I'm pretty excited about a new
breakfast/lunch diner in our
Corner opened up in January and sits at the corner of Main and
Alexander (101 Main Street, Vancouver, BC). It's run by the same
guys who own Cobre
and the food is fresh, made from scratch and definitely styled
after American greasy spoons. This is comfort food
and it's pretty much the answer to my Vancouver
Deacon's serves typical diner staples like biscuits and
gravy, chicken fried steak plus they have
a full lunch menu with club sandwiches,
fried chicken and even a house-made hot
dog. But for me, it's breakfast all the way.
On our first visit back on January 2nd, we walked by and noticed
that they had just opened. It was apparently a "soft launch" before
the grand opening, so we got to see what it was all about, kinks
and all. The space is open and bright with a selection of booths,
tables and a lunch counter. The décor is simple, the menu is
affordable and the servings are generous. I ordered the Mexican
Scramble ($8.50), which had just the right amount of spice and it
was topped with a really great fresh salsa. My husband ordered off
the lunch menu, and ordered the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs
($10.25), but he found the whole dish was way too salty. Even the
shredded fried potato hash browns that came with my scramble was
over-salted. However, I was still impressed, and with the good drip
coffee and the friendly service, I knew we'd be back.
first visit, we've gone back several times and it's clear that
Deacon's Corner is a wonderful addition to Vancouver's breakfast
scene. Their biscuits are light and flakey and it's nice not to
have to drive to Seattle or Portland to get a decent order of
biscuits and gravy. Their homemade sausage patties are flavourful
and not too greasy. As well, they've really reigned in the salt
from our first visit because their shredded potatoes are pretty
much perfect. And oh, did I forget to mention the pancakes? Not the
mile-high fluffy from-a-mix kind that most diners serve… these
pancakes are of the homemade variety, HUGE, tasty and with that
crunchy little ripple of goodness along the edge. And, of course,
you can get a 2-egg breakfast with potatoes and your choice of
breakfast meats for $5.75.
Line-ups happen on weekends and during the lunch rush. The crowd
is a mix of hipsters and office workers from the law courts down
the street. The only downside is the washrooms could use some
updating and a bit of cleaning. That seems to be the only part of
the restaurant that didn't get renovated when the restaurant took
over from the previous business and they feel old and grimy.
It's great to see a local diner offer such amazing quality and
quantity at such a great value. Thank you Deacon's Corner for
making my Vancouver breakfast dreams come true. Really, I can't be
the only one dreaming of breakfast, can I?
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Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer andFood
Bloggerwho is probably right now thinking about what
she'll make for dinner.
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