Jethro’s Fine Grub

[03/16/16] For my bae Tray’s 18th birthday this year, Joko and I surprised her with a brunch at Jethro’s! We’ve always wanted to try their monster-sized pancakes and it just seemed like the perfect occasion for it.. get it? panCAKE? 😛 okay nvm.

The Restaurant

Jethro’s has two locations, one in East and the other in West Vancouver. We came to the East Vancouver store on Fraser St. because it was closer, but I believe the West Van location is the original shop.

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The restaurant was actually quite small despite the gigantic pancakes! After getting ourselves organized and transiting there, it was well past noon. However, on this random weekday, it was still busy as ever. We had a wait a bit before a table was cleared for us, but the waitresses were very friendly and fast.

The Food

We were given both breakfast and lunch menus for a variety of sweet and savoury options. This includes pancakes, french toasts, egg bennys, omelettes for breakfast as well as salads, bowls, sandwiches and burgers for lunch.

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Of course, we had to order their pancakes! There was quite a big selection of dishes and variations of some of them, so we made sure to check out the online menu before coming.

Grrrreat Cakes– $13

Buttermilk stack with frosted flakes and fresh strawberries baked right in. Served with whipped cream

When this arrived, we immediately noticed that it wasn’t strawberries, but blueberries, that they added. We just assumed that they ran out, because when Joko tried it last time, the pancakes definitely had strawberries. It would’ve been better if they had informed us earlier though.

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To begin, these pancakes were indeed monstrous! We were being silly and taking pics with them because they were seriously the biggest pancakes we’ve ever seen.. bigger than the size of our faces. The stack came with two, but it was a struggle to even finish one between the three of us. Here’s an unappetizing picture of what we had leftover.. and they gave us a pizza box to pack it.

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The pancakes were very fluffy and spongey indeed, with a delicious crisp outside. The top piece with the whipped cream and icing sugar was quite a sweet treat! Although there were blueberries and sweet cereal inside, the layer of pancake was still very thick, so I feel that the bottom piece was kind of bland. But with a bit of syrup, you can adjust the sweetness. Joko did mention that they tasted better on previous visits. (4/5)

Huevos Rancheros– $9

Warm corn tortillas topped with tomatillo salsa and two basted eggs. Served with black beans, rice & a grilled corn cake

I tend to crave savoury dishes when it comes to brunch, so I went for this Mexican breakfast classic. It was actually my first time trying it and since Jethro’s isn’t a Mexican restaurant, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Anyways, I really enjoyed this light dish. The tomatillo salsa was very mild and it went well with the eggs, which had yolks that were still runny.. yum! I love hot sauce so I ended up adding some of that for some spice.

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I also really liked the corn cakes. It was savoury with pops of sweetness from corn kernels, and I liked the gritty, grainy texture. However, Tray and Joko thought the seasoning and texture was odd.. so I guess it’s a matter of preference. Joko enjoyed the beans, which were lightly seasoned. (4/5)

Crab Cake Benedict– $13

House made crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise. Served with Hashbrowns and toast.

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Tray had her eye on the crab cake benedict for a while, so she ordered this without hesitation! I didn’t try the crab cakes, but Tray and Joko mentioned that they were quite loose and soft, compared to regular English muffins, and didn’t hold the ingredients very well. However, the poached eggs in terms of the consistency of the yolk and the flavour of the hollandaise sauce were still on point and the hashbrowns were also perfect. The dish also comes with some toasts of choice, and we picked rye. It was crunchy and buttery, and went well with the peanut butter and jam that came with it. (4/5)

Final Thoughts

We were so satisfied after this meal and it was hard to believe that we spent less than $15 per dish. The portions were ginormoussss but the quality doesn’t compromise and everything tasted pretty good. I would definitely recommend this place for brunch- their eggs are done so well! Just a fair warning though.. don’t be too ambitious of your appetite because their giant pancakes will mostly likely defeat you. (;

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{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 4/5 | Value: 5/5 | Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 4/5

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<3, Rae


4 thoughts on “Jethro’s Fine Grub

  1. Oh man, I thought that was a blueberry dessert pizza instead of a pancake! I mean, I’d be SO happy if I found out that a pancake stack I ordered was that ginormous! 😀 And those huevos rancheros look DIVINE!


  2. The benedict actually looks incredible. For some reason, you manage to photograph the most bizarre-looking dishes and make them look beautifully presented. By the way I haven’t checked out your blog in a while but I’m so glad I did, this morning! Made my day to see all this yummy food 🙂


    • Aweh thanksss! As you remember I take billions of pictures from different angles to get one, but foodtography has always been my hobby hehe. (;


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