Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus have always been the main draw for the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which runs through February 3.
But this year the highly anticipated food-and-drink event will be introducing new breakfast and brunch menus—perfect for city dwellers who can’t get enough of hearty morning meals.
Indulge in everything from croque monsieur to avocado toast to fried chicken and waffles during the festival. Here are five restaurants around town that will be serving up tasty brunch for Dine Out 2019.
Chickpea (4298 Main Street, $25)
Ever since this popular food truck expanded to a brick-and-mortar spot in Mount Pleasant, its following has increased significantly, and with good reason. Chickpea serves up tasty plant-based comfort food with a Mediterranean twist, and its prix-fixe brunch menu doesn’t fall short. Start off with a drink such as turmeric latte, chocolate-almond milk, or chai latte. Mains range from the chickcheese sandwich (with crispy eggplant, sun-dried tomato paste, and vegan cheese) to French toast (with sautéed bananas, Canadian maple syrup, and homemade coconut whipped cream). Choose from desserts like blueberry-lemon or chocolate-espresso chickie pie for a sweet finish.
Hawksworth (801 West Georgia Street, $35)
A visit to this fine-dining restaurant will usually set you back a pretty penny, but its special Dine-Out brunch menu is actually quite affordable in comparison to its regular offerings. Guests will get to enjoy a three-course meal, which includes items like braised octopus with fennel, smoked-trout coddled egg with grilled baguette, and croque monsieur (baked ham-and-cheese sandwich) with house pickles. Finish off with its candy-cap ice cream: a deconstructed dessert that features toasted white chocolate and aerated toffee.
Juke Fried Chicken (182 Keefer Street, $20)
Few things satisfy the belly better than a fresh plate of crispy fried chicken and waffles, which is probably why Vancouverites won’t find a shortage of this popular southern brunch dish around the city. Juke Fried Chicken’s Chinatown outlet will be serving up a Dine Out brunch menu, which showcases mocktail and coffee options for the appetizer, two-piece fried chicken and jalapeno-cheddar waffles for the entrée, and dark-chocolate-and-coffee parfait for dessert.
Trattoria Kitsilano (1850 West 4th Avenue, $15)
This Italian eatery is no stranger to visitors searching for breakfast and brunch, especially because it’s situated in the heart of Kitsilano (read: brunch central). Trattoria’s Dine Out brunch offerings are short but sweet, and its entrées include avocado toast with roasted cherry tomatoes, and ham-and-cheese crespelle (Italian crepe) topped with a fried egg. The kitchen team keeps the dessert option light: fresh fruit paired with sweet Greek-yogurt sauce—just the kind of laid-back treat a true yoga-loving Vancouverite would go for.
Water St. Café (300 Water Street, $25)
The weather isn’t warm enough to enjoy brunch on Water St. Café’s patio, but that shouldn’t make a visit to this Gastown spot any less appealing, especially when it’s offering a special menu. The dining establishment’s three-course Dine Out brunch includes appies like granola with seasonal fruit and burrata caprese (simple Italian salad) with heirloom and Roma tomatoes. Move on to heavier dishes like smoked-salmon benny or sausage and biscuit before ending the meal with basil panna cotta or seasonal fruit sorbet.