1150 Cook St.
E: I still say that Pluto is a planet, but when James and I were
looking for somewhere closer to visit, the diner of the same name was
the best bet.
J: Pluto's has a long history in Victoria. It was
formerly a Pacific 66 gas station and it's history in the Victoria
eatery & music scene is well known to locals. If I can remember
past advertisements correctly (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), I believe Loreena McKennitt used to
perform at this establishment over two decades ago.
This place has style. I'll give it
that and it still retains it's gull wing gas station look, the last of
its kind in Canada.
But to sit down in a diner that seems nostalgic only
to hear "Rage Against the Machine" and other similar style songs played
on a radio? It's either the owners/management figure it'll keep a family
friendly atmosphere or the employees have been fiddling with the dial.
I'm not asking for doo-wop but I'm not asking for angry at the world songs
E: The place is begging to stick with a regular vibe,
and I will have to agree with James on this.
At least we had a great
waitress to serve up some interesting tastes. My eyes nearly sparkled
when I saw the onion ring poutine ($7.45) on the regular menu. Their
contest for a theme poutine was also cool too, and what I ate satisfied my crunch craving. I needed some kind of
grease for the night.
J: I agree, Alana their server was good and these days you need
great servers to help make a restaurant. Because I would've left
after I tasted my Pluto's Benny ($12.25). This dish was basically eggs on english muffins. Placed on top were grilled tomatoes covered in a pesto sauce and topped with bits of feta.
It looked good but that is
where the romance ended. As I dug in, I tasted watery eggs and tomatoes that appeared
neither grilled nor ripe. The pesto sauce was sadly muted due to the excess water from the eggs. I moved on to the refried beans side which contained not enough feta nor green
onions to enhance the flavour. The feta and green onions were just sitting on the top with the greens numbering a mere 3-4 pieces. In the end, it was just your average
refried beans. But hey, at least the fruit was good.
E: And so was my poutine. Although the gravy was
rather lukewarm and basic shredded cheese (instead of proper curds) were
used, I liked the idea of onion rings, french fries and roasted garlic
being tossed together. They were decently crisped too. They satisfied the
'greaser' in me. Aaay!
J: While the Fonz here was happy I was left
feeling empty. Pluto's decor although very nice to look at seemed less
appealing after the meal. The stars lost some of their shine. And let''s
just say the prices here aren't galactic but they are to the moon.
3 Blokes out of 5