There is a framed Expo 86 poster on one wall and an old television in a wooden cabinet across the room. Sunlight filters in through the large windows facing the street, but there is still that nice soft light in the air that helps you feel like you’re in a familiar, comfortable place. The ambiance of the downstairs rec room is on point, and what better to go with the vintage feel than piling on comforting Canadian and European dishes?

That’s the spirit of Daybreakers, a slightly reshaped concept at what was formerly known as Tangent Cafe. The 2095 Commercial Dr. space has gone through an ownership change, but you’ll still find some of the same staff in place, including the kitchen, where the chef has been a fixture for many years.

Daybreakers is a daytime café serving an all-day breakfast menu and lunchtime cuisine centered around approachable food and classic dishes.

The breakfast menu is of the best morning standard, with an excellent selection of stuffed or scrambled omelettes or eggs benedict with their house “smash browns” sides. You can indulge in breakfast sandwiches, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of pancakes, waffles and French toast.

The café has a family connection to Granville Island’s beloved German cuisine

Lunch options are where you really see the Daybreakers’ connection to Granville Island’s beloved German deli Kaiserreck (there’s a family connection to this quirky café on The Drive), with dishes like the pork schnitzel sandwich, flat and golden fried, served on a soft, buttery brioche bun of your choice Of the elegant style, such as the “Classic” with sauerkraut and “house” sauce.

With Kaiserik’s forte being sausages (prepared by a German sausage master, Naturally), the four varieties available in two main formats here: on a bun with slaw and fries or as part of a Kaiserike dinner. The dish is a hearty dish showcasing plump, juicy sausages with slaw and pierogis, topped with sour cream and grainy mustard for dipping.

In addition to German fare, Daybreakers serves classic diner-style fare with a contemporary café feel, so while you can of course get a grilled or spicy fried chicken burger, you can also get sweet chili tofu bites or a roasted chickpea salad.

If you’re a meat eater, they make great beef burgers at Daybreakers, including the bacon cheeseburger with brunch, which features a juicy, well-seasoned patty topped with a fried egg and melted mozzarella. And bacon (might also add some mushrooms for a little extra oomph).

Most main dishes come with the option to get fries (or a house salad). Among the adjustments since the change to Daybreakers is an emphasis on doing things in-house, and the restaurant’s prep cooks are getting an arm workout to ensure that, as they prepare their own delicate French fries. They also make their “smash browns” in house, along with lots of sauces and sides.

As a delightful bonus, Daybreakers has a full bar, so you can pair your relaxing breakfast or brunch with a Caesar, mimosa, or any other topping of your choice.

Daybreakers, currently open daily from 8am-3pm, is all about offering warm hospitality and real cozy vibes… like you’re hanging out in your family’s basement entertainment room.

Video: Check out the breakfast and brunch meals at Daybreakers on The Drive

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