Sunshine Diner

Sunshine Diner is a pretty distinctive restaurant thanks to their retro decor, which includes statues of icons like Evils and Marilyn Monrone outside. The interior is equally well decked, with booths, pictures, and other decor. Their menu consists of various breakfast and lunch items, many of which are named after movie icons. I had their Elvis Eggs Benedict.

Elvis Eggs Benedict ($17.45):


3.5/5
This contained bacon, back bacon, and turkey bacon, and is served with home fries and a cup of fresh fruit. The eggs were tender and runny; the hollandaise was quite creamy albeit a bit on the bland side. It was quite salty from all the bacon. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the English muffin, which was quite tough at the bottom. The home fries were a bit soggy, but still tasty. I quite enjoyed the fruit, which came in quite a good variety, and were fairly fresh.

The food at Sunshine Diner was not mindblowing, but still fairly good. I did find the price to be a little on the higher side. The service was good though; the food comes quite quickly and the server I had was extremely warm and friendly. All in all, while the food didn’t blow me away, I think the diner is still worth checking out for the decor and service alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Helen’s Grill

I’m not picky when it comes to hashbrowns; it doesn’t matter if it’s shredded, diced, whole or cubed potatoes, just as long as it tastes good, I’m happy. For some reason however, not many places appear to be able to make tasty hashbrowns. In most places, they turn out to be bland and/or mushy. Unfortunately, Helen’s Grill ended up falling into that camp. They are an old(er) diner located on the corner of King Edward and Main. Their seating includes a row of booths with jukeboxes on each table. Their menu consists of all day breakfast, lunch items and a few dinner and desserts. I had their Montreal Eggs Benny and Gyro with Chicken and Fries.

Montreal Eggs Benny ($13.95):


3/5
This comes with a side of hashbrowns. The eggs were poached overeasy, with the yolk being orange and runny. The hollandaise was creamy, but a bit underseasoned/bland for my taste. I also found their smoked meat to be a bit on the bland side, and tasted a bit watered down. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like their hashbrowns, which was mushy and very bland.

Gyro with Chicken and Fries ($13.95):


4/5
This comes with your choice of either chicken or lamb and a side of salad or fries (I had the fries). The pita was soft, and stuffed with a generous amount of filling; there was a good amount of chicken, which was tender and well-seasoned. The fries were thankfully a lot better than the hashbrowns, and were crispy and well-seasoned.

I really didn’t care for the hashbrowns at Helen’s Grill (to be fair though, I’ve never tried making them myself, so maybe it’s exceptionally difficult) and the eggs benny was just decent; however, their gyro was quite tasty. The prices are reasonable, and the service was fairly decent. This isn’t the greatest diner that I’ve been to, but I think it’s still worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Gyro
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Argo Cafe

When I visited Argo Cafe lately, I couldn’t help but think “Argo f*** yourself”. I’m quite sure that Argo Cafe is not named after Argo the Batfleck movie however (brief digression: I actually quite liked Ben Affleck’s batman), seeing that the diner existed long before the movie came out. The latter is a small but quite popular diner/cafe located in Olympic Village, right by 2nd Avenue. The atmosphere is very casual, and they don’t have printed menu: everything is written on the board. They have a breakfast menu that’s served till 11:00, a lunch menu consisting of burgers, sandwiches, and various Western/Asian/Mexican plates, and a specials menu that rotates daily. I had their Argo Plate and Chicken Chilli Con Queso.

Argo Plate ($17.95):


4/5
This was from one of their specials menu, which rotates daily. It consists of short rib, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, and roast lamb, and is served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I found the lamb to be a bit tough and chewy; the pork was quite tender and well seasoned however, and the shortribs were tender and flavourful. The mashed potatoes were also very tasty, and were smooth, creamy and flavourful.

Chicken Chilli Con Queso ($14.95):


4/5
This consists of a thick stew-like chicken with cheese, and is served with either fries or rice. The stew was thick and very flavourful, and had a nice bit of spice. The chicken was tender and juicy (I think they used dark meat, which in my opinion is always superior to white), although I did find it to be a bit underseasoned on its own.

I quite enjoyed the food at Argo Cafe. The price was a bit higher for a diner, but still reasonable. The service was quite casual; the food comes reasonably fast and the staff were fairly friendly but generally leaves you alone. All in all, this is definitely worth checking out.

P.S. The staff asked me if I wanted soup, and I turned it down because I thought that it was going to cost extra (and I was too shy/scared to ask if that was the case). But apparently, after checking their website, the soup is complimentary with their meals. So if the staff asks you, don’t be an idiot like me and turn it down.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken Chilli Con Queso
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Slikity Jim’s Chat & Choux

I’ve just had the most ridiculously awful experience with Vancouver public transit in recent memory. I was traveling to Slikity Jim’s a diner located in on 7th Avenue (they also have another location on Main Street). Since it as close to Broadway, I was taking the 99. The first bus that I was on broke down at the Arbutus stop (aka one stop away from Granville, where the restaurant is). I wasn’t too worried, seeing that the 99 came every couple of minutes; I simply unboarded and got onto the next bus. The bus travels maybe two blocks before it struck a car that was parked on the side of the road. Apparently, what happened is that the driver of the car happened to open their door right into the way of the oncoming bus. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but I was seriously just about to give up on going to Slikity Jim’s. I mean what are the chances that you have a bus break down and a second bus crash into a car within two blocks of each other? But then a third 99 comes along and…I got on. Miraculously,  this one actually did manage to make it the few blocks to the Granville stop without any incident. Still slightly traumatized and very hungry, I hurried to my destination and ordered the Chez Fe and When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich. The latter was supposed to come with a choice of either salad, soup or potato, but unfortunately (because this is really not my lucky day) I didn’t have the opportunity to chose because just as I was ordering, the phone rang and the waitress went to answer. She didn’t get back to me, and had apparently already put in my order; when I received it, I ended up getting salad as my side (I would have actually picked soup).

Chez Fe ($13.75):


3.5/5
This consisted of braised short ribs and roasted potatoes in a gravy-like sauce, topped with two eggs and chimicuhurri, and is served with toasted focacccia. The short ribs were quite tender, although I do find it to be a bit underseasoned and one-note in flavour. The potatoes had a nice crispiness to them, even when smothered in the sauce. I quite enjoyed the eggs, which were well-seasoned. Strangely, my favourite part of the dish was probably the bread, which was like garlic bread and was great for mopping up the sauce.

When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich ($13.50):


4/5
This was a sandwich containing chicken breast, brie, and fig balsamic on a grilled baguette. It was supposed to come with a choice of salad, soup or potato; unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I didn’t have the opportunity to chose and ended up with rabbit food (aka salad). Again, I loved the bread here, which was buttered and nicely toasted. The chicken was quite tender and flavourul and the fig balsamic provided a great tanginess. I do wish that there could be more brie present however; I wasn’t able to get much of it in the sandwich.

In spite of the horrible experience I had getting to Slikity Jim’s, as well as the unfortunate incident where I wasn’t able to pick my side for my sandwich, I did quite enjoy the food. The prices were also fairly reasonable. Service- wise, the waitress I had was fairly friendly but a bit inattentive. All in all, while I wasn’t blown away by the place, I did still enjoy my visit and would recommend checking it out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chez Fe, When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich
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The Diner

So I tried fried bread recently at The Diner, and I realised that I’ve apparently been missing out my life. The aforementioned restaurant is located in Kits, just a short distance away from UBC. They area simple, homey shop with quite a large menu consisting of British comfort food. I had their One-Piece Fish & Chips (with Haddock) and Traditional British Breakfast.

One-Piece Fish & Chips, Haddock ($12.80):


4/5
The fish was fairly generous in size and was coated in a wonderful layer of crispy batter. I haven’t had haddock many times before; the meat I guess was kind of like cod and was quite tender and juicy. I don’t think the quality of the fish was as good as a place like Fish Counter, but it was still good and not fishy. I absolutely loved the fries, which were also very crispy on the outside, while being tender and starchy on the interior.

Traditional British Breakfast ($9.95):


3.5/5
This came with bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans, fried tomatoes, hashbrowns, fried bread, and toast. This was the first time that I’ve ever had fried bread and I have to say, I’ve been missing out. The bread was wonderfully crispy and absolutely soaked in oil/grease in the most wonderful, delicious way. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone, but I absolutely loved it. The bacon was tasty and the sausages were juicy with a nice bit of spice. I also enjoyed the beans, which were tender and had a nice bit of sweetness. I did find the eggs to be underseasoned and also a bit undercooked (which was my fault for not specifying how I wanted my eggs to be – I actually like my eggs overmedium/overhard). The hashbrowns were pretty disappointing for me; they were mushy and not crispy, and also underseasoned/flavourless bland.

I absolutely loved the fried bread the Diner; I seriously wish I could eat it every day. The rest of the food was pretty tasty as well, and the prices are reasonable. The service was quite friendly. This is definitely a place that’s worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Fish & Chips, Fry Bread
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The Templeton

Ever since having had the pulled pork pancakes from the Red Wagon Cafe, I’ve been looking for more places where I can get that version of the dish. Not too long ago, I’ve had a similar dish from Lucy’s Eastside Diner, and quite enjoyed that. After learning that The Templeton now also has Pulled Pork Pancakes on their menu, I decided to check their version out. The latter is a small casual diner located on Granville, not far from Davie. Their menu consists of classic casual comfort food. In addition to the aforementioned Pulled Pork Pancakes, I also got their Mangled Eggs and a side of French Toast.

Pulled Pork Pancakes ($13.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of pancakes layered with pulled pork. The pancakes themselves were a bit tough, but still tasty and had a nice chew. They were a bit bland on their own, but tasted nice with the pulled pork, which was very tender and juicy, and flavourful with a nice bit of sweetness that I quite enjoyed. While I do prefer the versions from Lucy’s Eastside Diner and Red Wagon, this is still a pretty good renditions.

Mangled Eggs ($10.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of a croissant that’s filled with scrambled eggs, brie, and a choice of either bacon or veggie bacon (I had the bacon), and was served with a side of rosemary potatoes. The croissant was nice and buttery, and had a great amount of filling. I really enjoyed the brie, which were rich, creamy, and flavourful. While the eggs were fluffy, I did find them to be a bit too bland, even with the bacon. The rosemary potatoes were crispy with a nice fragrance, but also a bit bland and underseasoned.

Side French Toast ($3.50):

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French Toast

3/5
The bread was toasted well, but not really fluffy, which is what I prefer. It was also a bit bland on its own. This was not bad, but not memorable either.

Although I was not blown away by the food at The Templeton, I still quite enjoyed my visit. Moreover, the staff was friendly (seriously thanks for not judging me for ordering so much food) and the prices and portions are fairly reasonable. This is a place that’s definitely worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Pulled Pork Pancakes, Mangled Eggs
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Deacon’s Corner – Gastown

I love French toast, I love fried chicken, I love pulled pork. Thus, when I heard about the Big Mounties, which consists of three pieces of French toast layered with fried chicken and pulled pork, along with swiss cheese and two eggs for good measure, I just HAD to try it. The dish can be found at Deacon’s Corner, a casual diner specializing in American comfort food. They have two locations, one in Kits and one in Gastown. I’ve visited their Kits location several months ago and decided to check out their Gastown location. In addition to the Big Mounties, I also had their Souther Belly Biscuit.

Big Mounties ($15.50):


4/5
This consisted of three slices of French toast sandwiching a layer of pulled pork and a piece of fried chicken, and was topped with two eggs. I LOVED the French toast: they were soft and fluffy with a wonderful sweet fragrance of cinnamon. The fried chicken was not the greatest: even though it was reasonably juicy for white meat and well-seasoned, the breading was quite soggy. I did really enjoy their pulled pork however, which was very tender and juicy, and had a nice sweetness, which I like in my pulled pork. Personally, I’d go with their Pulled Pork Monte Cristo, which is a similar dish but missing the top layer of fried chicken.

Southern Belly Biscuit ($13.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of bacon, an egg, cheddar cheese, biscuits, and two sausage patties, all topped with gravy and slices of jalapeno peppers, and came with a side of hashbrowns. I found the biscuits themselves to be a bit too soft and soggy, without any discernable flavour; I actually preferred the ones from Jethros a bit more. The gravy was not overly thick/gummy, but was also a bit bland for my taste. The meat was tasty however: the bacon was quite crispy and the sausage patties were tender, juicy, and had a nice spicy flavour. The jalapenos also helped lend more flavour to the dish. I also really enjoyed their hashbrowns, which were shredded and very crispy on the outside and was also quite well-seasoned.

I quite enjoyed the dishes that I had at Deacon’s Corner. While neither are perfect, I absolutely loved their French toast and I quite enjoyed their pulled pork. The food is also very filling and the prices are reasonable. The staff is not the most attentive, but are quite friendly. All in all, this is a place that I’d highly recommend checking out for some tasty, hearty comfort food.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Pulled Pork Monte Cristo, French toast

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Lucy’s Eastside Diner

I’ve never watched I Love Lucy’s. However, I can say that I love Lucy’s Eastside Diner. The latter is a casual, 24-hour joint located on Main Street, not far from Broadway that serves up a menu of casual diner breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. During my visit, I had their Pulled Pork Pancakes and Mac N Cheese with Bacon.

P.S. They also have a pretty epic and tasty-looking eating challenge (Uncle Grant).

Pulled Pork Pancakes ($10):


4/5
This came with three pancakes, a small dollop of pulled pork, a side of hashbrowns, and an egg. The pancakes were a tad flat and chewy, but still tasty, and contained some pulled pork baked in the middle. The pulled pork was quite tender and flavourful, with a nice sweetness that I really enjoyed – I did find it to have a slightly pungent spice that I didn’t particularly care for. I really enjoyed the hashbrowns, which were like small diced fries, and were very crispy on the outside while tender on the inside.

Mac N Cheese + Bacon ($9.25 + $3):


4/5
The noodles were well-coated in a rich, creamy sauce, as well as a good amount of cheese. I did find the noodles themselves to be a bit too soft. The dish on its own was also a bit on the bland side and could use more salt/seasoning. However, the addition of the bacon really helped add flavour to the dish.

The quite enjoyed the food at Lucy’s Eastside Diner. Service was casual but friendly. All in all, after my visit, I can say that I left saying “I Love Lucy”. I highly recomend checking this joint out if you are in the mood for some hearty comfort food at bargain prices.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Pulled Pork Pancakes, Mac N Cheese (get it with bacon)
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