Biscuits and Gravy – Two fluffy buttermilk biscuits, open faced and smothered with house made country gravy.
Gold Rush Pancakes Two buttermilk pancakes with brown sugar baked bananas folded into the batter stuffed with caramel, pecans and streusel. Topped with more caramel, pecans and streusel and whipped butter.
Cowboys Breakfast – Three eggs, any style, with 2 slices smoked bacon, 2 sausages, 2 grilled chorizo and chili smothered hashbrowns. Served with corn cakes
Sunday morning found us having to drive into Vancouver for an errand. The challenge became where could we go for breakfast that would fulfill 3 criteria: cheap, interesting food and with decent reviews. A harder task than you might think. After over an hour of web searches and debate we settled on Jethro’s Fine Grub in the Dunbar area of Vancouver.
Jethro’s Fine grub is a small casual diner serving up hearty comfort food. We were able to walk right in and get a table, but a line quickly developed during our time there. The servers were very friendly and attentive as we poured over the menu and placed our order. We decided on the cowboy’s breakfast, gold rush pancakes and a side of biscuits and gravy.
I must have looked anxious or hungry or both because the server assured me that our food would be out soon and then brought out the biscuits and gravy before the rest of the breakfast. Biscuits and gravy are a rarity north of the 49th parallel. These biscuits were large, soft, a little on the dense side but tasty. In the end, the biscuit is just a vehicle for their fabulous gravy. The thick (chicken?) gravy is full of bacon pieces and a ton of bacon flavour. The salty gravy was addicting and we had to pace ourselves as we saw the large platefuls of food that were being delivered to other patrons.
When our plates arrived, our server told us that they added an extra egg to the cowboys breakfast because one of the yolks broke (we couldn’t tell) and that I might be able to have some. Looking down at my own plate sized double stack of stuffed pancakes I was skeptical. Our server assured me that the pancakes are great as leftovers (like a banana muffin).
The cowboys breakfast was delicious! The rustic plate was heaping with 6 pieces of meat. The chorizo was spicy, the maple bacon was cooked well (chewy, not over done) and the breakfast sausages were moist and on the large size. The corn cakes were laced with cumin and were great for dunking into the yokes of the perfectly cooked over-easy eggs. The chili over the pan fried potatoes was full of flavor and topped with a dollop of sour cream. We know our site tries to keep our eats under $10 dollars but this plate is an exception. We’ve paid a lot more for less, especially in Vancouver. For it’s size and quality, this meal at $12 is still considered to be a cheap eat.
As you can see from the photo, the gold rush pancakes were huge! The buttermilk pancakes were fluffy and dotted with brown sugar coated bananas slices and pecan halves. There was caramel sauce and large chunks of streusel in between the pancakes with more caramel and streusel on top. Wow. There was no need for syrup as the pancakes were moist and the caramel and bananas provided the sweetness. The streusel tasted like shortbread and added another crunchy dimension to the meal. I made a valiant effort but was only able to eat just under half of the double stack. The server was quick to provide a to go box with rewarming instructions written on the box in black sharpee.
Speaking of leftovers, the heavy box of pancakes kept our car smelling of caramel and bananas while we ran our errands. Later that night, we warmed them up according to the instructions and topped them with ice cream for dessert. Yum!
If you are looking for a hearty meal for breakfast or lunch, that is a good value for your money and with awesome service, head out to Jethro’s Fine Grub on Dunbar. Be prepared to wait, but it is worth it. There were so many good sounding items on the menu, we can’t wait until our next visit.
B – Biscuits and Gravy, Cowboy’s Breakfast
M – Biscuits and Gravy, Gold Rush Pancakes
Jethro’s Fine Grub
3420 Dunbar Street Vancouver, BC, V6S 2C2
Tel: (604) 569-3441