Vancouver’s Best Diners

Heartbroken, hungover or just hungry? Head to these diners for hearty, honest, homemade grub.

Deacon’s Corner
This Gastown eatery is a favourite of the Vancouver police, but don’t let that deter you. For breakfast, try the BELCH (bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and cheese with hash browns) and for lunch, the quarter-pound chili cheese dog. The prices and portions are criminal. 101 Main St., 604-684-1555.

Hamburger Mary’s
This West End mainstay has been flipping burgers since 1979, and little’s changed since then – including the prices. Complete with jukebox and vintage décor, this spot – open 20 hours a day – is ideal for a post-beach burger, or a light snack of beef chili-topped perogies. 1202 Davie St., 604-687-1293.

Sophie’s Cosmic Café (pictured above)
This kitschy Kits hangout attracts big crowds on the weekends, but the retro booths, colourful garage sale décor, and one of the best club sandwiches in town mean it’s worth the wait. Wash it down with an almond milkshake. 2095 West 4th Ave., 604-732-6810.

The Templeton
This Granville Street spot, opened in 1934, exudes old-school charm, thanks to soda fountain booths, stools and tableside jukeboxes. Start your day with a spiked float and a plate of Mangled Eggs. 1087 Granville St., 604-685-4612.

The Tomahawk
This North Van nook has been satisfying hikers’ appetites since 1936. It’s famous for its Skookum Chief Burger – and for employing Bryan Adams as a dishwasher. It’s also Nardwuar’s favourite place to eat. 1550 Philip Ave., North Vancouver, 604-988-2612.

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