It’s always sad when I see a non-chain restaurant close down, but that just seems to be a common occurrence in Vancouver nowadays. One of the latest victims to fall is the Dunbar location of Jethro’s Fine Grub. Even though I wasn’t completely blown away by their Gold Rush Pancakes – I thought that they had too much baking soda in them – I did really like their Banana Bread French Toast (whcih was seriously just as good as it sounds). Moreover, their portion sizes were seriously huge. I’m a massive eater, and in 95% of cases I can easily put down a plate of food that other reviewers claim is large enough to stretch into two meals. I seriously could not finish a stack of their pancakes. In fact, Jethro’s currently holds the ‘honours’ of being the only place that I’ve visited thus far where I could not finish a serving of their food. RIP.
Fortunately, Jethro’s does have another location on Fraser, which is currently still operating. Not knowing how long that place is going to stay open, and wanting to make sure that I get at least another go at their huge pancakes, I paid them a visit. I got their Rooster Pancakes a side of Biscuits & Gravy, and a side of their Pulled Pork.
The Rooster ($14):
This consisted of two buttermilk pancakes that are stuffed with chocolate chips and are topped with whipped cream. Jethro’s are known for having probably the largest pancakes in Vancouver, with each pancake being about 2-3 times larger than most places. I quite liked the texture, with the pancakes being quite light and fluffy. Previously, I’ve had issues with the overpowering flavour of baking soda; this time around, it actually wasn’t nearly as bad (I could still taste it, but it wasn’t nearly as strong). I loved the chocolate chips, which were sweet and gooey – I do wish that they had more of it present. I do have to mention that the top pancake is better than the bottom one, which is much flatter (perhaps from being squished by the top one) and smaller. Of course, with all the other food that I had ordered, I was not able to make much of a dent into my pancakes and ended up taking most of the dish home in their pizza-sized boxes.
Side Biscuits & Gravy ($6):
This consisted of two large pieces of biscuits smothered in gravy. The gravy was a bit overly thick, but was not gummy and still quite enjoyable. The biscuits had quite a hard outer crust (you can’t cut through it; you have to pick the biscuit up and bite it), but a relatively tender interior. While neither the biscuits nor the gravy were particularly salty on its own, I did find that when eaten together it does get a bit too much (and I’m one who loves salt). It is quite filling, and a very good deal for only $6.
Side Pulled Pork ($4):
The pork was quite tender and juicy. Unfortunately, it was seriously underseasoned: it was just flavourless and bland on its own. I did enjoy it with my side of biscuits however.
I really enjoyed my visit to Jethro’s. Although the food’s not exactly mindblowing, it was still very enjoyable and being the gluten I am, I love their huge portions. The service is also very good for the type of place it is: the server I had was very friendly and attentive. All in all, I’d recommend checking this place out for some affordable and reasonably tasty diner food. Just be warned, they do only take cash or debit (I know that their site appears to say they accept visa as well, but that’s not the case).