Art’s Place is a sweet diner tucked into a corner spot on 41st and it’s been there for about 70 years. The decor is decidedly early 80s but the old fashioned vinyl booths and carpet are probably original. The best thing about Art’s? Sonja, our lovely waitress. When I pulled out my phone to take pictures of our food, she laughed and said, “You guys have that Asian thing down pat!” Service was efficient, but not obtrusive. And honestly, she was a lot of fun and had us laughing and that’s wonderful thing in the morning.
I really like Art’s Place. It’s unpretentious, spotlessly clean and you can get ice cream for breakfast. It doesn’t get any better than that. Today, however, I ordered the Mexican scramble (let’s hope I get everything now): two poached eggs, potatoes, slices of chicken breast, avocado, salsa and I think there was some cheese thrown into the mix too. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, it came with toast. The salsa was a bit salty, and the chicken breast was too (I think it was sauteed with soy sauce), but it was hearty, and filling, and they didn’t skimp on the avocado either. Definitely worth an encore (especially for ice cream on a warm summer day!)
Looking for a place to window shop in Vancouver? Consider 41st Avenue in Kerrisdale, where six or so blocks are tightly packed with wares, clothes and chachkas aimed at the smart set. All that looky-looing requires energy, so before you start, drop into Art’s Place Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour for breakfast. Art’s has a charming, small-town vibe – a huge aquarium filled with colourful fish and a wall of postcards from regulars who roam. The breakfast menu is varied and affordable. I had the Art’s Breakfast (two eggs any style, four pieces bacon, ham or sausage, two pancakes or hash browns and toast (I skipped the latter). It arrived quickly and everything was spot-on: sunny eggs, fluffy pancakes and tasty sausages. All for a reasonable eight bucks and change. Our Server was Sonja – I’m not sure how she spells her name, but I can be more definite on her service – fun and friendly and efficient. In that non-conformist, old-style diner way, tables in the booths at Art’s come in varying sizes – try to grab a large one.