There are a few things I really love about fall in Vancouver. I get to pull my hunter willies out of storage, the season change makes for a beautiful backdrop for the city, and fall is the official start of long, drawn out brunches. Nothing better on a rainy Sunday than a weekend paper of your choice – I’m a Globe and Mail type of girl – and good eggs. There’s no shortage of brunch spots in kits, but here are some of my top picks:
1. Abigail’s Party – Great daily specials and some of the best eggs I’ve tasted hands down. Warning though – if you indulge in the baked apple french toast you will have to fit in 2 workouts that day.
2. Zen Cafe – If you love benny’s this place is for you. An endless selection of eggs Benedict, and very decent hashbrowns.
3. The Regal Beagle – $3.99 breakfast and no one looks at you the wrong way if you have 2 or 3 drinks with your breakfast.
4. Joe’s Grill – Sorry Sophie’s, I’ve never understood what warrants your weekly line-ups. Two doors down is one of the best greasy spoon breakfast spots in town. Check it out. No one needs to wait an hour for breakfast!
5. Epicurean Caffe Bistro – Great coffee and a very zen atmosphere. Small space though, so you may be waiting a while. Has a full breakfast menu as well as some great pastries.
Did I miss your favourite breakfast spot? Let me know with your comments!
Last modified: October 20, 2009
Good picks on there. I am also a bit partial to the Nineth Avenue Grill on Broadway.
Totally agree about Sophie’s! I don’t get what the hoopla is all about. I’m a HUGE fan of the breakfast at Viva Fine Foods. The wild smoked salmon benny is excellent as well as the continental breakfast. All bennys and omellettes come with coffee/tea and OJ. Can’t beat that!
My friends and I are brunch fanatics on the weekends. Every Saturday you can find us going out for food, and I couldn’t agree with your picks more. Abigail’s Party is the best brunch around but it is small, so we are often denied. Plus it is a bit expensive so thats why Regal Beagle is always our second choice. ReegsBeegs is super cheap and really good. Other good options: Sunset Grill @ york&yew, Hell’s Kitchen on 4th
Great picks on here…the only one I’d add would be The Naam…their Mexican omelette is life altering!
Sunset Grill on York Avenue!
Has anyone had the experience of brunch at Whole Foods Capers on West 4th? They seem to have a sandwich board up with lots of locally-produced organic goodies on offer.
Agree about Sophie’s. Don’t get the fuss. It’s one for tourists, but locals should know better. Joe’s is much better.
Zen has good hash browns? If you like them frozen and out of a bag! They’re awful. Again, I’m amazed at the line-ups for that place. It’s ok, but I think people go there on auto pilot. So Abigail’s Party has the best tasting eggs? How can alter the taste of an egg?!!
The best place in the area was Fish, but now it’s closed. Shame. Viva’s Mexican omelette is great! Epicurean good quality too.
Zen Cafe has the best benedicts for sure. Food comes fast and hot. Find it wayyy to cramped inside though.
Sophie’s is overrated–big time. Nothing worth going there for. It’s gotta be the hot location on Arbutus/4th.
Will try Abigail’s Party and Sunset Grill.
Fish is closed??
Correct – Fish is no longer on Yew Street. The windows are papered and the sign on the window says that “Piatzo” will be opening soon and offering antipasto, salads, pasta, and thin crust italian pizza.
My Friends and I have been going to The New Bohemian for Brunch on the weekends lately. I think they only started doing it recently –
I think the prices are really good especially for organic meat and Omega3 eggs they say they use in the dishes!