Location: 2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 568-4565
8am to 6pm
Tuesday to Friday
8am to 9pm
9am to 4pm
4pm to 9pm
9am to 4pm
- Pulled Pork Pancakes
- Line ups!!!
- Special of the Day
The Red Wagon was first recommended to me by one of my co-workers who live in the area. Don’t judge the place by its looks. There’s a reason why it’s jam packed at 2PM on a Saturday afternoon. Other than the fact that this place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Apparently, the wait wasn’t too bad already. I’ve heard that it could have been longer. As this place attracts local and tourists alike. We called in ahead of time, expecting a mere 20 minutes wait. But, it took us about 30 minutes to get a spot and another 15 minutes before our food arrived.
The Red Wagon has a feel and look of a diner. You can definitely feel a bit of a rustic ambiance when you walk in.
On to the food, we were so hungry that we ordered almost immediately. It’s a good idea to browse around the daily menu and their regular menu as you stand in line. Or better yet, peek inside the window and see what everyone is having.
This was a highly acclaimed item on the menu. For $12.50, you get 3 buttermilk pancakes layered with pulled pork and topped with Jack Daniels maple syrup. My girlfriend ordered this one. First impression was will she be full eating JUST that? But, was I ever wrong!
The pulled pork was very tender and was marinated in their special sauce. The pancakes were to die for, probably the fluffiest pancakes I’ve had ever. And I just wanted to dip every bit of that maple syrup. The syrup was rich and unlike syrup you get from the grocers. They have warmed it up, so that it’s in a more watery texture.
I had the Pulled pork benny with home fries. The home fries was flavourful and just melted into my mouth. The hollandaise sauce was interesting, it tasted a little sour, unlike other hollandaise sauce I’ve had.
The egg yolk was a little disappointing, as it was a little over done. I like my yolks done right, but this was just lacking a little perfection.
The bill came to under $25 plus tips. I wouldn’t say it’s pricey for Breakfast food, but it’s definitely not cheap. But, I think you get what you pay for. Overall, the food played a major part for me to return. The food tasted great. The restaurant was clean throughout, but the ambiance could use some work. The Red Wagon is not exactly your cheap diner. Actually, all diners are pretty expensive. We just don’t know it. The service was mediocre. We were well looked after, but I didn’t feel the extra friendly service, maybe they were busy. And I would expect a tad faster service for a quicker turn around. So if you’re looking for a fast meal, I don’t think this place will be it.