Jethro’s Fine Grub is located near UBC on Dunbar Street. It was previously featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. There is a lot of hype for this breakfast / brunch place for it’s portions and even perhaps it’s unappealing line ups.
It was Sunday after church at Tenth Church where Arthur Tymos (President / CEO of Creation Technologies) talked about “Ministry at Work”- such a passionate and effective speaker who spoke from his heart. Initially it was just a birthday weekend for Dave, but we wanted to catch up with our friends that we all decided to give this much hyped diner ran by a couple of rockin’ hipster chefs serving hearty breakfast food a go.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri even branded them by leaving us graffiti on the wall. Personally, I don’t really like Guy Fieri and think his recommendations are a bit untrustworthy.
Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of waiting in line or crowds; but being around great company perhaps made the wait and the plummeting winter conditions somewhat less terrible. We knew it was trouble when we arrived and there were hungry mobs circling in front of Jethro’s and analyzing the menu like tigers circles their prey before a strike – identifying pre-attack;
namely other patrons waiting in line, ahem* I mean the food .
Dave taught a lesson about delayed gratification about how food would taste better after a long wait and in starvation. So we waited some more and tried to create conversation, after we ran out of topics we began to study the menu outside of the restaurant. We even considered driving Charles ‘car into the diner in order to scared off the patrons and even plotted their death as they slowly. enjoy. a. hot. meal.
So we waited… and waited… and waited… an hour past – the cold and the growling of our stomachs has left us in an unbearable state. As the lady came out to call the next name we were very vocal about our disappointment because it wasn’t our turn… We were almost delusional that we thought they had forgotten our names and other people cut in line in front of us… it was nearly 3pm.
As the lady came out one last time, and called Dave’s name, our hearts pounded and Kathy jumped out of the car and screamed “I am Dave! I am Dave!” – we were almost in tears! We told the waitress that we were ready to order ASAP but she left us with only water. Eventually, we got our food.
So here are the items we decided on during our 2 hour wait… I still don’t know why we even waited. Pathetic.
South of Denver Omelette: Smokey pulled pork, sauteed onions, peppers, smoked gouda and jalapenos. Served with hashbrowns and toast; add avocado (1.50)Unseasoned pork that was slightly over cooked wrapped in a thick egg omelette. I could not really taste the gouda and the jalapenos were not really spicy; however, there was a smoky flavor faintly teasing. This dish lacked some serious kick..
Crab Cake Benedict: The crab cake was fluffy with a crispy exterior that was used as the base of the benny. On top was poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Poached eggs were perfectly cooked and the yolk oozed as you sliced into it. I would prefer more lemon in the sauce or even a slice of lemon on the side would suffice.
Smoked Salmon Benedict: Slightly grilled English muffin with fresh smoked salmon, again with soft creamy poached eggs. This was a lighter and more refreshing choice. All it needed were some capers. But this was nothing special and can easily be done at home.
Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread French Toast: Topped with caramelized bananas and whipped butter: An unusual combination for the morning, caramelized bananas, whipped butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. Regular French toast is a little boring but the crispy and nicely browned outside gave our breakfast a much needed lift. The `toast` is not too sweet and texture was extremely soft. This toast makes me want to bake some of my own coco banana bread for Dave. Which makes me think this can easily be done at home in less than 60 mins.
I don`t know if it was hunger getting to my head or the expectation built up from the morning of dreaming about a restaurant featured on Diner`s Dive, It leaves a question in my mind to wonder whether it was worth a two hour wait in the cold. It also made me doubt myself to wonder whether cheating on Cafe Medina with Jethro`s was the best idea. Sometimes big doesn’t mean better…
Jethro’s Fine Grub
Cuisine: Breakfast, Diner
Mon 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC