During our road trip, we took an unscheduled stop in Golden, B.C. for breakfast, so I asked a parent at the farmer’s market where she would go for simple bacon and eggs. She and a passing cyclist (people in Golden are so friendly!) both recommended the Big Bend Cafe.

The cute cafe is homey, with baskets of toys and colouring books by the front door, so you know they welcome kids. (However, there are stairs at the front entrance and the dining room doesn’t have wide aisles so I’d leave the stroller in the car.) There was even a bucket of chalk on the patio to keep children entertained.

The menu certainly had what we were looking for: a hearty breakfast that didn’t break the bank. I just wanted an egg and some bacon. Mine came on a blue tin plate with hash browns and toast for a very reasonable $5.

Big Bend Cafe, Golden, B.C.

Jason’s chorizo bowl ($12) had big chunks of tasty sausage, eggs, onion and cheese.

On the patio (with a great view of the mountains and helicopters), coffee ($2) and water was set out on a table where you could help yourself.

However, service was very slow. Of note for the summertime: patio umbrellas were not sturdy and there’s no air conditioning inside.

Big Bend Cafe, 528 9th Ave. North, Golden, B.C. (250) 344-6111.