We are long time fans of RauDZ in Kelowna (and the other restaurants that they operate: Micro and Terrafina at Hester Creek Winery) so were super excited to hear that they were expanding to open another restaurant in Kelowna. Sunny's - A Modern Diner opened in late spring and is aimed at the breakfast and lunch crowd and is way more family friendly than their other locations: The Kid has eaten with us at Terrafina during an adventure down to Osoyoos, and although minors are welcome at RauDZ it is really best enjoyed in the company of adults. Micro is 19+ so she'll have to wait a few more years.
Sunny's is one of the few locations on Bernard that really feels family friendly to me. That's not to say that many other restaurants in the downtown area don't welcome families, it's just that it seems most establishments are focused on drawing tourists down for drinks after a day boating or wine touring. Great for the summer economy but doesn't do a lot to continue to draw locals down when the tourists head out in September.
Anyway - we made our way down to Sunny's bright and early in mid-June to check it out. Although it was before 8am we weren't alone at Sunny's there were several other groups already there enjoying the relative quiet of downtown Kelowna before the weekend really takes off.
We are early risers, so definitely count ourselves as breakfast people. The menu had a lot to chose from and I personally loved that coffee came in large cups - no tiny 1/2 cup size vessels here! We did appreciate the assistance of our server translating some of the diner lingo for us - we ordered Chicks on a Raft, Cluck and Grunt, and BBBenny & the Jets (check the menu link for translation!)
We also decided that we had to order the breakfast poutine to share (you only live once, right??). It was too much food but it's was a fun time trying four different dishes.
Everyone enjoyed what they ordered, the breakfast poutine turned out to be the least favourite of all the dishes, but we still enjoyed it but it just didn't have enough heat melt the curds, loved the fried egg on top though! We also really enjoyed seeing that a few of the dishes on the menu are also found in The Okanagan Table cookbook, which we already own and have since tried replicating a few of the breakfast/lunch dishes - the favourite there being what Sunny's calls Chicks on a Raft, but the cookbook has listed as Sharp Cheddar Scramble on PB Toast (Chicks on a Raft has a better ring to it), we have some how taken to calling it Chicks on a Stick at our house, likely a throw back to our days at Panorama Ski Resort where there was a ladies day ski group called Chicks on Sticks.
Sunny's is a fun, relatively quick service, restaurant with cheery atmosphere and just steps from the lake front. It's a great addition to Bernard and hopefully a step in the right direction towards bringing families back to Bernard.