The Five and Dime Diner Sidney

Travelling during a pandemic is tough, so when you have a good surprise, it’s wonderful.

We were in Sidney, BC between Christmas and New Year’s when a new COVID-19 variant was wreaking havoc Canada-wide. We had done what we could to limit contacts (obviously without full cancellation of the trip). To make things better, a bitter cold snap with snowfall had occurred. The onsite restaurant at our hotel was under renovation. Beckoning across the snowy street was a sign with “all day breakfast” and I was in. It was also close.

The restaurant has classic diner d├ęcor, but with the COVID-19 protocols, we could not wander around to look. But it was homey, and the staff were great at handling newly imposed restrictions as well as their regular jobs.

I had a stuffed Belgian waffle, which on the menu is a waffle stuffed with cheese, bacon and sausage. However, I’m not a big sausage fan so I asked for extra bacon. They were happy to accommodate, and it tasted great.

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