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Eggs Benny at the Blue Fox – Victoria B.C.

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on April 26, 2011

Overrated or not. Seeing that we were visiting from Vancouver it was fair to give the infamous Blue Fox Cafe a try.

What is it about overrated places? They’ve always got a line-up out the door, and you’re forced to stand there with all these miserable, freezing, hungry and hungover strangers who are just as foolish as you are to wait in line just because they want the ‘Best Breakfast in Town’. Pfft, I mean, come on.

Guilty as charged.

Once we sat down and ordered at Blue Fox we quickly realized why this place was so popular. Looking around at the patrons and the wait staff it was obvious that everyone felt cozy and at-home in the open and airy, brick-walled room. There were enough options on the menu to sate a variety of appetites, big, small, healthy, picky… whatever your issue might be.

Feeling adventurous, I ordered the Pacifico Benny: Wild Smoked Salmon, Avocado, Red Onion, Chipotle sauce, dredged in classic Hollandaise and cosied up next to an artistically assembled patch of fruit. The portions were very generous and the flavours surely satisfied my discerning palate.

However, I probably won’t order it again from this particular restaurant. As much as I love the taste of oily, smoked salmon paired with a poached egg and H-sauce, I don’t believe  it’s an easy combo to master. The salmon was a bit too thick-cut for my liking and there was so much Hollandaise poured over top that it was actually starting to ‘cook’ it. The smoked salmon on my Benny was no longer an opaque jewel-orange hue, but rather the color was turning a light pastel pink, which salmon normally turns when it is cooked through using heat (like in an oven).

This is simply my take on the dish. You might enjoy a larger helping of salmon on your Benny, or perhaps no salmon at all. Luckily, there are several different Benny options at Blue Fox to keep you happy. But remember, no smiling until your seated and your food’s arrived!

Blue Fox Cafe
919 Fort St
Victoria, BC

Blue Fox on Urbanspoon


Cafe Zen Delivers Delicious Fast Food

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on October 30, 2009

Cafe Zen - Benjamine Cafe Zen is in the Kits/Cornwall area, it’s a great place to stop in for breakfast if you’re hanging out on the beach.

We actually found this place using the urban spoon iPhone app. They had really great reviews so naturally we gave it a try. Cafe Zen doesn’t exactly look how it sounds, it’s a large-ish space with lots of  wooden tables covered in tartan plastic tablecloths.

I wouldn’t say this cafe has any kind of theme, except maybe comfort and simplicity, without trying too hard. There were customers eating alone, on a morning-after date, and even people reading quietly, after eating.

The service was friendly and our food arrived in 5 minutes, surprisingly. You can guess what I ordered (see photo above), and I’ll tell you it was delicious: bright yellow hollandaise sauce, chunky cubed potatoes, and salad.

Their menu had lots of different kinds of benny’s (eggs benedict) and they also let you mix and match. You could have half bacon benny and the other half could be avocado and tomato benny, or whatever you want. That’s something I haven’t seen before, and I appreciate it since I am a picky eater. I wasn’t able to finish my benny this time, I don’t know what happened, I think it was a benny overload.


Cafe Zen
1631 Yew Street
Vancouver, BC
Breakfast prices between $5.00 to $15.00
Reviewer’s Rating: 8 out of 10

See this post in the Vancouver Observer

Cafe Zen on Yew on Urbanspoon

Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe is Kitschy Cool

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on October 30, 2009

Dutch Wooden Shoe CafeThe Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe (phew, that’s a mouthful!) is comparable to Slickety Jim’s in the way that the interior is completely covered in kitschy decorations and vintage memorabilia, but the Wooden Shoe is also covered in funny and embarrassing  photo’s of their past clientele. It’s tacky and also kind of distracting when you’re trying to have a conversation, and your eye drifts to a funny photo of a family, posing mid-bite, during their breakfast.

The menu was limitless. They had so many options of omlettes, pancakes, benny’s, and breakfast combination’s to choose from. I could have almost any topping I wanted on my egg’s benny like ham, salmon, veggies, bacon or spek. Spek is dutch style bacon that is so crispy it almost crumbles in your mouth, I urge you to try it! The Spek Benny I ordered came on a crunchy toasted biscuit (which I believe is essential to a good benedict), creamy hollandaise and tiny cubed hash browns.

I don’t have any complaints about this restaurant, but take note: this isn’t the kind of place that charges less than $10 per meal, so bring at least a twenty if you’re looking to have orange juice $4 or coffee with your meal. Also, If you’re cheeky enough, I dare you to bring your own camera and take a picture of yourself to post on their wall.

Dutch Wooden Shoe Wall

The Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe
3292 Cambie St
Vancouver, B.C.
Breakfast prices between $8.00 to $20.00
Reviewer’s Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe on Urbanspoon

Can You Give Me A Little Elbow Room?

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on September 16, 2008

The Elbow Room, is a nice little cafe in the heart of downtown. People were always telling me about how rude the wait staff acts, how they make fun of you, or tell you to get your own coffee, so naturally I had to go try it.

I’ve now been to the Elbow Room on two different occasions. The first time my Eggs Benedict was served cold, so let’s base this critique on the 2nd time round. It was a Thursday afternoon, and the place was pretty empty, except for a young group of hip-hoppers, and two men in a business meeting. Our waiter was a 30ish year old, buzzed, blond, buff tattooed man. He greeted us at the door and shyly told us to sit our “asses in the back there”. That’s it? I showed up prepared to have my self-esteem bruised, at least a bit. About 10 seconds later, our waiter returns and asks us if we’re ready to order already!? He was a shy little sheep, but I appreciate the effort.

Our food arrived quite quickly, I assume that’s because the place was empty. This time my benny was warm and tasted pretty good. It consisted of two poached eggs, on a toasted english muffin with black forest ham, drizzled with the most vibrant yellowy-orange hollandaise sauce I’ve ever seen. But, I did pick up this little tid-bit: once you take a bite of the eggs you notice this underlying vinegar taste, which makes me think they probably poach their eggs in vinegar water. Maybe they do it to cut the fat or something, but I just couldn’t help but notice.

Also, if you want water you have to get it yourself. There’s a little stand in the middle of the restaurant that holds plastic cups and jugs of cold water. And another thing, make sure you finish your meal, hide it in your napkin, pass it off to the guy/girl your eating with, or throw it under the table and to the left, under the table and to the left, or else you will have to give a donation to charity. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I watched the waiter as he told one customer to “stop lookin so fuckin’ lost” when he didn’t understand that he had to make a donation.

Eggs Benny at the elbow room is $7.95, hashbrowns not included, and you better get your own fuckin water !

Elbow Room Cafe
560 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Breakfast prices between $5.00 to $12.00
Reviewer’s Rating: 7.5 out of 10

The Elbow Room Cafe on Urbanspoon

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