Local Public Eatery: Best People Watching Patio
2210 Cornwall Avenue, Kitsilano, Vancouver
One of the best people watching patios in town is at Local Public Eatery, right in front of Kits Beach. We went there for brunch because I had the biggest craving for pancakes. Unfortunately, they didn’t have pancakes. I was pretty disappointed but settled for the Cinnamon French toast instead.
My French toast smelled delicious when it came to the table, dripping with maple syrup, strawberry sauce and lots of melting whipped cream. I almost forgot about the pancakes.
The four pieces of thick toast tasted sweet and nutty from the cinnamon. They were also fluffy and light on the inside, soaking up all the sugary syrup from the plate. I made sure each bite was drenched to the middle in syrup and strawberry sauce. It’s the only way to eat French toast!
After I finished my toast, we noticed that our server had forgotten to bring my side of pork and apple bratwurst. When we pointed this out, she quickly brought the food and comped it on the bill, which was fair.
The pork and apple bratwurst was tasty. The meat was a little sweet from the apple, and the texture was firmer than I had expected. Not as salty as the usual smaller breakfast sausages that I normally eat at brunch, but it totally hit the spot. There’s nothing like greasy spoon breakfast sausage to accompany syrup drenched French toast on a sunny patio!
My friend ordered the steak and eggs with country potatoes and what we could only assume was a strawberry smoothie served in a shot glass. It would have been nicer if we also got a miniature straw with the smoothie.
The steak was perfectly cooked, nice and pink in the middle. It was well-seasoned and delicious. I loved the creamy, melting slab of butter on top of the charred surface of the steak.
The country potatoes were also well seasoned, salty and mildly spicy. They went well with the fluffy eggs and juicy steak.
We also ordered a poutine with Quebec cheese curds and miso gravy.
Since we were sitting outside on the slightly breezy patio, the skinny fries got cold quite quickly and I wish there was more miso gravy! I’m not the biggest fan of miso but in a creamy gravy form, it was quite tasty, lighter than regular beef gravy, the miso gave the sauce a slight sweetness and a more liquid consistency.
I loved the big cubes of squeaky Quebec cheese curds though, soaked in miso gravy and buried underneath the mass of fries, I spent half of brunch digging these little guys out from the bottom of the bowl.
I highly recommend Local for brunch, their Cinnamon French toast is delicious and I’d definitely order the steak and eggs again!