Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Floyd’s Diner (Victoria)

A quick visit with my Mom in Victoria on our way to camping at Nitinat Lake yielded a breakfast stop at Floyd’s. Random celeb photos hanging on the walls mixed with the odd biker paraphernalia equals casual breakfast joint. Our server was very friendly and accommodating when my Mom asked to take pictures of her tattoos.

The menu is the typical 4-pager with multiple classic breakfast, benny, and omelette options. The highlight of the meal was my Mom’s American Idol Benny. Mostly because if you knew my Mom, you would know how obsessed she is with American Idol and when she saw this item on the menu, there was no other choice. She agreed that the description was accurate, “After this your hunger, like the winners, will fade into obscurity”.

866 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
Breakfast hours:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flying Swan Coffeehouse

Confusingly known by many names – Blue Moon Café or Flying Swan Coffeehouse or Blue Moon Flying Swan – this coffeehouse has been family owned since 1962, originally started by a husband and wife who immigrated from China. I have passed by this spot 100’s of times without much notice, my only real memory is having seen hundreds of bikers parked out front at one time. After visiting this morning and learning their story, now I understand why. Their daughter, Julia, was the obvious driving force here for a long time and the place was done up to match her love of riding (toy motorcycles everywhere). Sadly killed in a motorcycle accident in 2005, the Flying Swan now seems to be a tribute to her. In-house today were the original owner, who’s now Grandma, and working were, what seemed to be, the grandkids.

A huge breakfast menu is served all day, and Chinese dishes are prevalent on the rest of the menu. The food and ambience are definitely biker diner dive, but in the most positive ways – casual, fast, locals-friendly, pretension-free and cheap.

Go without expectation and you might be rewarded with an adventure.

1724 West 4th Avenue
Breakfast hours: Thursday – Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Brown Dog Café

The Brown Dog Café specializes in breakfast and lunch, both served all day. This mom-and-two-daughters-shop opened in the Point Grey Village just a couple months ago taking over a space that, over the years, has been, shall we say, “challenged” by its curb appeal? They’ve done their best to brighten up this hole-in-the-wall place.

Their focus is home style especially with their DIY service – order at the counter, get your own cutlery, water and condiments. Following through with home-style breakfasts, our Little Dog Breakfast and German Apple Pancakes were generous in portion and enough to satisfy.

Handy if you’re in the neighbourhood.

4544 West 10th Avenue
Breakfast hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Daily