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On why I love Café Medina

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on March 5, 2011

Medina Café. This brunch/lunch spot has a guaranteed line-up on weekends with at least a 40 minute wait. But that doesn’t stop you from waiting for over an hour when you’re already starving or going back every other weekend, if you can afford it 🙂

What is it about this place? Could it be their smooth and rich lattes, americanos and espresso? Or maybe it’s their cute Belgium waffles, dusted with icing sugar and served with your choice of assorted gourmet dips, like white chocolate-pistachio-rosewater, raspberry caramel, fig-orange marmalade, berry compote, dark chocolate and so on.

If that’s not enough goodness to sway you, go ahead and order one of their absolutely finger-licking main dishes like le Cassoulet, la Tagine (pictured), or my personal favorite La Santé — a soft boiled egg (I usually ask for over-easy instead), vine ripened tomatoes, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, a pot of extra virgin olive oil, and grilled ciabatta for dipping! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. Santé, translated from the French meaning “good health” or “cheers to your good health”. I would cheers to that, oui!

Medina Café
556 Beatty Street
Vancouver, B.C.

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Joe’s Grill Serves Reliable Greasy Spoon

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on September 29, 2008

This morning we walked up to Joe’s Grill on West 4th, which is a very simple greasy spoon restaurant with Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner options. We arrive at Joe’s and the sun is shining. There is a decent lineup out the door, and we think about going somewhere else but in the end stick it out and surprisingly, we get a booth after only 5 minutes.

While ordering, I am torn between the Chorizo Eggs Benedict or the Waffle Combo. I decide to try something new, and order the Waffles. Our meal arrives pretty quickly and we dig in. My combo meal consists of 2 Belgian waffles, 2 poached eggs, 2 sausages, 2 strips of bacon, and a small bowl of fruit. Every thing tasted great. The sausages at Joe’s are excellent, not like the cheap shriveled up ones you’d get at Ikea (not that I’m knocking IKEA breakfast, best deal in town for $1. Stay tuned for that review).

But since I’m being a critic here I have to say that this combo was missing some whipped cream for the waffles. Even though they slid me a bowl of individually packaged whipped butter, it just wasn’t the same. The combo also lacked their prized pan-fried potatoes. Don’t even get me started on these potatoes — they are perfect. Crispy, thick, thin, seasoned, and oh so delicious with a bit of ketchup or hollandaise sauce.

Side Note: I’m eating an apple as I write, and it hurts me to remember all this.

Joe’s Grill 2061 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver, BC
Breakfast prices between $5.00 to $12.00
Reviewer’s Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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