Bon's is all about breakfast. Huge portions, not so huge prices.
Although I am a newer patron to Bon's (discovering the restaurant about 2 weeks ago), I have been there several times already, and twice this week. This place is remarkable. Upon entering the restaurant (for the first time) on a Tuesday morning and being seated at our booth, I looked at one of my buddies and said, "This is going to become our regular spot, isn't it?"
The ambiance is perfect. There's a laid back vibe that makes you feel at home. The place is filled with good people having a good time. In fact, just watching the crowd around you is enough to put a smile on your face, and start the day off right. The staff are incredibly nice, often making jokes, and truly understanding how to make the most out of work.
Despite what I've read, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the service. Your food gets to you in the time that it should. If the place is packed, expect a 30-45 minute wait. If it's not, obviously your meal will be in your stomach sooner. Furthermore, the waitresses/waiters have never gotten any of our orders wrong. Not once. There is coffee or beer delivered right when you sit down, and the coffee refills come often (5 times this morning during breakfast).
The value for your buck here is fantastic. Mostly, the rave is about the all day breakfast special. For 2.95 you get two eggs, choice of bacon/ham/sausage (4 strips of bacon, 3 good-sized sausages), pan-fried potatoes, and toast. Coffee's a buck, and despite the menu claiming .25 refills, it's bottomless while seated. Pitchers of beer are 10.95 incl. tax, and I believe they begin serving at 11 a.m. During my visit this morning, the group of brunch goers next to my booth proclaimed (at the end of their visit), "I can't believe we just got 5 meals and a pitcher of beer for 25 bucks." Enough said.
You can't find a better greasy spoon joint in the city. The overall value here is simply too amazing. The food is good, the portions are generous, the people are friendly, the staff are competent, and it's less expensive than breakfast at McDonald's.
Was here a month ago,service was virtually non existant. The eggs were runny,even some raw egg on the plate. Potatoes were undercooked,think they used lard on the toast, as margarine is probably too expensive for this excuse for a restaurant.I have had many $2.99 and $3.99 breakfasts in the lower mainland and the breakfast I was served here rates at the very bottom of the scale.
The last time I was at Bon's was about 8 years ago and I don't think any thing has changed. This place is hopping during the weekends for breakfast.
I went there with my wife and 2 kids. The food was above average and service was not bad. I just got the kick out of the interesting patrons who were friendly and obviously regulars.
We fed a family of 4 for under $11 - would definitely go again.
Bon's is the most fun you can have without taking your pants off, and I'm not sure if you can combine those two. The staff is amazing, absolutely the nicest bunch of people despite the giant rush they are always in from opening til close. Bon is a god-like figure himself, smiling and laughing like buddah while delivering coffee and taking orders like a champ. The locals will tell you, there is nowhere better to drop five bucks and get a full meal including coffee and tip! I eat at bon's probably five times a week. Anyone that gets it, gets it. We know all the employees by their costumes, tattoos or demeanour, if not by name. The grouchiness of the little old lady adds to the appeal, as does the mustard-coloured walls, the coffee cowboy, the giant chunks of near-raw potato, and never having the right condiments at your table (one day it's ketchup and HP and the next it's honey-mustard and soy sauce) these things make Bon's a piece of the history of every East Vancouver rock band, scenester, punk, jock, hippy, friday night drunk and saturday morning hangover. We get it. Bon's is for lovers.
I was really not happy with the decore itwas not clean. I had to wait a very long time for myfood as well as my drinks.I thought I would try it out because of the price for the meals but was not impressed at all with all of it and would never go back. It is not worth it to even with the prices I would rather pay more to get more food, better service and over all my time.
Can't expect so much from this place but it is definitely a place to try if you are ever in Vancouver. Breakfast is very cheap and greasy. The place is kind of dingy. WE WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK THERE AGAIN!!!!
This place is run-down and grungy. I can't believe I even ended up eating here. I went there for breakfast with my girlfriend and the moment I stepped inside I smelled a scent of piss, it was probably the walls and ground soaking up the years of crap. There was graffiti everywhere and the bathrooms were the worst I have ever seen.
The food was meh...nothing great. But what can you expect when you pay $3? The eggs were like rubber, the potatoes were burnt and the sauceage was interesting...
I would never go here again.
I went to Bon's Off Broadway this morning by myself, coz I have wanted to go there, but every time I left due to the massive amount of people waiting for a table. Today, the place wasn't over-crowded, and I ordered their breakfast special and a coffee. My eggs were done right and bacon was crisp, not greasy at all. I really enjoyed it. The best part of it coz of is the price, it sure did not burn a hole in my pocket!
After reading the review below, this breakfast restaurant is not that bad......after all, 'hippies and hobo's' are people too and must have someplace to go out to eat ( and what's wrong with saving a couple of bucks?).... great review coming from the guy below who eats at Red Robin....just sayin :)
I vote the ambiance for how damn cozy, fun and pleasing it is. That being said, I judge this place how it oughta be judged, and I must say, it rules. Cheap, delicious, and just a great place to go. I've been dozens of times, though far from a regular.
The relaxed atmosphere works with friends, family, solo, or a date(maybe not the first ;)
I always have gripes with breakfast places...something usually goes awry. Bon's always cooks things perfect. They're so consistent.
The items I can vouch for are the simpler ones. The all-day breaky, pancakes, fish'n'chips, beef dip...just don't get a milkshake because they're underwhelming. I also didn't love my eggs benny. The egg was perfectly cooked, but the "hollandaise" sucked.
Expect great cooking on a limited scope. Don't order more resteraunty items and expect to be blown away. If you wanna be blown away, order diner stuff because the Bon's Burger is unbelievably delicious....hoo man. I'm going tomorrow now. Seriously. bacon mushroom burger mmmm
I used to go here for breakfast all the time.
I love how they have a million things to choose from on the menu and they are all CHEAP and all tasty.
My only problem is that it is always so crowded and popular.
Try not to go if you are starving to death.
Oh the smell in the bathroom is VILE but the graffiti is incredible.
Traditional western Breakfast Food is almost and addiction with me. I love my eggs poached (medium...white cooked and the yolk still at least 1/2 liquid). So many times with the traditional method of poaching eggs in simmering water, I have received them hard poached or with broken yolks and I guess no short order cook has heard of a ladel with holes in it because their always served in a dish with a puddle of hot water. If you pour this onto your toast you get nasty soggy mess.This always get me ticked-off and sets the stage for a bad day. If you try to extricate the eggs from the puddle with a spoon you risk breaking the yolks...if they're not already broken. Finding a place that gets it right is a daunting task. I don't know why that should be so, but it seems to be the case. But, not at Bons off Broadway. They know that the ancient art of poaching eggs in simmering water is a culinary expertise that is dying. So they cheat and use poaching cups. That works for me!! The eggs are always 'up to snuff'.
I shall close with my thoughts on Bon's potatoes. These are real actual chunks of pan fried potatoes not frozen so-called 'hash browns', not deep fried McPotato discs. No...Acutal chunks of fried potato! And you get a heap of them and they are goooood! In the late 1960's a poet named Richard Brautigan penned a naught little ditty entitled F*ck Me Like Fried Potatoes. It's short & to the point: "F*ck me like fried potatoes on the most beautifully hungry morning of my God-damn life. I hadn't thought of that since I first read it when Brautigan published it in 1971,
But is popped into my head the first time I sat down to breakfast at Bons off Broadway.
Good basic food, well prepared and at a more than reasonable price. Thumbs up!
Bons has resided on Broadway as long as I can remember, and it has really been an anchor while things around there have changed. The fact is, Bons must have some miracle farmer who can make free food because ever since he's opened up the all day Breakfast hasn't raised a cent in price.
Whatever you might say about the service or the lines, you can't argue that this is because of how popular his joint is. I don't know how he makes any money on the breakfast but one thing is for sure with free coffee refills and a 3 dollar breakfast you really can't go wrong.
When I first came to the place I thought the atmosphere was a little off base what with the movie posters and customer created (but never washed off) pencil/marker graffiti, however like everybody else I've learned to love it.
As a word of caution, don't go in expecting that the other food will be as exceptional or of the same value, it isn't. If you try ordering the lobster for example, don't expect to eat within the next hour, because Bon's operates by having all the cooks ready to make the Breakfasts and the Specials, and maybe a few other popular dishes, and if you order something like Sweet and Sour Pork your not going to get your food very quickly.
However, there is one undeniable fact you can't alter, Bon's has the absolute, non-negotiable best breakfast in town for this price. I recommend you stop in there, but chances are you already have.
Bon's has become our favourite place for a cheap breakie (2.95 all day breakie with 1.00 coffee) with a tip is just over $5. Great if you're low on cash, and have family members to feed but want to get out. You just have to overlook the lack of cleanliness, and the attitude of some of the servers. Once you get your food, they really don't take any care in refilling coffee, or God forbid you forget to ask for something. Good luck chasing them down. But Bon is great, I just wish the Commissionair was there more often as his presence always made me smile, and I always had a hot cup of coffee! Refills with a smile when he's there.
Today was my first time going to Bons and I loved it. Though it is not a classy restaurant, it sure does put a twist on things. From their juke box of various music, to posters of celebrities, movies, bands and even video games. There may not be much service, but who really needs it. The food isn't the healthiest, but it is the tastiest! There breakfast special, for up to $3, consisting of homemade hasbrowns, 2 pieces of toast, eggs (scrammbled, over-easy, poached or sunny side-up), and to finish it off your choise of ham, sausage or bacon. And not to forget there splendid coffee made frequently. Nothing could simply compare to this little restaurant, I wouldn't change it for the world!
There was only 2 of us when we started going here... Now the 3 of us go and it's still the same place excet we have the do a little more maouvering around this packed out place!
You know what you're getting when you go here, good value for your hard earned $$ and an atmosphere/vibe that's cool :) So, who cares if you have to refill your own coffe and water?!?! :)
Only ONE complaint.... It's damn hard to find any parking close by.. I do feel sorry for the residents around that block :(
I've been going to Bon's for the past 5 years. It never disappoints. The trick is to go early to beat the weekend hangover crowd, anytime before noon would be good. If you happen to go after noon, be prepared to wait anywhere from 30 mins to 1 hr.
The food is delicious and you can't make their breakfast special at home for the price they charge. $2.95 is worth it if you value not having your home smell like bacon grease for the rest of the day. This is a restaurant that charges a low price and makes its money via volume. The food is always fresh as the turnover is very high, none of the food ever sits for too long.
Bon's on Broadway is exactly the type of environment that defines a greasy spoon and as such, one cannot expect too much. Go in with an open mind and be prepared to be satisfied.
I've read the reviews below and everyone is right...depending on their point of view on what they are looking for in a restaurant.
The people who love it do so for the cheap food and that's great for them.
Other people, like me, want good quality food and a bit of ambiance or a dining experience shared with friends. Afterall, I can make my own bacon and eggs at home and I'm fortunate that I don't have to watch my pennies when I go out to eat so I don't care if a plate of bacon and eggs costs $3, $4, or $5. But I can't spend 40 minutes waiting for an order of bacon and eggs no matter how cheap they are.
Yes - you will be turned off if you're a germaphone. It's about as pleasant as the basement of an old church: dark and dank. It's the kind of place where you check your glass and cutlery to see if they're clean. It's also very loud in there due to the many patrons.
Yes - the wait for your food is sometimes horrible when they are busy. 40 minutes to get the $3 breakfast. Is it worth my time? I could just go to McDonald's and get it faster and not have to leave a tip.
Yes - Most of the patrons are not your Howe St. type. They are young student types, bohemian types, and blue collar "Joes",...but at no time is it threatening to be in there.
No - Not much else is really worth it except the cheap breakfast. I had a Reuben sandwich there (just to have diner food) and I can get a way better one at the Safeway deli panini press. Reubens should not be served on grilled white bread! I had the $3 breakfast on another occasion and it is what it is...bacon and eggs for $3. Not great and not bad.
Who should go there: people watching their money like students who are sick of instant noodles, people who want cheap bacon and egg breakfasts other than McDonalds, and people who want to take a date there and make sure they don't get a second date.
Who should not go there: people looking for ambiance or a dining experience, people who want very good diner food.
I'm not going to shoot down Bon's because it has its market niche, and loyal customers who need it and, yeah, the $3 bacon (or sausage or ham) and egg breakfasts are a good deal.
Personally, I'm in the other group: I would spend more and have something tried and true like Knight and Day, or White Spot. They may be hopelessly conventional but the food and service is much better.
Bon's is a solid breakfast/lunch joint. The sort of place you go if you're hankering for bacon & eggs, onion rings, or a BLT.
The food is good, filling, and cheap.
The service if it's busy might be a little slow, but it is friendly.
It's got a grungy hipster-y vibe to it, it's a very casual place, and a great place to have brunch with your friends. And they are licensed! Hair of the dog!
I was there on a Sunday morning for brekkie! I loved the ambiance of the place. Yes, it does look like a scrubby place, but that's part of the beauty. The service was a little slow, but it was well worth the wait. My boyfriend always raved over their spaghetti, and I must admit, it is delicious! (Even for breakfast/brunch time) I would recommend Bon's to every, and anyone! Delicious, and inexpensive!