We sure do love putting things on plain toast to make it fancy (avocado, I’m looking at you!) but there’s another way that simple bread becomes something more spectacular for breakfast and brunch: French Toast!
This dipped and griddled dish is often the unsung hero of the morning feast, but we can steer you towards several versions of it found around Vancouver that really take French Toast to the next level.
Here are seven places you’ll find fabulous French Toast in Vancouver.
Breakfast is practically an art form at Yolk’s, where, if you are strong enough to skip the egg dishes (or smart enough to be going splitsies on some sweet and savoury dishes), look for their French Toast, which comes with your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and optional add-ons like bananas, walnuts, whipped cream, and salted caramel. They’ve just packed up their original Hastings Street location and will be moving two blocks down into a fresh new space.
Address: 1598 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 546 West Broadway, Vancouver
Once you’ve weathered the inevitable line, you have a choice: Jam Cafe’s classic brioche French Toast, or their two bold adaptations, The Cracker Jack (Banana and Nutella sandwiched between two pieces of brioche french toast with whipped cream and fruit) or Chicken French Toast (Buttermilk fried chicken on top of brioche french toast drizzled with Tabasco honey and jalapeño sour cream, tomatoes, pickled cabbage, and green onion).
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
This mainstay brunch spot on Granville is known for reliable and indulgent eats, and they’ve got a tempting banana-stuffed brioche French Toast that’s dished up with cinnamon icing sugar and topped with vanilla whipped cream.
Address: 1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Everything is very pretty, plush, and French at Laduree, and the “toast” is no exception. Here it’s Le Pain Perdu (because of course they don’t call it French Toast in France) and it comes with your choice of deliciously sweet toppings, like syrup, whipped cream, or their own jams.
Address: 1141 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: Holt Renfrew – 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
There’s an entire section of the menu for sweet stuff at Jethro’s two diner-style locations, and then there’s a whole list of French Toast options. The base is a Challah bread French Toast, but you can get an Apple Cobbler version (the bread is coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal) or a Nutella version (Nutella spread between layers of stacked French Toast). Or skip the Challah and go right for the Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread French Toast.
Address: 3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Address: 3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Brunch at Forage is a beautiful thing, melding classic dishes with the best of the season and careful preserves from the seasons before. They make a lovely brioche French Toast, which is currently being served with a rhubarb purée, candied bacon, and compressed blueberries, for a sweet-hearty touch of warmer days.
Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
For starters, Slickity Jim’s wins for most crazy name for their French Toast dish; you’ll have to order “The Honey Man City Butter” to get a plate of multi-grain French Toast topped with their cinnamon honey-butter sauce at their Main Street location. Hit them up on 7th and you can get their Cornflake Honey Butter French Toast (much easier to say).
Address: 3475 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 1387 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver