Situated in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood, Brown Dog Cafe is a family run business that focuses on fresh, local products, homemade food, and friendly service. Mother & chef Shona does all the cooking while her daughters servers & baristas Liz and Jennie run the front of the house.
Located on West 10th Ave. (between Tolmie & Sasamat Street), Brown Dog Cafe is open daily from 8:30am – 4:30pm and is a cozy and casual breakfast/brunch/lunch place. Simultaneously a coffee shop with a full espresso bar and free wifi, the cafe also offers smoothies and gelato. Freshly brewed organic coffee from one of Vancouver’s finest roasters, Terrelli Coffee, is served. Fresh baked goods like tasty homemade vegan brownies are always popular, while lots of gluten free items and other vegan options are available.
We perused the menu, placed our order and paid at the counter. While we were deciding on what to eat, the barista got our drinks started. Then we grabbed cutlery, napkins, condiments, poured ourselves some water, and found a seat. In lieu of a number to place at our table (like we would be provided with at a similar cafe), we were given a cute plastic animal (ours was a little octopus). Instead of disposable napkins as you might expect at a casual restaurant, they provided cloth napkins in multiple colours and stainless steel cutlery.
The space itself was a little tight, yet very comfortable. The dining area was small, but there was a communal table at the back and a few two and four-seater tables along the wall.
I appreciated the little details at this cafe: Brewed by-the-cup coffee was served in large, cheerful red and black coffee mugs with white polka dots, and our coffees were presented to us with complimentary mini muffins. Instead of typical wood stir sticks and half & half in little plastic creamers, tiny teaspoons and a little white ceramic carafe of fresh coffee cream were provided.
Lizzie’s Breakfast ($12.00) – Banana pancakes piled high with freshly whipped cream, berries, and sliced bananas. These were Jack Johnson “Banana Pancakes” kicked up a notch. Not only were these thick ‘n’ hearty flapjacks topped with copious slices of freshly-cut bananas, there were also pieces of banana cooked inside the whole wheat pancake batter. Berry compote, plenty of whip, and a side of syrup rounded out the deliciously-filling breakfast.
Omelette ($12.00) – Bacon and cheddar omelette served with two slices of toast, crispy hashbrowns and fruit. Folded around crisp bacon and cheese, this omelette was huge! Toast was thick and hearty bread and jam-packed with whole grains. Cantaloupe, red grapes, and an orange slice were this very satisfying plate’s garnish.
Service was warm and friendly. Every single customer who came into the restaurant new the names of the staff and employees were on a first name basis with their loyal customers as well. An authentic neibourhood joint, Brown Dog Cafe does it right – friendly service, great food and generous portions. (This is what Jethro’s Fine Grub should be like). We’ll definitely return.