The Wallflower

Wallflower Modern Diner on UrbanspoonI met up with my friend for brunch. My friend had arrived earlier than our arranged time and had lined up to get a table for us. When I got there 10 minutes past 11am on a Saturday, there were still people lined up and my friend had just been seated at a table. The place was jammed packed. Like the Farmer’s Apprentice, every inch of the restaurant was utilized for maximum seating. I had the seat where people would walk by and they kept bumping into the bag or coat hanging behind my chair – a bit annoying.

idearabbit-wallflower2The interior was artsy with hand painted intricate designs on the walls. There were portrait paintings that hung close to the ceiling. Customers were hipster-ish and hippie like with tattoos, dyed hair and the guy sitting next to our table had his feet up on the booth’s seat.

My friend had Earl Grey $3.50 (comes in individual pot), and I had the Chamomile $3.50 since disappointingly, they didn’t have Rooibos. A bit pricey for just a bag of Mighty Leaf tea bag. Our tea pots were full with hot water, and with how the pots were designed, hot water spilled onto the table as our server brought the pots. Pouring into our own cups, it kept spilling from the mouth, leaving a big puddle on the table – at least on my side anyways. Although both of our pots were the exact same type, her handle on the pot was so hot that it was impossible to touch it. Sorry, my pet peeve these days – tea pots that are dysfunctional no matter how pretty they look…

It took about 35 minutes for our food to arrive. My friend ordered the Salmon Benny $13 with smoked salmon, capers, red onion and cream cheese, while I had the Classic Benny $10 with poached eggs, grilled ham, salad, English muffin, house made hollandaise sauce and diced potatoes.

idearabbit-wallflowerI just looooooove Bennys!! This one was very good. The eggs done the way I like it. Delicious sauce, and a nice touch of greens on the side. The potatoes were nicely seasoned. It was good portion and reasonably priced. Presentation could have used a bit more umph, but it was ok.
Service was satisfactory. Would we return? Not sure…I’m not a lining-up person, nor do I like crammed places. Good Bennys though.

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Five Guys

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nut_allery_allery_icon_smallAs Sheepie and I walked into the restaurant, I saw boxes of peanuts (in their shells) with scoopers and little paper bowls. Sheepie asked if it was just on for display or they were for sale, and the staff kindly told us that they were complimentary. Woo hoo for those that love peanuts, but boo hoo for those with peanut allergy! If you are severely allergic, it’s best to stay away from this restaurant! We were also informed that all the fries were deep fried in peanut oil, so no fries for me :(

idearabbit-fiveguys7idearabbit-fiveguys idearabbit-fiveguys2I wasn’t all too hungry anyways, so Sheepie ended up just getting a Little Cheeseburger $6+ and a drink which came to a whopping $9+ with taxes. You are allowed to choose different toppings so your burger is customizable.

The food took forever for a fast food looking place. The wait seemed more like at a sit-down restaurant, but we waited by the counter for the burger. Definitely not a place if you want something on a rush. The interior is retro and distinctive with their red and white tiles, and 1980s music playing in the background.

idearabbit-fiveguys5 idearabbit-fiveguys6The burger is definitely bigger than your cheeseburger at McDonald’s, but since it was the Little Cheeseburger, the patty was only half the size, leaving Sheepie to eat half the burger with only the bread and veggies. The entire burger seemed soggy and deformed compared to other burgers which can keep their shape till the end.

I took a bite, but nothing extraordinary. I was expecting a nice charcoal-ed meat, but it wasn’t that strong. Sheepie didn’t mind.

The drink stations seemed like it could really use some repairs. Both stations were not functioning properly :( So much for free refills. idearabbit-fiveguys3idearabbit-fiveguys4

I myself wouldn’t return, only because there’s peanuts everywhere! I’m not severely allergic (like can’t breath in air with peanuts), but I’d like to stay away if I can. Sorry Five Guys. Plus, the burger didn’t wow me, and for about the same price for a regular sized burger, I’d rather eat it at a sit down restaurant like Red Robins or White Spot which is much tastier.

 Taste: carrotcarrot    Price for Value: carrot

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Big Y Cafe

Big Y Cafe on UrbanspoonSheepie had gone earlier for a pie and 2 cups of coffee which came about $8 USD and was upset on why it was so expensive.

We later went back together for breakfast where I ordered the Short Haul (indicated as ‘Lighter Breakfast for Seniors and Kids’) LOL. But I’m not really a breakfast person and we were betting on the large portions in America to fill me up, and the leftover for Sheepie. idearabbit-bigycafe3


idearabbit-bigycafe idearabbit-bigycafe4 idearabbit-bigycafe2I ordered #2 $7.99 USD with 1 poached egg, 2 bacon and 1 hot pancake. As we anticipated, it was quite large and was filling. That’s about it. Nothing fancy – though I guess you can’t really do much with egg, bacon and pancakes…

idearabbit-bigycafe63 idearabbit-bigycafe5Not sure how the coffee system works. On their menu, it says $1.99 USD. Is that per person? Per cup? Cuz this time, I and Sheepie had one cup each from a pot that the server goes around with to every table, and we were charged $2.99 USD in total…It was really terrible coffee, so it was pretty expensive and not working paying for… If Sheepie had checked his bill earlier to see what he had paid, we could have just gotten water…

The cafe apparently got its name from its original location, at the Y junction of highway 2 and 97, where it first opened in 1939 and was moved to it’s current location in 1984. They are committed to cooking with local ingredients, and home cooking from scratch. Their pie is supposedly World Famous home-made pie, but Sheepie didn’t really say anything about the pie itself…

It became pretty full though. I think it’s one of those places that locals and travelers passing by stop at. It’s got character, but pricey for the quality and value. Good location when you stay at the Wedge Mountain Inn next door, but wouldn’t go out of my way to go there.

Taste: carrotcarrot (Coffee gets 0)    Price for Value: carrotcarrotcarrot (Coffee gets 0)

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