Saturday, June 21, 2014

El Camino’s

I’m not one to allow other’s opinions affect me having my own experience. Before visiting El Camino’s, I did check out some online reviews, which were mixed between “meh” and “yeah!”. After visiting I think I get why. This is one of those places that can be polarizing depending on your preferences.

I loved the space. It had a lively atmosphere with great taste in music, just loud enough to get my morning energy pumping. Others complained the tables were too close and music a little too loud. The servers were very laid back, perfect for a lazy brunch, but others might grouch and call them slow. There were plenty of interesting options on the South-of-the-Border–inspired menu. My vegetarian-inclined friend ordered the Huevos Divorciados – two tostadas, each topped with beans, eggs and a split of red and green salsas. Her report was kind, but not raving. On the other hand, I was extremely enthused about my Chorizo Benny with guacamole. One of the tastiest bennys I remember having in a very long time.

Final thoughts... My friend said, “Okay.” I said, “Hooray!” You’ll have to go to decide for yourself.

3250 Main Street
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mamie Taylor’s

This is the second time I’ve been treated to a special occasion meal at Mamie Taylor’s. The first was a birthday dinner; this time a thank you brunch. I was as thrilled this time as the last. Mamie Taylor’s cooks up my favourite bill of fare – modern twists on comfort food classics, more specifically, riffs on American Southern dishes.

While I’ve heard of the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich before, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it on a Vancouver restaurant menu, and also the first time I’ve ever consumed one. The sandwich consists of several decadent layers of turkey confit, mornay sauce, fresh ripe tomatoes, onion jam (Mamie’s unique addition), and crispy bacon. Instead of traditional white toast, this mess of deliciousness was set atop their “freedom” toast. My treating friend relished the Chicken Fried Steak with charred green tomatoes. Another winner.

There were also some serious contenders for dessert, but we were already across the finish line. I’ll have to wait until someone else wants to take me here for a celebratory meal. Who’s buying?

212 East Georgia Street
Brunch hours:
Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.