Pulse Spotlight – Vedder Mountain Grille – 10.03.11

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

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.

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight - Vedder Mountain Grill

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!).

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight - Vedder Mountain Grill

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.

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight - Vedder Mountain Grill

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.

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight - Vedder Mountain Grill

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
Ring: 604.823.6563

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

41 Responses to “Pulse Spotlight – Vedder Mountain Grille – 10.03.11”

  1. Ernie says:

    their menu sounds tasty. will check it out.

  2. Helen says:

    Wow!… I am always amazed at the places you ladies find!… I want to go to Vedder Mountain Grille tomorrow!

  3. Kathy says:

    Will be going there tomorrow….looking forward to it.

  4. karen Jarvis says:

    Close to home for me! Must check it out!!

  5. Chrystalyn says:

    Sounds like a great place to check out!!

  6. I absolutely love this restaurant. Really great food!

  7. Rachael V says:

    Sounds like a great place for a date!

  8. Carolyn Hickey says:

    Sounds delicious! Thank you for letting us know about this great sounding restaurant. I will visit soon.

  9. Barbara says:

    this would be a great place to check out while my husband is fishing the Vedder!

  10. Tina says:

    I had dinner here a few weeks ago and loved it! I will most definitely return!

  11. This looks wonderful! Would love to check it out!

  12. Sal says:

    Really will take a drive and have a visit of this charming looking eatery!

  13. Corinne says:

    You have me curious and planning to check out this venue.

  14. Linda Sikora says:

    What charm this place appears to have. Will be taking a drive there soon!

  15. Ruth says:

    Just went here for lunch last week with a friend from Yarrow and was very pleasantly surprized. The restaurant overhaul is beautiful and the food and service were great. I was very impressed with their homemade soup and the marble toast! Try it out you wont be disapointed!

  16. Ken says:

    As I am in Chilliwack almost every week I will try this out. It is nice to have a good place to get something to eat in a relaxing atmoshphere.

  17. Yvette S says:

    Always out for drives in Chilliwack. Nice to check out new places. Sounds wonderful!

  18. Looks like a lovely place. Would love to check it out with my man :)

  19. Cheryl Tall says:

    What a quaint little venue. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m out that way.

  20. Robyn Murrell says:

    My sister and Mom live in Chilliwack, so its always nice to find a new place to check out when i visit!

  21. Marni says:

    And only minutes from home!

  22. Karen Werner says:

    Look forward to trying this out!

  23. Kayla Clattenburg says:

    We would love to have a cute little date night here!
    Looks like a wonderful place :)

  24. Nancy Walker says:

    Love finding out about different restaurants in the Fraser Valley. Once I like a place, I become their promoter. Can’t wait for my husband and I to try this gem.

  25. Cora says:

    Sounds amazing! I’d love to try it out….

  26. Holly Jajcaj says:

    Would love to check it out…. sounds like a great place for brunch on the weekends. :)

  27. Nicole says:

    I just checked the VMG out this past weekend by chance as I was driving back through Yarrow after spending the day on the river.
    The turkey club was the best I had ever had, and the fries that came with it were fresh, homemade and hot. The coffee was steaming, and refills were quick.
    I would actually go out of my way to come back to the VMG, and I will be telling all my friends and co-workers to give it a try.

  28. Taylor says:

    Sounds awesome. I would love to try it out.

  29. lori says:

    Sounds wonderful. A must stop the next time in Vedder!

  30. Michelle Rickaby says:

    The food is wonderful! We love eating at VMG any chance we get.

  31. joyce major says:

    Another good reason for a day trip and lunch! See you soon!

  32. Kayla Clattenburg says:

    great place to for friends night out

  33. Laura says:

    Havent been to chilliwack in a while, this place looks very cute and interesting

  34. Michelle Lusk says:

    What a little gem!

  35. Margaret says:

    Looks lovely!

  36. Virginia Thiele says:

    My girlfriends and I are always looking for new places to try and we love to go treasure shopping in Chilliwack. The Vedder Mountain Grille looks like just the kind of special place to surprise our November1 Birthday Girl!!!

    I just discovered the Fraser Valley Pulse. Thanks to them I will discover you!

  37. Areta says:

    I would love to try this place!

  38. Kate says:

    Looks like a charming place to sip a cuppa and spend time with friends over a nice lunch.

  39. Xing says:

    A nice place for food, great ambiance, here’s my entry!

  40. Laurie and her staff at Vedder Mountain Grille are wonderful. The food is delicious. We highly recommend them.
    While visiting Yarrow, stop by Inspired Arts and Gifts. We have beautiful work from over 75 Local and B.C. artists in our store. This makes for a great outing.

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