John’s Place

“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. The angels, who know no hunger, have never been as satisfied.”
Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

“A Victoria icon, a place one must visit, be sure to take guests, order the eggs benny – they are fabulous!”  I had been wanting to patronize John’s Place for many months… because of the many statements I had heard from friends and acquaintances.

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The Pier Bistro

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”  — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And what better place to do so than at The Pier Bistro!

Pier view

Located at the very end of Beacon Avenue, Sidney’s main street, right out on the end of the pier is where you’ll find the aptly named Pier Bistro.

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There’s indoor seating for blustery days, but we were here on a gloriously sunny day and chose a waterside table.  We watched the waves lapping in the sun, boats out on the water, seagulls lazily soaring by and even a proud mother duck and her six ducklings paddling by just beyond our table.

The Pier’s crab cakes were made to just the right done-ness, with just a bit of a spicy bite to them, but not so much that you become suspicious of what’s being hidden.  Good flavor!

The Spicy Thai Salad was refreshing with interesting greens and lots of cashews.

The piece de resistance was The Pier Bistro’s eggs benny, which is a Crab Benny, served on a crab cake instead of a biscuit.  Unique and delicious!

Come here when your company arrives from landlocked locations – they’ll be impressed!

The Pier Bistro
2550 Beacon Ave W, Sidney, BC
(250) 655-4995
Tue – Sun  9 am – 9 pm
Mon  9 am – 4 pm

Med Grill Restaurant

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”-Aristotle

MED GRILL’S CLAIM: Why We’re Here

Our goal since day one has been to deliver fresh, delicious and well-priced menu options at the highest level of service. Our servers are well-prepared to answer any questions you might have, and with everything made in-house, we can be very accommodating when it comes to substitutions and allergies.

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On reading the above paragraph I was ready to test the claims of the Med Grill with a luncheon that included my husband and dear friends visiting from New Brunswick. We were warmly greeted by the front staff and guided to a table that was part of a large but cozy Tuscan style dining room. We passed by a very large fireplace that would be most welcoming on a rainy or windy night.

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The menu was extensive. What caught our eye was the Venetian Brunch (served only on weekends)(PS The Med Grill has discontinued the Venetian Brunch 3 course menu. One can still order the Eggs Benedict and the Sticky Toffee Pudding but individually. Tis a shame). The starter and dessert were in place but there were five options for the entree. And very reasonably priced at $18.99. Three of us chose the Venetian Brunch and the fourth ordered from the menu.

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Our meals were delicious, the service was friendly and prompt and all agreed the Med Grill was worthy of a return visit.

Roasted Cranberry and Brie Turnover

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Canadian Back Bacon and Eggs Benedict

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and Sticky Toffee Pudding

Med Grill Dessert

Bubby’s Kitchen


Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale

On a bleak October day we visited Bubby’s Kitchen in the heart of Cook Street Village. The interior was warm and welcoming as was our server. Her two recommendations proved to be delicious….the perennial favourite…Classic Benny and the very popular Lemon Grass Chicken and Cashew Salad.

Classic Eggs Benny rested on a  house made herb & cheese tea biscuit, served with seasoned potatoes and fruit.  So satisfying!!  There was just a hint of the tangy lemon in the Hollandaise sauce.Bubby's Kichen Eggs Benny

Lemongrass chicken with house made dressing, julienned carrots, cucumber sticks, red pepper strips on a bed of vermicelli with additional dressing on the side. Very tasty!Bubby's Kichen Vermicelli salad

Bubby’s Kitchen has breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with all-day breakfast served to 3 pm.

Bubby’s Kitchen

355 Cook Street

Victoria, BC

250-590-8915

M-Sun  8:00 am -9:00 pm

Jam Cafe

“Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve breakfast because eating breakfast, even if it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel.”

Another lineup; this time only a 20 minute wait. We decided to wait it out because the café came highly recommended by the gene pool and we were hungry.

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The menu listed Eggs Benny, Omelettes and what the café is know for…. their Southern dishes. No wonder my sons love this place: the Southern dishes (as in the Deep South, USA) are great big whopping plates of buttermilk biscuits, eggs, sausage gravy, bacon, hash browns…you get the picture. I had the Eggs Benny with the sugar cured bacon and Lil had Eggs Benny with smoked salmon. Served with hash browns and fruit (strawberries that were red to the core) it was a delicious meal. Breakfast is served all day but there are lunch items for the time minded person.

 

Jam Café
542 Herald Street
Victoria, BC
778-440-4489

www.jamcafevictoria.com

Open 8-3:00 pm daily
No reservations

3rd Street Cafe

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. “

Located on the corner of 3rd Street and Beacon the 3rd Street Café is one busy restaurant. A waiting line that overflowed on to the avenue, regular patrons and first timers waited patiently for their names to be called. Thank goodness it was a day sans rain because our wait was @ 10 minutes. I felt like The Little Match Girl standing on the outside looking in and resting my eyes on platters heaped with Eggs Benny, hash browns, stuffed omelettes, bacon and sausage. Though the cafe serves breakfast all day lunch items are also available.

IMG_3472This is NOT a place for an intimate conversation because the café is a tiny place with tables very close together and if you choose to eat at the window bar you might rub elbows with a stranger!

But this is the place to order delicious omelettes and an intriguing variety of Eggs benny.

3rd Street Café
2466 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC
250-656-3035

M-Sat 7-3        Sun 8-2