We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re digging into a hearty pub-style brunch with a twist at Colony Main Street.
Colony Main Street is a destination for beer enthusiasts and comfort food-cravers alike.
This Mount Pleasant “come as you are” bar also has a brunch worth crawling out of bed for, in fact, we’d willingly jump from under the duvet knowing we were about to devour dishes from Chef Karl Gregg’s mid-morning menu.
At Colony Main just step in, seat yourself, and enjoy.
These are three simple steps we can get behind. We can also get behind the epic buttermilk fried chicken and Belgian waffles drizzled with sweet maple cream. This signature dish also arrives with maple syrup and two eggs sunny side up – because eggs make everything that much better.
Gregg’s twist on a Canadian classic of poutine gets a breakfast makeover with everyone’s childhood favourite, tater tots. Topped with poached eggs, sausage, gravy, cheese curds, and housemade Hollandaise, this is a spread that will ensure no tot gets left behind.
Like any great brunch spot, Colony Main has an array of Eggs Benedicts to choose from. There’s the classic Eggs Benny, the California Benny, or the Quinoa Benny – a vegetarian option with grilled tomato, poached eggs, hash browns, and Hollandaise on top of two warm quinoa and goat cheese cakes.
Other staples like the Broken Yolk Griddle Sandwich, Bacon & Egg Burger with hickory smoked bacon, and the straight-up 2 Eggs Your Way are also up for grabs from Colony’s brunch selection.
There are also breakfast beverages available to ensure you have a complete and balanced meal. Caesars are on the drink menu (upgrade to the craft mixer Walter’s from Clamato for only $2.50) along with Cider Mimosas, Parallel 49 Craft Lager, Whistler Whiskey Jack Pale Ale, and Rainforest Alliance coffee.
Chef Gregg’s dishes are classic and comforting, but that’s not to say he hasn’t done the legwork to develop individual recipes and make them one of a kind. For example, take his Hot Chicken Sliders – Gregg has been working on the sauce for this dish, which comes as a trio of buns, since he tasted the epic flavour of Prince’s Hot Chicken during a trip to Nashville in 2011.
Returning to Vancouver, he was inspired to work on a recipe of his own until he was happy with. This dish is ideal for meatlovers as well as culinary heatseekers. As far as hot chicken goes, the simple combo of pickles, chicken, and white buns is pretty much perfection.
Colony Main’s sister restaurant in Kitsilano also offers this brunch menu, so you can head to either location to enjoy its filling fare.
Colony Main Street serves brunch Saturday and Sunday (along with holidays) from 10 am to 2 pm.
Address: 2904 Main Street