Eats: Jethro’s Fine Grub

Jethro's Fine Grub

The first time I heard of Jethro’s Fine Grub was on the TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.  Interestingly enough, it’s located on Dunbar – about a 5 minute drive, 10 minute walk&bus ride, or 20 minute walk from my house.  Jethro’s is a classic diner with HUGE portions and a line-up that makes you question waiting outside in Vancouver’s temperamental weather.

Now with TWO locations open from 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week, Jethro’s is nothing short of good value.  Recognized as one of the Best New Restaurants on the West Side (2011) by the Georgia Straight and Best Cheap Eats by Vancouver Magazine, I understand why I wait an hour in the cold just to have pizza sized pancakes.

As mentioned, portions are HUGE.  If you decide to order take out, Jethro’s buttermilk pancakes (which are light and fluffy) will be packaged for you in a small/medium sized pizza box.  Everything you order here is pretty tasty.  For the value, you just can’t go wrong.  Personally, I think the extensive breakfast menu (which includes standard breakfast items, omelettes, french toast, pancakes and more) gives you a better value (and larger portions) than the lunch menu.  For a full-time student, I think I can definitely afford the $6 – $12 menu items (since I always seem to have left overs).

If you’re feeling adventurous, the lunch menu offers Alligator Nuggets and their new location (cash only, folks) serves Shake and Bake Frog Legs – Monday through Wednesday.

Alligator Nuggets

Or you can always stick to a large breakfast – with something like the Strawberries & Cream Pancakes, South of Denver Omelette, or Cowboy Breakfast, etc (all photographed below).  All these items cost somewhere in the range of $10 – $12.  I have never once finished anything I ordered here – always food to take home or share. (If you order pancakes, they graciously write heating instructions on the container for you).

Strawberry & Cream Pancakes

SouthOfDenver Omelette

Cowboy Breakfast

So if you’re looking for a good brunch, I’d highly recommend Jethro’s Fine Grub.  My advice to you is to SHARE whatever you order (from the breakfast menu) or bring a healthy appetite.  You may have to wait outside for a bit before hand, so dress warm, or visit the Tim Horton’s across the street (the Dunbar location).

Food: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 7.5/10
Overall: 8/10

Until next time,

xo Chanel

For more pictures, check out Jethro’s Fine Grub website (here).

West Location
3420 Dunbar St.
Vancouver B.C.  V6S 2C2
Mon – Sun,  8am – 4pm
East Location (new!)
3455 Fraser St.
Vancouver B.C. V5V 4C3
Mon – Sun, 8am – 4pm

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