For my last breakfast during my trip to Vancouver, I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, and find something nice and quiet and calm. I’d already been to Gastown, so I decided instead to head to West End. Once I crossed over Robson, I ended up walking through a nice little neighborhood until I got to the main drag, Davie St. It was a bit of a hike (about 1.5 km), but it was nice to see a different part of Vancouver.
When I reached Davie, my first thought was that this was the Vancouver equivalent of Capitol Hill in Seattle. I think that thought was due to the sheer number of rainbow flags visible up and down the block, and a couple of interesting advertisements and shops. I made a right and started walking down the block looking for Joe’s Grill. It was three blocks before I realized I turned the wrong direction. Shaking my head, I turned around and headed back…but at least I got to see a little more of the neighborhood.
Joe’s Grill, well this particular one (apparently there are 3) was pretty quiet when I walked in. I took a seat in a booth right by the front…I’d walked far enough. It was a simple place with the kitchen in the back, plenty of seating at booths and tables, regular silverware with my favorite white diner coffee cups. I don’t know why I like those so much, but they just say “diner” to me.
Anyway, I did what I’ve been doing a lot lately…went straight to the omelette section and looked for the most P90X appropriate option. At Joe’s, that was the shrimp omelette with egg whites. And much like the place was simple, the food was simple as well; just nicely cooked egg whites filled with bay shrimp. No cheese or vegetables or oil (so many egg white omelettes lose their healthiness because they are just bathed in oil). The flavors were nice and fresh, and I kicked it up a notch with a little bit of hot sauce. It was accompanied by some griddled potatoes that were excellent. A nice crispiness on the outside, nicely cooked on the inside. The only downer was that I could only have a couple bites of them because I was in the extremely low carb portion of my diet. Non-P90X me would have made short work of them.
If I had but one complaint, it was that the bay shrimp were just a touch overdone, but all in all, I had a very nice, relaxing, good, healthy breakfast to start my day. Arguably it was the best omelette I had while in Vancouver from just a lightness, freshness, and healthiness perspective. And while it was a long walk, I was glad I made it. West End definitely seemed like a neighborhood that would be interesting to check out at some point.