Deacon's Corner

Diner in Gastown & Chinatown

This lively, no-nonsense diner opened a few years back and immediately started luring Vancouverites to a grubby part of town they'd previously avoided. They come for the hulking, hangover-busting breakfasts (biscuits with eggs, chicken and gravy is recommended if you want your weekly calorific intake in a single meal), while lunches include good-value grilled sandwiches and bulging steak and cheese quesadilla.

Avoid the peak weekend breakfast period; the place can be packed and finding a seat (even at the counter) can be hard. Weekdays you'll have your pick of the perches. This is the ideal spot to fill your belly and then walk it off with a wander around the historic neighborhood.