Located on Vancouver Island, Third Street Cafe is a little all day breakfast joint situated right on the corner of 3rd Street & Beacon Avenue in lovely Sidney, BC. Some of their most popular items are their Eggs Bennies, but the restaurant also serves lunch favourites such as sandwiches and burgers ‘n’ fries.
Especially on the weekends, you’ll find lineups out the door at this very well-known place for tourists and locals alike. It’s a very small space with an open kitchen that some might find it a tad cramped, but it is surrounded by windows. Right as you enter, you’re confronted by a large sign that explains you must wait to be seated and that you cannot choose your seat, the server will do that for you. There was a table right in the corner by the window, but because there were only two of us, we were seated at a table right beside the open kitchen. We felt like we were in the kitchen.
2/2/2 ($8.99) – Two pancakes, two eggs cooked any style, two pieces of bacon, ham or sausage. Our server gave us the option of maple syrup or Aunt Jemima, I obviously chose the former, but he also placed Jemima on our table “in case we wanted it”. Bacon was indeed crispy, looking like it was straight from the deep frier. Pancakes were a lovely golden brown colour on their exteriors, but slightly spongy on the inside. Eggs were perfectly cooked, exactly to my specifications.
Lunch Feature ($13.99) – This special of the day included steak cooked to your liking (Gary opted for medium-rare), topped with mushrooms and brown gravy on a slice of baguette. The dish was accompanied by a substantial portion of crispy French fries. The steak was a little tough, but the mushrooms were very flavourful.
Overall, service was excellent and prices are quite steep for the food at this cafe, but you pay a premium at Sidney restaurants in general, as they are always quite expensive. Third Street Cafe didn’t wow us, but its excellent location, right in the heart of charming Sidney by the Sea, makes this restaurant a popular place for locals to fix their mid-afternoon breakfast craving.