Mom’s Cafe Diner is an institution in Sooke
Today I had reason to be in Sooke. When I first started going out to Sooke In the 1970’s I discovered a restaurant called Mom’s. As Sooke grew other restaurants opened and closed. Mom’s is still operating but under new owners. I had not been in Mom’s for quite a few years, so I decided today was the day.
I spent a lot of time with the menu before deciding on one of my favourite West Coast meals, fish and chips. I have had this meal an incredible number of times and believe me, there is a tremendous range of what people try to pass off as fish and chips.
Inside Mom’s Diner
There were two choices on the menu, beer battered or crispy corn meal battered. I stuck with the traditional beer batter. I also asked if my chips could come crispy. I hear the waitress ask the cook to make them well done. I absolutely hate undercooked, white, anaemic looking fries and have had lots of trouble getting chefs to cook them so they are crispy. My order came perfectly cooked for me.
The servings were more than ample for me with a lot of fries, a good sized piece of fresh halibut and a large portion of cold slaw served on lettuce. I truly could not eat all my lunch. It was delicious. When I first started going to Mom’s the pie was to die for and when I was there just before the change of owners, one waitress told me that they were worried that their pie cook was going to retire.
Right now, they serve what they call mile high pie. The centre of the pie raises up a good 8 inches from the bottom of the plate so when you order pie, you will get quite a chunk. I wish that I had room for pie but since I could not eat my fish and chips, I didn’t even try.
First the start and then the end of my meal. There was a lot left over as you can see.
The restaurant is decorated like an old fashion diner and the food is typical of the kind of food you would expect in a diner. Every meal that came out while I was there looked very good. They seem to provide free fills for coffee and soft drinks. I was asked several times if I wanted to get a refill. This is a nice touch that has disappeared from many restaurants. The staff wase very polite, friendly, helpful and attentive.
It was not hard to ascertain that “coke” won the soft drink warm and that the “pepsi generation” will have to look elsewhere, as coke advertising appears throughout the diner. Cool, I like coke and never bought in to the Pepsi Generation.
When I arrived there were not very many people in the restaurant but when I left the place was full. That was good to see as I am sure the tradition and good food will continue for a long time.
Spend some time in Sooke. There is lots to see and do. Sooke Basin can be viewed from East Sooke on the east side or from Whiffen Spit in front of Sooke Harbour House on the west side or from many points in between. The scenery and photo ops are amazing. Watch the sun set in the west, throw you crab traps in a Whiffen Spit, or drop in for lunch or dinner at Sooke Harbour House. Better yet, book yourself into Sooke Harbour house for a night or two and find out how to relax and be spoiled at the same time. Or hook up (no pun intended) with one of Sooke’s fishing guides and sneak out of the Basin into Juan de Fuca Strait for some of the best fishing on the West Coast. The salmon and halibut are waiting out there just for you.
Sooke Basin looking towards the Olympic Mountains, then views around the basin.
One of the most popular spots around Sooke is the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. People love to swim in the river or splash around in the potholes (natural pools created where the river moves through narrow passages). Check out this park on their Web Site. The Galloping Goose Trail crosses the highway to Sooke and the trail north to the potholes crosses over two old train trestles. This is a really nice part of the trail and great for cycling. Check out the Sooke Museum, stop by the seafood store for some fresh fish etc., visit Ed MacGregor Park in Sooke on the Sooke Basin shoreline, visit Sandcut Beach just west of Sooke or any one of the other great rugged beaches of the coast line from Sooke to Port Renfrew (you will be amazed). So get out there and enjoy Sooke!
Sook Potholes, Sooke River, Sooke museum, Fish Store, Ed McGregor Park, Sandcut Beach, and Ron Fishing…top then to right