Yesterday my favourite girl and I drove the slow way to Courtenay for a bit of lunch. We wanted to check out FRANKIE JO’S Bakery Cafe. Turns out it was opening day. Carol & Stephen, the owners, formerly ran the very successful BLUE EYED MARY’S BISTRO on Bowen Island and later on Marine Drive is West Vancouver. About a year ago they moved to the island not intending to go back in the business…but they did.
Carol was a Pastry Chef at the top rated Bishop’s in Vancouver so she knows her way around Bread and pastry. Stephen is the front man, the ever charming host! They have created a cute, small Bakery Cafe serving breakfast and lunches along with baked good for take away. The chairs and stools are all shiny white to go with marble table tops. Fresh air fans can enjoy tables outside too.
We chose the Frittata for a late lunch and were not disappointed. It included roast ham, asiago cheese, spinach, and a sun dried tomato pesto. Served with a beautiful salad and a slice of Carol’s bread. The dish was excellent and substantial. We paired it with a latte from their new coffee machine.
The menu includes Tomato Soup with a Grilled Cheese, a Kale, Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad, Falafels, and the ‘You Tell Us’ Soup and Sandwich. For Breakfast there is the Frittata, or Coconut Pancakes or Scrambled Eggs. Plus there are daily specials.
If you are in the area, drop in for brunch or lunch. Carol & Stephen and their daughters Frankie & Jo are wonderful hosts with oustanding food!
FRANKIE JO’S is on 4th right around the corner from the main drag at #107-501 4th Street. Look for the White Chairs outside