Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sevasty’s Coffee

I am not a jaded local – I love Granville Island. Not only the public market, but the energy of the entire ‘island’ excites me – such a diverse group of businesses, creators and artists. One of the most peaceful times to be there is early morning, before the daily influx of shoppers and tourists.

I met my friends there early today, a little too early, as the restaurant we agreed to meet at wasn’t yet open. Instead, we wandered over to the Net Loft to Sevasty’s Coffee. Sevasty’s is a takeout spot mostly, seating is food court style. Their focus is coffees and pastries, but they do have a respectable breakfast menu. I wanted simple, and my Egg, Ham and Cheese on Whole Wheat Bagel hit the spot. They did a fine job of a Spinach and Feta Omelette, as well.

After breakfast, the five-year-old in our group was dropped off at his Creative Drama class at the Arts Umbrella. Did I mention that I love Granville Island?

7-1666 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
Breakfast hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Daily

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Epicurean Caffé

I have passed by this place at 1st and Cypress dozens of times in my life and, for some reason, have never gone in. I don’t know why. And after breakfast today, I really don’t know why. It is a local hotspot and others seemed to know their way around. Most were settled in with their coffee and morning paper. I was a little unsure of the system, as there is a coffee bar where you order, but it’s for those who are wanting to order their drink to go. Otherwise, have a seat in the cozy space, sit tight and your order will be taken.

This Italian-style caffe serves some delicious breakfast. My Focaccia Benedict was layered with perfectly-crisp pancetta, topped with a nice hollandaise, and served on top of focaccia, of course. My sides of rosemary potatoes and greens were just right. My friend’s Pancakes were simple and elegant, served with yogurt and berry sauces. I like.

1898 West 1st Avenue
Breakfast hours: 7:30 a.m., Daily

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Wallflower Modern Diner

Run by neophytes, a husband and wife team, The Wallflower took over the space formerly occupied by the beloved Aurora Bistro. They have left the decor almost as it was, adapting it slightly to make it their own. The service is no afterthought, however, it was top notch.

Their intention is to bring home cooking, making old-school classics, into a restaurant setting. The breakfast menu includes the usual items, but it’s their specials that seem to shine. Today’s blue plate special was the Sausage Benny and the green plate special was a Veggie Chili Fritatta. I loved the look of some of their dinner menu items, such as poutine, fried chicken and meatloaf. I would have loved to have seen more of these items incorporated into the breakfast menu. I’m a glutton for comfort food!

2420 Main Street
Breakfast hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

De Dutch (Oak Street)

Formerly known as De Dutch Pannekoek House, this Vancouver-based chain of franchise restaurants have been recently rebranded as simply De Dutch. And although their new look is ‘clean’, they maintain their cutesy feel, monster menu and weekend line-ups. My guy was craving “pancakes, bacon and eggs” today and requested this spot.

And pancakes, bacon and eggs is what he had – De Dutch style. His Canadian Pannekoek contained all the requisite items then topped with maple syrup. My Pieroghi Pannekoek with cinnamony apples and stroop delivered as promised. Although, I was reminded today how important it is to trust your instincts when ordering. Go with your first choice, which is hard to do here, as the extended menu can keep you reeling trying to come up with the perfect one.

3192 Oak Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Holidays: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.