The first time I went to Tomahawk I ventured for the chief Skookum burger and previously blogged about the experience (https://fareeatales.com/2013/05/14/dddvancouvertomahawk-bbq/). The second time around I was there for breakfast. Tomahawk is the perfect place if you have a go hard or go home attitude. As a result, I had to go for the mixed grill. The name is a bit deceiving. It sounds innocent enough but perhaps “Sasquatch’s feast” of “Lumberjack’s Labour” would be more appropriate.
Here’s the menu description:
Nine generous slices of Yukon style bacon,
two country fresh eggs, fried or scrambled,
two slices of Klondike toast,
ORGANIC hamburger patty,
aged cheddar cheese,
fresh sautéed mushrooms.
What the menu doesn’t mention is the fact that it’s served on a bed of home fries which presumably could be made from a whole 10lb bag of potatoes.
I left the fork on the picture below to put the size of the plate into perspective. It’s the size of a hubcap. The highlight is the bacon. I’m not even sure if yukon-style bacon is an official term outside the confines of Tomahawk. It is almost a cross between ham and bacon and unlike scrawny slabs of overcooked side bacon. nine slices are enough to cover the entire plate. It was cooked perfectly. The potatoes are far from the highlight of the dish but add a nice base for the rest of the plate.
I made my best effort to complete the plate but fell a bit short, meaning I only needed a 9km jog around Stanley Park later in the day.
The An $18 breakfast is a bit steep but not far from the $12-15 offerings by most Vancouver and Toronto breakfast joints. In a fashion similar the great cakes at Jethro’s, it could easily feed a family of four. It’s a funny concept… a village worth of bacon and potatoes combined with among many things, a single piece of cheese and a few sliced onions. I wonder if the cartoony, Where’s Waldo placemat has some Di Vinci code which reveals the correct way to eat the mixed grill. Or maybe you should just eat it Yukon-style..whatever that means.