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Sep 10, 2011 02:01 PM

Other breakfast joints like Jethro's or Deacon's Corner?

Our two "go-to" places of late for breakfast have been Jethro's and Deacon's but are there some others out there that serve not-too-greasy breakfasts, have some dishes you don't see everywhere, and are reliable?

We also like 2 Chefs + a Table, Cafe Medina and Bandidas Taqueria.

Red Wagon was hit and miss and I've had both good and average experiences at Slickety Jim's.

Anyone like Seb's? Wallflower? Others we've missed?

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  1. Sophie's Cosmic Cafe

    Paul's Place Omeltettery

    Joe's Grill

    The Nice Cafe

    The Whip Gallery & Cafe

    Lucy's Eastside Diner

    The Reno Diner

    Oh, so many more, so little stomach ;-)

    1. Ah, interesting breakfast joints, one of my favourite topics! I've been to Seb's a couple times and thought it was just okay, though they do have some more creative items on the menu.

      I can't think of any other places that I would recommend that do the North American comfort food breaky in a retro setting (though I'm intrigued by LanaLou's and suspect it might fit the bill, I haven't had a chance to try it yet, near Deacon's) so I'll just throw out a few places that do interesting breaky:

      We had some interesting brunch stuff at Three Lions a while back, ditto The Edge Cafe by Home Despot on Cambie.

      Argo of course but only on weekdays.

      Breakfast poutine from La Brasserie.

      Crave has some nice breakfast/brunch items

      Epicurean used to do some nice things with pancetta (it's been a while though).

      Libby's Kitchen. I haven't been wowed there but it is popular and a little out of the ordinary.

      And here's a few on my to try list that might be of interest:

      Dona Cata is now serving breakfast but I haven't been yet.

      The Galley at Jericho. I've heard good things about their breaky fare, though it is only available on a limited basis during the summer so may be too late for this year.

      I've heard Roundel compared to Seb's so it may be worth a look.

      Oh, and what about the scrambles, breakfast sammies and biscuits at Save On?

      Happy hunting and let us know what you find!

      PS I really like reading this blog for ideas on breakfast places, though it is not really a review site as such: http://breakfastinvancouver.blogspot....

      La Brasserie
      1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

      Libby's Kitchen
      3429 Porter St, Vancouver, BC V5N4H2, CA

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      1. re: grayelf

        Really, Dona Cata is open for brekkie ?!? Now if only they can serve up an authentic huevos rancheros ....... ooooh, with all 10 salsas for my choosing !! Ok, I admit, I can only get as far as salsa #6 before choking ......

        PS: drove by where Roundel is and happend to look over that-a-way, looks like they've done a makeover, at least on the outside.

        Hey GE, is this breakfastinvancouver blog brand new ? I used to read this local blog (forget name) that only reviewed brekkies, and they had a hilarious write-ups by a small ensemble of contributors/friends, and the blog theme had something to do with a pirate ship or somethin' Wonder if these are they re-incarnated ? Don't matter, I'm bookmarking them now ! Thanks for the lead.

        1. re: grayelf

          Great suggestions grayelf! LanaLou's, Libby's, Dona Cata, and Roundel are on the breakfast list.

          I haven't been to Cafe Regalade on W 4th yet either so thanks GoaGirl - sounds intriguing.

          Save On next week for the first time.

          LotusRapper - thanks now you've got me craving hashbrowns at 5pm! ;-)

          Save On
          2838 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

          1. re: Kentan

            Hit up Cafe Regalade for brunch yesterday (and bumped into another local hound and SO). We liked it but didn't love it. I had their version of ham and eggs which is served in a cast iron pan. It was very soup and the tomatoes kind of ovewhelmed but was a generous portion value and nicely prepared. SO had the omelet of the day which was packed with mushrooms. Too much butter -- I know, I can't believe I just typed that, but even I agreed -- though was a bit of a downfall. Home fries were tasty if a small portion, salad was just lettuce with a bit of oil on it. Would return for the cassoulet that GoaGirl recco'd; it looked really nice at another table. Overall it felt a wee bit pricey for what we got though.

        2. Oh there's always The Elbow Room ...... can always have a "fun" ol' time there ...... ;-)

          1. Little Nest off commercial drive at charles is superb, as long as you don't mind tons of kids running around / crying. The food is so fresh, creative and lovely. Great coffee and baked goods too, like the ricotta and seasonal fruit muffin. Yesterday's breakfast special was poached eggs with polenta, ratatouille, tapenade, pesto and toasted baguette. Delicious.

            I went to Roundel recently with friend who ordered the best looking huevos rancheros I've ever seen. The looked so good that a neighboring table saw them and ordered the same. Apparently they were delicious too. My clubhouse and salad was also quite enjoyable. The menu is diner style with an emphasis on healthy ingredients.

            Bandida's also does great breakfasts, such as tortilla soup with eggs.

            I love the grated hashbrowns at the Nice Cafe, does anyone know of other spots in town that do them like this?

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            1. re: Le Beep

              I tried the h. rancheros a couple of years ago at Roundel, and they were deconstructed. Some beans in a pile, a sunny side egg on the side, that sort of thing. Do they still do them that way?

              1. re: Le Beep

                Those grated hash browns are a bit of a holy grail for me too. I like the ones at nice but they can be a bit sad in the middle. I don't know of anywhere else that does them like that anymore.

                1. re: grayelf

                  LOVE grated hash browns, but they'd have to be all browned (even slightly burnt) and crispy for me, like this:


                  I finally remembered where I had a really good plate of hash browns like that, with corned beef. It's on Victoria Dr (across from The Neighbour's Restaurant), a small Chinese-Canadian greasy spoon diner simply called Victoria Restaurant:


                  Their corned beef wasn't really corned beef in the sense of chunks, but more strips like cut-up deli corned beef. But the crispy hash 'taters was great, esp. with sprinkled green onions and yolk dripping from the extra fried egg I asked for on top :-)

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Nice, that place has been on my list for ages. Don't get to that hood in the am often though. Now I will make the effort.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Ask for extra-crispy on the hash :-)

              2. I haven't been for eons but the Dutch Wooden Shoe cafe on Cambie was always a good source of belly-busting and interesting brekky fare.

                I'm craving those hash browns now L.R.! Good thing they're a trek across town.

                Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe
                3292 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2W4, CA

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                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  Somehow I come across grated hashbrowns more often at Chinese-Canadian greasy spoons than elsewhere. Not sure why.