Restaurant: Jellie D’s
Last visited: October 16, 2011
Location: Surrey, BC (Surrey/Whalley)
Address: 9535 120th Street
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Family owned/operated
- New owners
- Fresh home made breakfasts
- Home baked cookies/pastries
- Made daily doughnuts
- Hole in the wall
- $3 all day breakfast
- Budget friendly/cheap eats
- Catering available
- Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
- Weekend times vary
**Recommendations: $3 All Day Breakfast Combo
This was an ultimate cheap day. I don’t know, blame it on Follow Me Foodie in New York as to why I was uber frugal. Well actually I was in the area and and looking for time to kill and I had an Entertainment Book that was about to expire. I almost haven’t used one and I honestly can’t stand those books anymore, but it’s for a good cause, so whatever.
Anyways I was flipping the book to see what was in the area and Jellie D’s was the only option for a snack type of place. I had driven by this shady hole in the wall before, but I never ever considered paying it a visit.
Outside the restaurant was a massive banner advertising an “All Day Breakfast Combo for $3”. That actually caught my eye and looked fun to try, so I went inside. I felt super cheapo using an Entertainment coupon for a $3 brunch… but I also had a coffee and a strawberry smoothie to make up for it. The total bill came to $3.50 with the coupon… it’s almost embarrassing. But hey, it’s that kind of place. And who doesn’t want to save money?
It’s under the new ownership of an Indian family and they’re making an effort to change the menu by also making things fresh in house. It’s mainly a sub and sandwich shop, but there is an omelette bar and the wife bakes all the cookies in house. They don’t even serve doughnuts after 2pm because they care about freshness and they do seem to have passion for the business. There’s not much more to say, but if you’re looking for something cheap, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this.
On the table:
Real Fruit Strawberry Smoothie – 1.5/6
- Regular $1.75 Large $2.50
- The menu said “real fruit smoothie” so I was expecting real strawberries, but it was powder.
- The smoothie tasted like strawberry milk and it was very thin and just made with regular milk and a bit of ice.
- It wasn’t thick, creamy or icy and I wasn’t too happy with it, but at least it wasn’t expensive.
$3 All Day Breakfast Combo – 3.5/6
- 2 eggs any style, 2 slices of toast, 2 bacon, sausage or ham, and home made hash browns $3
- This was a bang for your buck.
- It’s not anything you couldn’t do at home, but it was what it was and it was enjoyable.
- The eggs weren’t greasy and cooked perfectly over easy.
- The ham was just regular ham as to be expected.
- The toast was white or brown (your choice) and that was normal.
- But the hash browns, these hash browns were actually better than normal. They were seasoned very well and a bit spicy and almost Indian tasting. It had a little bit of dried herbs and they were very tender and buttery. This was the best part.
- It’s cheaper than IHOP, Denny’s and McDonald’s.
Wow. Probably my shortest post yet.
Ha, so weird !! Only a few weeks ago I was out thataways for work for the day, and drove past Jellie D’s and it got me curious. But I didn’t have time to check them out, however their name stuck in my head. Next time, I guess.
That same thing cooked at home would have been probably cheaper… …and better looking.
But 3$ is 3$.
In this time it is indeed hard to find something enjoyable at that price.
Can’t complain about the price and if yer really hung over and starving, one could have 2 breakfasts !!! With their passion for food, perhaps the owners can improve on the food. Other options are: Sailor Hagar’s Pub(N.Van) had a steak special on Mon.night football(last year was a 6 oz. sirloin, ceasar salad, small portion of lasagna for $4.99); I think the Moutai Plus still makes a $1.99 bowl of Tan Tan noodles(the original Moutai did) , and any good Vietnamese sandwich shop.
Don’t feel guilty ’bout using a coupon ‘cos you just gave them about 10 G’s of free advertising. The Be’Wiched people sure love your free advertising.
hahahaha what was the entertainment coupon for? 10% off the bill!? i stopped myself from buying one this year because i think i only ended up using 2 coupons out of the whole book and gave most of them away.. i find that with programs like groupon and livingsocial, things like the entertainment book and letgofordinner.com dining cards are a thing of the past 🙂
so was this breakfast better or worse than the one at bon’s? it’s $2.75 all day breakfast there lol
@LR – lol random!
@Sara – yup! $3 is $3… I actually don’t think it looked bad. I don’t know how else it could have looked for a mom pop diner lol. PS: I’m in Montreal 🙂 I think you’re here?
@Bow – lol Bow you’re so funny! thank you for understanding my coupon situation 😉
@Linda – I agree!!!! re: coupon lol… I actually haven’ tried the Bon’s one lol! My gas costs more to get to that one I think… if i’m in the area.. maybe… one day.. but then again I wouldn’t want to “waste” it on that either… hmm now I really want to try it actually lol.
hahah you haven’t been to BON’s yet? i guess i understand because you’re all the way on the other side lol
OMG Mijune in Montreal!? Which places are you visiting? Cause I have a tons of suggestions for you!!!
@Linda – lol hahah yes! It doesn’t tempt me enough lol
@Sara – yes yes!! I have a gazillion places, but I can’t make them all in this trip! I’m in Quebec City right now! I have literally a list of 45 places to go to in Montreal! I had St. Viateru, L’Orignal, Le St.Urbain, Shwartz’s, Montreal Poutine… and more! But I have Joe Beef, L’Express, Le Filet, La Banquise, Van Horne, Pied du Cochon, Garde Manger, Le Bremner, Comptoir, Pullman, Point G, Cafe Myriade and honestly SOSOSOSOOSSOOOOOO many more on my list! I won’t be ble to make them all 🙁 Would love to hear your list!!!
St Viateur Bagel is kind of going down. A lot of other places are making similar bagels nowadays so I would skip that.
I would personally recommend Kazu. A lot of people concur that it is the one and only izakaya in Montreal and the very best Japanese spot here. If you go there, don’t miss the salmon and tuna bowl (salad with rice) as well as the appetizer of grilled chicken with tortillas. It really is a good place!
Besides that, I would personally skip Schwartz because I think it is overrated for what it is. Pied de Cochon I would definitely recommend.
And we have an area in Montreal, it is not AT ALL tourist-y, it is a very immigrant neighbourhood, between Parc and Acadie metro station that is where most of the Indian community live and they have the best butter chicken on earth in a <> kind of place called <> . Best of all, the food is super affordable 6-8-9$!
I will try to think of other places as well for you…
For some reason the name of the place disappeared, it is Indian Curry House.
@Sara – aww you’re so sweet! Thank you for your recommendations! I already tried Schwartz and I loved it! I think it’s a Montreal institution though and it’s one of those things you have to try if you’re here… I also think it’s a “test the temperature” product… like it’s the standard for smoked meat and even if it isn’t “the best” that’s the standard for what could get better or worse from there. What’s your favourite place? Lester’s? I was curious about that place too! I tried the bagel place as well and I loved it if you ate it right on the spot, but when it got cold it was a bit regular. I’m probably going to try more French cuisine than Japanese/Asian in Montreal though. The Indian Curry House sounds yummy! Thank you for the suggestion! I’ll try and make that one! Thank you for your tips and insight! I really appreciate it from a local’s perspective!! 🙂
There is this place, it is really hole in the wall (sorry copying your expression) called Bistro La Cervoise, it has not been open for too long, maybe a year ago. Its amazing. It’s not at all a tourist area.
They have the most amazing kangoroo tartare. It is so good I still dream about it. Perfect texture and seasonning. And their crepe with duck confit is really good. Rich but unforgettable. And the prices are really reasonable too, I think in the 15-20 range.
This is the only french cuisine spot in Mtl I can recommend you because it left me with a lasting impression. I know you said you wanna skip Japanese cuisine, but seriously Kazu is one of the kind. And from what I remember from your blog, you’ve never tried anything quite like this. It is a gem. No wonder there is always a crazy lineup. If you get there make sure you come 15 minutes before they open (like 17h15), otherwise you will have to wait at least 30 minutes.
Glad you enjoyed your smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s. Did you order it medium-fat(from your picture you posted online, it looks medium at most). How does Schwartz’s smoked meat compare to Katz’s in NYC & Estrella’s in Langley, BC? It wouldn’t surprise me, if you get a better smoked meat at Lester’s(if you order it medium-fat). You’re going to Point G to try their macarons? The other places in Montreal that you plan to go, but you haven’t gone yet, did you make reservations(to make sure you get in)? I’m following your adventures in Montreal daily through Twitter. Only started checking FMF on Twitter regularly beginning with the Montreal trip. Wished I would of followed you on Twitter for your NYC trip in September(then I would of known at the time, where you ate in NYC daily).
@Sara – Thank you!!!! La Cervoise sounds perfect!! I really want to try and get there! Kazu sounds interesting and your making me so curious!!! I’ll definitely have to come back! I feel like I need to get my “check list” done so I can grasp the temperature of the water… but I’m certainly going to try and make La Cervoise and Kazu before I leave! Thank you dear!! Do you have a smoked meat rec? Have you tried Lester’s? Thank you so much for being so kind as to recommend me these places. I really appreciate it!!
@WS – Did you just get Twitter? You’ll see what I think about Schwartz’s when I write my actual blog post for it 🙂 As for now I’m going to make you wait! 🙂 I’ve made resos for a couple restaurants, but things are changing every day as I learn about new places! Thanks for following WS!
So cool, I really hope you get to try out La Cervoise and Kazu. La Cervoise is much lesser known because it is new. You gotta try their kangourou tartare!!!
I don’t remember trying Lesters because I am not a huge fan of smoked meat. I know it can hardly get better than Schwartz which I am not crazy about………
Keep me updated on which places you have already tried and places you will try.
Please take note when u drive by or come in that the name has been changed to reflect the newer menu including six new breakfast combos and nine milkshakes
@Bill – awesome!! wow 9 milkshakes?! yum. I hope it’s good ice cream!