The new incarnation of Save on Meats offers healthy, affordable diner classics for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Along with serving good food and meat in the butcher shop, Save on Meats is working with community leaders in the DTES to create jobs, implement sustainable business practices such as a rooftop self-powered organic rooftop green house, in house composting and bike delivery.
Finally made a visit to Save-on-Meats after many years of driving by but being too afraid to stop. The 3 of us went on a Saturday afternoon. Parking was easy on a side street. The walk was full of new sights and no troubles although this is a tough 'hood. Waited a few minutes then got a booth. Menu has something for everyone including beer & spirits. Ordered the Reuben & club sandwiches. A ice cream float and drinks. The food was decent; nothing outstanding. I think the nostalgic decor, sketchy neighborhood and whole experience sets this apart from other diners. Not so much the food. The service was prompt, professional and friendly. All the servers were working hard. food, Tax & tip came to $51. Probably won't go back unless I'm in the area, but cool all the same.
I finally tried Save on Meats diner on the weekend for brunch. I've had a take-out sangy and been over on the butcher side of things, but never on the diner side.
The diner is old-school inside with a giant brick wall giving it a warm and friendly feeling inside. There is quite a bit of seating and a comfortable waiting area should it be busy. We were lucky to be seated right away.
I ordered the blackstone eggs benedict and a PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) which at 8.95 and 3.50 is a great deal for brunch. The eggs were cooked perfectly and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Despite it being so busy, the service was fast and courteous.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Save On Meats and the prices can't be beat. I will return.
Stopped for a weekend lunch at the re-opened Save On Meats diner.
I ordered the burger with fries and a cup of vegetarian chili, my companion ordered the club sandwich (see the attached images).
The service was friendly, but a little slower than I liked.
The burger was very good, using fresh ground beef, the fries were crisp, but seemed to be from frozen.
The vegetable chili was decent, but I would have preferred a little more spiciness.
The value is excellent though.
I love the retro look of the place, the only thing missing is servers on roller skates :p
We went with high hopes for this place, but we were exceedingly let down. It's nice they try to clean up the neighbourhood and provide something for the residents. The place is generally clean, very open and well, looks like a diner. No surprise there.
The wait staff was pretty friendly and helpful, wow, they even have a kids menu. Very accommodating, That was certainly one thing I can't complain about. They came about to help us quite quickly, but the kitchen might have been a bit on the slow side for a diner
Here's the problem though: Is this diner for the long-time residents? If so, it's priced well out of their range. It was $6 for the basic burger, about the cheapest dish that can be had. It only comes with 1 side (slaw, salad or fries). it was not big. Really? I could get a burger for that anywhere. The other mains come in higher, like around the $8-9 range, though very few top $10 that I could recall. You may not think it's much, but that's rich for these residents (or it ought to be!)
So is this diner for the new, "hip" residents? If so, well, the food sucked. The burger patty was okay. The bun tasted like it was a couple of days old. I would've been happier with a generic Safeway burger bun. The fries were nothing to write home about. At least the slaw was good. The pork sandwich on apple fritter was basically a super-tough, dried out pork chop in between a donut. Not that hot. A pot pie? Very, very small and not amazing. The roast chicken? Oh my gosh, that was super-dry. You would've done better walking up to Nester's market to pick up some munchies.
Would I return? I highly doubt it. This is the rare one of those places where the food quality (I don't mean it is rotten, but just poorly cooked) doesn't even meet the minimum standard where I think "Oh, if it were a bit cheaper, I would be happy". Nuh oh. Not even close. I'd stay away. You'd do better getting some gnosh over at T&T or Nester's. A pointless waste of my tummy space and a pointless addition to the neighbourhood.
Unless the new starving artists that are moving in don't know how to manage their finances, or cook and have no standards whatsoever.
After hearing much rave about this place, and seeing as how they have chicken and waffles (!!), this was the perfect place for us to dine for lunch. The interior was absolutely gorgeous. It was very retro - very 50’s diner feel. Even the staff made the atmosphere and ambiance pop up that much more. Speaking of which, the staff were VERY friendly, even when they seemed short staffed, they kept their cool and still asked us how we were doing and maintained their manners. Kudos.
Chicken and Waffles - $13.95 (4/7)
Okay, this is literally just chicken and waffles. Chicken with waffles. Waffles with chicken? What’s so good about this dish?!?! Someone please enlighten us. Are you supposed to eat this together or separately!? Anyway, aside from that, the waffle was just meh. Would’ve been better if there were more syrup, though. Or if they gave a thing of syrup on the side. However, the waitress did ask if we wanted more syrup. The chicken was dry but there was only ONE bone throughout. Amazing. The skin was crispy, but not to Church’s Chicken/KFC level. The jalapeno-lime butter was interesting. Different and interesting. Overall, we probably wouldn’t get this dish again. Would we try elsewhere? Maybe.
Went to Save on Meats for a late lunch. The place was busy but not packed. Had to wait 5mins as I wanted a booth. Order a Mushroom burger and Rubin sandwich. Both of the meals were very average. Nothing to shout about!!!. Could have gone to Tim's or Mc D and had a better sandwiches. Not worth the trip. Will not return. Maybe ok for breakfast but did not try this. Coffee was also not good. Cold coffee.
Service was good and no issues there.
We wanted to give the SoM diner a try after watching the Gastown Gamble TV series and we finally got around to crossing the bridge to give it a go. Definitely a diner atmosphere, fairly loud with music and conversations and with the appropriate cute and funky diner decor. We arrived at 4:30, more of a late lunch, patting ourselves on the backs for avoiding the Saturday night dinner line-ups we expected later. We were surprised to see that only a couple of the 10 or so booths were vacant and only a couple of the dozen counter stools were empty at that early hour. By the time we left there was a small lineup attesting to the fact that the SoM diner's popularity hasn't waned.
We ordered a lemonade and a pine-apple grapefruit juice which took a while to arrive, the former in a small drinking water glass and the latter in an even smaller cocktail glass. The small sizes surprised us but we thought they must be fresh squeezed to justify their long prep time and $2.75 and $3.25 price tags. Asking the waitress, she admitted they were from concentrate and tetrapaks. Recommend you stick to the water at that price.....
Wife ordered a hamburger and fries which the menu promised to be "The best damn deal in town & Save On Meats original claim to fame!" She was disappointed in their claim; the burger was lukewarm, the bun was stale, dry and cold and the patty and condiments were relatively sparse and tasteless. She was expecting a hot flavourful burger off the flattop, like we used to get at the old SoM shop. The burger came with a small cup of room temperature fries, clearly not freshly fried or cut. $6.95 with that level of quality was no deal.
I ordered the chicken dinner with fries which promised 2 pieces of crunchy buttermilk chicken for $12.75. What I got was two small chicken thighs with bones intact, comprising 5 bites total, overcooked and dry in a tasteless breading. We couldn't stop laughing; the serving was ridiculously pitiful. It also came with the same small cup of room temperature fries that the burger did, some steamed peas and carrots, and a small dish of chicken gravy. When I asked the waitress if this was normal, she asked if I wanted to order an additional piece of chicken for $3.50! Ha....fool me once, shame on you........
It's too bad were so disappointed by the food; comfort diner food sounded like great fare on a cold winter evening and we really wanted to like this place. At least our curiosity has been satisfied so we won't be back to eat lunch or dinner. $29 before tip. Service and staff were excellent and no complaints there at all.
BTW, we popped next door to the butcher shop after dinner and grabbed a couple excellent tenderloin steaks for $16 that we grilled at home the next day. Delicious.....
Popped in for lunch on a recent sunny Sunday with a couple of friends. The place was full and had to wait a few minutes to be seated. Took the opportunity to admire the considerable reno that's occurred in this historic building. Heritage enthusiasts will appreciate the exposed brick and timber. Kitch lovers will like the large, hand-painted signs that hang above the long counter. The lines are clean and tasteful and the room has a fun, energetic vibe. Once seated I looked over the smallish menu that, as expected, covers the basic diner touchstones. Nothing imaginative here. Its a coffee shop not a trendy cafe. The first thing I noticed were the downright CHEAP prices. I'm talking circa 1990 or something. A burger and fries for $6?? Its true I tell you. My two friends each ordered a burger wondering aloud how good can a $6 burger be? Not being very hungry and feeling vitamin deprived, I opted for a roast chicken salad ($7). Good diner coffee (Seattle's Best) was plonked down and refilled often. Smiles were genuine. The food arrived in short order. Portions are reasonable and the food looked appetizing enough. The burgers turned out to be quite acceptable if not scrumptious. No complaints for that price mind you. Fries dont appear to be house made but they were hot and tasty nonetheless. My salad was rather drab. Underdressed and uninspired really. But again, fresh and acceptable. A nice sear on the chicken would improve the texture and taste. A tweak of their house dressing wouldnt hurt either. This place will do fine.... Its cool and its needed in this fascinating block of Hastings street
After hearing about it from friends and DDD, five of us went to try it out. Mind you, we all don’t live downtown so it was kind of a special trip for us. We were lucky it wasn’t busy but we were there around 5:30 pm. We were offered the table at the front of the restaurant to which we declined, since we didn’t want so many people walking pass constantly while coming through the front door. We were right, business picked up after we sat down. So having people waiting beside our table wouldn’t have felt very comfortable. We headed to the bigger booth at the back. The server was nice and gave us the daily special spiel. However, it took him awhile to get our drinks to us when we ordered. After hearing about the burger and pot pie, a few of us had to try it out. We got a couple of them and the bacon mac n’cheese as well as a bowl of beef chili.
The beef chili and bacon mac n’cheese were probably the only dishes that were satisfactory. The burger itself wasn’t great. The bun was too big, a bit stale and the patty was small. Only thing good was the bacon that came with it. The fries were ok and came in a small soup bowl, so a measly portion. The biggest disappointment was the chicken pot pie. It was tasty, but the price you pay for a TINY portion wasn’t worth it. It left a few of the guys still hungry and we had to grab something along the way when we left. If you’re looking for comfort food, it offers it, but the prices aren’t as cheap. If you live down in the area, sure it’s a place to eat and maybe you need to try it once and decide if the return trip is worth it. Sorry, for us it was OK and not worth another trip back.
On Tuesday April 10th I took my daughter Julia for the second time to Save On Meats Diner for a quick Lunch.
I had the Chicken Club Sandwich with salad, which I enjoyed every bite of.
Julia had the open faced Chicken Sandwich with fries - which she enjoyed as well!
To celebrate her 27th birthday we shared the "Chocolate Chocolate Awful Awful" sundae which didn't let us down a bit....yummmmy!
At first when we saw the new menu we knew that meant new prices! eeek! - BUT... to be honest the prices are still great! - a few minor changes but nothing outrageous!
The staff at Save On Meats Diner are fabulous! - It wouldn't matter how great the food was or the prices for that matter, if the service sucked, I wouldn't go back. But that's not the case at ALL the service is super Friendly!
We look forward to our next Mother daughter meal at Save On Meats!
A departure from the owners of Boneta with a homely 60's style diner. Tasty burger for $6 makes it a cheap and quick lunch spot. According to the staff the meat is locally sourced. Salads a bit boring and a better drink list would be in order. Friendly staff and wonderful chocolate bacon cookies.
This is a great story. Hats off to those involved in revitalizing this "joint" akin to it's former glory. This is a great addition to this neighborhood.
The food that I've had so far was (1st visit) The best breaky that I didn't make myself (2nd visit) pretty damn good. The first time I dined here I had the hash browns with the poached egg on top and it was awesome. I recommend getting another egg as one is not enough. My second visit, I had a bacon cheese burger which was quite good - the only thing was that the bun was a tad too much. The servers are friendly and they get things done... eventually. But really who cares about that, you're not coming here to experience fine dining. Lastly, as a new parent the menu for kids looks like it's the best in town and when they eventually get teeth (my kids that is) this will be a staple. People, get out of your little shells and come down and eat with some East Enders - they've got funny stories to tell. Overall, this place should be supported in a huge way.