Takeout is something that many of us associate with dinner, but it’s not exclusive to evening indulgence when you’re lounging on the sofa.
The most important meal of our waking hours (aka brunch) is something worth celebrating. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for your day; it fuels you up when you need it most, and it definitely shouldn’t feel like a chore.
Plus, when you purchase featured breakfast items at participating restaurants across the Lower Mainland this month, you’re not only supporting the eatery — a meal will also be donated to the Breakfast Club of Canada.
This initiative, led by BC’s dairy farmers, lets you support local chefs and communities, while also having a positive impact on children affected by food insecurity. Make your mornings matter with nourishing breakfast eats and drinks — that let you do good — at these spots.
An all-day breakfast and lunch haven, the original Jam Cafe launched in Victoria in 2012 before going on to open two locations in Vancouver. If you’re a fan of sweet treats (who isn’t?), add the featured item of triple-stacked Cinnamon Bun Pancakes to your must-try list. Order a festive peppermint latte on the side and sip merrily between bites.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 542 Herald Street, Victoria
Located on West Hastings Street, Catch 122 offers up the best kind of fresh local fare to wake up to, with brunch served from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays (closed on Tuesdays) and from 9 am to 3 pm weekends. Do yourself a favour and order the featured Tres Leches Dutch Baby Pancake with whipped popcorn mascarpone (it’s veggie!), complemented by a house-spiced turmeric chai latte for the road.
Address: 122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Anyone with an appreciation for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine will quickly fall in love with Medina Café. Nestled in Vancouver’s Library District, you can get takeout brunch like the featured Fricassée (eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, smoked cheddar, and a whole lot more) here every day of the week. If you need a delightful drink to brighten your day, let it be the lavender latte.
Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
This Canadian breakfast and lunch chain was founded back in 1987, so you know you’re getting items made to perfection with experience. Stop by any of the 12 Cora locations in BC with an order of the featured “Paul Wants It All” in mind. A classic latte is an ideal pairing for this feast of eggs, bacon, and potatoes that comes served with a garnished waffle segment.
Address: 12 locations across BC
Vancouverites have the option of ordering memorable breakfasts seven days a week at Yolks’ locations on East Hastings and West Broadway. The eatery satisfies cravings with dishes like the featured Double-Smoked Bacon Benny with aged cheddar and braised spinach and the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Benny with aioli and fresh spinach. But a Yolks takeout order isn’t complete without a salted caramel hot chocolate or a latte.
Address: 1598 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-YOLK (9655) extension 2
Address: 546 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-YOLK (9655) extension 1
In Coquitlam, Morning Tide Eatery offers a classic take on brunch fare combined with a contemporary edge and hints of the owners’ Asian heritages. For anyone who lives in Vancouver, it’s worth driving out this month to order the delicious Chorizo Breakfast Bowl with cheese sauce (the BC Dairy feature). Pro tip: Try the ube latte for a sweet and slightly nutty purple beverage experience.
Address: 228 Schoolhouse Street #8, Coquitlam
If a scenic walk along Canada’s longest pier sounds like your perfect morning, follow it up with a brag-worthy breakfast from The Wooden Spoon on Russell Avenue. This rustic-chic spot is known for its inventive eats, particularly the featured “The Sweet and Salty.” Picture thick-cut brioche, double-smoked bacon, poached eggs, aged cheddar, and aioli, all drizzled with maple syrup.
Address: 15171 Russell Avenue, White Rock
Chilliwack has a well-kept secret for breakfast: Cookie’s Grill. This award-winning family eatery serves up home-cooked meals like the featured Ploughman’s Skillet, starring two eggs, pan-fried potato and cheddar perogies, farmer sausage, bacon, and more. For something a little sweeter, choose the Cinnamon Bun Pancake Combo served with eggs, bacon, and breakfast sausages — topped with maple cream cheese frosting.
Address: 44335 Yale Road #3A, Chilliwack
In North Vancouver, get set for an active day on the mountains (or at work) with a tasty breakfast from Douce Diner. The menu is filled with equally impressive culinary creations by Chef Dawn Doucette, but our go-to — which also happens to be the featured item — is the hollandaise-covered Eggs Benny served with a house buttermilk biscuit, poached eggs, and hashbrowns or a green organic salad. Don’t forget to ask about the featured milkshakes while you’re there!
Address: 1490 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to one of the aforementioned hearty breakfasts at a restaurant participating in BC Dairy’s initiative in aid of the Breakfast Club of Canada, running from now through December 27.
For more information and to see the full list of restaurants taking part, visit breakfastclubcanada.org/wakeup.