Eat your lunch out: Best lunches for breakfast lovers
Sandwiched between breakfast (the alleged “most important meal of the day”) and dinner (the meal that seems to get all the attention), there’s no good reason to overlook lunch.
Lunch can be the midday bright spot in the workday, or where you linger on a day off. From where to settle in for a marathon chat sesh with the ladies who lunch, to handy spots for quick bites, we’re exploring lunch of all kinds, all around Vancouver.
Here are 13 terrific restaurants for a breakfast-inspired lunch in Vancouver.
Prefer breakfast for lunch? It’s no problem at Jam Cafe, where the morning meal is served into the afternoon (plus they’ve got a tempting lunch menu of its own, too). The food at Jam Cafe is top notch, as anyone who willingly waits in line for a table will attest, too. Big, beautiful plates take breakfast to a fresh level of fun, melding the most important meal of the day with culinary staples. Dig into a Charlie Bowl, Pulled Pork Pancakes, or their Fried Chicken Eggs Benny.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
The line out the door every morning is your first tip-off that Café Medina serves up a delicious breakfast/brunch (all day long). Melding together Mediterranean-inspired bistro fare, exceptional coffee (lavender lattes — yes please!) and a seemingly endless supply of fresh, hot Liege waffles, this Richards Street cafe certainly serves up a scrumptious and memorable meal.
Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Catch 122 Cafe Bistro
Breakfast at Gastown’s Catch 122 is not just limited to the weekend. From Monday to Friday (8 am to 4 pm) this contemporary Canadian eatery dishes up a range of delicious breakfast-inspired plates (all priced at a very reasonable $13), including a Truffle-Scented Mushroom Omelette, Eggs Benedict, Bread Pudding French Toast, a classic big breakfast, and more.
Address: 122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
There’s a reason why Yolk’s Breakfast is held in such high regards amongst foodies here in Vancouver; the casual eatery serves up reliably good brekkie fare all day, every day. Whether you order from Yolk’s downtown food truck or from either of the egg-centric restaurant’s fixed locations, you’re promised perfectly cooked poached eggs on each and every visit.
Address: Multiple locations (check website)
Twisted Fork Bistro
Dishing up such generous and affordable helpings of breakfast/brunch daily from 8 am, Twisted Fork has become an incredibly popular dining destination. With a no reservation policy, breakfast enthusiasts who don’t turn up to Twisted Fork early are near guaranteed a wait time. For a downright sinful delight order the banana stuffed French toast, which is delivered to the table with a dusting of cinnamon icing sugar and a dollop of vanilla whipped cream.
Address: 1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
The Birds & The Beets
This charming Powell Street eatery offers a small selection of breakfast eats (all day), in addition to hearty sandwiches, and green salads. While these are selling points in themselves, there’s also the added bonus that The Birds & The Beets serves a range of caffeinated beverages, using beans from Bows & Arrows and Matchstick Coffee.
Address: 55 Powell Street, Vancouver
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe
With brightly coloured kitschy décor, Sophie’s Comic Cafe pulls a crowd for both its eccentric interior (gizmos and gadgets cover the eatery’s yellow walls) and sizeable meals. Breakfast is dished up daily, from 8 am to 5 pm, and includes a variety of morning-time essentials (think Benedicts, omelettes, waffles, pancakes, and thick French toast).
Address: 2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Red Wagon
Brought to you by chef/owner Brad Miller, this unpretentious neighbourhood joint offers a comprehensive menu available all day long, seven days a week boasting breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes. Open from 8 am Monday to Friday and from 9 am on the weekend, The Red Wagon offers breakfast bandits the choice between Buttermilk Pancakes, a variety of Eggs Benny plates, Crisp Pork Belly, Breakfast Sandwiches, Tofu Scramble, and more.
Address: 2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Deacon’s Corner is adored by many for its comfort-driven menu, heaping portions, and limitless coffee refills. Inspired by Southern-style cooking, diners will find menu choices like Carolina-style pancakes, pulled pork, biscuits, grits, and so many other delicious options.
Address: 101 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
At Heirloom Vegetarian guests seeking breakfast, regardless of what time of the day it is, will be happy to find that this South Granville restaurant offers up a range of tasty all-day breakfast items, which are happily served from 9 am to 3:45 pm daily. The menu boasts an array of plant-based meals, including vegetarian scramble, Southern-inspired omelettes, Eggs Benedict, and French toast.
Address: 1509 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
The Elbow Room
This casual and slightly wild (some might add raucous) Davie Street haunt is known for its comforting and eclectic breakfast and brunch menu. Tuck into The Elbow Room’s Big Ass Pancakes or broad range of interpretations of Eggs Benedict on a section of the menu called “15 Dishes to Delight.”
Address: 560 Davie Street, Vancouver
Nelson the Seagull
Part bakery, part cafe, Nelson the Seagull is a great option for those seeking an uncomplicated breakfast (at lunch). In addition to freshly baked croissants and other irresistible sweet treats, Nelson the Seagull also dishes up soft poached eggs on buttered, house-baked sourdough toast. Diners can opt to add roast beef, roasted mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and avocado for extra satisfying results.
Address: 315 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Lucy’s Eastside Diner
Decked out with retro-style furnishings, Lucy’s Eastside Diner is a warm and inviting space, which screams of yesteryear, and serves breakfast (alongside more heartier items) 24 hours a day. Great for when you have a lunch time (or late night) hankering for eggs, Lucy’s serves fried egg sandwiches, three egg omelettes, chorizo hash, breakfast burritos, cinnamon French Toast, and more.
Address: 2708 Main Street, Vancouver