Sunday, April 29, 2012

Calvin’s Café (North Vancouver)

Some time within the last couple of years, Calvin’s Café moved from its long-time address in West Van to its new location at the foot of Mount Seymour. An errand in North Van brought us here today.

I like the new digs much better – cleaner, roomier, brighter. It’s still the same Swiss-born chef, and now his daughters are running the floor. And as far as I can tell, the breakfast and brunch menus are also still the same. Traditional breakfast offerings with a few Swiss influences such as the rosti and crèpes.

As the saying goes, “Some things change. Some stay the same.”

3720 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Brunch: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co (Kits)

Rocky Mountain is well known for several things – their focus on using local and organic ingredients, being extremely kid-friendly, and their educational programs in the community. What they are lesser known for is breakfast. Pizza for breakfast? Well really, it is just bacon, eggs, and hash browns served on toast instead of with toast. And they offer great omelets, too.

My friends shared the Bacon Omelet and the Yukon Flatbread, while I enjoyed a Yukon Flatbread all to myself. The Yukon comes loaded with bacon, potatoes, scrambled eggs and Fontina served in a right-sized, single-person portion. My friends also delighted me when they suggested we share the Banana Chocolate Flatbread for breakfast dessert. Insiders tip: ask for extra bananas.

Thanks for the treat, you two. I love my friends.

1876 West 1st Avenue
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Skylight Restaurant

This morning, as I was perusing my list of potential breakfast destinations, from over my shoulder my guy said, “how hard can it be to find a place to get bacon and eggs?” OK, I thought, he’s in the mood to go to his comfort zone, what I refer to as a “happy-pappy” place. You know the one, where solo diners (especially men, such as the guy we ended up chatting with, who lives out of his backpack, travels with his dog, and carries his money in a sock) feel comfortable to go, read a paper, get a simple breakfast and drink an unembellished cup of coffee.

When we sat down in our red leather booth under the florescent lights and my guy looked happy, I knew I had hit the mark. He really perked up when he saw the Ukrainian Sausage Breakfast Special with eggs, hash browns and toast for $4.50. At $5.25, my Pancakes and Sausages were also easy on the sock.

Greasy spoon. Happy pappy.

1012 Commercial Drive
Breakfast hours: All day, Daily