There are few restaurants in downtown Victoria that are as well situated as The Local Kitchen.
Facing the lively Bastion Square and boasting views of the Inner Harbour, the outdoor patio here is not to be missed in the summer months.
But this restaurant and bar is not only meant to be enjoyed in the summertime.
Inside the Local Kitchen you will discover “… a grill that eats like a restaurant, drinks like a pub and feels like a place you want to come back to” (quote taken from their menu).
Local Kitchen prides itself on using fresh local ingredients and attracts both locals and tourists.
Personally, I love to come here to watch my beloved Vancouver Canucks play as I don’t think there’s any place in Victoria that has as many TV’s per square foot of space as they do.
There’s a great vibe here on game day, especially during the playoffs.
When I’m not at Local Kitchen to watch my favourite team play, I like to chill out on the patio with a few drinks and appetizers.
I have enjoyed many sunny afternoons out there, soaking in the fun downtown Victoria atmosphere.
Atmosphere aside, I must tell you about the food as well.
On our most recent visit, Mark and I ate our meal at the bar while watching a Canucks vs. Leafs game (always a classic game!).
I started off with a glass of “Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon” wine ($10 glass/ $34 bottle) while Mark ordered the “Blackened Albacore Tuna Tataki” ($16).
Having had Tuna Tataki at many other restaurants in Victoria, Mark said this one rated as one of his favourites.
The blackened part made the flavouring very unique and the slaw that it came with was very tasty as well.
While I was enjoying my Cupcake red wine (gotta love anything that has the word cupcake in it!), I perused the menu for something that might satisfy my growing craving for meat.
The bartender said their “Tailgate BBQ Pork Ribs” ($22) were really good so I decided to order them and see if he was right.
The ribs were slow braised, coated in maple BBQ sauce and came with a side of mac and cheese. The dish was not only “good” as the bartender had claimed, but it ROCKED!
Chef Jason Dark (better known as “Big Daddy” due to his 6’8″, 300 pound frame) makes everything from scratch and you can taste the care he puts into every dish.
My ribs were perfectly cooked and the mac and cheese, though just a side, turned out to be just as much of a hit as the ribs.
It was super cheesy, rich and creamy and had a perfectly baked crust.
It was so good I would say it was the best mac and cheese I’ve had in Victoria!
I finished off the evening with some scrumptious “Lava Cake”.
Any time I see this dreamy chocolate dish on a dessert menu I find it very hard to resist. I’m glad I didn’t resist at Local Kitchen as it turned out to be a great ending to my meal.
All in all both Mark and I loved watching the hockey game (Canucks won, yeah!) and eating at the bar.
We highly recommend checking out The Local Kitchen and we’ll be going back again soon to support Big Daddy and his commitment to yummy tasting local food.
IN A NUTSHELL…
The Local Kitchen
Address: 1205 Wharf St., Victoria
Phone: (250) 385-1999
Hours: Mon – Thurs 12 pm – 10 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Price: $$$ ($15 – $25 per entree)