We ended up at Floyd's Diner for brunch. It seems to me that there must have been a proliferation of diner's in Victoria in recent years and I wonder why that is? Anyway, it was not foggy but Floyds would have provided a beacon if it was.
We did not have to wait for seating but the place was busy and if one arrived at peak time, you can bet there would be a lineup.
Having perused the menu in advance, I already knew that we would be ordering the Chicken and Waffles Benny. Unique for obvious reasons, this combined a couple of my favourite things. The chicken was not completely the star of the show as the sum of all parts made something truly great. The unsung hero here was jalapeno red currant jelly which both Marie and I loved. Perfectly yolky poached eggs, crispy chicken and bacon and excellent waffles. This will be the standard by which I judge all future chicken and waffles. Amazing!
Also unique on Floyd's menu was the Loco Moco which they describe as a combination of greasy American and salty Asian. Notable here was the mushroom sauce created with a lot of mushrooms, sliced very large but thin and very much at the front of the sauce. A meaty patty, rice and a couple of sunny side up eggs completed the picture.
Floyd's offers a double or nothing deal called the Mahoney if you are up to it. Finish whatever the kitchen prepares for you and it is free. If you don't finish it, cough up double. Your choice is only breakfast or lunch and you are then at their mercy. We didn't see it happen so we can't really comment on how extreme the challenge is.
This is a great lively place with very personable staff. The memorabilia on the walls tends towards the sixties and seventies with a dose of Seinfeld and Elvis thrown in.
If this was our back yard, we'd probably be regulars.
For what it's worth, we give Floyd's Diner 4 1/2 out of 5.