We seem to be going out for breakfast a lot lately in my family. Maybe it’s because there are a lot of great Vancouver restaurants offering top-notch breakfast menus, or maybe it’s because my daughter is better behaved in a restaurant first thing in the morning before tiredness, fidgeting and impatience have settled in the for day. Whatever the reason, it was a great excuse to visit Jethro’s recently for a unique breakfast experience.
Worth the Wait
I first took notice of Jethro’s when driving past it one Saturday morning. It was hard not to notice the dozen or so people standing around in groups of 2 or 3 in front of the Vancouver restaurant, appearing to be waiting for a table. In the following weeks I continued to see the crowds waiting outside every Saturday and Sunday. This place must be good enough to wait for, I figured.
The Breakfast Eats
To avoid a wait, we arrived five minutes before the Vancouver restaurant opened at 8:00am one sunny Saturday morning. We were the first ones in when they opened the doors, and it didn’t take long for most of the tables to fill up. I was immediately impressed by their menu. There are a lot of options, and most appeared to be pretty original dishes. For example, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread French Toast and something called a “Papas Benedict”, which is two poached eggs and ham on top of crispy potato skins. For the less adventurous, they also have standard breakfast fare: two eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast, or pancakes with strawberries and cream (a fellow patron ordered this and when it went by my table I was instantly jealous).
This time I ordered the baked potato omelet. A super fluffy three egg omelet filled with chunky hashbrown potatoes, bacon, cheese, green onions and sour cream. A work of genius, if you ask me. It tasted as good as it sounds. The dish was rounded out with a fruit bowl and two slices of toast. I highly recommend the dark rye, as would my daughter, who happily ate her fair share of my breakfast.
Beyond the Food
The vibe in Jethro’s is pretty great, too. The decor is simple and clean, with a bit of a retro 50s diner feel, complete with fun music, but without all the kitsch that sometimes goes along with that genre.
The service was super friendly, efficient and helpful, especially in light of the fact that we were dining with a toddler. It was clear by the food and the service that the people who work there love what they do. Oh, and here’s the kicker: the prices are unexpectedly reasonable. With or without the wait, this place is a new breakfast favourite.
Jethro’s Fine Grub
3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
833 Bute St, Vancouver
3455 Fraser St, Vancouver