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Tommy's

1308 Ross Road
North Vancouver, BC V7J1V2
Tel: (604) 988-0174
  • Cuisine: Cafe
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 8AM - 2PM, Sat - Sun: 8AM - 2:30PM
  • Tommy's is a small cafe-style restaurant with fresh, homestyle food. They offer breakfast and lunch well as catering.

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Good neighbourhood restaurant
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

We had a wonderful breakfast at Tommy’s. It is a very small restaurant so the lineup seems to start very early on the weekend. When we left at 9:00 there was already a lineup. Service is efficient and quick. Coffee is self serve. I had the Mediterranean scramble, eggs scrambled with fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese and onions. It was served with fried potatoes toast and tzatziki sauce on the eggs. My husband had waffles with bacon, fried eggs and potatoes. It was all very good.
There is only 1 washroom and if you are handicapped it might be challenging for you as you have to climb 2 stairs to get to it and the toilet is right in front of the sink. I do mean right in front, if you bend over while you are on the toilet you will probably bump your head on the sink.
It had many families when we were there. It is really a bustling scene but the food and service is very good.

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Squished in the corner.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

If you're planning to go Tommy's, be prepared this place isn't that big and you sit close together. I wasn't impressed that I was put in the far corner next to the bathroom, which was the main reason I lost my hunger.

I didn't have alot to choose from the self serve coffee selection, coffee was luke warm. When I asked if they had a microwave to make the coffee hotter, the look I got was frosty.
The plus side, my breakfast order did come fast, and thought my eggs, toast and potatoes was quite tasty. I only wish I wasn't next to the bathroom door. What I couldn't get past was this luke warm coffee that was bland. That's when I decided when I would leave, I would go the new delany's across the street to get my favourite coffee.

Sorry can't recommend.

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Catering rocks!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 18, 2006 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

At work, we've ordered from Tommy's a few times now. Everything is always fresh from sandwiches to salads. I've never had casual catering that was so professional. Usually other caterers would pack everything in styrofoam or plastic throw-away containers. Not Tommy's. Everything is always nicely presented on plates, glass bowls and even squirt bottles for dressings. Def. recommended, especially for catering.

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Reasonable breakfast.
By leatherbelly of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Went for breakfast with my wife & kids. Small place, limited parking, decor terrible. We had waffles, traditional eggs benny (with a side of bacon w/o sulphites, $3.25, 3 strips!). All the foor was good with the exception of the home fries, which leaked a orange oil. My wife thought they were re-fried. Coffee was excellent. Made a special trip having read the reviews here. Might drop by if I'm in the area again.

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Is Bigger Better?
By interactbiz of North Van (34 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

A few diners equate large servings with great meals. If so, try this place. Despite being busy, the server delivered food quickly. However, that indicates some cooking is done ahead of time. Indeed, the fried potatoes were not fresh. I think they were waiting for our arrival.

There were a few choices of coffee but two of the self-serve thermos servers were empty when I tried for a second cup.

Restaurants should treat coffee as highly perishable. Offering too many choices almost guarantees that very fresh coffee is not served. Choice one excellent medium blend and serve within 15 minutes of brewing. After then, toss it.

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disappointing
By doctorsuess of north vancouver b c (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2012 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

This used to be a hip place with good food, generous portions, and friendly staff. Now- not so much.

Our breakfast was not even mediocre, it was totally overpriced and the portions were tiny.
The Eggs Benedict for $9.00 ( half portion) consisted of a barely warm English Muffin (half), one egg with a bit of lukewarm sauce, 3 limp, raw spinach leaves. ( We had one half and one full portion, and they both were on the small side). We substituted the potatoes with "fruit" for an extra $3.00; these fruit were served very unimaginatively in a little half- cup and consisted of 5 melon pieces, 2 cut-up strawberries, 1 slice of orange.
A little more effort could have been put into the presentation - everything looked really "thrown together". And the waffles - better go to Whitespot, at least their service is fast and friendly.
The three of us paid $60.00 ( with tip) for a small breakfast that left us hungry. Not recommended if you want to go mountainbiking afte wards!

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Complacent
By dangerous1 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Further to review below. Tommys has always been good in the past, but I feel they have been complacent in their own success affecting overall quality, service and customer satisfaction. A well prepared meal means a good feeling upon leaving an establishment. Tommys just doesn't have that anymore

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The best breakfasts by far
By BrianMullet of North Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

On a cold morning there is simply nothing better than a good hearty breakfast. There is also plenty of choice and it is nicely laid out with excellent service. It doesn't get better than Tommy's for breakfast.

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Fabulous food!
By tracy of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Tommy's prepares fabulous breakfasts, homestyle potatoes, eggs bennie, omlettes etc. It is quite popular in Lynn Valley and the location is quite small so you may have to wait a bit for a seat on the weekend but it's well worth it!

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my favourite breakfast place never disappoints!
By lil_amsterdam of North Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

Tommy's is five blocks from our house, but that's only one of many reasons I frequent this restaurant on a regular basis. The coffee is self-serve & always fresh, with at least one organic option. The menu offers nitrite-free sausages, free range eggs, & many other health-conscious options. The service is always friendly, even during busy times.

Tommy's seems to attract young, fit, healthy patrons, & usually has a video of extreme mountain biking or skateboarding available. There is a definite community feel.

A word to the wise: if you're going there for lunch on the weekend, be prepared to wait in line from 11am to 1pm. The line often stretches outside, rain or shine - dress accordingly! It's definitely worth the wait.

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very small and busy
By NSgirl of North Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

My husband and I had breakfast here on a weekend. Parking was packed ,we had to park across the street at the library. We then had to wait in a very crowded line up, squished in at the front door for about 25 minutes to get a table. The menu is interesting and offers a wide selection of breakfast food. I had a meditararian omlette and hashbrowns.my husband had french toast. I found the hashbrowns to be kind of plain, they were home made but lacked any real flavour. The omlette would have been very good if it was warmer. it was barely luke warm by the time I got it and wondered if it was just because of how busy they were. My husbands french toast was pricy for a couple of pieces of bread fried! Sevice was average. It is a very casual restaurant and seemed to have loyal regular customers that apparently enjoy the food. I might possible try this restaurnat again on a weekday,to avoid the long wait and hopefully have a hot breakfast. My omlette was $9 so a little on the pricey side for eggs but not too expensive not to try another dish. Iwould recommend this place if you live close by and have lots of time to kill.If you are in a hurry and want some space around you when you eat do not go to this place. The people beside us might as well have been eating at,our table they were that close. we actually talked with people on both sides of us that is how crammed in we were!

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Tommy's *was* a great north shore find
By lemonade_33 of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

I brought a friend to Tommy's this morning claiming it was was of the great places for breakfast on the North Shore. Instead I got a mediocre breakfast at a rediculously high price.

I have gone there in the past and always thought it was great, but the prices now seem high for the value. The potatoes this morning were old, tired, and literally soaked in oil. I actually squished one and it oozed grease out. plus they were either hard in places or downright mush - they tasted like the last of the potatoes in a heating tray that has been sitting for hours.

I ordered a tommywich, which sounded tasty and unfussy. Instead I got a weakly toasted english muffin, a slab of egg that was falling out the side, cheese and a single, lonely piece of bacon down the middle and mostly hanging out one side. Along side the potatoes it was the single worst thing I have ever been served there, all topped with slightly sour cream in my coffee.

Now this tommywich was priced low at $6, but honestly, if you don't care about it - take it off the menu. And at $10 to $12 for their other breakfasts, which are better than what I had, are still not worth $10 to $12. I would rather spend more and go somewhere that is great or spend less and eat garbage like MacWacks.

Any recommendations for better breakfast on the north shore? Cause even though I've been going there for years, I couldn't agree more that the food has gone way downhill and I really don't want to go back. In fact, I just probably won't. Tommy's may have saved a few cents on their Tommywich, but they probably lost a repeat customer. Maybe over time the math works out.

Otherwise, north shore rulz!

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Tommy's Catering
By notapickyeater of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

I had some great meals catered previously by Tommy so I chose them to cater a West End Fireworks Picnic Dinner delivered to the Apartment hotel before the West End locked down. This was all done well but the food and the follow up service were disrespectful and seemed to have an attitude that there could never be problems with their food. While the African spiced chicken and the green salad were good, the roasted potato salad and spicy green bean salad were not good. The roasted potatoes were not fresh and there was no spice at all in the chewy tough green bean salad. I would have forgiven all but when I called to complain, the only concession was to refund me $50 which was what I paid extra for the disposible plates & cutlery. I was told by their manager that it was my fault that the food was not good and that my taste was particular. I am not a picky eater and the fact that nobody ate those two salads was a testament to their not being good at all. In the end over argumentative emails, they charged me full price without the discount. I hope that this review will help other folks who are forced to give out their credit card numbers to secure services. You have no recourse if the food is not up to standard.

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Finally a good breakfast place on the N. Shore
By mbattistel of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Heard some good stuff about Tommy's so we tried it out on Sunday for breakfast. First rate breakfast place. Good coffee... server yourself bottomless cup... Yum and not that watered down coffee that tastes like tea. The real stuff! Great taters with my eggs. Non-nitrate bacon. Sausages were quite bland... they really need to do something about that. Service was quick and friendly. We're old farts who appreciate a good breakfast but most of the other folk were in their 20s so that was kind of cool hangin with the 'younger crowd'. There were also a few families with kids too. Not quite as good as Arms Reach for breakfast, but AR doesn't open until 11AM! This is definitely going to be our 'out of home' weekend breakfast place.

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