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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 #1 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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Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I visited Castlegar and had the pleasure of having lunch at the café. The Borscht was absolutely the best I have ever tasted. We also shared a pyrahi. It was a good size and shared by two of us. I will recommend this café to any one who would love the very best comfort food. Now to find that borscht... More

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

Thank you for visiting us! we appreciate your comments. We like sharing our place with friends like yourself. Now the borscht recipe ... we'll have to arm wrestle over that one! ...actually the Doukaboor Museum has a cookbook and i believe it's in there. good luck! kathy More

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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What a surprise. This place has great surroundings and really good food. The staff are pleasant and helpful. The cafe has ceiling tiles with flair and plenty of things to look at. Don't forget to check out the art gallery attached.

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

Thank you for noticing the little details, and yes... we do really enjoy our customers. More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Was looking for eggs Benedict and BACON! Finally found a place that had breakfasts. Cool atmosphere here, nice garden. Food was great

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

Thank you for your appreciation of a great Eggs Beni! See you again i hope! kathy More

Alfred, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I can't remember what we ate but it was a very good breakfast. What I do remember was the incredible decor (even the ceiling). The fresh home-made cooking. I am so sorry we didn't find out about this place before our last day in castlegar because I would have loved to try out many of the items on the menu.... More

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

Thank you for visiting us and enjoying your time here. So glad you checked everything out and noticed the details! More

Castlegar, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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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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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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170 reviews 170 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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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

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