Shorewood Cafe: Right, At Home

Tucked into the Shorewood Apartment complex just off SR14 on the bluff, the Shorewood Market, Cafe and Bar is a unique community feature. But you don't have to be a resident of the apartments or the neighboring Shorewood Condominiums to enjoy this little gem of a restaurant.

Owner Adrienne Foster has worked her whole life in the restaurant business, and she's clearly a natural at creating a welcoming environment. Walking into the cafe it feels like a vibrant community hub. The apartment/condo residents make up much of the customer base, but they also help Foster advertise outside the complex via old-fashioned word of mouth.

According to Foster, the apartment complex was built in the 1960s, and the space has always been either a market or a cafe. As last May, it's both with a new bar providing just one more reason to stop in for a bite. The market portion offers an array of staple foods, local condiments and refrigerated beverages. Though it isn't a huge space, it feels spacious with ample seating in the small bar, a comfortable dining room and open kitchen.

Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week and breakfast is served on the weekends, including an all you can eat Sunday Brunch Buffet. Perhaps the outstanding feature of the cafe menu is the charcuterie sandwiches. Canadian-style ham, smoked turkey, pulled pork and pastrami are all made in-house. On Fridays, you can also enjoy house smoked salmon chowder. Weekly dinner specials are new to the menu, and every Friday is all you can eat Fish n' Chips. A generous appetizer menu is available all day as well.

“When they come in for the first time, people are always pleasantly surprised by our offerings,” Foster said. “They also can't believe the prices.”

It was difficult to decide, but I opted for the Reuben Panini with a side of Shorewood's Signature Fries. The Reuben came on marbled rye bread and the house pastrami was a beautiful burgundy. The sandwich was pastrami heavy with sauerkraut, and just enough Thousand Island dressing and melted Swiss cheese to enhance the flavor. The Signature Fries were subtly seasoned with rosemary and garlic, topped with crumbled blue cheese and served with blue cheese dressing for dipping.

I hope to get back there to sample the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon and Lobster dinner special sometime soon. And, I'd top it off with a homemade cookie for dessert!

photo by mary preiser potts

5555 E Evergreen Blvd, Suite D, Vancouver
Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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