One Saturday afternoon I was going to take Mama Lam to a restaurant on Fraser Street for lunch, but that place was opening much later on that particular day than its usual hours so we were greeted with a “Closed” sign. We decided to go somewhere else for lunch. And we stopped at the doorstep of Jethro’s Fine Grub.
This is the second location of Jethro’s and the lesser known one, so the line up was not as crazy as the Dunbar location, where the “You Gotta Eat Here” episode was filmed. In fact, we were able to get a table as soon as we arrived.
Jethro’s serves breakfast all day long. There is a wide selection of savoury and sweet items to choose from. Mama Lam and I chose one of each. The Crab Cake Benedict was smothered with a lot of hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes had a good crust and didn’t feel like having a lot of filler. The eggs were poached just right to medium softness. I wish the crab cakes were slightly thicker so it could hold up to the eggs. It’s also a carb-loaded plate, with lots of hashbrowns and four pieces of toasts on the side.
For the sweet item, we opted for the Apple Cobbler French Toast. I was really intrigued by how the french toast sounded, so the addition of apples were just bonus. And wow, there were four big pieces of french toasts!!! I couldn’t help but drizzle lots of syrup all over it. The apples were cooked in cinnamon and sugar, and there’s still a slight crunchiness to them, not too soft or mushy. The french toasts were crusted with cinnamon crunch; they were crispy outside yet fluffy inside. Overall the plate was loaded with cinnamon, and it’s definitely on the sweet side (especially after my generous pouring of maple syrup).
In the end, neither of us could finish our plate. We left with two boxes of leftovers, but we weren’t alone. The portion at Jethro’s was huge and many other customers had to pack some of their dishes home.
Jethro’s is a diner so it’s not a place for you to hang out, take your time and chat over brunch. Hence, the service was pretty speedy so they could turn around the tables quickly. That being said, being first time there we needed more time to peruse the menu and our server didn’t really rush us.
With two coffees, our bill ended up to be just under $30 before tax and tips. It’s not cheap based on price tag but judging by its portion size this is priced quite reasonably. The dishes aren’t super fancy but are true to Jethro’s diner style. I had my eyes set on a few other items on the menu and would come back again.
Jethro’s Fine Grub
3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver