Cafe Reviews > Slickety Jim's Chat 'n Chew on Main Street Gives Brunch a Bad Name

Slickety Jim's Chat 'n Chew on Main Street Gives Brunch a Bad Name

By BAY OLIVER
Published: May 9, 2008

If waiting 30 minutes to place an order, being studiously ignored, or having to ask for every tiny little thing during your meal is your idea of a good time, then Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘n Chew is the place for you. Sure, people have their off days, but waiting 30 minutes to place an order, asking to place it twice in that time, then finally getting the server’s attention and waiting again because they forgot their pen is verging on ridiculous. If you didn’t laugh you would cry.

AND, if you didn’t cry during the half-hour wait then going on to watch two tables that were placed after you get their food before you, asking for coffee at every available opportunity to ensure the cup is full when your food arrives, and asking for the bill AND for change because it is obvious no-one's going to do it anytime this century, might just send you over the edge.

Whether this is regular service at Slickety Jim’s is a question that remains unanswered, but an experience like this will send even the most patient individual around the bend and make them unlikely to return.

It baffles the mind then that the café on trendy Main Street regularly has lines out the door, with a wait of an hour not uncommon. Maybe the bad service is why the wait is so long?

Sophie’s Cosmic Café and Joe’s Grill on 4th Avenue in Kitsilano both have lines out the door each and every weekend, yet patrons are unlikely to wait more than half an hour for a table.

At Slickety Jim's the food, when it finally arrives, is quite good. The omlettes could have a little more filling, but they are certainly not lacking in taste. However, the jam provided to spread on your toast is very strange indeed, more like mashed-up berries. It tastes bizarre and makes the toast soggy.

Prices are relatively standard, if a little on the high end for some options. The coffee is strong and tasty (if you can get your mug refilled) and the atmosphere is comfortable and homely. The walls are covered with nick-knacks from bygone eras, and the furniture is a mixture of many different tables and chairs.

The restaurant is at 2513 Main Street, Vancouver. Phone 604 873 6760.

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