We don’t know about you, but we take every opportunity we can get to slow things down for a while and take in all life has to offer. Since we can’t just take off on vacation whenever we feel like it, we love to find great places in the Fraser Valley that allow us to relax, even for just a little while.
Close enough for a Sunday drive, but quiet and relaxing enough to make it feel like a mini escape, Vedder Mountain Grille is one of those fabulously relaxing places we speak of! They are cooking up homemade comfort food and it’s just like driving over for a visit at Grandma’s house.
Hard to miss with its bright blue exterior, this sweet Chilliwack restaurant stands out along the main strip in Yarrow.
When Franklin & Laurie Dahl decided to take over the vacant building in 2009, they already had dreams of what they wanted it to become. Born with a love for cooking and an entrepreneurial spirit, Laurie jumped at the challenge of putting together not only the menu, but the restaurant renovations too (and boy did it need it!).
With a vision in mind, Laurie scoured the valley for perfect furniture and décor pieces. She found some fantastic pieces including artfully mismatched table sets, beautiful pieces from Funky Junk Interiors, eclectic antiques and other work by talented locals. Determined to interject a little of his personality in the diner as well, Franklin managed to add his dirt-biking medal to the wall displays as well. As the biker on the exterior sign suggests, Vedder Mountain Grille fully supports the local dirt-biking community and even offers 10% for dirt-bikers stopping in for a bite.
After almost two years of offering up homestyle meals, it’s obvious that Laurie and Franklin have found the secret to their success. Although she wouldn’t offer up the delicious secret house salad recipe, Laurie did say it’s their love of fresh food, laid back atmosphere and fun loving attitudes that keep people coming back again and again.
From the moment you walk in the door, you know you are in for a relaxing and delicious treat. You feel like a “regular”, even if you aren’t. In fact, the first time we visited, we were greeted with such enthusiasm, we felt as if we were visiting an old friend.
Whether you are visiting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, including local duck, potatoes, eggs and breads, Vedder Mountain Grille has a tasty menu: fresh blueberry pancakes, creamy carrot and fennel root soup, homemade lasagna and lots of other homemade delights. Handcrafted jams are served with breakfast (flavours rotate depending on what is in season); fresh aioli is served with homemade pita chips at dinner. All desserts are made fresh in-house, with their pies consistently becoming favourites of many locals.
Another thing both locals and visitors can appreciate are the great specials that can be found here on a daily basis. Follow Vedder Mountain Grille on Facebook to find out which specials are coming up.
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8:00am – 3:00pm, Thursday – Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm.
Hours are seasonal and are subject to change. We recommend you check their website for updated hours as the Winter season gets closer.
We would love for you to visit Vedder Mountain Grille! Please leave a note below to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate. Winner will be chosen at random on October 17, 2011.
Congratulations to our winner, Ken. This contest is now closed.
For an extra chance to win, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win a $50 GC to @VedderGrille via @FVPulse! http://ow.ly/6Li8k”
Vedder Mountain Grille
42239 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack