Fresh, made-to-order Mexican dishes might not be what one would expect to see in Vancouver's Chinatown district, but that's just where the family behind Hogan's Alley Cafe plates its hearty breakfast and lunch dishes. Red, green, ranchero, and mole sauces, ladled over the restaurant's egg dishes, enchiladas, and chilaquiles.
The masterminds behind Waves Coffee House know that a good cup of joe starts with good beans. Before purchasing from a new supplier, their coffee experts put the beans through rigorous visual and taste tests that are graded on six levels?consistency, aroma, flavor, body, acidity, and aftertaste. Beans that survive this stage are subjected to additional testing, including a spelling bee and several different brewing methods. Once a batch passes muster, Waves works directly with farm cooperatives to ensure that farmers earn a competitive wage for their products.
The company?s insistence on quality and consistency has paid off: since opening, they?ve expanded to more than 10 stores in two provinces. Each location serves Waves?s signature coffee blends?West Coast, Mountain Blue, and Deep Blue?as well as rooibos tea turned into latte, cappuccino, and espresso forms.
A chain of restaurants founded in 1952, Fatburger’s team of skilled grillsmiths tirelessly bustles about kitchens across the continent whipping up platefuls of fresh, cooked-to-order diner fare. Upon receiving each patron’s order, chefs spring into action meticulously preparing feasts from the finest of ingredients including AAA Alberta beef, hand-picked produce, and cholesterol-free oil. Frozen treat specialists plunge scoops into ice cream containers, extracting creamy orbs to be transformed into milkshakes so old fashioned that they only enter the straw after donning a set of pearls. Fostering an authentic atmosphere, each Fatburger location features retro decor and enforces a strict poodle-skirt-only dress code for all diners.
After building a loyal fanbase at the farmers' market, Bonchaz set up its own shop in 2010, unveiling a tasty array of baked goods, savoury baguette sandwiches, and aromatic french-press coffee. Taking its name from a Mexican-French milk-bun pastry, the café outfits its signature treat in an array of decadent flavours kissed with a hint of coffee and lovingly torched to a golden-brown crust. The speedy kitchen staff rolls out the fluffy pastries alongside an ever-changing lineup of soups as well as sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, pulled pork, and smooth, creamy hummus.
After baking cookies at the Cookies of Course storefront for 29 years, Alan Boysen recently turned to delivery as a means to supply his customers with fresh-baked treats. Despite losing their beloved retail space to a renoviction, the Cookies of Course crew now serves up more than 20 styles of cookie from their delivery Prius, ferrying everything from tubs of cookie batter to dozens of peanut butter chocolate chip treats straight to doors. A rotating menu of cookies du jour keeps customers guessing with options such as peanut butter milk chocolate and Kona cookies made with coconut, macadamias, milk chocolate chips, and ground organic coffee beans. Staff can even accommodate orders with a day's notice if placed before 8 a.m., and deliver treats for a forgotten birthday or impromptu Cookie Monster shrine.
There’s a comforting vibe at Divine Indulgence Café. Even though there's no family currently residing inside, the warm, repurposed house keeps its homelike atmosphere. The dining areas evoke the feeling of a well-worn abode with dark-wood furnishings and shelved knickknacks. The coziness extends to the menu as well, surfacing in comfort food dishes such as fish tacos or guacamole burgers made with house-made beef patties, Havarti cheese, bacon, guacamole salsa, and fresh baguettes. Decadent slices of cake and more than 20 different flavors of tea also add to the cafe's homeyness, as does the the baristas' constant reminders not to play ball inside.