagle Pub on Broadway is offering a $3.99 "brunch" on weekends and holidays, celebrating their new decor and menu, neither of which I have experienced.

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                          CheapAppetite Aug 29, 2009 07:22 PM

                          I just jotted it down on my notebook. thanks greyelf.

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                      jahvay Aug 31, 2009 04:28 PM

                      We used to go to Bons alot, butt grew tired of the cheap quality. We went back recently, and enjoyed the scene, and the breaky was good for $2.95. I find that if I get my own refils of coffee it takes care of any service issues, and the staff smile at you. A bit like cosmos in MTL.

                      It is just not the place we can go to too often.

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                        CheapAppetite Sep 2, 2009 09:53 PM

                        I refilled my own coffee too! It's just easier that way. I saw that their waiters and waitresses work so hard. There are not enough of them. But that's how they can keep the cost down, I guess. Anyway, I think it's kinda fun to go watch people there. Food is, like you said, good for $2.95.

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                          grayelf Sep 8, 2009 09:52 AM

                          Driving down Cambie yesterday (hard to believe we can actually do that again!) I noticed an all day breaky at Cambie's Restaurant (7th and Cambie) for $3.50...

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                            CheapAppetite Sep 8, 2009 10:31 AM

                            That's a great find, Greyelf. Do you know the name of the restaurant?

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                              grayelf Sep 8, 2009 12:15 PM

                              It is unoriginally called Cambie's Restaurant :-). I tried to find the address/phone but that is impossible to search on in Google (too many returns) and Places comes up literally blank. Maybe swing by and take a peek when you're in that neighbourhood -- you won't miss it on the west side of the street.

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                                CheapAppetite Sep 9, 2009 10:03 PM

                                Thanks Grayelf. I just added Cambie's restaurants to my breakfast list:) lol. Silly me.

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                                  ck1234 Sep 10, 2009 06:07 AM

                                  Isn't that Cambie Cafe I spoke of up a couple posts? It was $2.95 when I last went, they must have raised the price!

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                                    grayelf Sep 10, 2009 07:54 AM

                                    Oops, I think you are right ck. They must have raised the prices!

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                          selena03 Sep 9, 2009 08:46 AM

                          I don't know if it's any good but the The Bay Downtown has a breakfast special for 4.77 which includes eggs, toast, some sort of pork, hashbrown patty I think? and coffee....

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                          1. re: selena03
                            CheapAppetite Sep 9, 2009 10:06 PM

                            $4.77 may sound a bit more than $2.95 breakfast at bon's. But since it's downtown, I can just walk there. No bus fares. So, with that in mind, it's a pretty good deal. Thanks selena.

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                            gourmet wife Sep 10, 2009 09:30 AM

                            We ended up going to Samosa Garden on the weekend. Mezbaan across the street was closed. Noticed that Samosa Garden now serves breakfast for $2.95. I guess the "recession" has effected many of our local businesses.

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                              grayelf Sep 30, 2009 04:22 PM

                              Moonpennies across from Artigiano on Pender at Thurlow is advertising a $4.95 full breakfast... no idea if it is any good but that's a decent price for the area.

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                              eather Oct 7, 2009 11:20 PM

                              Has anyone been to Emelle's at 177 West 7th? The least expensive breakfast is $2.75 and their traditional breakfast is $4.99. I was wondering if it's any good?

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                                brain Nov 6, 2009 08:51 AM

                                Yes, I used to go to Emilies alot in the late 90's. The quality is far superior to the Bon's's of the world. They do a perfect poached egg and the bacon is better quality and super tasty. It might be a few dollars more, but it's worth it. I went to Bon's when back on Brdwy and lots of times on Nanaimo, another place is the Nice Cafe on 8th ave. just West of Main.

                              2. CheapAppetite Oct 21, 2009 11:25 AM

                                I finally went to Yummy Sushi, as suggested by greyelf, a couple of weeks ago. It was great. For $2.99, I got 5 pcs of bacon/sausage, 2 eggs, 2 toasts and a pile of hash browns. The bacon was so crispy. The hashbrowns were great. And it's much faster than Bon's. I was so impressed I wrote a full review on my blog post this week.

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                                  grayelf Dec 28, 2009 07:47 AM

                                  I am (trying to) organize all my restaurant files/clips/ writeups and came across this one from Eat Vancouver in 2007: Café Burrard St. Deli (604) 681-2822 1344 Burrard St till 6 M-F closed weekends -- the writer compared this place favourably to Yummy Sushi (husband and wife team, $3.25 price, smaller portion but better coffee) so may be worth a try if it is still there.

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                                    CheapAppetite Feb 24, 2010 06:03 PM

                                    Greyelf, sorry I haven't been checking this thread for a while. Cafe Burrard sounds interesting. The price isn't that much different from Yummy Sushi. But they are conveniently located in Downtown area. Actually I used to live around the corner from this place but I never try this restaurant, perhaps because they close during weekends. If I ever have a weekday off again, I'll make sure to try this place. Yummy sushi coffee is not good, but their breakfast is yummy.

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                                      grayelf Feb 25, 2010 10:49 PM

                                      No worries, CA -- it might be unworthy as my notes are 3 years out of date! I noticed Gold Key on Broadway just west of Burrard (1800 blk IIRC) also has breakies starting at $3.99 since it is on my way to work but like you I don't usually eat these meals on the weekdays so it is also untested :-).

                                2. CheapAppetite Sep 12, 2010 11:15 AM

                                  Another cheap breakfast to add to the list is Evelyn’s Cafe & Grill on W. Broadway between Arbutus and Yew Streets. Breakfast starts at $3.50: 2 eggs, hashbrowns and 2 pcs of toast. Add 3 pcs of bacon or 3 pcs of sausage, or ham for a dollar more. Good and not greasy. More details at my blog.

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                                    grayelf Sep 12, 2010 11:35 AM

                                    Thanks for that, CA -- I read your blog post and it looks good. Maybe I'll try it on my way to work. I did that one day with Gold Key and as I mentioned on your blog, don't bother.

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                                    curlygirl13 Oct 1, 2010 07:14 PM

                                    I'm with the OP on this one, Bons is a whole lot of greasy-spoon goodness!

                                    Fancy food this ain't. The place is kitschy, with decor unchanged in decades, and always packed. The service can be a bit slow sometimes due to the crowds. But the Breakfast Special (served all-day) is unbeatable -- $2.95 for 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon or ham or sausages, hashbrowned potatoes, and 2 slices of toast.

                                    For the money, the food is pretty darn tasty. But be realistic, don't expect gourmet. Bons is a dive, it's grungy, the food is greasy, big portions, cheap...and this is exactly why I heart this place so much.

                                    Definitely one of my favorites :)

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