Mrs. C and I went to B's for some family dining. We found the place was empty when we got there, and as previous reviewers remarked it was like a trip back 20+ years. The place itself was clean enough including the ancient w/c, but it could use a renovation.
Sure it is somewhat dated, but man is it cheap! It was like they forgot to change the prices in the last few decades. We had the spaghetti w/meat sauce plus salad and garlic toast special for less than 7 bucks each, and we added a half dozen chicken wings for less than 5 bucks. Incredible value! I would have given more stars for value, but the food wasn't exactly cordon bleu. But with those prices I could understand that quality was not top notch. Service was good and friendly, and definitely made up for the rather crappy decor.
All in all a satisfying experience, and easy on the wallet.
Just not for gourmets.
I went to Bino's as a last resort for some late dinner yesterday at about 10pm. After walking into an empty restaurant and waiting for a few minutes for anyone to acknowledge us, we were about to turn around and walk back out. The server finally came out from the back and greeted us...dammit! Not lucky enough to back out now. The place was swimming in 80's deco, from vinyl booths to cheesy generic photos of pasta spilling out of its container.
The server was really nice. She handed us a menu that obviously hadn't changed since it opened in the 80's. Even the plates and cups were the same as the pictures! Had that retro white and orange deco band around the edges. The great thing about that was the prices were still 80's prices!! Gotta love that!
Nothing on the menu was over $10. And when I say they still had prices from the 80's, I'm talking about a basket of fries for $2.60, milkshakes for $2.50, burgers for under $6, etc.
Two of us had their 24-hr breakfast special. 2 eggs, 3 bacon/sausages, a choice of hashbrowns and toast or pancakes for only $3.95.
Total cost for 3 for dinner was $24. Not the greatest in food, but good enough for satisfying a late night crave.
This review is overdue, but did want to write something actually.
I have been here three times. Twice in 2006 and once in the end of 2009
The first time the food was actually good. I enjoyed it. The second time, I didn't really enjoy it much because I could smell the onions cooking (I don't like onions) but I am sure asides from the smell bothering me, that it was good.
Anyhow, for the decor (we will get to food afterwards) I do like the decor of the restaurant, as it is nostalgic. They even painted thier walls, and the degrading/atrocious washroom even had a little touch up (too my surprise they got rid of barred soap and now have liquid soap (at least the very last time I was there) Anyhow, I did give ambiance a 4 star, because I like the nostalgic dinning area, but the washroom gets no more than a 2 (considering they did a little touch up on the washroom)
Anyhow, now for the food. I returned again last year, and what the heck was that thing that you served me which you call food?
I mean really, I come to a restaurant to enjoy food and good taste..... I myself who have never worked in a restaurant before prefer my own cooking
I had come with a friend and I ordered the 2 cheeseburger and fries special, and he had the silver dollar pancakes.
NOTHING WAS DONE RIGHT. The burger was just plain atrocious, even the fries tasted horrible. I tired a bit of my friends pancakes. They were a little bit better that my burger, but still not what I would expect.
How could they mess up so badly on food (even french fries) Yes, I did give value a 4, but only because the price is cheap, but I do NOT believe you get what you pay for here.
Anyhow, if you are in this area, and want food there is a 7 - Eleven right next door. they sell burgers and subs that are at least mediocre
All I can say is that Bino's is *NOT* what it used to be, the food (If you want to call it that) is just BLEH!
Anyhow, fair and honesty is fair....this was 3 years ago, so maybe things changed, but thought I would write a review anyways
I had read the generally positive reviews here and always wondered what it would be like going to Binos again. My last visit was almost 20 years ago and I did have some fond nostalgic memories of coming here as a child long before that. Wife and I were driving home trying to think what to eat and happened to pass by and I thought what the hell (she wasn't too keen on the idea). From the street driving fast it actually looked decent.
Anyway, we walk in, and it is absolutely dead on a friday night, it is basically the waitress, us, and some customer who sounds like he is there all the time. Not a great sign...
The decor doesn't seem as nice as some of the recent reviews let on. Laminated and vinyl everything, lots of scuffs and holes in stuff. Other than that the general theme/space isn't completely terrible. Sat at a window seat, which in my mind is the only good thing about the ambience, watching the street scene outside. What pushed me towards a one star for ambience is how dead the place was (feel awkward talking when you are the only ones there), and half way through our meal crackhead guy comes in and he REALLY needs to use the washroom. No public washroom but the guy won't go away. He's in there forever, the lone customer goes in to check on him. Don't think I'll ever be visiting the washroom here. I'm really feeling sorry for the waitress having to deal with this too.
The waitress was good, about the only good thing about our visit. Bill never came, had to go get it, but maybe that is how it works there. Extra frustrating since I just wanted to bolt ASAP. One not so nice thing is that when I did take one quick glance toward the kitchen, I see the chef back there cooking our food and he is rubbing his nose with his hand. I look away quickly and mentally pretend I didn't just see that so that I can try to enjoy my food. I'm sure cooks at all sorts of restaurants do all sorts of things I don't want to see, I just happened to see it with my luck.
The main problem with this place for me was the food. We had a teriyaki burger, 5 pancakes, and a diet coke. I take one sip of the diet coke and that was it. It didn't taste like any diet coke or coke I've ever had, it was postively weird and repulsive. The burger and fries were not great at all, but at least didn't taste too weird. The pancakes not great either. The syrup was really just kind of disgusting and weird. In summary the food sucked worse than any other food I can remember.
Yes the prices are cheap. I didn't notice the 3.95 all day breakfast special until after I ordered. That is pretty crazy value. However, I think I am being generous with 4 stars. Yes its cheap but the food is also pretty bad. Bill was $14 for everything.
Really the wife and I just wanted to eat and get the hell out of here as fast as possible all the while touching as little as possible (we wouldn't even dare to use the salt for our fries). Maybe I am just a big snob now and this place is too low brow for me, see for yourself if you dare ...
Will not return, ever ... sorry wife ...
I know I know, the food isn't the best. I think I've been coming here for three years now. I almost always get their breakfast special, but their Bino's enchilada is pretty good too. Their eggs are rather bland.. and the syrup has changed.. but I still come here for my breakfast food. They have a special at $3.95 for 2 eggs, 3 sausage links or bacon, and pancakes or hash browns with toast. How do you beat that?!
It's quiet at night, sometimes busy in the morning, especially on weekends. I come here quite often with my friends. I've figured out all three waitresses. The lady with the darker skin that usually works at night isn't always nice. She likes to talk on the phone or certain customers. There's an Asian waitress, slim, medium length black hair. She is usually tired, but she recognizes the regulars and talks to them. Friendly. And my favourite waitress is another Asian waitress, more curvy, and she never ties her hair up. She usually has on lipstick. She's very friendly and she remembers my order.. even if I don't come for a month at a time. She even remembers I'm a vegetarian! She definitely keeps me coming back to Bino's. Plus they're open very early and until 1am.
It's pretty clean and this is like my version of Central Perk from Friends. Hahaha.
it's the age-old problem: where do you go to eat at 1:30 in the morning when you realzie you're hungry after a long party night?
since we live in New West and drive in and out of Van a lot, we pass Bino's on Kingsway each time, and we wondered...
until last night. first surprise for us recent immigrants: Bino's is in a working girls' neighborhood. of course, rare is the kid who is up past midnight, so I doubt any parents need ever explain why the lady on the corner is dressed like its Halloween... (grin)
anyway, in contrast with the other reviewer, we had decent service from our waitron. yes, the menus and decor are nothing (and I mean, nothing) special, but the prices are rock-bottom and the food is solid for the price. pancakes billed as 'light and fluffy' aren't, and I wish they had real syrup, but at 3.95 for pancakes, two eggs and three sausage? 1.25 for tea/coffee. 1.50 for a side of hash browns...
stopping there gave us a) just enough fun to talk about through dinner as the girls walked past our window seat, b) just enough sugar and caffeine to allow me to drive home and c) just enough carbs to make sure I slept soundly when I got home.
gotta love that at 1:30 in the morning.
I went in here with my two daughters, as we needed supper and we could not see any other resturants in the area. The first clue should have been how empty it was, but we gave it a go anyway. My oldest ordered a cheese burger, and my youngest the chicken fingers, I had a club house. When the meal came, I could see the grease dripping of of the chicken fingers, and my youngest could not even bite into it as it was so tough that I had to use a knife to cut it? Much to my surprize, a dark meat chicken finger (or it least that was the colour). We sent it back and had them bring her the spag...which was also of very poor quality. My oldest daughters burger was of such poor quality that I didn't feel good that she eat it....we left a short time later ghaving paid some $26 for a meal that felt like it came from a garbage can...even McDonalds would have been far better. I would warn anyone not to go in here....I am just very glad that we didn't get sick. How this place stays in business is shocking?
I have to admit that I have a small soft spot in my heart for poor venerable Bino's. They have a wonderful staff, prompt and friendly service, and some great specials if you're looking for cheap eats. That said: I cannot in good conscience recommend that even an enemy of mine dine there for anything other than breakfast, and even that gets a little dicey when we're talking about the hashbrowns.
Anyone foolish enough to order the "two cheeseburgers and fries" deal dining for two will quickly get a lesson in economics. The burger patties are of course of the "frozen supermarket" variety, and not even the good ones. We're talking the ones that are about 30% soy filler that taste like the human frailty of the human spirit. This burger of sadness is accompanied with a disaster ration sized portion of fries apparently sourced from "Whatever was on sale at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club". Shoestring? Crinkle? Super? Make a game of it with your dinner companion and try to guess, the winner makes the loser eat the fries.
The rest of the menu is typically depressing diner faire. Oil saturated fish and chips, hobo-quality stew, and nachos made from kraft singles and an undying hatred of the concept of tongues. It's also expensive for what you're getting, so do what any sane person does when they find themselves reaching that point in your life where they're saying "I guess I'll go to Bino's"...order the breakfast.
The breakfast is incredibly inexpensive and tastes decent. Choose the journeyman-quality pancakes over the lovecraftian abberation they call their criminally undercooked shredded hashbrowns and you'll have a passable meal at a great price that leaves enough money to leave a sizable tip to their wonderful staff.
I went there last week with my gf for brunch. It's located in the Joyce area. I believe it's the last Binos in Vancouver. The restaurant itself is a typical diner. Breakfast is served all day and it's open late. I had the breakfast special which was eggs, sausages, toast and hashbrowns. It was 4.95 so it was a great deal! The food wasn't great but not bad either. My gf ordered the french toast and it was solid as well.
We had a very good time in this restaurant when we visited Vancouver last month. My friend suggested we going there because she liked the environment so much. She knows I usually like to eat in a clean and quiet restaurant. That's it!
Its food also beyond our expectations. We ordered some sandwiches and french fries with bacon and cheese.hmm...they are really really yummy*~* their herbal tea is very nice, too.We could eat as much as we want because its price was so cheap!
Unexpectedly,my daughter could enjoy the Wi-Fi there when I chatted with my friends:) I think it's a very good place which is for people get together at night.I love this place and I would come again next time when I visiting Vancouver!
Well decor was awful, service was ok, but like all other reviews it was dead quiet.
Although food was not great, how can you beat 5.45 for a burger and fries, and 2.95 for a plate of kids meal pancakes. With the kids size milk, and water, total bill was $10!!!!!!!!!
Well our whole family (3 generations) went there together yesterday night, after a 12 years hiatus. Nothing's changed. I mean absolutely nothing. We went there mostly for nostalgic reasons, but first thing I noticed is the good friendly service the waitress gave. Our group of 6 people had Top Sirloin, Roast Turkey and Roast Beef dinners. Don't expect a steak like The Keg but for the price we are paying (6.95 Roast Beef Dinner - on special, 8.95 Roast Turkey Dinner, 10.95 Top Sirloin Dinner) the food was rock solid. Some had the turkey vegetable soup and some had salad. It's best to avoid the wines though, my dad ordered half liter red and half liter white wine, but they don't taste good. The value is good compare to what you are paying. I mean where else can I find a 3.95 breakfast in Vancouver anymore?
Well I saw someone's review here stating they used real roasted turkey for the clubhouse and figured hey maybe I'll give what seems to be the last Bino's in Vancouver a shot for old times sake. Well I got the clubhouse and it had the nitrate filled, processed variety you'd find at Subway - guess they switched things up? I told my girlfriend to get the bran muffin as it's a classic of sorts at Bino's and I also noted that a poster on Dinehere.ca had said it was still as big as a 'football'...well more disappointment here as what came to our table looked like a sad attempt at a large-ish muffin that had ended up as flat as a pancake - we were served a doughy blob of 'muffin' that would have no trouble sending a common man/woman to the restroom in a panic regardless of how much bran was in it.
Anyways back the the clubhouse... I had it with fries and they were as pale & limp as sin, just barely cooked to an adequate degree imo. The restrooms here are best avoided if possible - quite filthy and the odor on my particular visit made for an unfortunate way to finish off an already borderline miserable meal. For what it's the worth the service was decent on my visit - the waitress struck me as a veteran of budget 24 hour eateries and showed a degree of professionalism and organization that seemed above-average for such a place. I also had hoped this location would still have the brown/yellow/beige color scheme in effect but they'd switched to pink/pastels...did notice the dishes and sugar shakers were certainly circa 1970's though with all the scratches and perma-mildew to prove it.
So overall for the money I can't really complain although I'm more willing endure sitting in a dive when the food is at least half-decent.
Seems a lot of people still like it though so perhaps I was the victim of a hungover short order cook?
Ok, let's first talk about the food. If you're a Vancouverite or have lived here for the amount of time I have (30 yrs), the Bino's can be nostalgic. Where else could you go 30 years ago for a muffin the size of a football and decent coffee? Bino's. Where else could you go for Turkey Vegetable soup that had REAL turkey in it AND chock-full of veggies?? Yup... Bino's... and who had the best darned Clubhouse Sandwiches (beCAUSE they used real turkey in 'em),,, not to mention great fries? Uh huh... Bino's.
So has anything changed in this VERY LAST STANDING Bino's?
Ans: No. Same muffins (bran btw) that are the size of footballs. (Now for those who don't know... these are the same size as MOST big muffins... but Bino's STARTED the whole thing years ago by MAKING them this big. Others followed!)
They come out hot (probably microwaved) with whipped butter and jam. Oh yeah, raisins are in 'em too.
The soup is just as good... just as the Clubhouse sandwiches.
For those who DO remember the dishes... same dishes! No kidding. The place needs to be remodeled but it's not going to happen and the bathrooms... well... let's not go there. THEY can use some help for sure. Service is GREAT even at night when only one server works. And price? CHEAP for breakie, which is avail anytime. $3.95 for 2 eggs, pancakes and bacon. (coffee extra).
See ya there!
Bino's is no longer a chain. It is a family restaurant. They just kept the Bino's name for it's recognition value and the free sign. This is the only remaining Bino's. The all-day breakfast is a great deal & I have it often. The daily special are usually good & always ample. The value for your dollar is unbeatable. Although this is not a place to impress the new love of you life, but it's a great little place to have breakfast the next morning...afternoon etc.
I will keep popping in there from time to time, even if only to see the staff & have a coffee.