When choosing a spot to brunch at in and around Vancouver, the number of choices is dizzying.
My primary step in narrowing them down is looking at the price point.
- For a greasy spoon that is sure to please, try Jethro’s Fine Grub on Dunbar and sink your teeth into chocolate chip banana bread french toast. If you’re on the Kitsilano side of the bridge, Benny’s is a fantastic choice; their new york pretzels are impossible to put down and their chai tea lattes are among the best in the city. And to please both your stomach and your wallet, Bon’s off Broadway offers a hungry-man-style-breakfast for under $3.00.
- The next price bracket up is where you’ll find decision-making time even more difficult. In this category, I would recommend Kitsilano favourite, Abigail’s Party, for the bison short rib hash and huevos rancheros, Ouisi Bistro on South Granville for Eggs Nola or the crowd pleaser Hash It Out, and The Red Wagon (made famous thanks to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) for a seriously mouthwatering take on chilaquiles – add the fork-tender pulled pork, you won’t be sorry.
- If you want to impress a date or colleague this weekend and you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks, indulge in a cast iron brunch offering at Cafe Medina (the Tagine is rich, meaty, overflowing with flavour, all the while bright because of the fresh cilantro). A great option if you aren’t extremely hungry or all that anxious to part with last week’s cheque, is the liege waffle with salted caramel sauce on the side. One waffle with one sauce comes in at under $5 and is a great start to your morning with the lavender latte. Yes, lavender It isn’t overly floral in taste; more prominent are the notes of lemon and other citrus.
If I’ve missed one of your favourite places for brunch in or around the city, please leave your comment below and I’ll make sure to check it out and update my list!
As always, wishing you a stamp of culinary royalty in all of your dining endeavours! xx