British Columbia,Canada,Cuisine,Diner,Type,Victoria,Western

John’s Place, Victoria, BC

18 Jul , 2011  

Victoria? What the heck am I doing in Victoria, our province’s capital, notorious for old people and the slow pace of life. Well, I was here for a dodgeball tournament, which we, of course, won.

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For winning, we got an envelope full of prizes. Some were gift certificates for restaurants, others were free admissions to some events.  The fancier Italian restaurant we wanted to go to wasn’t taking reservations and would only have space available after 9pm, much too late for a team that was in an arena from 930am-6pm with barely any food ingested, so we drove over to John’s Place.

Freeeeesh hand made pies. Apple and Lemon Meringue, which we both ordered to go at the end, and was consequently devoured once we got back to our hotel.

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With a lot of money to spend on food for the 8 of us, the boys commenced drinking. Here is one of many $3 screwdrivers that Rogan and Coop had. Cheap and easy to drink.

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DON CORLEONE’S RICE BALLS $6.95
Basmati rice, basil and seasonings rolled into balls, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes and fried to a golden brown with a side of tomato sauce.

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Fried rice balls? Well seeing as you can fry anything from beer to kool-aid, why not rice? These were delicious.
Pete and Ju, can we try this out with your deep fryer? : D

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Ty ordered CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATLOAF $8.95
Our own Southwestern meatloaf smothered in a smooth mushroom gravy and served on a bed of mashed potatoes.

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Ellie had the VISIONS OF MAMA’S MEATBALLS $8.95 with extra meatballs.. which Ty didn’t end up eating because he was full from his own order.
I stole his Mom’s recipe off the Bob Dylan Show on XM radio and it’s to die for. Three tender, succulent meat balls simmered in a tangy tomato sauce on a bed of linguini pasta.

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Toresa had the MONTE’S VEGGIE QUESADILLA $8.50.
A grilled flour tortilla with sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers, red onion and cheddar cheese. Cut into 3 wedges and served with sour cream and salsa on the side. + Grilled Chicken $4.00

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While I ordered the.. SILENCE OF THE LAMB BURGER ( De-Lecterble ) $10.50
Our own 5 oz. fresh ground lamb patty, a touch of spice, grilled and topped with sliced Edam cheese, mango chutney and crispy fried onions on a kaiser with leaf lettuce and sliced tomato.

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Under all those onion strings, is a patty that was absolutely oozing. I couldn’t pick up my camera after cause my hands were just soaked from all the oil and juices. One of the more memorable lamb burgers I’ve had, and I’ve tried plenty.

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Can anyone identify what year this picture of Kirk McLean and Trevor Linden is from? We definitely had the Canucks on our mind over the weekend, as it was just after the riot had happened.

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There was some filming recently, so look for them on Food Network Canada as part of the “You Gotta Eat Here!” show. Some other places that will be on this show are Neighbours Restaurant (see blog post) and Agro Cafe. What really made this meal great was the service. Our server Paul, or was it something else… it’s been a while, was a character. Really, he was. He not only serves here at John’s Place, but is also in the film industry usually as an extra. There’s a plethora of framed pictures on all the walls, and some of them have the owner John in them. Many are signed by celebrities as well.

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A solid option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Brunch is supposedly very busy and there’s lineups, so be prepared to wait.

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2 Responses

  1. Hachidori says:

    Wow, John’s Place sure takes me back. I used to eat there all the time when I was at UVic … in the mid-1980s! That lamb burger looks to die for.

    The photo of McLean/Linden is from the 1992 All Star Game.

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