Tangent Cafe

Diner in Commercial Drive

Lined with 1970s-style wood-paneling, this popular hangout combines comfort-classic BLTs and burgers with several Malaysian curry options. But breakfast (served until mid-afternoon) is when most locals roll in, often to cure hangovers founded right here the night before. A great craft-beer menu (check the corner chalkboard) and live music (mostly jazz) three nights a week make this a popular nighttime haunt.

The side patio is busy here in summer. It's the perfect spot for sampling brews from BC ale-making darlings such as Persephone, Brassneck and Four Winds.