would like a "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" roadtrip to Victoria from Calgary
Our 30th wedding anniversary is coming up and we would like to do a road trip through B.C. We would like to explore the other side of dining in B.C. We want to go where the locals dine and not the high-end dining experience that caters to tourists. We will be leaving Calgary and driving through Golden, Vernon, Penticton, Hope, Vancouver, Nanaimo then Victoria. Can you help us plan our trip?
Home Diner is a BC chain of home style comfort food diners. Good solid homestyle food like grandma used to make. They have locations in Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Meritt, Hope and Maple Ridge. Of course like any diner, remember to save room for their famous pie.
Bon's in Vancouver - cheapest breakfast you'll find, and definitely counts as a "dive". The diners are often a colourful bunch, too, although I've heard hipsters have been crowding in as of late.
In terms of drive-ins - I don't know if they do this at the Calgary locations - but it's always fun to get car-hop service at White Spot. I know they do it at the Burnaby location near Brentwood Mall. probably at other locations too, possibly with nicer views.
Victoria - you're basically in the land of breakfast joints, which may count as diners in your books. Local favorites include Floyd's & John's Place, both closer to the diner end of the spectrum. I can't decide if Alzu's counts as a diner or a dive, but it's open 24 hours, so who really cares.
John's Place Restaurant
723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W1N9, CA
Roast Bistro in Maple Ridge. Awesome pulled pork, awesome everything.
I can't second the recs for either Bobby Sox in Maple Ridge, (can be scary with bikers and tweaking druggies) or Rocco's in Mission, (powdered mashed potatoes, horribly salty turkey roll on the hot turkey sandwich.)
For the Fraser valley - here are some you might try
Rocco's Mission BC - (DINER!)
Chilliwack Airport Pie - Chilliwack BC (Best pie in the sky)
Bobby Sox - Maple Ridge BC ( Diner)
Hope Drive-In - Hope BC (DINER great burgers)
Mitch Millers - Abbotsford (Cafe) great eggs benny
Sasquatch Inn - Harrison Mills (Pub)
Mitch Miller's Restaurant
33758 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2S2H2, CA