Cora’s is an extremely family-friendly chain that was started in Quebec by a single mother named Cora. Most of its 129 locations are in central and Eastern Canada but franchises have started to pop up in Alberta and B.C.
Every Cora’s looks the same: sunny yellow walls, big bubbly fonts and photos in the menus and lots of high chairs and free balloons for the kiddies. This uniformity is not a bad thing, especially if you’re travelling or just need something familiar and stress-free. Plus they open at 6 a.m. for the kids who refuse to sleep in.
At all the different Cora’s I’ve been to in N.B., Ontario, Calgary and now Richmond, the servers have been really friendly, efficient and know how to deal with kids at the table. They make sure to put hot dishes/coffees far away from prying hands, and they bring extra plates and cutlery for the little ones.
Cora’s biggest attraction is the heaping sides of beautifully presented fruit that comes with almost every order. You don’t have to waste $5 on a side of gross syrupy fruit salad because here, fresh fruit is a given.
Jason always orders the Buckwheat Blessing: three sausages and cheddar cheese tucked inside buckwheat crepes. It comes with molasses on the side instead of syrup. He has to fend H off for the sausages.
I waver depending on my mood. On this visit, I tried the 1990s Harvest: a cinnamon-raisin brioche dipped in French toast batter with an egg and bacon. My over-easy egg was cooked right and the bacon came crispy. Unfortunately the brioche was dry and stale. I would stick with Cora’s crepes and omelettes next time.
My cappuccino was surprisingly decent, and regular coffee is not dreck.
I forgot to write down our entree prices but they average $8-$14.
Cora’s, 11380 Steveston Hwy., (Coppersmith Corner), Richmond, B.C., (604) 270-2672. Open Monday to Thursday 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 120 other locations across Canada.