Sunday, September 25, 2011

Grove Inn

Me: “Let’s go for breakfast this morning.”
Him (half-joking): “OK, let’s go to the Grove.”
Me: “OK.”
Him (half-surprised): “What do you mean, OK?”
Me: “OK. I haven’t blogged about the Grove before.”
Him: “How is that possible?”

After breakfast blogging for over four years now, it does seem hard to believe that there are still these classic locations which I haven't been to in all this time. Of course, in my yesteryears when I lived in the West End and was on a 20-something’s budget, I would visit on more frequent occasion. A lot has changed, yet little has changed since then.

Same tacky diner dive decor (said lovingly), yet new owners who have “touched up” the place. Same greasy spoon all-day breakfasts, yet new all-day Japanese menu items. Same customers, yet... uh, same customers.

1047 Denman Street
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to close, Daily

Sunday, September 4, 2011

IHOP (West Broadway)

Did you see “West Broadway” in the title and go, “huh?”, like I did? I wanted pancakes this morning so I was poking around the internet to see what I could come up with and came across a listing for IHOP on Broadway. “Huh, when did that happen?”, I wondered. Well, I found out today – they opened just one month ago. Before arriving, I was kind of hoping that this meant that hardly anyone knew about it yet – silly me. The place was packed to the gunnels, with a lineup to boot. It is relatively large, seating approximately 120 people, so we were seated fairly quickly, in about 5 minutes or so. The kitchen was having a little bit of a harder time keeping up with the flow.

I wanted pancakes, that’s why I was at IHOP. I decided on the Blueberry Pancake Platter – berries and sausages – classic. And of course, IHOP is known for their (very sweet) syrups. The highlight of my meal was the butter pecan syrup. Slurp.

200-950 West Broadway (Upstairs)
Breakfast hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Daily