In Vedder Mountain Grille's family-run kitchen, local chefs bustle to and fro, whipping up breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from locally sourced ingredients. Free-range eggs from the local and organic Six Masters Farms transform into signature eggs benedicts, and gluten-free sandwiches pair with freshly cut fries. Their burgers, chicken fingers, and schnitzel are all wheat-free as well, and the chefs gladly substitute vegetarian alternatives in many of their sandwiches. Dedicated to preserving the environment, the staff dutifully recycles and composts their leftover materials.
In the informal, cozy dining room, glimmering chandeliers gently light wooden tabletops and chairs. Framed pictures hang above shelves packed with oddities and antiques, and vases of flowers sit atop a piano in the corner, who is determined to one day be able to finally play itself. A few chairs and tabletops sit outside the cheerful blue storefront, ideal for outdoor dining during warm sunny days.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Cooks toss together a familiar collection of pastas, comforting finger foods, and golden-baked pizzas, earning their eatery the Chilliwack Times readers' choice award for Favourite Pizza 17 times, including as recently as 2013. They'll blanket their home-style thick crusts or hand-stretched thin crusts with sauce, cheese, and a sheath of 25 possible toppings, which can include smoked oysters, spicy sausage, and sun-dried tomatoes. Cooks try to accommodate virtually any diet, baking up specialty pizzas using gluten-free crusts, vegan cheeses by Daiya, and Klingon-sanctioned meats.
Yarrow Deli Co-op got its start as a deli nearly 30 years ago, crafting delicious sandwiches from fresh ingredients. However, it acquired a fresh philosophy six years ago, when it became a co-op. The co-op's employees work collaboratively, whether they spend their days pleasantly conversing with regulars, layering deli meats onto fresh-baked breads, managing the finances, or attempting to transform ordinary metals into gold.
Tradiational southern Italian classics and modern samplings prepared from fresh ingredients star at Frankie’s cozy, rustic kitchen. Warm chilly innards with a bowl of Frankie's signature minestrone soup ($5) while simultaneously sipping a fermented fruit from the concisely curated wine list. An array of gourmet pies such as the Norma ($11), adorned with sautéed eggplant, artichoke hearts, and pancetta, nourish stomachs while paying homage to the diminishing second dimension. Vegetarian options include wild mushroom ravioli ($16) and penne classico ($13).
The coffee-drinking cultures of Seattle and Old World Europe intertwine at The Wired Monk. Baristas swirl steamed milk into organic, fair-trade coffee drinks, which guests sip beside hand-painted art and a roaring fireplace. Meanwhile, the scent of cinnamon rolls wafts from the bakery case, past aromatic tea leaves by Zhena Gypsy and Mighty Leaf. Red espresso, a roobois tea from the mountains of South Africa, fills caffeine-free lattes with flavours as bold and smooth as a saxophone’s pick-up lines. Healthy treats such as fruit smoothies and gluten-free muffins round out the menu with a touch of sweetness. The sound of tapping toes fills the shop on Thursday nights, when artists such as Harma White and Vaughan McKay flaunt their rock ’n’ roll chops. Large-screen TVs draw sports fans to the couches on game days, and drink specials lure wine lovers on Wednesday nights.