Paul's Motor Inn is a no frills family oriented restaurant serving up fresh, diner classics.
A trip to Vic today gave me the opportunity to eat at this Victoria landmark, a place that once fed me during bleak years at UVic.
I wouldn't call the place fancy, but Bob Hope ate there once so that has to count for something. Okay, so it means it is really old.
I had a turkey burger, which was an interesting hybrid between a hot turkey sandwich and a burger. A pretty decent spinach salad accompanied the meal. My wife had the filet of sole, which was also decently prepared, although the mixed veggies on her plate looked a bit dodgy. Her side of onion rings were crisp and not greasy though.
The service was attentive, and the place has been renovated since I last ate there. It has a good casual ambience.
If you want diner food, you could do worse. Bob would approve.
Went to Paul's on Saturday prior to taking in the Cirque du Soliel show at the Memorial Centre by default. My friend and I were going to go to White Spot for a quick bite before the show however the place was packed, go figure, next closest thing was Paul's.
Entered the restaurant and quickly discovered that we would most likely be the only patrons in the entire place with our own teeth.
It was like entering an old folks home at dinner time.
We proceeded up the "red carpet" to the upstairs dining area. Back in the day this must of been some impressive spot but in the year 2008 it is anything but. I don't think the decor in this place has been touched since Bob Hope came by, who is pictured in their menu sipping coffee from a Paul's Cup , and the photo is of a youngish Bob Hope so you do the math.
This is an oldie but not really a goodie.
Their specials were written on a dry erase board as you walked up the stairs, delicacies like "Denver Sandwich with Potato Salad" and
"Liver and Onion's". A fine dining establishment this is not and if you plan to impress someone you won't be coming here.
Because we didn't have plenty of time before the show we both ordered something we thought would only take a couple minutes.
I ordered a grilled cheese sandwhich, my friend the Denver special. Can you screw up a grilled cheese sandwhich, the answer is yes. My sandwich arrived burnt and not really all that cheesy.
The only saving grace were the fries. Paul's make very good french fries, those I do recommend.
My friend commented that the Denver was 'edible', not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The waiter/bartender was wearing one of those "hokey" old vests from , well, the Bob Hope days. A friendly enough guy who really was run off his feet. The sandwiches didn't really arrive in a timely manner. The waiter/bartender said it was a busy night. There were about five other tables with at least two people at each table, I would hate to see what a slow night is like.
I must say it was cheap. So if you want to go back in time, eat either cafeteria style downstairs or kick it up a notch and follow the red carpet upstairs and order a plain jane sandwhich that may or may not be good Paul's is the place.
All this being said if I am in the area and hungry for a good order of fries Paul is the man.
Had a late dinner here last night. I had the BLT with the house salad. The BLT was delicious and I was amazed with the house salad. I was expecting an iceberg packaged type of salad but no, it was chopped romaine with purple cabbage and tomatoes!! It was really good! My husband had the club house with fries and said it was good. Hard to get a real opinion from him! Our daughter had a cup of the Chicken Corn Chowder (the waitress gave her a bowl instead!!!) and she really liked it. For dessert the three of us shared a bowl of plain old chocolate ice cream!! It was absolutely delicious!!
The restaurant had a diner feel to it and the waitress matched it well!! Didn't write anything down, just memorized it. Also, that greasy smell that you get when eating at a diner . . . yep, got that!!!
We can see the kitchen from where we sat, and it was very clean!! We would definite go back here when we come back to Victoria and will recommend it to people.
Regulars don't want others to find out about this place (I know, because I heard one patron telling another to stop telling people about it, because it would start getting too busy.)
It's a small diner style place that looks like it could use a good cleaning and a coat of paint. But when you get past that, lots of stuff on the menu is good and cheap. I give the entrees a pass--I had what was supposed to be pork tenderloin, but it was pounded flat, breaded and fried and was rather tasteless. It was accompanied by mashed from a box, thick brown gravy, steamed veg that had seen better days, and grill toasted bun. The bun was the best part.
The Chinese food, burgers, and sandwiches are where it's at!
I had a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and my friend had the
teriyaki chicken special. For the price, just fine. Good hangover, long trip refueling food. Place looks like it hasn't been renovated for ages, but is surprisingly well preserved. Attentive, casual, friendly waitress got our drinks refilled without asking which is super and the kitchen looks very clean. The regulars look like they may have been going there since the late 50's and know the waitress by name...
I was invited to go for breakfast and this was the chosen place. Everything on the menu was really simple food at a reasonable price. I chose one of the few less ordinary items, the buckwheat pancakes. When the waitress returned to the table with the food she informed me that she had ordered the regular pancakes and asked if I wanted them or the buckwheat. To make a long story short, I chose the ones that were already made and changed my mind for some toast. This made the waitress so upset that I told her I would just take the pancakes as I didn't want to risk spit in my food. Aside from that there was nothing good or OK about this place and I see no reason to return.