This is a really really late post. It’s the last place I went on our way back from Whistler. The Red Bench Diner showed up on UrbanSpoon with a 94% rating, we were hungry and the breakfast place we originally wanted to go to was far too busy. So we decided to try it out. About 5 minutes off the Sea-to-Sky Highway, nestled in the residential streets of Squamish, just a block off the railroad tracks, The Red Bench diner is a unassuming little place that’s serving up a mean, hearty breakfast!
They offer a large menu for breakfast and lunch, serving guests from 8am to 4 pm, 7 days a week! The name and one dish here in particular left me reminiscent of Red Wagon Cafe in Vancouver. They serve a dish similar to their pulled pork pancakes with jack daniels syrup. Red Bench on the other hand, is serving up their version, so called ‘The Stack’, with 3 mouthwatering pancakes, bacon layers in between, and 2 fried eggs on top.
One of their most famous dishes, called the Pastrami Hash, really takes the idea of breakfast to a whole other level. There is so much depth of flavour incorporated into this dish. It’s basically a mix of thinly sliced pastrami, corn, peppers, jalapeños, green onions and hash, all topped with three eggs poached to perfection and an orange hollandaise sauce to finish it off! This is what I actually ordered and I had no regrets. This dish really lives up to its expectation. Every bite you take is just packed with flavour! The eggs and hollandaise flow onto the rest of the mix and combine everything together into a savoury, rich, spicy bite that you just can’t get enough of. The pastrami is really different in a breakfast dish and has all the great meaty taste that conventional bacon has, but without the fat.
All the other dishes we tried were excellent having traditional breakfast flavours with the added kick of hot peppers or spices. They also have seven different Benedicts to choose from, ranging from the West coast style, with salmon and capers, to the Mardis Gras benny, with cajun chicken and red onions. Also their lunch menu looks fantastic with a so-called ‘Russian style reuben’, and a tuna melt on marble rye.
The service at the Red Bench is exactly what you would want from a small, close knit community. The servers there are very friendly and kind from the moment you walk in the door, everyone seems very happy to be working and to take your order. They have an open kitchen with a few cooks working away very professionally getting the orders up quick. When we ordered our food first, the woman serving us seemed to be the manager there and was very excited to tell us about the food and recommend the best dishes, since it was our first time there.
Quality – 5 of 5
Ingeniuety – 4.5 of 5
Atmosphere – 5 of 5
Service – 5 of 5
Value – 4.5 of 5
Overall – 4.8 of 5