John’s Place Restaurant0
I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE breakfast, no matter what time of day it is, and I might even say it’s my favourite meal of the day.
Though they serve much more than just breakfast, John’s Place is one of the best places in Victoria to fill up on a huge selection of breakfast items that will surely leave you stuffed and satisfied.
On my recent first visit to this restaurant, I got to experience what has been John Cantin’s labour of love since 1984.
Though the food is the “main event” here, the atmosphere is very unique to Victoria and one you should definitely check out.
The walls are very colourfully decorated from floor to ceiling with pictures of famous athletes and musicians, and there’s even a row of caricatures done of all the wait staff.
Near the back of the restaurant sits a jukebox that made my trip to John’s that much more fun.
As my friends and I waited for our order (which by the way wasn’t very long at all), I got to punch in my favourite 9 songs for 2 bucks.
With songs like “Dancing Queen”, “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Like A Rhinestone Cowboy”, all I can say is whoever said you shouldn’t sing at the table definitely never had a jukebox!
Moving on to the food. As I mentioned earlier, the breakfast menu at John’s is HUGE. You can order a make-your-own omelette, or choose their fluffy pancakes, waffles or french toast. They also have an “eggs benny wall of fame” with ten types of benedicts to choose from and also a variety of burritos.
The list of items is too long for me to write out here so you will just have to check it out for yourself. If you like breakfast, I can’t imagine you won’t find something on the menu here to satisfy your taste buds.
As for me, I ordered the “222 Headache” ($9.50). It came with two eggs, two slices of bacon, and two of the thickest and fluffiest pancakes I’ve had in a long time.
I also got the option of ordering their “special cream cheese syrop” instead of the traditional pancake syrop and after our server described it as “heaven in a jar”, I had to say yes!
This special syrop, which tastes exactly like cream cheese mixed with pancake syrop, has the consistency of whipped butter and you don’t really pour it on your pancakes as much as you spread it.
Just as our server described, the syrop was absolute heaven but let me warm you that after eating such a heavy breakfast like mine, you may have to schedule a nap right afterwards!
My friend Mark, not having as much of a sweet tooth as I do, ordered the “Valentino Eggs Benny” ($11.95).
At John’s Place, the eggs benedicts truly are “hall of fame”. They are topped with a smooth hollandaise sauce made with real butter, and both Mark and I agreed that they serve the best hollandaise sauce that we’ve ever tasted.
Mark’s Valentino eggs benny was made with smoked salmon and asparagus and was served with home fries as well. He loved his meal and was quite full afterwards so if you like to eat on the lighter side, you can get the half order for $8.85.
If you’re coming for breakfast or brunch like we were, you most likely won’t have room for dessert afterwards.
However, as all the desserts are made in-house and are one of John’s claims to fame, you may want to get a piece of their famous “Mile High Apple Pie” to go, or come back for dessert later.
As for me and my two friends I took out for brunch, we will all be back to John’s Place again soon.
The only thing I might do differently next time is go for a long run beforehand so I can load up on more of those pancakes and heavenly syrop!