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The beloved sandwiches are being joined by brunch items like hot chicken and cornbread waffles.
Receiving the news that Their There was relaunching as full service all-day breakfast and lunch restaurant, one thought came to mind: “Uh oh.”
Not that I expect anything less that total knock-it-out-of-the-parkery from the cult-fave Kitsilano cafe, but because my Their There breakfast sandwich habit is already on the razor’s-edge of “becoming a problem.” So to hear that chef-owner Mike Robbins and Their There executive chef Catherine Wong are taking things beyond the hand-held realm and into hard brunch territory makes me fear for my wallet and also blood pressure. What do they honestly expect me to do here? Not eat this avocado, tomato, chilli crisp eggs Benedict and then follow it with a cereal milk panna cotta three times a week? Get real. I’m doomed.
One can only assume that sister restaurant AnnaLena’s shiny new Michelin star is inspiring the rest of the culinary family to reach for the you-know-whats: this is a beef brisket hash ($22) with dijon sauerkraut designed to turn heads. A trio of eggs Benedict options (avocado, tomato, chilli crunch; bacon and everything spice; tuna and dill, ranging from $19-$21) are homages to AnnaLena’s own early brunch menu, and Southern-inspired dishes like hot chicken and cornbread waffles ($22) are only going to make the Sunday morning lineups longer.
So, yeah. You can see why I’m absolutely furious. Luckily the beloved sandwiches—egg (from $12) and chicken ($17) alike—and inimitable mochi doughnuts ($5, as featured on our 23 Things to Eat in 2023 list) are sticking around, as is the indie coffee program, so I’ll at least have something to snack on as I wait for my table and also my inevitable gout diagnosis.
See the full menu here. Their There offers brunch Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (though they’re open til 5 for coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches), 2042 W 4th Avenue.