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An August 2005 trip to Victoria by btwood2

Travellers Inn -  Express Photo, Victoria, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Variety in dining establishments, culinary choices, and price ranges made our week long stay in Victoria not only very yummy, but fairly economical food-wise.

Travellers Inn - Express

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Travellers Inn -  Express Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Driving around Victoria, we seemed to come across another Travelers Inn around every corner. Since there are 14 of them in Victoria, that’s not too difficult. We chose Travelers Inn Express because it seemed to have everything we needed and wanted for the lowest price, offering a discounted weekly rate of C$535 (August 2005). Less the GST tax rebate so kindly offered to foreigners. The two-story, 27-room centrally located Express is only a 5-minute drive from downtown and the Inner Harbor. And just around the corner from an Extended-Stay Travelers Inn. Smal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Travellers Inn - Express
626 Gorge Road East
Victoria, British Columbia V8T2W6
(250) 370-1000

Eating Well But Cheaply in Victoria

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· Sauce Bar and Restaurant, Wharf Street Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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We didn’t go hungry during our week in Victoria. Watching budget and waistlines, we only ate breakfast out twice, choosing to make use of fridge, toaster, coffeemaker, and microwave in our motel room at Travelers Inn for our first meal of the day. Once we took off exploring, though, we were fair game for restaurants. Mostly, we chose spontaneously, based on what appealed to us visually, and of course, our pocketbooks. Online, Victoria Dining Guide offers down-loadable menus (in pdf) of more than 50 popular restaurants. Victoria Visitor’s Choice has a Dining section describing at...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2006

Chandlers Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Chandlers"

Chandlers Seafood Restaurant Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Our first evening in Victoria found us wandering along the bustling waterfront of Inner Harbour, trying to decide where to eat. The street side tables at Garlic Rose were almost all filled, people eating from heaping plates. Across the street, Wharfside Eatery looked equally inviting, with balcony seating overlooking the harbor. We even peeked through the window of Canadian chain Pita Pit, where a young woman was deftly filling meats and veggies into pita bread and rolling them up wrap-like to serve. But it was clever Chandlers that lured us indoors with free appetizers, generously served to passers-by at their front entrance. Wild B.C. King salmon on cream cheese with dill did the trick. After a glan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Chandlers Seafood Restaurant
1250 Wharf St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T8
(250) 385-3474

17 Mile House

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Restaurant | "17-Mile House Pub "

17 Mile House Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Driving by this Tudor-style inn in the forest on the way to Sooke, west of Victoria, I was immediately attracted to it. On the way back, approaching the dinner hour, on my urging we stopped to check it out. We weren’t sorry. Decorative dark half-timbering on light gray walls containing small-paned windows gave the building a fairy-tale feel. The pub door was invitingly propped open, and ivy and ferns were partially overgrowing the steps. Inside the front room, floor covered with colorful tiles and rich woods predominating on walls, tables, and bar, we found the coziest nook imaginable, cushion covered seats and window view into greenery outdoors. With some old books lying around, it felt just lik...Read More

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17 Mile House
5126 Sooke Rd.
Victoria, British Columbia V9C 4C4
(250) 642-5942

Elephant & Castle Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Elephant & Castle "

Elephant & Castle Restaurant Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Anything but low profile, Elephant & Castle glitters in bright lights three stories high, on its corner of the Bay Centre shopping mall building (100+ stores) between Government and Douglas Streets, one block inland from Bastion Square and the Inner Harbour. E&C, as this publicly traded chain is known, began in Vancouver in 1977. At last count, there were 23 locations in the US and Canada. Their motto: Bang On! is defined on their napkins as "excellent; exact; right on." Their name, Elephant and Castle, is derived from a pub of the same name (dating back to 1765) in a south London district of the same name. Its popularly ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Elephant & Castle Restaurant
100 Victoria Eaton Centre
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-5858

Blue Poppy Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Blue Poppy Restaurant"

Blue Poppy Restaurant Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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We spent an entire day at Butchart Gardens, and eventually got hungry. The fine dining and tea room in the Dining Room Restaurant are found in the original Butchart home, Benvenuto. This was a bit too pricey for us, though, and we were trying to squeeze supper in between the late afternoon outdoor theater performance of the Pied Piper, and the evening concert by Kitangus, which was to begin at sunset. Blue Poppy Restaurant was closer to what we were looking for. Its mid-price range and cafeteria-style servic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Blue Poppy Restaurant
The Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia V8M 1J8
(250) 652-5256

De Dutch

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Restaurant | "De Dutch Pannekoek House"

De Dutch Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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De, pronounced "dŭh" (spoken short and crisp) means the in hollands. Pannekoek means pancake. When I saw in a local dining guide that there were two restaurants in Victoria named De Dutch, I said to Bob, "Let’s go!" The De Dutch we chose for breakfast was towards Saanich north of Victoria, in a small outdoor shopping mall. (The other one is located in the Best Western Carlton-Plaza downtown.) The neon sign includes a white windmill, but De Dutch’s exterior is otherwise plain. Indoors, plenty of Delft blue decorations contrast against pastel yellow walls. Wall clocks above Delft blue plates show Saanich and Amsterdam times. The b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

De Dutch
4011 Quadra St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8X 1K1
(250) 479-8208

Old Spaghetti Factory

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Restaurant | "The Old Spaghetti Factory"

Old Spaghetti Factory Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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The Old Spaghetti Factory has been near and dear to our hearts since the 1980s. We often dined in their original Fresno, California restaurant, situated in a vintage 1925 raisin packing plant. The place had plenty of atmosphere, so popular with locals that we usually had to wait to be seated. We’d order a liter of house burgundy in the funky old bar, then move into the cavernous dining room when called. Seating ranged from decadently comfortable overstuffed chairs, to modified short beds with ornate headboards, to a full-sized railroad dining car. They’ve since moved "uptown" to newer but less interesting digs. The very first Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Portland, Oregon, according to O...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Old Spaghetti Factory
703 Douglas Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B4
(250) 381-8444

Dining in Victoria, British Columbia

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Hotel | "For the Love of Pita"

Dining in Victoria, British Columbia Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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When we saw the little Pita Pit shop on 1221 Wharf Street on our first night in Victoria, we figured it might be a chain, but had no idea that it’s such a large one, with over 200 "pits" in Canada and the U.S. (Since our Victoria experience, it seems like we run into them everywhere.) What caught our eye about Pita Pit was not its impressive exterior. Next to a similar hole-in-the-wall sized pizza joint aptly named The Joint, both have a bit of a shabby look to them. Neither was it cartoonish wide-eyed cuke, and squeeze-mustard bottle characters painted between the windows, or the fire-alarm red tomato-face stuck up above. No, it was the young w...Read More

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Dining in Victoria, British Columbia

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