Lately, it feels as though we’ve been on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! We recently tried a couple decent diners: The Red Wagon diner in East Vancouver and Joe’s Grill on 4th Avenue. Prior to those restaurants, we dined at the epitome of a great dive – Evelyn’s Cafe and Grill. A while back we also reviewed Kitsilano’s White Spot Drive In. However, we most recently had lunch at the Templeton, a classic Canadian diner located on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver.
The restaurant occupied a fairly narrow space with old-school diner style white checker floors. We were offered a choice to sit at their long counter on stools, or at one of their comfy booths. We opted to wait a few extra minutes to relax at a more spacious table.
Our food appeared from the kitchen quickly, and was piping hot. The waitress presented Gary his meal and stated “wow, I’m jealous”. LOL. His burger had the works. 777 Burger ($10.50) – 100% certified lean organic beef on a sesame kaiser with mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and choice of soup/ or mixed organic greens/ or house cut fries/ or garlic mashed potatoes. Gary added cheddar cheese ($1.00 extra), bacon ($1.50 extra), and upgraded his fries to a side of poutine ($2.00 extra). Yum + a side of artery clogging cholesterol!
Hakai Omelet ($10.00) – wild smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions, rosemary potatoes, multigrain toast. (Our coffees were $2.00 each). I’ve never devoured an omelette so rapidly in my entire existence. I’ll admit I was famished, however the omelette was perfectly stuffed with cream cheese & smoked salmon, and cooked exactly how I like it – well done. It was one of the best omelette’s I’ve ever had. Far superior to the similar smoked salmon omelette I recently enjoyed at the Red Wagon.
The restaurant had a funky retro vibe: our booth displayed old DC Wonder Woman comics underneath its glass table. Adding to the old school feel, mini jukeboxes were attached to each table, and cost a quarter per song. We watched a large screen playing nostalgic films while we ate our lunch.
I was very impressed with the Templeton because they seem to really care and are very conscious of what they serve on their menu. For vegans and vegetarians, they offer options like Yves veggie bacon, vegan gravy, and veggie chili dogs. Furthermore, the restaurant equally cherishes carnivores by offering items like Hertel’s naturally smoked preservative free bacon, certified organic beef, Hills natural free run eggs. Think their efforts stop there? No! They also support global citizens by providing organic + fair trade teas from the British Columbia Tea Company and Oso Negro (roasted in Nelson BC) fairly traded organic coffee. Mad props to the Templeton.
I’ll definitely return to indulge in their deep fried Mars bar AND Wunderbar 😉