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More_Cowbellvictoria, BCSince July 3, 200921 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Foo Asian Street Food769 Yates Street, Victoria
The BEST fast food in Victoria
Submitted Friday, September 13, 2013 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

I must have driven by this place a hundred times before I finally ate there, after a friend suggested it.

Wow, I am the village idiot for waiting this long. This place is the best, super tasty food, laid back vibe. The short rib dishes are insane good. My brain has never been the same since. My wife likes the pad Thai best. Me, the beef broccoli. Lots of beef each serving and not swimming in sauce. They change the specials all the time so there's lots to try.

I just wish there was one or two more noodle dishes, and another type of beer on tap instead of both Driftwood, which I don't mind. Just a less hoppy choice would be good.

Go there, you won't regret it.

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Taco Justice1580 Cook St, Victoria
Great food, so-so location
Submitted Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:59am [Dine in]

This food truck parks in the lot next to Wellburn's during the day. They have a small menu that changes, with a few permanent items. My wife and I ordered the green bastard, which is a veggie taco that has deep fried avocado - different and super tasty. We also had the nacho libre, which consists of waffle fries done up like deluxe mexi-fries - also very tasty. Staff were very friendly and helpful. They food was reasonably priced and very filling. Not the healthiest fare in town, but great if you want a fix.

The only complaints I have here is there's nowhere to sit down to eat, unless you want to sit on the ground. We end up eating off the tailgate of my truck as there's nowhere else to sit. Also, they are closed on Sundays - they are missing out on the hangover crowd big time by not being open that day!

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Inconsistent - sometimes great, sometimes not
Submitted Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:41am [Dine in]

I've been here three times now - after seeing this place on the show You Gotta Eat Here. I love the big ambience and the wide-open space (check out the massive bathrooms), and the local beer selection. Food-wise, I find it to be sometimes great, but too often mediocre, from a lack of attention by cooking staff. The wait staff are friendly but I've twice had to ask to have my table wiped down due to crumbs and grease.

Pulled pork bun/brisket: both are good, but they don't give you much bbq sauce, nor do they provide it in a bottle on the table like Pig does. They last pork sandwich I got didn't seem to have any sauce on it. They should include a bowl of it at least on the side.

Sausage: the house-made sausage is good and has a distinctive flavour from the caraway and other herbs. I would have a hard time eating a whole portion.

Deep fried pickles: major fail here as they use a fish and chip batter and excessively salty pickle wedges. This dish only works with a breadcrumb breading and smaller pickle pieces. They need to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Pulled pork poutine: not bad, but the Pig poutine has the edge here. Again, needs a side of BBQ sauce.

Sides: Hot and miss. The fries are nice and thick, but sometimes aren't cooked enough or have too much seasoning on them. The cornbread has been good, but sometimes is too dried out. The fried cabbage is bland and misses something. The vegetable side changes daily but is usually good. The slaw was okay but kind of boring.

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Big Wheel Burger341 Cook Street, Victoria
$14 for a burger combo? I don't get it....
Submitted Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:16am [Dine in]

My wife and I went here for a bite - you have to order at a counter and then wait at a booth for your number to be called. We were charged $28 for two burgers, fries, and drinks. Pretty steep I thought, then I realized we had been overcharged by 2 dollars. They refunded me no prob, but it still came to about $26 - pretty high for a couple fast food combos.

The burger was basic but good, served on a brioche bun, and reminiscent of something you'd get at a food truck or a mom and pop diner. The fries were good as well, so no big complaints on the food, other than that the portions were pretty small.

I don't give this place a high review as their prices are too high for what you get - fast food with a bit of love. There's too many other places in Victoria that serve as good or a better burger for less.

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Zambri's820 Yates St, #110, Victoria
Great Italian food
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

I've been to Zambri's three times now for both dinner and lunch - all of which have been great experiences.

The food is top-notch and the recipes are very delicious and creative Italian-inspired dishes. High notes are the pasta and pizza dishes, which include rich sauces and very thin crusts that aren't drowning in sauce or toppings. The minestrone soup is one of my favs but I've only seen it served when I've been there for lunch - Hey Joe - it should be avail all the time and on the dinner menu too, it's that good. Overall the food will not disappoint and is worth every olive oil soaked calorie, and there are a lot of those.

The atmosphere is very nice, depending on where you sit. The inside part is more the traditional dining area and has great people watching - the adjoining atrium part makes for a different dining experience as you are outside but still inside an enclosed building.

I only give the service a low rating as I've been less than impressed two of the three times I've eaten there, considering the price you pay to dine there. I get the feeling that some of the servers know their food is good and that means they don't have to go out of their way to look after you. Or maybe they were new or something - either way, this is the only weakness in what is otherwise a great place.

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Pluto's Restaurant1150 Cook Street, Victoria
Decent but don't expect Guy Fieri to come
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2012 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I've lived in Victoria for two decades but had never been to Pluto's diner until recently. I'd heard that the food was not very good up until now but I was pleasantly surprised when I went.

Breakfast: this is their specialty and what brings most people there. They offer a good asst of breakfast meals, including a mean huevos rancheros. The prices are not cheap but I feel it is decent value, except for the coffee - it's cheap swill and they charge nearly $4 for it!

Dinner: I've tried burgers so far and they have been good - and you can upgrade a side of fries with poutine for a couple bucks more. It comes with onion rings, gravy, and roast garlic, the latter I can do without.

Service: it is hit or miss depending who you get. A couple of the servers there are not very friendly, and one clearly dislikes her job and seem to try to avoid coming to your table. I have to order a pitcher of beer a ta time because she otherwise only comes by every 15 mins.

Atmosphere: it's a funky place that has the potential to be really awesome with some renos. It could be made into a cool retro garage themed place by lots of adding neon signs, old metal garage signs, a jukebox and props liks an old gas pump. Instead, they have weird artwork and cheesy stuff plastered all over the walls. Maybe they could get the Restaurant Makeover guy to come in to help out. Don't expect to see this place on 3D until then though.

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My Thai Cafe1020 Cook St., Victoria
Not what it used to be
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent My Thai when they first opened, drawn to the great food and reasonable prices. I moved away for a few years and decided to try it again after moving back to Victoria. Wow, how things have changed.

I was first struck by just how dirty the place has gotten. There was dirt and cobwebs all over the place, the carpets were absolutely filthy, and the place did not smell very good. They also haven't painted the place since it opened and it shows. The tables had chips of paint missing all over them and looked like something out of a Salvation Army furniture section. They also had graffiti all over the front sign, which they hadn't bothered to clean or replace.

My wife wanted to leave at this point, but I remembered the food being good so we hung in there to order food. Big mistake. While the curry was not terrible, the pad thai was burnt and disgusting. The shrimp that it came with also smelled pretty bad and were not fresh. The only thing I didnt mind was the white rice.

The meal was over $50 by the end, but was not worth half of that. There is a reason the place was empty for the dinner service.

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Pizza Zone1806 Cook St, Victoria
Deep dish heaven
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I've had most of the pizza from the major places in Victoria. I decided to try Pizza Zone after reading some pretty good reviews of it and can now say that this place has the best pizza in town.

They serve up a deep dish style pizza but the crist is very light and puffy. They also use the right amount of cheese and don't drown out toppings with a sea of goo, which means you wont get a soggy crust.

The menu for pizza is limited (6 types) as are the size options (only medium and large are sold for whole pizzas). This is not a problem as you can always opt to buy two slices and get a pop for $6 or design your own pizza. It is really a take out pizza place as the seating is limited and really only good for a quick meal.

The 4:20 pizza seems to be the favorite here, which is a meat lovers covered with tasty sausage and loads of bacon! it rocks but personally, I think the veggie is the best - they use artichokes, green and black olives, think sliced green peppers and mushrooms. And it is not soggy, like so many other places' pizzas.

Pizza Zone pizza is the BEST in town and highly recommended.

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Irish Times Pub1200 Government Street, Victoria
Pretty place, and pretty high prices
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

irish Times is undoubtedly a beautiful place. But once you look beyond the shiny brass details, short kilt wearing servers, and soccer jersey wearing bartenders, this is really a pretty average pub in a prime location.

Expect to pay here. A pint of local beer will run you almost 8 bucks. Should be about 6 IMO. I've also never seen a beer special here.... ever. Food is also priced higher than other local pubs. The food is good but nothing spectacular - pretty standard pub fare with a few irish items tacked on. it may be me, but I always am a bit put off by the intense smells of food and shellfish that seem to hang in the air there like dense fog. Seems like it lacks proper ventilation there.

Irish Times seems more interested in siphoning off one-time visiting tourists and posers with overpriced drinks and food, rather than appealing to locals by focussing on value and return appeal.

And what gives with an "Irish" pub with NO DART BOARDS. C'mon!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
Reliable - Great Spot on the Harbour
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Living in Victoria for a long time and writing a review of Milestone's feels like commenting on going to the Museum. Seems like this place is a fixture of the city.

Milesone's hasnt changed much over the years and for good reason. Great view, reliable service, and a solid menu with some really standout dishes. The quality control is what makes Mileston's great. You know what you're going to get every time and it rarely disappoints. I give them top marks for service as I've never had a bad service there.

Last time I had ravioli with a marinara sauce and it was just fantastic. Fresh pasta and italian sausage filling, with parmesan.

I really dont want to know how many calories are in Milstone meals, especially the ones marked as "favourites," since they are so rich and tasty. Then again, I usually go there for special occasions like birthdays. Mention that and they'll even bring you a free dessert cake!

BTW: always ask for a window seat.

OVERALL: BEST TOURIST TRAP ON THE INNER HARBOUR

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Fernwood Inn1302 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria
Nice place but food is a step behind
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

We went here for a burger and beer while in Fernwood in early July 2009. I havent been here since it was the old George and Dragon.

First impressions are good at the Fernwood - it's clean, modern designed, and stylistic. We sat near the bar on a high table and had a nice view of the road and Fernwood square.

The burger we ordered, however, looked like a burnt golfball someone sat on. It was flat, falling apart, small, and burnt. And I mean not a little coloured but charred black. We sent it the burger back. However, instead of getting a whole new plate we just got another burger alone and had to make do with our now cold fries from the first order. Worst of all, the second burger we got was almost as badly burned. If this was a big fat 1/3 lb patty I could see why it'd need that much cooking. But it wasn't. The patty seemed like less than a quarter pound and something pressed to hell on the grill by a flipper by some junior cook with an ecoli phobia.

However, to be fair, the burger itself tested pretty good aside from the patty. Nice dressing on the bun.

OVERALL: nice pub, great renos, but ill-prepared food from what seems like a well-crafted menu. If they could get a decent cook to prepare the dishes, this place would be worth checking out.

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
A real gem - highly recommended!
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place 3 times in the past 3 weeks after it was recommended by a friend. It used to be Gordon's Sporting Goods store way back when. It looks like things may have improved over the last year having read some of the reviews below.

I think this place is a real gem for the following reasons:

-it smells good when you walk in. You can tell right away the food is prepared fresh, not a ton of deep fried things, and the place is kept clean.
-has a pub and restaurant side depending on what kind of atmosphere you want. Both use the same menu which is nice since some places charge more to eat in the retaurant side.
-food is fresh and well prepared. Pizzas are made from fresh dough not forzen slabs, the seafood special I had one time was perfectly cooked and tasty with a fresh fruit salsa on salad greens. Wings are uniquely flavoured and also tasty. Bascally everything is done well with attention.
-drink specials every night and appropriately priced beer sleeves (which are not advertised as "pints" either like some places)
-innovative dinner menu that organizes things by price (5, 10, 15, 20 dollars) rather than by appy or entre. Some things are very good deals (i.e a half chicken for 10 bucks)

The only negative things about this place are:

-the outdoor seating area regular tables are too high - or the seats are too low. I feel like a kid sitting at them as the table sits at chest level. Maybe this is designed so you can eat right off the plate without cutlery.
-the pub side can get VERY noisy from people talking. I think it has to do with the fact that all the walls and floors are solid surfaces and reflect sound a lot.
-food wait times vary, depending on what you order and how busy it is. However, they state this on the menu for all to know beforehand plus you can ask your server about what's fastest to get.

Overall, this is one of the best places in town to eat even though its not in the best part of town. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Fish on 5th9812 Fifth Street, Victoria
Fish and chips the way it was meant to be
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Fish on 5th is a bustling little diner in Sidney that has the best fish and chips around. You can sit at a table or on a bar along the front window and although it can be crowded, the food makes up for it all.

The fish and chips we got were hot and very fresh - no soggy anything and you can see them make the food as the kitchen is open and right in the middle of the restaurant. The batter was light and crispy and the coleslaw solid.

it is a highly recommendable place!

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Blue Fox Cafe, The919 Fort St, #101, Victoria
Good but dont believe the HYPE
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 11:11am [Dine in]

The Blue Fox has a legendary reputation in Victoria for their brunch. Just drive by on a weekend and see the huge line up.

Having been there, frankly, the place is more hype than anything. The food is good but it's nothing much above what you'd get at any decent diner anywhere. The decor is unique and they have an interesting collection of prints and art on the walls in loud colours. It's not my cup of tea but that's just me. I also found the seating to be too crowded in there. It's a very busy little place so if you prefer a quite space to eat, you may want to pass on the Blue Fox.

This place serves only breakfast and lunch so dont expect to go there for dinner. Prices are good and staff seemed friendly.

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Oregano's Pizza And Bistro1516 Fairfield Road, #1, Victoria
Great for take out
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 10:59am [Dine in]

This pizza place is relatively new and is located next to the liquor store in Fairfield Plaza. We've ordered from there a few times and have been mostly pleased. They offer a fair muber of pizza types and some gourmet. They put herbs in the crust and seem to know how to cook a pie perfectly there. Some of the pizza combinations, however, are not as good as they could be so be mindful when ordering.

They have a good take out special in the early week but otherwise, the prices are nothing special or outrageous. They have a deli seciton with other italian goodies like lasage and sandwiches but I havent tried any of these items.

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Ross Bay Pub1516 Fairfield Rd., #7, Victoria
Good all round pub
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I've been here countless times since they turned this location from a family restaurant into a neighbourhood pub.

The Ross Bay pub is a recommendable good all-round pub. The decor is modern but friendly and it has a wide array of seating types from pub stools to booths to a more restaurant-like section. They have an outdoor section with a fireplace which is nice to sit in summertime. Servers are always friendly and professional from my experiences there.

The drink prices are very good and they always seem to have a good drink special, not some 25 cents off a pint "deal" that you get so much of in Victoria pubs. Pints are FULL SIZE and not sleeves, one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated on pub-goers you get at other places in Victoria.

At Ross Bay they list all their prices and sale items on a chalkboard and a lught sign outside the pub so it's easy to see what's on special, which is really nice. Sometimes we'll just be walking by, see something, and decide to pop in. Yes, the advertising works.

The menu is standard pub fare and I've been both pleased and disappointed eating there. The fish and chips one night were really good but the burgers on other nights were abysmal. The burgers are said to be home made but I've had both home made and generic freezer patties on my burgers ordered there. Overall, the food is good but average when comparing it to what you can get at other Victoria pubs.

One great perks about the pub is the great effort management makes for promotion. They always have something going on there, whether it be sing along rock bingo, draws for a quad, hockey playoff free drink games, etc. This pub attracts a diverse crowd and I've never seen any problems with rowdies here.

The only bad thing is the high number of barflies that seem to always congregate at one part of the bar and consume endless gallons of the cheap domestic draft. I dont mind seeing regulars at a pub but there seem to be a lot of locals who go there nightly and get drunk. The only other drawback at Ross Bay is there is no smoking area so smokers go right outside the front door to puff. So you might be walking through smoke to go in or you'll get wiffs of smoke at your table if you sit near the door as people go in and out.

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Kaz Japanese Restaurant1619 Store Street, #100, Victoria
Used to be great but no longer :(
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 10:29am [Dine in]

If this place changed hands in the past while it makes sense to me now - this little hole in the wall used to thave the best cheap sushi in town. Excellent quality and well made. The last two visits here, however, have been noticably poorer. The food was not as tasty, the meat in my udon was tough and bland, and the sushi rice was soggier than what it should be. I'd not recommend Kaz anymore though as it is not what it used to be. Too bad!

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Barb's Place Fish & Chips310 St. Lawrence Street, Victoria
Can be good but too expensive and slow
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 10:12am [Dine in]

We were there on a weekend and were pretty impressed with the food. All was hot and tasty but I hesitate recommending this restaurant for a few reasons -

1) the service is quite slow and they use a pager system. Our meal was not elaborate but they still took over 10 minutes to prepare it. The restaurant was not that busy either. For a concession stand charging the prices we paid, I expect faster service.

2) the prices are too high and what you'd expect to pay in a restaurant. $13 for an order of fish and chips is fit for a sit down restaurant but is TOO HIGH for a concession stand, which what Barb's is.

3) birds congregate around Barb's to eat leftovers and because the tourists feed them. Although there are signs saying not to feed the birds, these birds are still there and they will swoop in as soon as someone gets up and leaves their table, grab what they can, and fly off. It's pretty gross to see and to have a bird almost fly into your head making off with someone's leftover food. They should try more creative solutions to the bird problem such as using nets.

Barb's is in a prime location and they have made a name for themselves over the years, but they seem to be trying to take advantage of all of it too much nowadays by charging too much and overloading the kitchen with orders so the service is slow.

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Rosie's Diner253 Cook Street, Victoria
Cool venue but what a bout the FOOD?
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 9:57am [Dine in]

The other reviews seem to focus on Rosie's atmosphere and decor which, admittedly are great. But the comments on the food are way off. The food is very cheap at Rosie's and for a reason - it isnt very good! It's more like a truck stop diner than a upscale cafe so dont expect anything gourmet here. The fries that came with my burger tasted like the oil they were cooked in was weeks old and the chicken strips we had were hard like rocks! My burger also came with no condiment other than a big glob of mayo.

The menu at Rosie's is also pretty strange as they serve a combination of western and chinese food. it'd be better if they only had a few quality items rather than a hige potpourri of mediocre items.

The food is very greasy and if you're like me, you'll feel queeasy after eating there. I might have expected this as they had a grease fire in the kitchen when we were there, which filled the restaurant with smoke.

If you want ambience and a cool retro diner feel, Rosie's is worth a visit. Kids are welcome there and there's lots to look at. Dont expect great food though!

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Smith's Pub777 Courtney St, Victoria
Great venue but
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I've been going here for years but recently stopped going for a few nagging reasons.

Smith's has great ambience but the food is hit and miss and the prices are getting too high here. They make a fantastic burger but other pub staples like the wings are poor. For instance, we got wings during their wing night. The wings dont come in normal wing flavours like hot or bbq but rather more "fusion" flavours like ginger bbq and curry which would be fine if they tasted good and were properly seasoned. Instead, our wings were literally caked with spice and had so much curry powder and salt we couldnt eat more than a couple. Seems like they are trying too hard to go for trendy fusion food that sounds cook rather than things that actually taste good.

The other problem here is the price of drinks. If you ask for a pint, you'll get only a sleeve but will still pay the price of a pint - or about six bucks. Too much! Our server also didnt seem to understand the difference when I pointed out that my drink was not a pint as asked for. This is odd for a "British" style pub because in Britain, you'd send a pint back for not being full right to the top, and full in a proper pint glass.

Smith's is a good place to visit despite this but a few things need to change for this to be the great pub it could be.

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