The Homer Street Café and Bar is located in the Yaletown district. Yaletown is an area of Vancouver known for its architectural mixture of old and new construction. Once the industrial epicenter of the city, it's now home to boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Homer Street Café occupies two of these buildings: the historic Homer Building and the newer Beasley Building.
The Homer building once served as an ice delivery shop, steam cleaner, and even a dye works. Restorations have helped the Homer Building maintain the character of its former days. The original windows, grand staircase, and exterior remain virtually the same. Though its functions have changed over time, it remains a fixture in the neighborhood and the city.
This iconic restaurant opened in 1952 as the Smith Coffee Bar and later became known as the Homer Street Café and Bar. Occupying two buildings gives room for a private dining space, open design for interaction with the chef, and an expansive bar area for socializing and imbibing. The decor is casual but creative. There are chairs hanging on the wall and antique tile lining the floors. The vibe is laidback, inviting, modern.
The menu has evolved into an offering of some of the city's best Canadian comfort food selections. The most noted feature in the lineup is the rotisserie chicken. The restaurant offers several different options for meat-lovers, but it's the chicken that gets patrons clucking its praises! You can order it by the quarter, half, and whole with sides that are creative and well-executed. They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and a bevy of beverage options.
Save room for dessert, namely the peanut butter cookies with Nutella cream (Mmm, Nutella.) Happy Hour happens twice a day, every day from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and again from 9:30 PM to close. The drink options are plentiful with inventive names like Secret Garden and Red Rain.
Make the Homer Street Café a stop on your foodie tour when in Vancouver, and you'll be glad you did. Bon Appetit!
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