Judging by the line ups that persist outside of Jethro’s Fine Grub, there is no shortage of fans for this tiny, 24 seat eatery on the West Side of Vancouver. This Arbutus Dunbar Street (Thank’s to The Anthology’s Mom for that correction) breakfast and lunch restaurant is celebrated for their generous portions and relatively inexpensive price point served in a simple, no nonsense dining room.
(Above: Huevos Rancheros with beans, rice, salsa and some grilled corn cakes.)
Amongst the standard breakfast and sandwich dishes, Jethro’s has a distinct southern influence boasting pulled pork sandwiches, tex mex chili, and breakfast burritos. Although they’re famed for the generously portioned pancakes, Case and I were in the mood for eggs.
I had the corned beef hash, which arrived with a modestly portioned hash that was more corned beef and less potatoes causing the dish to be more salty than I’d prefer. Two nicely poached eggs topped the hash while the dish was flanked by beautiful, thick rye toast.
(Above: The sauces.)
Case had the Huevos Rancheros with black beans, rice and grilled corn cakes. Generally speaking the dish was nice, but the eggs unfortunately weren’t cooked to the doneness of our order. We were further perplexed that the server insisted it was fried hard (as we ordered), when it is clearly over easy. She left it at that and abandoned us for the rest of the meal until our bill arrived.
(Above: Symmetrically plated corned beef hash.)
Our meal came to just over $25 including two cups of coffee, which is a bargain given the area — and likely a stimulus for their line ups. The staff was generally friendly, discounting the egg incident, and the food was decent, but I don’t think we’d line up just for a seat at Jethro’s.
Perfect for: Well proportioned West Side breakfast. Arrive hungry, not starving.