Look, nobody goes to Bon’s Off Broadway for the amazing, gourmet breakfast options. Let’s just get to the point: Bon’s Off Broadway is CHEAP. It is the go-to place to nurse a hangover in a brash, graffiti-covered, greasy spoon restaurant. It’s the restaurant version of an aging rock star recovering from an all-night cocaine bender, and that’s why people love it.
You know why you’re going: the $2.95 breakfast special, which offers up two eggs done anyway you’d like, a pile of hash browns, ham and toast. If you want some fresh coffee, it’s just $1.00 with free refills. Alternatively, two pancakes will cost you $4.00. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also order other things including omelettes, perogies, and french toast. But, most people go for the tried and true $2.95 special.
Bon’s Off Broadway remains special because of its close proximity to Commercial Drive. The clientele offers up an eclectic mix of patrons that range from anxious students, to hungover punk kids, to bargain hunting breakfast lovers. You’ll likely have to wait in line if you arrive at peak breakfast hours (i.e. 11am and up on a weekend), but people cycle through quite fast and you’ll be seated quickly.
It’s not the cleanest looking establishment with its sharpie signatures and obnoxious sentences staining the wall and adding to the charm. Don’t forget to bring something of your own to add to the eclectic mix of writing on the wall.
Whether you’re going for the experience or just for the cheap food, there’s always something memorable about a meal at Bon’s Off Broadway. In an age of increasingly hip breakfast joints that serve kale smoothies in mason jars and organic omelettes with gluten free spelt toast, it’s nice to go back to the basics sometimes.