It’s Breakfast Week! We’re serving up a heaping plateful of delicious stories about the most important meal of the day–and where to get it in Vancouver.
If you aren’t going to have breakfast at home, you may as well go big. As in super big. Like, bring your friends to help you out, or cancel the rest of your eating plans for the day.
From a towering burger to pancakes that are bigger than the plate with plenty of pork on the side, here are 10 of the most epic breakfast and brunch dishes to try in Vancouver.
Big Carolina pulled pork & pancakes at Deacon’s Corner
There’s an entire section of the menu at Deacon’s Corner devoted to “Big Breakfast” dishes, and they aren’t kidding when they say big. Chicken fried steak, sausage and biscuit with gravy, or piles of french toast layered with meat and everything topped with eggs…yep, that’s big. To get a great taste of Deacon’s eats, get their Big Carolina pulled pork & pancakes, which features two of their giant pancakes, Carolina style pulled pork and three–count ’em, three–eggs. (A “Little” version is available, with a solo pancake and a mere two eggs.)
Address: 101 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Poutine Breakfast with Lobster at Linh Cafe
Linh Café melds together the culinary traditions of France and Vietnam, but when it comes to their Poutine Breakfast dish, things get all sorts of Canadian. Hand cut fries are topped with Swiss cheese, black forest ham, peppercorn gravy, and a poached egg. Not enough for you? Add half a butter poached lobster. Whoa!
Address: 2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Grrrreat Cakes at Jethro’s Fine Grub
Wake up with this collision of two of the ultimate breakfast comfort eats: Giant, fluffy, bigger-than-the-plate pancakes and cereal. Jethro’s Grrrreat Cakes features Frosted Flakes and berries cooked into their signature buttermilk batter, topped with whipped butter. Good morning!
Loco Moco at Bao Down Gastropub
While the morning meal is a weekends-only affair at Bao Down Gastropub in Olympic Village, their epic island-inspired eats are worth noting. You can get all manner of meats and eggs and rice and hashbrowns in various savoury configurations, but a sure bet is their Loco Moco, which is a contemporary Hawaiian dish of steamed rice, topped with a hamburger patty, fried eggs, and mushroom gravy.
Address: 115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
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Illegal Chocolate Waffles at Cacao 70
Seriously, this is so much chocolate for breakfast it should be illegal! Head to the Vancouver outpost of this Quebec-based chocolate hot spot for breakfast and zero in on this dish of a waffle topped with caramelized banana, chocolate drizzle, and served with melted chocolate, whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and and crunchy chocolate wafer balls.
Address: 1047 Denman Street, Vancouver
Mauna Kea at The Elbow Room
Big, badass breakfasts with a side of sass are always on order at The Elbow Room. They are well-known for their epic dishes, but for something you aren’t going to find anywhere else, get a hold of their Mauna Kea. It’s a three-egg omelette made with raisins, bananas, pineapples, kiwi, and apples covered with melted mozzarella cheese and pecans, served open faced.
Address: 560 Davie Street, Vancouver
Chicken French Toast at Jam Cafe
What isn’t epic at Jam Cafe? The Vancouver location of this Victoria gem is all about bigtime breakfasts with serious Insta-appeal. Their Chicken French Toast is a serious showstopper, thanks to crunchy buttermilk fried chicken atop thick brioche french toast, drizzled with Tabasco honey and topped with jalapeno sour cream, tomatoes, pickled cabbage, and green onion.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Tri Chop Hash at Dixies BBQ
When you “meat at Dixies” for brunch on the weekend, you will meet a whole lotta, well…meat. They have some stellar bennies on biscuits, but the big feast is their Tri Chop Hash, featuring Tri chop, jalapeno, roasted corn, red onion, Yukon golds, and a pair of poached eggs, with blue cheese and BBQ sauce. Yeehaw!
Address: 337 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Super Trucker at The Red Wagon
Get ready to roll with this supersized feast, available all-day at this popular East Van cafe. Their Super Trucker comes with two eggs, two of their always impressive pancakes, pulled pork, crispy pork belly, homefries, and toast (because, like, of course you need toast). Don’t worry, you won’t be needing lunch.
Address: 2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Breakfast Burger at L’Abattoir
When the weekend comes around, get your epic breakfast fix courtesy brunch at Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where their Breakfast Burger struts its stuff. Tame a beastly hangover by chomping on this quarter pound beef patty all decked out with a hashbrown patty and a fried egg.
Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver