9th Avenue Grill is a family-run breakfast haven. Serving free-range eggs and fair trade coffee and a plethora of omelette choices, along with all the classics. Breakfast is served all day long.
Generous portions, decent prices, great variety of eggs, sandwiches and burgers to choose from. Stated on the door: Opened Daily 6:30 am - 3pm.
Two of us had a hearty brunch experience, each with an order of variation of egg with the usual differing combination of pancake/sausage/potatoes/bacon/toast and drinks all for $23.xx post tax, pre-tip.
The service is pleasant, but noticeably slow. Quite a number of table sitting around waiting for their food to arrive. Of course, the servers take it upon themselves to apologize for this, which always makes the wait not seem as bad--and the fact that I didn't go too hungry.
Both of the poached eggs and the omelette came out on the bland side. Very disappointing. The bacon strip is nicely crisped and the pancakes were huge and thick. Quite a dense piece of thing, but with only the usual packaged butter & syrup to flavour it, it was just alright. The sausage was so-so. The fried & flattened potatoes were boring, but less so than the eggs, I suppose. Even the omelette is in need of a more tastier smoke of ham to liven it up--as it stands, that, too, was like anything anyone can make at home w/o much effort, thought, or experience.
The fact that they source better ingredients is probably what makes them a bit above the $2.99 big breakfast places around town--as well as the cleanliness of the dining area, and probably the kitchen, too. However, the quality or the ingredients is made up for by the price differences, too. By being about $4+ more than those cheap breakfast spots, they can very well afford the better raw ingredients.
That said, I don't see myself returning for this type of boring homecooking away from home as I rather skip this type of brunch and shoot straight for a proper lunch at this point.
I had a great breakfast here. Mind you, its pretty hard to screw up bacon and eggs but surprisingly it does happen. The place was full but we only had to wait a few minutes. The service was friendly and swift. The pricing is reasonable and what you would expect for a place like this. If you are tiring of the long lineups at Barney's, try this place instead.
I was here with my mom and bf for a breakfast at around 9 or 10 am. The place was kinda small yet cozy and the server was nice. Soon after we arrived she took our drinks order and our coffees came out almost immediately, which is good. As we looked through the food menu, there was lots and lots of selections of bennies and omelettes, so it took us a long ten mins to decide. The food took a very long time to come out though, probably like around half an hour. When they came out, the bennies were great, the yolk is still a little runny in the inside. The pancakes were good and fluffy. The french toast was not good though, it was somewhat dry. My bf's omelette was also not that fluffy and soft. N, the price for a benny or an omelette was like $10 or under, so it was pretty good deal. I will definitely come back again next time for the bennies and the pancakes but not the omelette and french toast.
I would have to say that 9th Avenue Grill is one of the better breakfast and brunch locations of Vancouver. Clean and simple, they serve breakfast to the busy crowd of Broadway, and line ups are usually mandatory.
The tables are clean but a bit close to one another. However, the waiting time for the food is just right and they do their breakfast well. It's not oily at all, and the food actually tastes fresh and just made unlike some other breakfast places. They serve all kinds of breakfast, and their fresh fruit actually looks fresh. I ordered Veggie Hash, but the lady did not hear me correctly so I received a Crispy Bacon Hash. I didn't mind, but if I was a vegetarian, I wouldn't have been pleased.
Their bennys are delicious and the pancakes are average. The plus of this place is the cleanliness and "non-greasiness" of the food. I shall return for another visit!
My friend and I stepped into 9th avenue at 2pm not knowing they closed at 3.
We both ordered breakfast items and our meals came quickly. The my bacon hash was a good portion size and was not too greasy compared to other larger chain breakfast restaurants.
The place looks a bit small, and I can assure with other reviewers to arrive early on weekends.
One small complaint is that our server never checked up on us and she forgot our side orders of pancakes.
Other than that, recommended and will definitely return.
We went here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The tables are way too close together. If you have a wall seat as I had, getting in or out presents you with the choice of staring down at your next door neighbors' half eaten plate of eggs, or jutting your posterior almost into their faces.
We ordered egg dishes which were decent enough. However, we also ordered multigrain toast which did not look or taste much different than plain wheat bread. The coffee was a plus: Very good and a fair trade blend at that.
The service was friendly but a bit slow at times. I noticed that the waitresses also had some difficulty navigating the spaces between the tables. We might try it again during off hours as they had some interesting selections for breakfast and lunch.
I have had my eye on this new breakfast spot for a while now and I finally checked it out for some breaky on Saturday. The place was packed, but the staff seem to have a handle on the almost constant lineup, so we only had to wait 5 min. for a table. Once we sat we were promptly served yummy fair-trade coffee, and perused the menu. I had quite a hard time trying to decide what to have...it all sounded so good.
I decided on a Veggie Scramble with hashbrowns, mushrooms, peppers, jalepenos, onion and cheese and I was delighted when it arrived. It was fresh and tasty and suprisingly non-greasy, I think it is because they use olive oil on the grill.
I was happy with my meal at 9th Avenue Grill and will definately add this place to my list of fave breakfast spots.
Some points of interest:
1) ALL DAY BREAKFAST. ahhhhhhhh yaaaa, boyyyyyyy!
2) It's "9th Avenue Grill" not "Nineth Avenue Grill"
3) This family-run hole-in-the-wall provides quick service, not-so-greasy greasy spoon fare and fairly-priced fare (yikes...that was an awkward sentence...almost as awkward as that salty dark chocolate I tried last night).
4) This place beats the crap out of corporate Denny's, which is just up the street along Broadway.
5) I had one of the best omelettes of my life here. The ingredients, preparation and presentation of this Greek omelette weren't out of the ordinary, but the ratio betwixt the feta, spinich, tomato and egg was perfect. The chef (or produce supplier) also removed those pesky spinich stems too, which I dislike chewing.
I've been twice and have always enjoyed the food. The food is pretty good (not great) but the service makes up for it.
It's a breakfast place, what do u expect? Fine dining? It's not as good as some places for breakfast (Feenies) but the plates cost $10 so u get what u pay for.
One of my favourite breakfast joints. The crispy bacon hash is tasty..although, the bacon could be a bit more crispy. The potatoes are pan fried and the food tastes like home cooking. Fresh ingredients and very good quality. Excellent coffee...Definitely recommend this restaurant. Gets busy so go early and they are only open for breakfast and lunch
Yes this place is getting very popular and with summer almost over the 2 outside tables will be gone; therefore more of a wait :(
SERVICE: If busy once you're seated it may take over 5 minutes to get any service besides water. Perhaps the servers are delaying passing orders to the busy kitchen but the wait to take one's order is too long - at least take orders and warn of the delay ... one can drink coffee and read the paper or catch up with friends. The followup service is on the other hand too much as though they are compensating for the lack of it beforehand!
FOOD: Standard breakfast menu. Excellent poached eggs. Home fries are actually panfried potatoes (order them well done for a nice crispy texture otherwise the potatoes are too starchy). Crispy Bacon Hash consists of burnt bacon bits - very disappointing dish. The bacon in general is overcooked so stick with the sausages or ham.
AMBIANCE: This is really a greasy diner at heart despite its looks. Room is attractive. The "entry" are is messy: empty water dishes for pets inside the front door is unappealing and the misc piles of newspaper and such very untidy.
One major pet peeve for me is messy restaurant wahsroom/lavatories and sadly the 9th Ave Grill needs to pay more attention to its washrooms - quite disgusting actually.
Whenever I am in Vancouver, I try to go somewhere different each time. Compared to Victoria, they have tons of restaurants with different food options to go for. I have been a countless number of times to Vancouver for a number of reasons but never ate here. Looking for a place to eat breakfast at 2 pm, you know your options will be quite limited.
Serving breakfast ALL DAY, 9th avenue was the answer to my prayers. There was a huge variety of things to choose from. Not feeling very explorative, I went for the 9th Ave Benny Special, a bagel and some coffee. How creative of me, I know. The hollandaise sauce was delicious and took away the sour feeling I had of ordering the most expensive one on the list AND waiting for it for a long time. Another thing that lifted my mood from the slow service and expensive meal was to know that my coffee was organic and fairtrade.
This restaurant seemed to irritate my friends more than me for the following reasons:
- we asked the waitress for water three times, and got it an hour and a half later, when our meal was almost over
- someone requested a 'veggie burger' without egg, and though they did come out and say that yes, they could do that, what he got was the equivalent of a hamburger bun with a slice of tomato and a tiny smattering of fried peppers. Maybe it would have been nice to let him know that the egg was the whole filling of the burger?
- our food took a full 45 minutes, but the guys who sat down next to us, mere minutes after we were seated, got their food about 20 earlier
My food wasn't bad and the coffee was quite good. Unfortunately, the service was so bad that I think that everyone who was with me vowed to never come back.
I've eaten at 9th Avenue Grill several times, and it's never disappointed. It's nothing spectacular, but it's solidly good every time I go. Good, wide-ranging menu of breakfast fare, plus some lunches (burgers and sandwiches and the like).
It's a rather small place, and everything's packed together, so don't expect a huge amount of space. That said, the service is good, the food is tasty, and I keep going back. There are three places in Vancouver I go to routinely for brunch; this is one of them.
this used to be such a great place for lunch. Not sure if it was the size of our group (8 people), but the atmosphere has changed. The food is still good, but typical and not memorable. The service is somewhat absent, but this could just be due to new people with the ownership change. It's close to work, so we'll probably go again, but with a smaller group or with lots of time for a lesurely lunch
So much better than Dennys.
This homey, cozy family-run place is just the kinds of place you want to be in for breakfast. It reminds me of my mom's place, where I could just wake up late and sluggishly, lazily bring myself to the kitchen.
Lots of people like myself would ignore the 9th because it didn't really stand out or attract but now that i've given it a try a couple of times it is becoming my new favourite breakfast spot for when I'm too lazy to cook. The benny are great, the hollandaise sauce makes it perfect. I always either get a benny or a caesar wrap with some coffee - really good quality coffee btw if you ask me.
This restaurant seems to be pretty popular so you might have to wait 15-20 minutes to get a table there on a weekend morning, however the good service and tasty food is worth the wait.
The servers are personable and helpful. I had the 9th avenue omelet, it came with hash browns and toast - I was pleasantly surprised with the egg plant in it. My friend has a 1/2 order of the 9th ave eggs benny which were also great.
The use healthy natural products in their meals which is a plus (eg free range eggs).
Overall you could get the same kind of stuff at a bigger chain breakfast restaurant however the ingredients are better at 9th ave as well as the service.
Well worth stopping by if you are in the neighborhood.
My friends and I decided to go out a while back so instead of trying our regular breakfast spots, we thought we'd give 9th Avenue Grill a shot. We loved the wide variety on the menu, so many choices both for breakfast and lunch. The service was better in comparison to many places. We've been back since, and would highly recommend it. From our experiences, we would suggest planning a little extra time, as the restaurant is steadily packed during peak hours. Any wait associated with food is well worth it. Our server proudly explained to us that all food is made fresh to order. It's refreshing to know our food was not waiting in some corner of the kitchen partially cooked until we ordered it. So, needless to say we've become devout 9th Ave followers!
I have gone here several times for breakfast and it is always amazingly delicious. I usually get the half benny which they cover with quite a bit of hollandaise. The other day I finally tried the lunch (a veggie panini) and it was divine. They make delicious omelettes as well. My only complaint is that they're not open later. :)
While visiting our daughter who attends UBC university in beautiful Vancouver I had the delight of stumbling across what may very well be the best breakfast joint I have yet to try and believe me I have tried many.
As soon as my husband and I sat down I knew there was a good chance that we would have a pleasant dining experience. Despite a busy crowd we were greeted and seated in a promp efficient manner and ice cold water and our menus were quickly dispensed. No sooner had we finished making our selections and set the menus down our cheerful server was on hand to take our orders. My spouse ordered the crispy bacon hash and I chose the 9th avenue benny which I was told was the jewel of the crown on this menu. We were both very happy with the quality, perfect seasoning and freshness of our dishes not to mention the fact that they were hot and on our table in less than 15 minutes. After complimenting the staff on a superb meal and service I was told that this was a family owned and operated restaurant with Momma at the helm and her delightfully cheeky daughters and staff overseeing every aspect of the day to day operations.
I can not say enough about this little place and I wish I could take it to Ontario with us. We will be back every time we visit our daughter. Thank you ladies for standing out amongst way to many bad franchise operated breakfast haunts with cookie cutter menus and fake smiles. The love you put in your resteraunt was felt and appreciated by us and I'm sure a great number of other loyal patrons. BRAVO!!!!!!
Scarlet (Mississauga Ontario)