The Templeton

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      Mon -Wed, 9am - 11pm
      Thur - Sun 9am - 1am

      1087 Granville, Vancouver BC, Canada

      604-685-4612

      Few stretches of Vancouver have changed as much over the past 100 years as downtown Granville Street, which has from a neon-lit ’20s entertainment hub to a ’70s wasteland to a new-millennium party zone. Seemingly caught in an endless time warp is the Templeton Restaurant, a former greasy-spoon dive lovingly reimagined as a diner David Lynch might appreciate. The decor is pure old-school cool, from the -and-white-checkerboard floors to the soda-shop swivel stools to the ’50s-style booths (which come complete with vintage mini-jukeboxes). A decidedly modern-leaning menu includes breakfast options like Mangled Eggs (three eggs scrambled with garlic, brie, and bacon/veggie bacon in a toasted croissant, served with rosemary potatoes), cinnamon-raisin French toast, and the Hakai Omelet (smoked salmon with red onions and cream cheese). For those who don’t get out of bed until 6 p.m., dinner items range from the Sesame Soy Ahi Tuna Steak to 3-Cheese Organic Macaroni to Beer Battered Fish & Chips. After you’ve ordered Coconut Panko Chicken Strips with chili sauce, get your buzz on during happy hour with a Cuba Libra, screwdriver, or gin and tonic. Afterward, stagger out onto Granville Street and ask yourself, “Where did all the old neon signs go, not to mention the peep shows and porno theatres?”

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