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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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Ranked #3 of 39 restaurants in Castlegar
Price range: $2 - $14
Cuisines: Bakery, Barbecue, Soups, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Dawns early rising sunshine cafe is a family run business. The indoor and outdoor spaces reveal our unique view of the world. Decorated with our mothers love of lighthouses in mind, there is a lot to keep your eyes busy. Our desire to feed people flavourful meals in our large home style kitchen comes from years of raising families and entertaining friends. After a busy day here in the kitchen we take the time to do our own grocery shopping to ensure the best quality products are ready for the next days cooking and baking. We think it would be worth your while to stop by for Tom's handmade never frozen BBQ Burger, Kathy's Quiche, Gramma's bran muffins, or a piece of our homemade carrot cake with an expresso. Our Doukabor Borscht is a vegetarian delight- by Weezie- who is a local hero in the world of Borscht. See you! Tues-Saturdays 8 - 2.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Dawns early rising sunshine cafe is a family run business. The indoor and outdoor spaces reveal our unique view of the world. Decorated with our mothers love of lighthouses in mind, there is a lot to keep your eyes busy. Our desire to feed people flavourful meals in our large home style kitchen comes from years of raising families and entertaining friends. After a busy day here in the kitchen we take the time to do our own grocery shopping to ensure the best quality products are ready for the next days cooking and baking. We think it would be worth your while to stop by for Tom's handmade never frozen BBQ Burger, Kathy's Quiche, Gramma's bran muffins, or a piece of our homemade carrot cake with an expresso. Our Doukabor Borscht is a vegetarian delight- by Weezie- who is a local hero in the world of Borscht. See you! Tues-Saturdays 8 - 2.
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English first
Castlegar, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I just moved down the street from here and finally got to try out the food after 4 months and my mind exploded! I ordered the chicken bbq sandwich and everything was so fresh it was very easy to eat and so flavourful !!! Okay, then it was served with home fries which were the best I've had. I love... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

WELL, Thank you for noticing our great place. YES we have alot of family who work here! Its what makes us unique, we enjoy each other and working together to make sure your experience and food is worth while coming back too. Glad you moved to town! See you soon. More

Nelson, Canada
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My family and I had a nice breakfast at Dawn's. The atmoshpere is laid back and low key and the service is friendly. The breakfast we had was simple but good -- the poached eggs were properly cooked, though the potatoes were a bit salty for my liking. If the weather is good, there is a nice "back yard" patio... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let others know you enjoyed your visit with us. More

Burlington, Ontario
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Having recently dropped 40 pounds, I reluctantly ordered a burger because I was told by my local host that it would be worth the calories. It was SOOO worth the calories! Unbelievable flavour and amazing smoky BBQ taste from being cooked on the outside charcoal grill. Truly the best burger I've ever had. Too bad I live in Toronto... Or... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you fellow Calorie Counter! A most excellent compliment. Thank you! More

White Rock, Canada
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here a few days ago... Weezie used to own her own restaurant - "Weezie's Borscht Hut", but she sold it to someone else a few years ago. The woman can do things with Slavic food which is beyond words. I had the large soup (8 dollars) and I could have still eaten more borscht.... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much! It is wonderful to hear happy people report their experience. Our Doukabor Food has had great reviews and I am glad you experienced the same. Our PYRAHI is a baked tart which we put on the BBQ for a quick minute and (for some is called a perogy), is larger than the traditional size so you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We love coming here. From the Emily Dickinson quotation on the wall to the hand-painted ceiling tiles to the wonderful service to the amazing Weezie's borscht (no freezer should be without some) to Tom's fabulous burgers, this is THE place to eat in Castlegar. We tell all our friends, all the time!

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your visit with us. We truly enjoy creating mouth watering morsels for folks like yourself! :) More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We were really excited to eat there, but not open at 9:00 on a Sunday. Hope to catch you next time through.

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

LOL you can hardly blame us for taking a day off! Sundays are pretty common to be closed, I'm sorry you felt you had to rate us a 3 having never walked in our door. Happy travels and better luck next time!!! More

Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Yummy home cooked meal - you feel like you are right in the family home kitchen (and you are!) Wonderfully eclectic décor. Great scrambled eggs and toast. Will be back.

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

thank you! Having alot of family working here helps with the family feeling! Its easy to open our cafe to customers like your self who enjoy what we have going on. Thank you so much! Happy travels!!! More

Nelson
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Found this place by accident, I was driving by, saw their sign for Borscht and had to stop. I was not disappointed, the soup was delicious I ordered the small size with a Piroshki on the side and found it to be just the right amount of food for lunch. Service was friendly and the atmosphere casual. I will be... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping, enjoying lunch and letting others know about your experience. It has been a busy summer with lots of Borscht Lovers stopping by for a taste of the local cuisine. Thank you! More

Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Was this disappointing because the reviews I read made it sound so good, or was it just disappointing? My partner and I ordered orange juice to start - the waitress plunked down a can of OJ and a can of Five Alive on the table.........ok. I ordered the quiche - they were all out (9am on a Sat). I ended... More

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

WOW, as the main cook and owner I am sorry your experience was so disappointing. I wish you felt you could have mentioned it to us in person. We actually put together the smaller blander meals (ie: 2 eggs any style, toast, and coffee) for those who cant eat our fuller sized, more seasoned meals. We don't believe in waste... More

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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was a great place to stop for lunch in castlegar. Food was fresh and really good. Service is excellent. We look forward to going back.

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Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for lunching at Dawn's. We appreciatte people who enjoy fresh. As a foot note, we shop ourselves and hand pick the best ingredients we can find. Happy travels! More

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