One of Vancouver's last genuine diners has been souped up in recent years but it hasn't lost its gem-like charm. Tucked inauspiciously in a light industrial part of town, it's worth searching out, especially if one of the comfy vinyl booths is available. You can still get a good value breakfast here for $6.95 but fancier fare includes well-made burgers and pasta dishes.

Keep in mind that it doesn't take credit cards (cash or debit only) and the drinks are of the non-booze variety. It's the kind of place that was built for the area's tough-ass working men and is now frequented by coolsters, and it isn't fazed by either.