Argo Cafe

Diner in Main Street

One of Vancouver's last genuine diners has been slightly souped-up, but it hasn't lost its gemlike, old-school edge. Tucked into a formerly gritty industrial area that's increasingly gentrifying, it's worth searching out, especially if one of the vinyl booths is available. Hearty breakfasts dominate but fancier fare includes well-made BLT's and burgers plus heaping pasta dishes.

Keep in mind that drinks are of the non-booze variety here; the perfect excuse to plunge into a retro-cool milkshake. This is the kind of place that was built for tough-ass working men and is now frequented by coolsters, and it isn't fazed by either.