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A list of the Most Popular Breakfast Spots in Vancouver, BC.
You're in a new place. You've done some research but are overwhelmed by the number of restaurants and reviews and food types. So what do you do? A quick google search: The most popular breakfast spots in Vancouver. It's all right here in this article. We've done the research for you and found some pretty awesome spots. If you're in Vancouver for a few days (or if you live here), you've got to try some of these spots...they're totally awesome. I mean seriously guys, we're talking fresh waffles, fried chicken, freshly baked fillo dough, and those beautiful, beautiful eggs. Oh how I love those wonderful runny yolks of deliciousness. So much love.
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Vancouver, how I miss you so. When we were there the weather was a beautiful 75-80 degrees, sunny, with a nice cool breeze. In other words, perfect. I don't know what's happening here in San Diego, but it's been so humid! Not overly hot, but sticky and terrible. I know I shouldn't complain, but that's just what I do. Well, that and eat. Oh yeah, cook and travel. My logo should read Eat. Cook. Travel. Complain.
Anyways, it was beautiful, that's my point. But you guys are here about breakfast, not the weather. So let's get to it, let's find the most popular breakfast spots in Vancouver! These are not in any kind of order.
The wait here can be SO LONG! I recommend going early, perhaps before they open, to secure a table in the first round. First off, they serve liege style waffles here for about $3/each. Always start with a waffle or two. Great dipping sauces such as milk chocolate lavender, salted caramel, pistachio rosewater and orange marmalade are offered for $1/each. Get a few, it's only $1 - "she laughs as if she's made of money...." They also serve your typical coffee drinks, tea, house made sodas, and of course an array of alcoholic drinks. The menu is awesome. Serving up dishes such as the fricassee, made with sunny eggs and braised short ribs, or the paella with spicy chorizo, orzo and seasonal veggies, Medina Café has got something for everyone. They even serve simple dishes like granola and frittatas.
Acacia Fillo Bar
Looking for a little something different than your typical bacon and eggs? Acacia Fillo Bar offers just that - serving specialties made with fresh homemade fillo pastry. Try their specialty, the Banitza (the only place you can find this), served with fresh sheep milk feta (sirene) and a choice of spinach or leeks. Great fresh, homemade ingredients.
Waffles. You guys already know how I feel about waffles. Much like Medina Café, this place also offers liege style waffles with dipping sauces (this must be a thing in Vancouver). Note that Medina was previously co-owned by the owners of Chambar, hence the many similarities in the menus. The menu is small, but offers delicious dished such as Brochette de Porc which is bacon, mortadella, andouille sausage served with fried eggs, salsa and potatoes. I mean, YUM, right?
I like the name. Jam Café. For some reason it makes me excited to eat here. The menu is very unique and really has some very interesting offerings. Crazy dishes like Chicken French Toast with buttermilk fried chicken, Tabasco honey and jalapeno sour cream. Or the Gravy Coops with your choice of fried chicken, chorizo, pork belly or portabella mushrooms on a biscuit with a couple sunny eggs and gravy. I mean how can you skip this place? Good lord am I in heaven. What about the good ole Chicken and Waffles or, dare I even say it, pulled pork pancakes. That's right, pulled pork pancakes. If those sound a bit extreme to you, try the yogurt parfait with house made granola, or the avocado toast. And if you like your coffee with a kick (i.e. laden with alcohol), they've got you covered.
This spot is all about your farm to table cuisine. Check out the Pulled Pork Johnny Cakes. What is up with these restaurants and their pulled pork? Whatever it is, I like it, it's awesome. Also serving an array of benedicts, a Meatball Skillet with poached eggs and French Toast with mascarpone, candied walnut and seasonal preserves, this place has got some awesome great quality food!
One word: Crispy Bacon & Egg. Ok, four words, but who's counting. This was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Also, the pork Belly Cracklin'. I tell you, this place is heaven. A great little spot right in the heart of Gastown. Definitely worth a trip. Even if you're across town. And of course don't miss out on the Chicken and Waffles or Cubano Boy Sandwich made with sunny eggs and pulled pork (there we are with the pulled pork again Vancouver...). If you're looking for sweet, try the Waffles & Whateva with fruit, warm maple syrup and loads of fresh made cream.
Speaking of sweet, the waffles served at Nero's are absolutely decadently divine. I know, so many adjectives. But they're so yummy, serving classics such as banana and Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream, good old Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream, you know all the favorites. Who doesn't want a little ice cream and cookie for breakfast? You won't see me turning it away. BUT wait, they also serve some savory waffles like Brie, walnuts and honey, or goat cheese, pine nuts and raspberry. I kind of wish I had one. Like here in front of me right now. Diet be damned!
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A tiny little place right on Granville, expect to wait at the super popular spot. Unless you get there WAY before they open. Then you just wait for them to open (like we do). The Asiago scones are a MUST TRY. Served with the most amazing jam and butter, they are absolutely delicious, buttery and crumbly. They were perfection. I could have eaten a dozen. Besides the scones, they also serve dishes like your traditional benedicts, pulled pork sandwich (again, really?), amazing banana stuffed French toast and an andouille sausage frittata. It's one price for the whole menu, and the scones are extra, but it's definitely worth the trip.
Crispy pork belly, fried polenta and cheesy scrambled eggs. How does that sound for a dish made of perfection? Maybe I'm just a sucker for pork belly and polenta. Or what about braised beef shank, bean and tomato cassoulet and sous vide eggs? Still not excited? Banana bread French toast with salted caramel and raspberry coulis. If that doesn't make you happy, I don't think we can be friends. Seriously. All of those dishes are amazing.
We're back at pulled pork. Seriously, by now, I've decided it's a thing. I mean I've seen this in Memphis, but never expected it to be such a hit in Vancouver. Vancouver has been full of surprises! Try the Supertrucker with eggs, buttermilk pancakes, pulled pork and crispy pork belly. They also serve Chilaquiles, which was the first place I saw them served in Vancouver! But if you come here, go with the pulled pork - see what kind of damage you can do to that Supertrucker!
Sometimes, you just want a little coffee and perhaps a pastry or two. Or three or four. Whatever your heart desires. This little bakery has the most amazing pastries. The almond croissant was divine. Packed full of bacony deliciousness, the bacon and cheese scone was amazing, and the mushroom tart was perfection. They offer a number of different scones, such as mixed berry, pear, strawberry balsamic, among others. It's really a great spot to sit at the counter and watch the baristas make those crazy complicated cups of "special" coffee.
Last but not least. I know some of you may think the idea of porridge is kind of gross, or boring. I used to too, until I had it. It's amazing. And this place serves a bacon porridge with poached eggs. What a great breakfast for a cold morning. Or what about some duck confit poutine? That'll get your day started right...or put you right back to bed. Either way, you'll be happy. Or maybe the dirty breakfast; duck confit, duck fat toast (you KNOW about my love affair with duck fat, right?) and some sunny eggs. And of course the Vancouver classic pulled pork breakfast sandwich. Yup, pulled pork, it's definitely a thing.
So there you have it, the most popular breakfast spots in Vancouver, BC. Whether you're planning a trip to Vancouver, or you already have the pleasure of living there, these are some truly awesome places to try. And hey, I'm not perfect (I know, I know, but I'm not) so drop me a line if I left off your favorite spot. I've been known to make a mistake or two (or a thousand) in my life.