Breakfast just after the bend in the road on Dunbar

Jethro’s Fine Grub
3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
604.569.3441

I’d give their regular breakfast fare a very okay, but their French toast gets a very good.  Thick sliced challah egged up and with real maple syrup…  I love real maple syrup, but I’m disappointed to say I think they water down their syrup.  However, when I mixed it up a bit, it got a bit better, and I think I’d prefer water downed syrup to fake syrup…but I might just turn to the Seinfeld technique of taking syrup with me.  The service staff is friendly, there was a wait, but it wasn’t long.  The pancakes look great, and there are several kinds, but didn’t try them so can’t comment.  I had the huevos rancheros which was very okay, and the accompanying corn cake was cold, although the tomotilla salsa they used was quite good.  I’ll give it a very okay, but I’m going to try it again because if those pancakes stand up it will move it into a solid very good.

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Kid friendly restaurant…well actually just all round friendly just off ‘the drive’

Little Nest
1716 Charles Street, Vancouver   V5L 2T5
604.251.9994

 

Little Nest just off commercial is a quaint, bright, kid friendly place to grab a lovely sandwich.  I enjoyed a humous sandwich with walnut and veggies.  They have a new fresh sheet every day written on the blackboard.  It reminds me a bit of Finches Tea House gone family style.  They are supposed to have great cakes, but I haven’t tried them yet.  Kid friendly is something I’m not usually that attuned to…sorry folks a reality of my lifestyle (not by desire, but by design).  Not only is there a fun play area for kids, but lots of room for strollers to navigate and staff that seems happy to clean up the play area.  Big tables, lots of seating, and definitely a good place to meet a friend for breakfast, lunch, or a snack and a chat.  I’m giving it a Very Good.  Open Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Weekends 9am-5pm.

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Pet Peeve – hard poached eggs…sophies not so cosmic cafe…hmmm…

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe
2095 4th Avenue West, Vancouver    V6J 1N3  
604.732.6810

 

Beautiful day in Vancouver s I hoped on my bicyclette and headed up to my favorite dive shop IDC (these guys rock) to check on my gear for tomorrow’s dive trip!  On the way back I stopped by Sophie’s Cosmic for a bite to eat.  I pondered for a while over the menu, wondering if I should test out my favorite eggs huevos rancheros, or try out the pancakes.  Since I am in pursuit of good Vancouver best pancakes I gave that a go and ordered the Kits breakfast, poached eggs (soft), no meat.  This breakfast was such a disappointment that I didn’t finish it…(I can’t even believe it cost 14$)   My eggs came hard…very hard, and hard poached eggs is a serious pet peeve of mine.  The pancakes were a great shape and color, but left a lot to be desired in the flavor department.  They also weren’t that hot when they arrived, and weren’t accompanied by any butter…how can you have pancakes without butter?  The rest of the food looks good, but I just don’t know if I’d come back to find out.  I’m giving Sophie’s my second Just Ok of the weekend…

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Try something Nu…

Nu
1661 Granville Street, Vancouver
604.646.4668

 

Farm to table, casual cuisine is their moto, and I have long been a fan of Nu. Growing up on water, I know that having a view from your dining room also usually comes at a sacrifice to food quality. Think of some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, West, Bishops, Tojo’s and countless others, none have views. What they have is remarkable food. However, since Nu is casual cuisine it seems to get away with great views, and solid food. And this week’s brunch was just that – solid. They started our meal with a treat from the kitchen which was chocolate chaud, and a small scone. I surprised everyone by loving the chocolate chaud! I ordered the fajita wrap served with scrambled eggs. The scrambled eggs had smoked tofu in them that was delicious. It tasted like smoked cheese and it had such a great texture. The house made salsa was yummy with fresh cilantro, and my friends had equally satisfying experiences. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere and mood is good, the drinks are great, and the view and location are also in its favour. On Sunday’s they even have a jazz brunch. And while this time it was brunch, I’ve also been for special occasion lunches and dinners and had good experiences – both with the food and my companions. The food is not remarkable, but it is reliably good, so I’m giving it overall a Very Good. Nu is owned by the same folks as “C” and “Raincity Grill”. I’m not a big fan of “C”, but definitely give Raincity Grill a try as well.

 

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At Ouisie’s Table I was welcomed home.

Ouisie’s Table
3939 San Felipe Drive Houston, Texas
713.528.2264

 

Sitting on Lucy’s porch last weekend I was reminded of the spirit of my great grandmother, Nana, who owned and operated a tea house in a small lakeside community in the mid 1900’s. And in reading more about Elouise Adams Jones, the proprietress & Executive Chef, I understood why. Her establishment is clearly a labour of love and each room and menu item is thoughtfully arranged and prepared. While I love my life and work, Ouisie’s (pronounced We’ – zee’s) made me dream of a life of afternoon lunches in sundresses and heels with my girlfriends. And sitting there with two of the most beautiful women I know it didn’t take too much imagination. We started with The Original Taster Plate that included amazing egg salad, pimento cheese, and saltine crackers. My main course was Sautéed Belly of the Salmon & Deviled Eggs. I haven’t seen devilled eggs on a menu before, but they were great, and what is more the salmon belly was amazing. I’d eat at Ouisie’s Table again and again, so it gets a Great. And if I lived in Houston I host showers and birthdays here.

Special thanks and congratulations to V.A.J. and S.O.J.B. 

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I’ve found my Vancouver pancake, avec real maple syrup!

Paul’s Place Omelettery 2211 Granville Street Vancouver, BC 604.737.2857

Don’t blink or you will miss it…If you turn your head to the right just before crossing the Granville Bridge and look very closely you might spot Paul’s Place Omelettery. The location is great because you can either fuel up before or fill up after shopping for furniture or artwork in nearby shops. Indeed I came across this gem because of my trip to the Reynolds Gallery and Urban Barn. There are very few clever things to say about this place as the service is friendly and attentive and atmosphere is nice but not distinct. We sat up at the bar, which is a great deal if you are one or two and don’t want to wait in line. From the bar you can see the whole joint and hear the steady hum of steamed milk and conversation. Probably the most exciting thing that this restaurant offers is a half order of Benedict! The only problem is they were out of hollandaise sauce (busy making more, but I couldn’t wait) so I can’t report on how good they are. What I can warn though is that the poached egg dish ordered by my friend came with hard eggs instead of soft. If it were mine I would have sent it back…but I had a bite of the hash and it tasted pretty yummy. In search of Vancouver’s best pancake I had to try their hotcakes (which can be ordered for 1.50$ each) and served with a generous portion of real maple syrup. They were yummy, fluffy, perfectly cooked circles of goodness. Their signature dishes are the omelets, but the menu has countless other options including sandwiches, burgers, porridge, and eggs. The prices are very reasonable, 10-12$ per person. Call ahead and get your name on the list, but make sure you stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. This place gets a “Very Good”.

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Donuts with a little spice!

Aurora Bistro closes it doors :( thanks Annie and Alyssa for bringing it to my attention, but we are all sad to see it closed.

Aurora Bistro

2420 Main Street. Vancouver . 604.873.9944

This is the place where granola meets lulu lemon for brunch. From the outside it is unassuming, and from the inside it is muted colors and understated furniture.  The walls are plain wood boards; the lights are dim but add interest with their multi color blown glass shades.  I first ventured here when a friend advised that their fresh five spice donuts were a must try.  And indeed they are.  Fresh out of the fryer donuts with the alluring smell of five spice and maple syrup these hot nuggets of goodness are worth the trip.  The wait staff suggest them as dessert, but I say no way, order them as an appetizer to make sure you have room.  The egg dishes are all delightful, but if you are more in a lunch mood I suggest trying the sandwiches.  On fresh bread and served warm they come with your choice of soup, salad or pomme frites.  Today I had the arugula hazelnut pesto and white bean baguette which was garlicky but delish, and the carrot ginger soup that accompanied it was divine.  The birthday girl had the sablefish hash, which I’ve had and enjoyed on another visit.  The portions are just right, the ingredients fresh and local, the selection is limited, but the choices are excellent.  The service is attentive, but the food can be a bit slow coming to the table, so keep bring your yogic patience with you, because it is on Main Street after all.  The buzz of the busy restaurant and atmosphere make Aurora feel intimate, although I was sitting barely an elbow away from the couple sitting next to us.   I’ve not been for dinner yet, but if breakfast with the goddess of dawn is any indication I’d say dinner is a safe bet, and I’m hoping to try it soon. Mains around 13$, donuts 9$.  Reservations are recommended. 

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