Here’s a quick note for those in search of new breakfast and/or comfort food options:
Acme Café, yet another new addition to Gastown, has settled in on Hastings, across the street from where the tent city popped up during the Games. The place is old school comfort food, done straight-up and earnest by Walter Messiah (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts), without any taste-of-the-month gimics. A “high-falutin’ grilled cheese” ($10) is a lactose wet dream featuring cheddar, swiss, brie, Grand Marnier with a cranberry relish twist; a mixed berry slate pie ($4.75) features one of the best crusts in town. All baking is done in house, so ensure you save room for dessert.
Those looking for something completely different should check out the breakfast menu at Green Lemongrass, a place that Vancouver Slop’s already visited, available 7 days a week, 9 to 11ish. The menu features twenty items of Vietnamese street food – noodles, congees, and other tasty snacks - each for $5 a dish. A house special pork Vietnamese congee has a slightly more sour taste than its Chinese equivalent (assumedly from the addition of fish sauce), and probably a bit more bite too. The bot chien is comprised of turnip cake fried with egg, a good alternative to your usual scramble. The Phnom Penh rolls are a different take on the usual salad rolls, with Chinese sausage, a lot of greens and nary a shrimp or noodle in sight.
51 Hastings Street West