Argo Cafe

Diner in Main Street

One of Vancouver's last genuine diners has been slightly souped up in recent years but it hasn't lost its gemlike 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 but fancier fare includes well-made burgers and pasta dishes.

Keep in mind that drinks are of the non-booze variety here. This is 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.