Good and Cheap Eats
Get a good breakfast, cheap, at Save on Meats All Day Diner. But don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line under the iconic bright pink neon revolving pig sign which has marked the entranace to the building since 1957 when it opened as a meat shop. The retro diner, renovated by Mark Brand, opened in 2011 is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes such comfort food items as turkey pot pie, chicken fried steak, baked beans and creamy tomato soup. The breakfast menu is small but covers the basics of omelettes, benny’s waffles and standard and big breakfasts. And did I mention that the standard breakfasts are cheap? Two eggs, toast and hashbrowns for $4.25, add meat for $2.

The outdoor Window is open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. The menu is mainly sandwiches that looked great going out. There was a line-up here too.

Supporting the Neighborhood
The best thing about Save on Meats may not be the good, cheap, comfort food but rather the Sandwich TokenProgram that makes it simple and easy to give to those in need. Available for purchase online and at the store, the $2.25 Save on Meats Meal Tokens can be redeemed for a nutritious hot Breakfast Sandwich at the Sandwich Window or in the Diner. People can choose to distribute them directly, or purchase the tokens and have Save on Meats give them to one of its dozens of community partners to share amongst their organization. What a great idea! 

“All Day Breakfast” ($4.25) Two eggs, hashbrowns and toast. These eggs were cooked perfectly. It is hard to get a good over-medium egg and this was it. We sat close to the kitchen and were impressed with brigade of chefs making the place run smoothly.

The “Baked Beans” ($3.50) had a smokey BBQ flavour which Jeff really liked but was not my taste. (My favorite baked beans are still from Deacon’s Corner). But the accompanying corn bread was great. It was not too heavy and slightly warmed.

You can not miss the revolving pink pig that has marked the entrance to the building since 1957. The Butcher Shop is currently closed for renovations. They have recently secured a 20 year rental agreement so the new shop is sure to be something great for the community and the larger surrounding area.

We will be going back to try out the lunch menu in the near future. After a bike around Stanley Park and False Creek it make s good stop on the way home and has a bike rack right in front.

Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.