Canadian based family restaurant in comfortable surroundings with a large and varied menu. ABC's eggs bennies are famous, but so too is their pulled pork sandwich, their fish and chips, their pot roast dinner. And the desserts!
A couple of friends and I stumbled into this place after being shut out at the Taco Bell in Cloverdale. We were hungry, tired and a little edgy from driving around looking for a comfortable place to eat.
It was almost closing time; there was only one other table occupied but we were greeted with a very friendly waitress, who checked up on us several times throughout our meal (granted there was only one other table there when we left but I've had no service empty restaurants before.) She informed us that they would have to restart the kitchen since they were about to close for the night but she didn't make us feel rushed at all. The decor is casual, comfortable and lax.
My friends ordered the Onion Rings to start while I had the Caesar Starter among individual soda orders. All of us had their self-rated "winner's circle" items: my friends the Baby Back Ribs and the Pot Roast Dinner while I had the Farmer's Fettuccine. The onion rings were decent, in a beer batter. The caesar was actually nicely made with crisp lettuce, generous amount of parmesan and large, plentiful croutons. The entrees were another story. The pot roast looked to be the best item of the 3 we had. It was fall apart fork tender but a little on the stringy side but very much like pot roast I'm use to having with the big pool of gravy on top. Lots of mashed potatoes on the side. The ribs looked like they've been reheated repeatedly and with a sparce layer of bbq sauce over it, supposedly honey bbq. It certainly didn't fall off the bone, although it's not the first time I've seen ribs in the same manner of quality; I figure it's restaurant quality bbq ribs (think frozen variety in the supermarket freezers). My fettuccine was alright. Pasta was al dente in an otherwise, unmemorable bland garlic and parmesan sauce. The sausage and mushrooms lacked much flavour and seemed only tossed in the sauce. Portions for all were beyond filling.
The food is no doubt comfortable and warm food for the soul. The menu is so large I can't help that they probably sacrifice on quality with some of the dishes. Overall, it wasn't a bad meal and the service was solid but now I know never to get the ribs here.
I've eaten here several times, however, one night they had closed at 7pm because "it wasn't busy". I had the same waitress that closed early serve me today. Once I got my food, that was the last I saw of her. She sat at the staff booth near by and didn't even get up when I wanted to pay for my meal. The mushrooms for the omelet were straight out of a can. Barely cooked and very soggy. This was definately my last meal here, even though I stay at the hotel attached to the restaurant. No tip for YOU. The other waiters are quite good.