Tangent Cafe

Diner in Commercial Drive

Lined with retro wood paneling, this warm and welcoming Drive hangout combines comfort-classic wraps and burgers with several Malaysian curries and some good vegetarian options. But breakfast, served until mid-afternoon, is when you're most likely to meet the locals. A great craft-beer menu (check the corner chalkboard) and regular live music (mostly jazz) also 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 Dageraad, Driftwood and Persephone.