Cozy little cafe on Carnarvon Street with a great breakfast menu, baked goods (cinnamon buns, muffins etc.), soup, sandwiches, salad and great coffee. Open weekends and weekdays. Eat in or take-out.
Fun whole-in-the-wall cafe. Just down from Douglas college and across from the Skytrain. Cheap and the food is good. Great for a Sunday breakfast. They do Eggs Benedict in several variations on the weekend.
Also home made soups, salads, panninis and desserts. Everything is good, but the cafe is small so go as a single or a couple, then take a walk on the waterfront afterwards.
Have been dining at Couzies since the move to Carnarvon. I love the Eggs Kimmy and it is now indeed a sad weekend when I have to forgo the delicious combo of perfectly poached eggs with roasted red peppers and homemade hollandaise. Cant wait to work our way collectively through the rest of the menu....
Couzie's on Belmont St in uptown New Westminster has moved to 817A Carnarvon St., opposite the New West Skytrain Station. We had been going to the Belmont location for about 3 years now and were pretty disappointed to find that the Belmont location had been locked up with a receiver's notice on the door when we dropped by mid-August 2010 after vacation. A few days later, we heard through the grapevine that they had re-opened in downtown New Westminster.
For the record, I my favourite order was - and still is at the new Couzie's location - the high-cholesterol Couzie's breakfast, which went for $5. It has 4 sausages, 2 eggs, home-made hash browns, homemade toast and a few slices of tomato. My spouse usually ordered a 1/2 Eggs Benedict, which is only made on Saturdays, at $5.95. The eggs bennie has real hollandaise sauce, back bacon, 2 poached eggs on an English muffin, homemade hash browns and a small plastic cup of fresh fruit. She says it's the best eggs bennie she's ever had. With coffee for two and tip, the bill was somewhere around $17.50. Not bad for breakfast these days.
On the rare days we turned up for lunch, I more often than not got the excellent Tandooori chicken panini, about $6.50. It has oven roasted chicken breast, Havarti cheese, mango chutney and sweet-roasted peppers.
We found service to be pretty good over the years, especially once we got to know the servers. After a few visits new servers had our orders memorized. Cleanup of tables could be a bit better.
Decor wasn't much to write home about, mostly a relative's art on the walls.
At the old Belmont St. location, you could get 1/2 price meals after 1 pm (they closed at 2:30). I understand that that practice will be discontinued at the new location. :-(
So, for those of you who knew Couzie's on Belmont Street (we didn't), this is where they have moved to, and we couldn't be happier about the addition to our neighborhood (used to be the divey little hole called Teresa Mae Cafe, but the whole place is much improved). While the Market is (STILL!) under renovations, the Quay area is limited in its selection of little cafes to have breakfast, brunch or a sandwich. This place is great, very reasonably priced and the food on our first visit was awesome. They have a selection of Benny variations, of which my husband tried the special of the day, a "Gizzard's" which was a traditional Benny on their house-made focaccia. He raved. I had a breakfast pannini with a side of hashbrowns. All yum. Our two year old had a buttered (very fresh) English muffin and a (huge) fruit dish. Anyway, the food was all really good, coffee was hot and fresh. The girls were very friendly. Oh, and the food came in like five minutes, which was probably because there were few customers, but we definitely hope it will pick up and become a popular favorite in the 'hood. In other words, eat here!!!
PS: They have a nice big patio with lots of comfy seating too. Great place for lounging and reading the paper on a sunny day.