Cozy up with modern comfort food at Fable Diner

Trevor Bird and Ron MacGillivray open Fable Diner
on July 21, 2016 in the historical Lee Building at 151 East Broadway

Not content to just run the successful Fable Restaurant where menu items feature ingredients sourced from local farms, Trevor Bird (who competed on season 2 of Top Chef Canada) and Ron MacGillivray said they had an offer  they couldn’t refuse. Thus, the concept of Fable Diner was conceived.

Unlike the diners of yesteryear of vinyl covered booths and narrow counters, when one enters, Fable Diner, it’s a bright airy space with leather booths and a large front of house counter that encourages you to bring your laptop to stay awhile.

Fable Diner

At the opening party, I sampled familiar chick pea fritters which I’ve always loved at Fable as it’s a clever gluten-free edition of the familiar greasy classic with more texture and flavour.


And what diner would be complete without burgers. There’s no mistaking these deceptively simply though delicious burgers from the frozen grey hockey puck editions served at the ever popular Mickie Dee of which I’ve only eaten two of in my lifetime as my father owned a restaurant.

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Mini donuts served with caramel sauce are bound to hit your sweet spot washed down with a frothy milkshake as they’re freshly made on the premises with a soft cakey texture..

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Also served at the opening party were duck pancakes which was not quite diner food but a welcome upscale version of ordinary pancakes with maple syrup as it’s much more filling being meat and savory on top of a fluffy pancake..

There’s no menu listed as yet on the website as Trevor Bird says they”re honing what works and what doesn’t. But expect the diner to be opened for brunch soon and happy hour specials are in the works.

About Fable Diner

Chef Trevor Bird, opens his 2nd restaurant: Fable Diner. The same core farm to table values that underlie busy Fable Restaurant in Kitsilano that opened four years ago are extended to a casual diner concept. Using local suppliers and making food from scratch, Fable offers a modern take on the ‘diner’. Enjoy classic diner items with interesting and creative twists and food that always makes best use of the season’s local product availability.

Trevor takes on this venture with original partner Ron MacGillivray to oversee the front of house operation. The space has held a diner for 67 years (since one in the chain of Aristocratic Diners opened in 1949). It has been rebuilt from scratch to be able to function as a chef based kitchen with a comfortable and welcoming space for guests to meet and dine. The redesign plays homage to the classic diner, with comfortable booths and a service counter.


As with Fable, the menu will change frequently with what is locally available, but diner staples like the homemade burger will be consistent, best paired with an old fashioned milkshake.

Fable Diner is open daily. Following the grand opening on July 21st, hours will be from 11am to 10pm daily, but will expand to breakfast/brunch and late night soon thereafter.



Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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