Recently I found myself in the Vancouver East Village with some time to kill so I hit up The Red Wagon Cafe for some Diner, Drive In’s and Dives featured eats. With my eating adventures I’ve run into tourists and people who also live in the city on their own Triple D eating adventures trying the featured restaurants. With the success of Triple D and it’s world-wide reach the restaurants featured get hit with what I call the Triple D effect-a major increase of business and with this sometimes the service and food quality can slip. I’m proud to say that The Red Wagon Cafe has not suffered the later of the Triple D effect but it sure can be hard to get a table sometimes!
What visit to a diner wouldn’t be complete without a good old cuppa Joe, pretty standard stuff and they did a great job of keeping my cup topped up.
This was the dish that I was ultimately after, the Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels Maple Syrup for $12.50. These pancakes were not your mom’s light and fluffy flapjacks, instead there dense and hold up to the extra moisture of the saucy pulled pork. Speaking of pulled pork it’s the star of the show here in my eyes. The Red Wagon’s pulled pork is more smoky than sweet with the flavor of the pork coming through nicely. On the bottom of the plate was a lake of homemade Jack Daniels maple syrup, it’s boozy for sure and will add some kick to your pancakes, my one recommendation is that they serve it on the side so I could have poured it over the top-my bottom pancake was soaked in syrup.
I’m glad to see that the Red Wagon Cafe has managed to cement their place in the East Vancouver dining scene and they sure are making lots of hungry diners happy. Since my 1st visit’s when they opened they have since added a selection of fresh-baked pies and treats from The Eats Village Bakery that is located a couple blocks down and I must say they are a favorite of mine. If you’re looking for some solid, inventive diner eats I’d highly suggest The Red Wagon Cafe.