You’ve probably heard of the kick ass cooking classes offered at Vancouver’s The Dirty Apron, but you may not know that they also have a cafe/deli space that serves up incredible eats, including killer breakfast options.
Kicking off at 8:30 am Monday through Saturday (they’re closed Sundays), The Dirty Apron’s counter is brewing up beautiful coffee and tea drinks, and has a breakfast menu of creative twists on familiar classics, as well as health-conscious options, all dished up beautifully.
For those who like to eat the rainbow, Dirty Apron has a couple of daily smoothie bowl options, like the supercharged Green Machine, which shimmers with its stripy rows of toppings like their housemade granola, whole raw almonds, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and granola.
If you’re on the go, you can also get your smoothies via straw–they offer a classic cup version, too.
Savoury egg dishes do a little globe-hopping, from the European-inspired Ploughman, which is basically like an individual charcuterie board, breakfast style, gently assembled on a plate.
Tap open a perfectly soft-boiled egg and use your oh-so-buttery fat finger of crispy Brioche toast for dipping, or kick it west coast style and get your avocado slices in the yolk. There’s a tender roasted tomato wedge, along with fresh cheese and prosciutto.
There’s a Huevos Rancheros, to add a little spice to your morning, or you can tuck into one of their breakfast biscuit open-faced sandwiches. Dirty Apron does a classic sausage, egg, and cheese rendition, along with a more Pacific-inspired smoked salmon with egg, avocado, and their decadent homemade biscuit slathered with lemon-chive mascarpone for a creamy, sunny touch.
Pastries include a range of cookies, buns, and bars, and include several gluten-free options, too. If you’re noshing on weekdays, breakfast is served here until 11 am, then lunch service takes over (and, oh, my, their array of sandwiches and salads are going to tempt your tastebuds, too).
On Saturdays, Dirty Apron dishes up breakfast until 2 pm, so you can sleep in and still get their am goodness in your belly. And, PS, speaking of tempting, the deli is also a marketplace, selling some of their in-house specialities, like Bacon Jam and salad dressings, as well as artisanal foods and cooking tools from BC purveyors.
Another bonus is that these breakfasts are crazy affordable–their egg dishes all go for less than $7 each, which leaves you some bucks for a nice coffee. While The Dirty Apron may be on the same block as another couple of well-known Vancouver breakfast and brunch spots (Jam Cafe and Chambar are both a couple of doors down), this small but mighty deli/cafe proves those joints are in fine company here.
Address: 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver