A Traditional Diner in the Heart of Kitsilano
Kitsilano has a lot of great brunch spots, but a traditional Diner has been the one thing missing from the plethora of options. Sure, you can get a great Italian brunch, or a fantastic upscale Benny, but what about the basics? Where can you go to get a great plate loaded with two eggs, hash browns, a meat of choice, and toast? Where can you go where chrome rules the decor, and the words “low cal” will never ever be seen on the menu? Why, Deacon’s Corner, of course.
This is the second location for a popular fixture on the Vancouver Diner Scene. The original location sits between Gastown and the East Side at Main St and Alexander. It’s been serving classic Diner faire since 2009. The Vancouver incarnation was inspired by a truck stop diner on the Trans Canada Highway outside Winnipeg.
The menu is designed to reflect a great Diner experience while taking a long walk through Southern Classics. Don’t let the far-flung menu options fool you; ingredients are sourced as locally as possible.
This was a great spot for an impromptu breakfast and catch-up with friends I hadn’t seen for a while. The coffee is plentiful, and the attitude is laid back. Since this is a Diner, I went with the classic two eggs, hash browns, sausage and toast. The sausage was super peppery, and definitely house-made. The hash browns were excellent. I love shredded potatoes, and theirs are crispy through and through. The potatoes have a little extra zip in them. Deacon’s Corner adds a spice blend of chilli, cumin, paprika, coriander, black pepper and salt. It’s delicious! The hash browns alone are worth a second visit, but the fact they grilled my toast ends in butter might took it over the top. Apparently, this isn’t a regular “thing” that the cooks do. I would recommend they change that policy. It was outstanding!
My friends also went for the classics; pancakes and ham, and the breakfast sandwich. The pancakes were fluffy, yet chewy; an irresistible combination. At first I thought two pancakes sounded like a small serving. Check it out for yourself. Small isn’t quite the right word.
The breakfast sandwich was the only disappointment of the meal. The sandwich was loaded with all the good stuff you’d expect. The bacon was suitably crispy, and the egg perfectly cooked. However, and this is the disappointment, they used a cheese slice; not a real cheese sliced thin, but a Kraft-style cheese slice. The stuff I call plastic cheese. While I get that it’s probably “authentic” for a Diner, this is Kitsilano, and it isn’t the five dollar blue plate special. I think they could do better with the cheese.
Would I go back to Deacon’s Corner? In a heartbeat! The meals were delicious, the service was friendly and attentive, and the menu is diverse. Once you’ve gotten through the classics, you can try the Carolina Pulled Pork and Pancakes, the Southern Biscuits, Sausage and Eggs, or the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs.
There’s something special about a place that knows what it is, and strives every day to be the best that it can be at it. I think this is a fitting description of Deacon’s Corner. Give it a try… more than once. I know I will.
Movie Recommendation: If you’re going to eat at a Diner, then you need to follow it with Diner, made in 1982 with a cast of young up-and-coming actors. You might have heard of them; Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon, and Mickey Rourke.
3189 W Broadway
Hours: Mon-Fri : 8am -10 pm.
Sat : 9am – 10pm.
Sun : 9am – 5pm.
Michelle Muldoon is a writer, filmmaker, and avid foodie. You can find her on twitter @chat2michelle.