There’s not a person in the world who doesn’t love brunch. And the best thing about brunch? It’s something worth waking up to on the weekend! A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Barb and Bob downtown for brunch at the popular Joe Fortes in downtown Vancouver. Patrons can expect top notch American-inspired dishes with a seafood flare. Brunch is only served on the weekend, but making a pit-stop here at any time of the day is a worthwhile trip. Especially during happy hour as it’s arguably one of the best happy hour deals in the city.
Reservations were made through OpenTable and luckily they were able to accommodate my request of reserving a table on their rooftop patio. The place was bustling with a mixed crowd of locals and tourists. The rooftop patio is much more intimate and spacious with a horseshoe bar providing a great escape from all the noise happening inside. Feeling fancy, I ordered up a Joe’s Man-Mosa to start off.
Joe’s Man-Mosa : a playful twist to the mimosa which normally features champagne and orange juice. At Joe’s, the champagne is replaced with beer to keep it light and refreshing. I could definitely taste some orange citrus lactic elements coming off. I don’t think I would order this again though as I prefer the original formula of mimosa more.
Loco Moco ($18.95) grilled beef patty, pastrami fried rice, fried eggs, and demi glaze. For someone who normally does not eat rice, I was quite surprised with Barb’s choice. Rice for brunch? She’s been here a couple of times for brunch already so she was feeling something out of the ordinary which Joe Fortes happily accommodates with their extensive brunch menu. I had a bite of her meal, I didn’t think it was anything special.
Chicken & Waffles ($19.95)buttermilk waffles, crispy coated chicken breast, maple brown butter, and chili glaze. Holy moly, this portion was huge! This was more than enough for two people to share! The fried chicken was nicely seasoned and moist on the inside. Waffles were on the soft side from the amount of sauce it was drenched in but I wasn’t too bugged by it. The chicken and waffles is a solid choice to get if you’re ever in the mood for brunch here.
French Toast ($16.95) bananas, rum, salted caramel, blueberry compote, whipped cream. Pretty much the real reason why we made the trip here! Or why Bob dragged me here for brunch 😛 The french toast was insane. House-baked bread quartered up and battered topped with a two types of sauces. The bread had a good mixture of milk and cream delivering a custardy/fluffy texture on the inside. I’m not much of a berry fan, but the caramelized bananas with the bread was delicious! The portion size was a little excessive but we all managed to devour this. If this photo is making you drool right now, you better make a trip here pronto!
All in all, Joe Fortes is a solid place to go for when it comes to brunch.For those of you who don’t have much of an appetite, they happily offer half portions! Only for selected items though. It’s definitely on the pricier side but factoring the service and ambiance- it’s worth it in my books. Occasionally they host their popular ‘Benny Bonanza’ which allows you to choose from three different bennys for a stellar $9.95! It’s running until Oct 28/29 so there’s still time 🙂
777 Thurlow St