Deacon's Corner is a Gastown diner offering comfort food classics for breakfast and lunch.
I heard great things about this place and I have tried their cream of mushroom soup and fried chicken and I was quite pleased with it until my last order which was the Chicken Giant sandwich. A nice piece of breast meat deep fried as usual but the cheese they put in the sandwich was nothing but regular processed cheese? I can't believe that they can't afford to put real sliced cheese on their $17.00 sandwich!!! Not very good business sense if you ask me. Sent them a message thru their website and did not get any reply back from them and that was 2 months ago. Followed up with them with their direct email address (as previously I left my concerns on their message board) and finally got a hold of Brian. His reply is what surprises me especially considering that he is in the hospitality industry. I would post the whole conversation but feel that would be stooping to their level. Suffice to say is that their response sounds like more of a dismissal and acknowledges no wrong doing.
Anyone raving about this place is either friends of the people that work there or got paid to put their 5 star review.
I had just discovered this place and ate there twice before it was featured in the West Ender. Now I'll have to fight may way through the crowd, I guess. Everything in that review was accurate. This is a place that does a very good diner-type of food very well. The value is unbelievable. You will definitely not leave hungry, and you won't be fed frozen anything.
Finally made it into Deacon's today. Sat up at the counter and scanned the laminated menu, noting that predictably, the menu is limited but covers most of the greasy spoon bases. Nothing fancy here. The real question is: Do they do what they do well? I reckon the humble hamburger is a good barometer of a diner's spoon's ability to produce simple, tasty fare. I ordered the hamburger unadorned. Service from the brunette woman (with stunning eyes) was friendly and efficient. Coffee was decent and topped-up without request. Elvis crooned away in the background as I took in the open, brightly lit room. The focus seems to be on the food and not trying to recreate too much of a kitchy American diner vibe in a space that for years housed a dreary cafe used mainly by city staff from the floors above. My burger arrived in short order and I was pleased with what I saw. It had the non-institutional, homemade appearance of a a good diner burger and it was nestled beside an large portion of housemade, pepper-speckled fries. I noted upon biting into the burger patty that they are using a pork and beef mixture. Makes for a juicy burger although the considerable pork flavor might not be to everyon's taste. I thought the burger and the fries were both very good. I noted some fine looking cobb salads go by as I munched away. Platter-sized plates of greens with all sorts of goodies piled on top. All in all a good exprience that will have me return. Breakfast options seem considerable and take up the whole opposite side of the menu. Burger w/ fries and coffee added up to 12 bucks.
Went here for breakfast and it was ok. Had the french toast and the serving was large. They were average tasting and nothing outstanding but still decent. The place was busy with a mixed crowd. There were some babies etc. Our server was great she got our breakfast fast and came to re-fill coffee quickly. May try lunch one of these days
Went here for breakfast a couple of times and am impressed.Nothing too fancy,just good hearty breakfasts.Had the mexican scramble the first time and it was tasty,nice rye bread and shredded hashbrowns like a lot of places used to serve.Service is friendly and it was late afternoon so there wasen't a huge crowd. Had the farmer's omlette next visit,definitely for carnivores.I'd even say it had too much meat in it (bacon,ham and sausage with cheddar), but you get a tons for 8 bucks.
Seems pretty popular around the lunch hour,so tables might be harder to come by.Worth it though.
Recent drizzly Saturday morning we popped in for breakfast with our baby at about 10:00. There was plenty of tables when we showed up, but it filled up by the time we left. It has a nice old-timey diner style and enough space to take a pretty big stroller in.
The waitresses were very friendly and patient, refilling coffee without being asked. My meal did come in the smaller size instead of the large which was either a waitress or kitchen error, but no big deal. (The next table had a similar problem, so I think better communication or care needed.)
The food was pretty good. I had the corned beef hash. It had some potatos mixed in and was spicy, but not as hot as I would've liked. I would have preferred bigger potatos instead of the grated style of hashbrowns, but that's personal taste. I forgot what my wife had, but she enjoyed it.
The meal was not as huge as other reviews would have you believe, but it's a good size for the price. I much prefer this food and pricing to De Dutch or some of the other trendy places that have fancy touches to the dishes and prices to match.
Overall judgement: good home-cooking style breakfast for the dollar.
Went here recently with a group of friends for breakfast on the weekend. Overall, very impressed with the food! We all ordered off the breakfast section and were surprised by the HUGE portions for such a low price.
I had the french toast and fruit compote which was great (yummy, big, puffy, golden pieces of french toast served with fresh fruit compote and whipped butter). My friend had the sausage and biscuit breakfast which he said was good.
Other people had pancakes, omeletes, toast/poached eggs/hash, etc. No major complaints. The hash browns are nice and spicy but they are served as like a patty thing (grated potato cooked together), rather than in little pieces, which some people don't like. The coffee was good and bottomless. They make their own homemade sausages and burgers, which is nice to see.
The waitress was a bit bossy and acted slightly irritated when we were ordering and asking for a couple alterations to the breakfasts (i.e. fruit instead of meat, etc.) but overall great experience. WIll certainly go back and try something new. The place was pretty busy but we were able to get a table together.
Would not go back, the soup was just okay, the burger was mushy (seemed like it had too much filler). The Reuben, no thanks and the chicken fried steak really was not good (way over cooked and dry).
Besides that it was great! I have to say that none of us thought it was worth the money or the trip, so we will not be going back. Too bad because it was a cute diner.
Went to Deacon's at lunchtime for the first time. The server was pleasant and efficient. I asked her what she would recommend, and most of the items she listed were breakfast ones, so I went with a Mexican Scramble.
The portions are very large, and the food was decent. I liked the hash browns and that they offered rye toast. I would try this place again for the their lunch options. The plates that I saw going by with burgers looked very good.
For food had the chicken fried steak. breading was delicious, steak was over cooked. eggs were poached well. hashbrowns were crispy. coffee sucked. my friend had the corned beef hash. thought it was good. the farmers omelet was alot of food. it was a little dry. orange juice was just from a bottle.
So many places can't even do the basics, yet this place is consistently able to pull off a delicious menu. On a recent visit I had the bigger breakfast Biscuits and Gravy, which for it's price (around $11) was an amazing deal. It was served with 3 biscuits and sausages, hashbrowns and 3 eggs. As a professional cook, I know how quickly overeasy eggs can become overmedium, and yet mine were perfect.
The biscuits were tasty and flaky, very similar to some of the better ones I have had in the Southern US. My only complaint would be the hashbrowns were in need of a bit of salt. Other than that, the meal was delicious. My dining partner had the meatloaf, and said it was one of the best meatloaf plates he had ever had in his well travelled 60 years.
The ambiance is simple, considering the area it was quite calm. It helped that no fewer than 3 pairs of cops were dining throughout our meal. Great menu, great food, great diner! GO HERE!
We had read a good review of this place so thought it was worth a shot. It was clean and cheerful inside so seemed promising. Let me start with the positive. Our food was pretty good and plentiful. Corned beef hash "came alive" (my boyfriend's words) once he added some ketchup. I was eyeing his rye toast as it looked good. I had a BLT with fries. I also ordered a side of gravy. I'm not sure what kind of gravy it was supposed to be because it had chunks of some kind of meat in it and not a lot of taste. I appreciated that it was obviously made from scratch and I really gave it a fair shake but finally stopped dipping my fries in it because I didn't really like it.
Our waitress started off friendly but it soon seemed like I was irritating her with the two questions I asked. I can appreciate that it was nearing the end of the day and she had probably had it ( I used to work as a server, I get it) but it still made me feel uncomfortable. We found ourselves looking longingly at the other two people working there who seemed so much friendlier with their tables. Our server had blonde curly hair and the name on our bill started with an M. Based on how she acted , we won't be going back there which is a shame because it seemed so promising otherwise.
I gave the service a "decent" rating because we still got served in a timely fashion even though we felt uncomfortable. The one highlight service-wise was when someone else brought our food to our table. He was a total sweetheart.
I've only eaten breakfast at Deacon's, but this time it was a late Saturday lunch. No line ups like at breakfast; so I guess lunch is not as popular.
Service was efficient and our meals came promptly. My pulled pork sandwich was weird, as the coleslaw is inside the sandwich, as opposed to being on the side. While the amount of pork was substantial, I did not care for the bun that came with it. I don't eat white bread, but it just had no substance and was overpowered by the pork. Poor bread needed to be more substantial to balance out the pork. Aside from the bread, I enjoyed it, as did the other person having the same thing. Don't know that I would have it again though.
Atmosphere is low key, although I really dislike TVs in restaurants. I can't place my finger on it, but the place seems to lack warmth when it is not filled to the brim with people.
The first time we headed to Deacon's corner, we obviously arrived too late - the wait was more than our appetites could have borne. But we went early today. In the West End, 11am is 'the' time to meet for brunch. In Gastown, it seems to be just before 10am. Thankfully, we managed to get a seat, as the place was packed by the time our food arrived.
Our waitress was prompt and attentive - not overly friendly, but certainly efficient. The portions were generous; I usually don't leave anything on my plate, but the Sausage & Biscuits was just a bit too much for me! The bottomless cup of coffee is always a blessing on a Saturday morning, and I love the cheery atmosphere of this place.