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Category: Breakfast

THE REEF

1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

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The Reef has been around for a long time at its Main St. location, and just a few years ago a second location opened up on Commercial Dr.

The Reef has always been a fun spot. Decor is like a tiki hut/surf shop/beach shack, the music is reggae and they specialize in delicious rum cocktails available by the pitcher.

Stocked Bar

Stocked Bar

The Reef is a Caribbean restaurant, but it also makes a great breakfast, one of my favorites on the Drive. One of the best things about eating at The Reef is that they bring you these things called “Johnny Cakes” at the beginning of every meal. Johnny Cakes are these amazing little balls of deep fried dough… sort of like a donut hole, but more savory. And they come with coconut butter. They probably have about a million calories per ball, but don’t worry they only bring you one per person.

MMMMMMmmmmmmm

MMMMMMmmmmmmm

Sam Lords Breakfast

Sam Lords Breakfast:
Two free range eggs any style with your choice of bacon, veggie or jerk chicken sausage. Served with hash browns & multi grain toast.

Kingston Quesadilla:Flour tortilla stuffed with jerk chicken or with tofu (whole wheat tortilla), peppers, cheddar & refried beans with fresh tomato salsa & sour cream. Served with plantain chips or organic greens.

Kingston Quesadilla:
Flour tortilla stuffed with jerk chicken or with tofu (whole wheat tortilla), peppers, cheddar & refried beans with fresh tomato salsa & sour cream. Served with plantain chips or organic greens.

Thanks for breakfast Reef! It’s been too long….

NOM NOM!

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ARGO

1836 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC

I had mixed feelings about writing a post on Argo Cafe. I was worried that if too many people knew about this amazing restaurant it would get too popular and I’d never be able to get a table, and the prices would go up. But then I Googled Argo Cafe” and realized everybody already knows. I was keeping a secret for nothing. Greedy.

For those who don’t know, Argo is a hole in the wall, off the beaten track. If you are having trouble finding it, look for the crowd of construction workers loitering on the corner. (OR, if you are looking for work as a construction laborer go stand outside the Argo, someone will pick you up).

Argo is open early, and closes early, so you want to get there for lunch. They’ve got a regular menu of standards; breakfast, burgers, clubhouse, chow mein, etc. But you must look past this to the “Daily Specials” menu. There you will find not one, not two or three, but ten or more (!!!) daily specials. And this stuff is gourmet! We’re talking duck confit , stuffed sole, salmon, LOBSTER!!! And now you’re thinking “so what?” or “I can eat that shit anywhere, I live in VANCOUVER!”. Well, the most expensive item on the “Daily Specials” menu is $12.50, that’s SO WHAT.

Justin had the Duck.

Duck with Blueberry Sauce.

Duck with Blueberry Sauce.

And I had the Salmon.

Teriyaki Salmon Salad

Teriyaki Salmon Salad with Mango Salsa

NOM NOM! Nuff said.
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TANGENT CAFE

2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Tangent Cafe is the new restaurant at Commercial and 5th ave. Over the last 5 years there have been three different restaurants at this location. Commercial Drivers will remember Me and Julios, the fun Mexican restaurant with the cheap drink specials. They lasted 4 years. Next came Sorry Babushka, whose name had me expecting tasty Eastern European treats, but instead offered a weird 90’s club vibe and shitty drinks.
I had low expectations when I first checked out Tangent and was pleasantly surprised! The decor is fresh and new, the menu is creative and the prices are reasonable.

White Bark Ale Mussels

The menu is a mix of Western food, (burgers, salads, wings… ) and Eastern, which in this case means Malaysian. Kind of a strange combo, but it works. I went for the mussels with Yam fries. They gave me a LOT of mussels and they were tasty and fresh.

Yammies

Beef Rendang

From the East we tried the Beef Rendang. It was tasty and came with some spicy beans and buttery roti.

I give Tangent Cafe a NOM NOM. I can’t wait to try some of their other menu items. And I am happy to have a decent restaurant back at that location.
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LA BOHEME CREPERIE

Trout Lake Farmers Market: 15th Ave E & Victoria Dr , Vancouver, BC

During the last days of summer we finally got our buts over to the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market. We didn’t go for fresh groceries though. We pushed our way through the crowds of people holding bushels of fresh Kale to make our way to La Boheme Crepérie.

I’d heard great things about this food truck, and on a beautiful end of summer day I didn’t even mind waiting in the huge line to get a crepe.

Menu

Just looking at this menu makes me drool a little bit….

We tried the Pesto Brie and the Savoie crepes. They were huge, and the crepes are made of buckwheat, so definitely a hearty meal!

Pesto Brie

The Savoie

Yes! Nailed it!

Thanks La Boheme Creperie, super good! NOM NOM.
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ROUNDEL

2465 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

So we went on Tuesday to finally check out The Red Wagon. We were excited because that place is so ridiculously popular and we had a rare opportunity to go on a Tuesday for brunch. Nonetheless, we bike up there and find a line up. On a Tuesday!! Who are these people?? Fuck that, we’re going to the Roundel Cafe.

The Roundel is a hole-in-the-wall diner in the Hastings-Sunrise area. It’s pretty cute inside, with arborite tables and built in swivel stools along the bar. The menu is classic diner food, but hippy-fied. As in, you can opt for brown rice instead of hashbowns, and the ketchup is home-made (no good).

We had the Huevos Rancheros and the Corned Beef Hash.

Huevos Rancheros

Corned Beef Hash

The Huevos was good but nothing too exciting. Same with the Hash, which wasn’t really hash at all but pan-fried taters and sliced meet.

Overall I like the place because I’m fond of hippy/healthy food. If that’s not your thing, maybe try someplace else…

NOM!

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