Sunday, May 30, 2010

Acme Café

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. I have a sense of my age when I find myself walking around this part of town and I am feeling good. It’s not just me, but families with young babes in strollers are walking around, too. And we are walking to the Acme Café, recently opened, just two blocks from the infamous corner of Main and Hastings. Years ago this would have been outside the realm of ordinary and perhaps even unwise.

Today this diner fits right into the burgeoning scene of this ’hood, serving up classics such as meatloaf and mac and cheese. Though more modern than retro, they assembled a strong design team, and I like their look, a lot. Their breakfast menu is pared, but has a few signature items such as Toast à la Aunt Sue and Smoked Salmon Panini. To me, the baked goods steal the show. Homemade oreo cookies, scones, butter tarts, chocolate torte, croissants, and have you heard? They have pie. We finished our breakfast with the Apple Crumble Pie. It arrived toasty warm, oozing with apples and wafting with cinnamon.

If nothing else, go for the pie. Wow.

51 West Hastings Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yucca Tree Café (White Rock)

The Victoria Day long weekend is when we make our annual pilgrimage to Langley to buy our heirloom tomato, vegetable and herb plants for the season. Why Langley? There is something we find so utterly delightful in touring “farm country” – grand vistas, gorgeous meadows, luxurious and rustic homes and barns, horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, vineyards, apple orchards, and more. Of course, I am referring to South Langley not the City of Langley.

The first stop is usually Vista D’oro Farms. So to have breakfast on the way meant a stop in White Rock at the Yucca Tree Café. Listening to the conversations between the staff and the customers, it was obvious that many of the patrons had been coming here for years, we were likely 20 to 30 years younger than the rest. The decor and the food are well suited to the clientele – it’s like a café you might find in a small country town.

We enjoyed our home-cooked food and the friendly staff.

1347 Johnston Road, White Rock
Breakfast hours:
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Milestone’s (4th Avenue)

Today was Mother’s Day. Meaning that brunch places were full! We decided to go somewhere “under the radar” to avoid the crush. I would have never expected to need a reservation at Milestone’s, though without one, we were able to have a table only because we showed up early. After I thought about it, it was understandably busy as I think Milestone’s is a “safe bet” for many families. Our dishes of Prime Rib Hash and Eggs Milestones were well executed, but neutral enough to appeal to the average person.

Because we weren’t actually with our Moms today, instead, we reminisced about our childhood. Truly, after all that mothers give to us and they only get one day in return?! Ingratitude.

2966 West 4th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bert’s Restaurant (CLOSED)

Update 02/05/12: Bert’s is now closed.
Bert’s Restaurant is about history. Having started over 60 years ago as a 24-hour coffee shop, it grew into a full-fledged restaurant in 1969. After Bert’s retirement, the restaurant was bought and run by a Greek family. They, too, have since retired and, more recently, Bert’s was taken over by a long-time customer. Though, I don’t believe much else has changed since 1969. There is something oddly comforting about the place. That in our rapidly changing times, there are still these anomalous places which remain untouched by modernity. An anchor to our own past.

The menu, the service, the decor are as straight-forward as you imagine. Go for good value bacon, eggs and coffee.

2904 Main Street
Breakfast hours: