Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunshine Diner

The Sunshine Diner has that ‘new-old’ 50s diner retro look complete with checkered floors, formica tabletops and red vinyl booths. Everyone likes to sit in a booth, right? The service was quick, which is good as lineups are standard on the weekends here. In my research of breakfast, I have found that on weekends, 10:00 a.m. seems to be the magic cutoff time. Show up at 9:45 and you’re seated, 10:00 lineup.

The menu is deep with omelette and benny options. My choice was the Romero Benny which involved cream cheese, avocado and tomato. And, of course, I ordered the additional “famous home fries”. While I did not know they were famous, I do agree that they could be. One of the top 3 (or maybe 4) versions of potato sides I’ve come across so far. They also offer a couple of diner-esque items, my partner ordered the Breakfast Burger – two eggs and sausage between a toasted bun.

Quote of the day by a 6-year-old at the next table: “Dad, some people SUCK at things even though they say they ROCK!”

2756 West Broadway
Breakfast hours: All day, every day

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Raincity Grill

Today was the annual Vancouver Sun Run. We decided to have breakfast right in the heart of it at Raincity Grill. I prefer eating to running any day of the year, that goes without saying, but it was fun eating while watching others running.

Raincity Grill is another noted Vancouver restaurant that prides itself on using local ingredients and food purveyors. Their door proclaims them to be “Vancouver’s First 100 Mile Menu”. Service here is “on”. Once our selections were made, delivered to our table were some complimentary, delightful mini-pastries – Lemon Cranberry Scones and fresh Croissants with strawberry jam – a bonus that ups the ‘extra special’ quotient.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon with Poached Eggs on Brioche, they arrived looking like giant pillows of love – seriously, I just wanted to rub my cheek against them. The accompanying salad with shallots and capers complimented the creamy, briny dish perfectly. My friend, who is partial to Bennys believing they are the benchmark of a good kitchen, ordered the Dungeness Crab Benedict.

For dessert (yes, dessert at breakfast is extremely civilized), we shared the Spiced Merridale Cider Soup which came with caramelized apples, vanilla-cardamom crème and little butter cookies. Make sure you get a little bit of each in every spoonful – poifect.

1193 Denman Street
Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunny Spot Café

Aaaaaah, Spring is finally in the air! The sun is out, a warm breeze has replaced the biting wind. People are wearing fewer layers and happy to be outside. Today we ate at the aptly named Sunny Spot Café, a family-run classic diner. Menu options are expected, no tomfoolery here.

My Potato Lovers Breakfast could actually be named the Vegetable Lovers Breakfast. I was delighted to find spinach, tomatoes, bean sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini all sautéed with my potatoes. It was tasty fare, and a good deal at $6.45. My partner had the Blueberry Pancakes with Sausage. As usual on a Sunday, if you show up before 10 a.m. you will easily find a seat. After that, you will find a packed house.

2543 Main Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.