Restaurant and lounge on the ground floor of the Best Western hotel
The Salt & Pepper Grill is your average hotel restaurant with a really nice employees. The "Canadian" fare (burgers ,etc.) is decent and sometimes pretty good. But if you're craving spring rolls or other ethnic cuisine you'd probably be better off leaving the hotel and taking a 5-minute walk down Broadway.
Notable features of The 'Grill include a $5.95 breakfast till noon, pitchers and sleeves of Granville Island beer, and a medium-size TV screen (not to mention two in the lounge) where you can catch the game. It's a pretty relaxed place. It's not really a "destination" spot, but if you need to catch a quick bite to eat or want a quick beer after work, this is the place.
I stumbled across this place for a late weekend breakfast recently(just by myself) . Sandwich board outside advertising brekky for $5.95, eggs, sausage or bacon, hashbrowns & toast, or pancakes. Service was friendly, efficient but not intrusive. Atmosphere was casual, pleasant, and fairly peaceful, despite them being - as I found out from the waitress, unexpectedly busy. The food was solid breakfast fare, the potatoes (country potatoes rather than hash browns) actually tasted like they were cooked from scratch with real potatoes - lots of flavour & just the right balance of being cooked through, but crispy outside. the additional pancake I ordered was adequate, but not outstanding. The coffee, however, was outstanding - i wish I had asked them what it was, because I would buy this stuff to brew at home. IMO, it left most of the specialist coffee houses around town in the dust.
I didn't realise until I read the other review that it was attached to a hotel - from the street it just appears like a freestanding cafe/bar.
If this place was loacal for me, I would return again for breakfast, and the coffee!