Burgers, Shakes and Memories
Mike Lane of Victoria and his wife, Colombe, began reminiscing one day about old-fashioned drive-ins and diners. Mike had fond memories of growing up in West Vancouver in the ’60s, and heading out to his favourite diner on Friday nights. Where on Vancouver Island could you find such a place these days? He was determined to find out! Read his story in the August-September issue of Our Canada.
The Five and Dime Diner
The Five and Dime Diner in Sidney, B.C., where Mike loved the brie, bacon and apple grilled cheese sandwich.
Pluto’s Diner was constructed out of an old Pacific 66 gas station, only built in postwar Western Canada, complete with gullwing roof-this style of gas station was discontinued in the late 1970s-this is the only one left in Canada.
The R & R Diner
The R N R Diner in Saanich, B.C., was exactly what Mike was looking for. With lots of old photos on the walls, an antique gas pump in the centre of the room and plenty of chrome chairs, booths upholstered in fake leather and a serving tray for pies with a plastic lid-it was perfect.
Rosie’s Diner in Victoria ad all the right décor-chrome stools and chairs, a checkered tile floor and old photos on the wall. Plus, it has been in that location for a long time.