Argo Cafe offers a variety of dishes from grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and roasted turkey clubhouse to a sesame crusted tuna papaya salad, sirloin steak and entree salads.
I've driven past this place so often yet never gave it a second glance until I read an enticing greasyspoon article in the paper recently. Dropped in for an early lunch with the girlfriend on her day off.
Much of the front windows and covered up so it's hard to peek inside so you'd think they were closed. Wrong. Hours are clearly posted and upon entering, much of the booths were already filled. I think there's a certain protocol one must follow when eating at a so-called greasyspoon and I definitely learnt a few things afterwards. You don't need to wait to be seated by the staff, just come in and find a space at a booth or over at the counter on the other side. No menus. The blackboards display their usuals with their specials on the whiteboards. The decor definitely works with the location with hints of yesteryears all around.
Both of us ordered the burger with fries and a pop. I guess all meals come with soup, 2 choices. The burger was fantastic. The patty was juicy with good body. Couldn't discern if it was store bought or homemade but I digress. It comes with raw red onions, lettuce, a pickle and chili mayo. I ordered all the extras which included fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, bacon and REAL cheese and it was magnificant. The lightly toasted bun rounded off each mouth watering bite. The girlfriend also wholeheartedly approves. Fries are shoestring variety, handcut, and addictive. Perfect accompany to the burger.
Browsing through the menuboards their prices are a steal. The specials are a complete surprise as they can range from an ordinary salmon entree to something you wouldn't expect like braised short ribs. There are even some chinese dishes you could pick out.
Service was delightful. Wait staff are extraordinarily quick at waiting tables since dining patrons can just walk right in under the eye of staff. Judging by how many other customers knew the staff by name and the friendly conversations they had as they paced back and forth from the kitchen, these people know how to keep customers happy. All in all, it has all of the feel of the great diner.
These places are a dying breed. Probably couldn't find another diner with everything so just right. Highly recommend.
This is likea restaurant museum. A forties Diner. Don't let the area or the shabby exterior or the guys hanging around outside throw you off. Enter and be impressed. The place is busy, busy.
No menus, the food is all on blackboards on the wall. Just squish into a booth and order and eat. The food is great. Go with a buddy, someone you like to hang out with and eat great big burgers.
Just wanted to mention about the guys that are standing around the block so that no one is confused. These are not homeless guys or pan handlers. They are day labourers and are there every morning, waiting for work. I work around the area and walk by Argo's all the time and have never been bothered by any of them. They're just there to make a living.
I love this place. There are always a ton of people outside and I finally decided to check it out after reading excellent reviews in the Georgia Strait. The food is really satisfying and it's fun to eat in a diner setting. The pace is pretty quick and food does run out here. Just as I was ordering some lamb chops, they were crossed off the board. No worries though. My stir fry was awesome. I highly recommend this place if you want a down to earth, come as you are place to eat.
I work in the area and some co-workers recommended Argo. If I were to just walk past it, I would never go in, but boy am I glad I did. Their regular menu is good - delicious fries and stir-frys but I especially like their specials of the day. I heard that one of the chefs (the husband who owns the place?) actually works at Season's in the Park most of the week and works at Argo on his days off. So sometimes the specials are fancy, like rack of lamb or seared ahi tuna. For $8, $9, how can you go wrong? Your meal also always comes with a soup - your choice of a clear Chinese soup or a Western one. I've never tried it myself but I've heard that their brownies are great (they seem to be always sold out so that's a good sign).
They're only open for breakfast and lunch. I've been back many times - what a great find!
The Argo looks, as other reviews note, unassuming from the outside, but is truly amazing once inside. The Decor is a 2 only because it is a diner in an industrial neighborhood, it is what it is. The food is amazing, and in my nearly 10 trips in the last 8 months, I have yet to be disappointed.
The specials boards are where it is at, in fact I have only once ordered something off the specials board and that was a club sandwich that was amazing, with the freshest turkey I have had in a long time. Look to the specials for a great deal and an unbelievable meal!
The staff are super attentive, even when busy, and once you've been a few times, they will begin to remember you. They will answer any questions you have in a completely non-rushed manner, despite how busy it gets during lunch hour. Don't miss the homemade desserts!!! Made fresh daily by one of the servers!!! Look out for the pavlova when she makes it...delicious!!! Make sure to give the Argo a try!!!
My boyfriend and I came here for lunch yesterday, arrived early as the other reviews on this site said it was always busy. We got there at 12 PM on the dot and got the last table available but people came and went quite rapidly while I was there and I don't think you would have to wait long for a table.
We received a small, complimentary bowl of Lentil Soup which was lovely and fresh and very tasty. My boyfriend ordered the Fish and Chips and I had Lamb Shank with Mashed Potato and Vegetables. Our meals arrived very quickly and they were large servings - three pieces of fish and lots of chips with a side of slaw and a large lamb shank with plenty of mash and freshly steamed vegetables.
My boyfriend said the fish was really tasty and perfectly cooked while my lamb shank was divine! The meat was so tender, falling of the bone in fact, the gravy was rich and not too heavy; the mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious and the vegetables were perfectly cooked - not too crunchy and not too soft! For $9.75 for the lamb, you cannot go wrong! I was totally impressed with Argo Cafe and will definitely be back here in the very near future!
I was told about the place by someone that works there. I drove by once, and didn't bother going in. Looks pretty seedy on the outside. I'm on their email list about their specials, and got sick of eating the fast food crap in the area so I decided to bite the bullet and try it out. I figured if they serve all this specialty food it can't be that bad.
So I tried it out and was truly impressed. The place was packed, tons of ppl ordering take out. Place was clean. I definately recommend this place if you're looking for an affordable meal that tastes good.
The good thing I can say about this place is that they know how to cook potatoes. There are some places who cannot cook potatoes if their lives depended on it.
The rest was mediocre, the coffee ordinary and mediocre, the toast soggy, Nothing was hot. Even the omelette was soggy.
I suppose the ones who said the food here was good had compared it to really lousy places.
Argo Cafe at 3rd and Ontario is the ideal place to go for a quick and good lunch on a week day. You're unlikely to impress clients there but if you and some office workers want the finest in cafe dining... you gotta try this place! Stirfrires are fantastic, my coworker loves the chicken burgers, the fish dishes are great. Kirby runs the show out front with his brother-in-law cooking in the back.. it's a true family affair with great care and attention.. and very reasonable prices!