Where Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro (1363 Railspur Alley)
Neighbourhood Granville Island
Hair of the Dog Bailey’s Americano ($6.25) or the Kahlua Mocha ($8.25). Both made with fine espresso fit for the most discerning of coffee snobs, with the extra alcoholic kick needed on a Sunday morning.
What we ate In a word: everything. The Breakfast Bowl filled with house-made cilantro vinaigrette, spinach, kale, black beans, fire-roasted salsa, a grilled tomato, and fresh sliced avocado ($10, plus $2 for eggs); The Granville Island Special with two eggs, bacon, toast, and savoury kale hash ($9.99); the Honey Bee Biscuit with slivered almonds and slices of baked brie drizzled with honey ($6.50). We also snacked on a raspberry black pepper white chocolate biscotti, a spiced cranberry oatmeal cookie & chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven, and a slice of the carrot cake.
What we loved The bistro is tucked away on Railspur Alley, making it accessible only by foot. Sunlight streams through the southwest facing, loft-style eatery at just-about-brunch-time, giving it a bright, warm ambiance. All pastries are made daily by pastry chef and manager, Olivia (last name). Housemade jam on top of the Honey Bee Biscuit—divine, we do say—makes for an all-around inimitable dish.
Brittany Tiplady is a part-time poet, and a full-time goat cheese enthusiast. She loves the indoors, fast wifi, collecting maps, and a generous glass of red wine.
Kristi Alexandra is an unabashed wino and wannabe musician. Her talents include drinking an entire bottle of cabernet sauvignon, singing in the bathtub, and falling asleep.