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Early morning arrival (and Japadog question!)

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Will be arriving in Vancouver at 8am, and hotel check-in is not until later afternoon so we're planning to do some sight-seeing first as well as getting something to eat.

However coming from Toronto it will be 11am Toronto time (and we'll most likely be in the mood for lunch) when we arrive, so I'm wondering what will be open that early.

Will any of the Japadog locations be open? The website doesn't list any hours.

Any other recs for a decent, reasonably priced and not too heavy breakfast -- as we'd probably want to go to Japadog for lunch when they do open and plan on hitting Guu right at 5pm when it opens (as we'll have the kids with us).

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  1. I don't think japadog will be opened that early. Is your hotel downtown? For breakfast..i would say cafe medina would be a great start to your vacay in vancouver. :)

    1. Japadog as Pender and Burrard doesn't open until 11:45am most days. Not sure about the other locations but definately not by 8am. More like 11:30, noonish.

      1. theres a japadog at the airport now

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        1. re: andrew_eats

          Thinking of this thread, I checked the board at the Japadog near Pender on Burrard which lists all the stands' hours and sure enough, no early morning dogs! The airport outpost opens earliest at 10:30, the others are all lunch oriented.

          1. re: grayelf

            forgive my ignorance - what is so special about a japadog? i have walked by that stand on burrard for years ... it seems. I like a good hotdog with a steamed bread bun - should i indulge in a japadog? is this unique to vancouver?

            1. re: Georgia Strait

              Japadog is unique to Vancouver (tho I believe they have a place in NY now).

              They're hot-dogs covered in Japanese ingredients (ie., teriyaki w/japanese mayo, nori, etc).

              They use crappy hot-dogs and shitty buns -- i don't get why they're popular. Vancouver isn't much of a hot-dog city but is a major japanese food city, so maybe we have low expectations of the dog itself and are impressed w/ the japanese crap.

              1. re: brokentelephone

                I'm not a fan of their "regular" hot dog but the Kurobota pork one is worth a look, if you enjoy this type of thing. I crave their okonomiyaki dog with it from time to time :-).

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  Amen.

                  1. re: brokentelephone

                    I usually get the bratwurst from Japapdog instead of the hotdog which I agree is subpar.

                    1. re: islandgirl

                      I like the brats with oroshidaikon and the ume. I also like the kurobota pork. The other dogs are pretty ordinary. I find the terimayo, which I think is the most popular hotdog there, way too sweet for my tastes. Japadog is definitely not for old-school hotdog aficionados. It is like the california roll of hot dogs.