When the energetic BBQ-loving Guy Fieri discovers your restaurant, and then features it on his hit Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it’s rather like finding a pot of gold at the end of the culinary rainbow, because it not only puts your eatery on the map, it means a flood of new customers to test the fare.
And if Fieri is right, and he usually is, the food is so good that the place stays on the map.
One of the reasons they keep coming back to The Red Wagon Cafe on Vancouver’s east side, after Fieri and his film crew visited a year ago and then aired the show in December, has a little something to do with a house specialty called, and we’re not making this up, Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels Maple Syrup.
That’s right. Heart attack on a plate. Best hangover cure ever. Food porn with a side of whiskey.
Or, as Fieri noted while sampling the prodigious pile with chef/owner Brad Miller, it was a diner dish rather unlike anything he had seen, or eaten, in the six years he has been sharing funky food joints with North American viewers.
It’s a simple enough concept: Three dense pancakes alternating with two layers of house-smoked pulled pork, all of it swimming in Jack Daniels maple syrup with a couple of pats of butter on the side, as if butter could possibly make it taste any better.
And while it may look intimidating, especially if you are worried how much strain your bathing suit bottom can handle, you’ll have worked your way through the stack before you can even begin to count the calories. But be warned: It’s called Jack Daniels maple syrup because that’s all that’s in it, and it’s as fragrant and potent as moonshine, which means you’ll start feeling drunk by about the third mouthful.