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John’s Place (Review)

| May 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

Having just completed the TC10K run (my first ever!), I was ready to dig in to a big breakfast as a reward. We made a reservation at John’s Place a week ahead of time, anticipating the large crowds (and waits) after the run. Believe it or not, I had never been to John’s Place before, but had heard only good things about it, so I was eager to try them out.

We arrived early for our reservation, and our reservation for 6 people was also ready early, but would not seat us since our entire group was not there yet. This led to us only getting seated 15 to 20 minutes after our reservation time.

I decided what better way to test a restaurant out than to try one of their signature dishes – John’s Special ($10.50). This breakfast meals comes served with two farm fresh eggs, cooked any style with a choice of four slices of grilled bacon or grilled Virginian ham or four link sausages or two chorizo or two Italian chicken sausage patties, and served with toast or English muffin and a
choice of home fries, fresh tomato, grilled tomatoes or fresh fruit. I opted for scrambled eggs, pork sausages, home fries, and multi-grain toast. We also ordered a plain, toasted Mount Royal sesame seed bagel with cream cheese on the side ($1.95).


John's Classic

Sesame Seed Bagel


After what seemed like a very long wait (about 40 minutes), our food finally arrived. The scrambled eggs were just that, scrambled eggs. There was nothing special about them, and it was a fairly small serving. The home fries were hard and overcooked. On several of them, they were so hard I couldn’t even get my fork into them without it shattering into several different pieces, if at all. The long bright spot were the pork sausages – they were juicy and delicious! The multi-grain toast was also good, toasted just long enough for a crunch, but not burnt to a crisp. The bagel was similar to the scrambled eggs, nothing special about it, but then again, it’s pretty hard to make a bagel spectacular, or ruin one.

After having heard so many good things about John’s Place, we were both disappointed with our experience. From the long wait times, to the mediocre food, it just felt as if something were missing. Perhaps our expectations were too high going in, or perhaps with years of success under their belts, they have become complacent with their breakfast staples. I’d be willing to give them another shot if offered the opportunity, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

Did we catch them on a bad day? What has your experience been like? Let us know in the comments below if we should give it another go at John’s Place.

John’s Place
723 Pandora Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 389-0711

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Comments (4)

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  1. Laura says:

    The last 3 times I went for breakfast there I had bad service. I go out of my way to not return. Not keen about the food either.

  2. Gianni says:

    It used to be awesome like 7-10 yrs ago. but no one likes it anymore!!

  3. Shawn says:

    It wasn’t just an anomaly. If you just cruise in with high expectations, you’re doomed. John’s Place is more popular with people who already love it and so it gets the nostalgia review bump from them. It’s cool inside, but nothing amazing food wise.

    Blue Fox remains, as ever, the reigning champ of Victoria breakfasts. And for comfy, friendly and tasty, just go to Pluto’s.

  4. Andrew says:

    On my first dat in Victoria, yesterday, I was out for an early walk and came upon John’s Place. Loved it. The coffee was flavourful, the food was tasty and plentiful and the service was warm and inviting. I actually realized that I had left my wallet at the hotel after I’d ordered and was in a panic as it was a long walk back. The kind lady serving me assured me that it wasn’t a biggy and that I should enjoy my breakfast and could come back to pay any time before 4pm that day. I had “meatloaf hell” which was their secret recipe for a killer meatloaf with two eggs, pan fries and English muffin on the side. It was all delicious and I left there feeling pleasantly plump and very gruntled. I DID return to pay my tab later that morning, in case you’re wondering…

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