Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ideal Cafe in Campbell River, BC


I is for Ideal Cafe

If you read my post about our North Vancouver Island road trip (if not, click here), I mentioned stopping at the Ideal Cafe not once, but twice. We had breakfast there heading north and returning south on our four day excursion.

The Ideal Cafe has been in operation in Campbell River, BC, since the early 40s. It's a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

If you were just passing by, you might not be tempted to stop. But don't let the humble exterior fool you. Inside it's a classic diner style cafe with good eats and friendly wait staff.

New owners in 2011 made improvements without losing it's character catering to loggers, fishermen and families.


It's open for breakfast and lunch from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. We go mostly for breakfast, but on occasion arrive at lunchtime for a sandwich large enough to share. In addition to their regular items, there are daily specials and all day breakfast, a huge plus for Wayne. And it's a licensed establishment offering spirits including some unique "hard" shakes.


You can find out more about the Ideal Cafe online:
Click on "view larger map" for a better view of the location for the Ideal Cafe. They are between the split of Highway 19 north of Campbell River. You can enter their large parking lot from both the north and southbound sides. We've even parked there with a truck and quad trailer with no problem.



Next door is Ideal Tackle filled with reasonably priced new and used fishing gear. Now how good is that? Fill your tummies and then go out and catch something fresh for dinner.

What are some of your favourite restaurants, cafes and dives.


For ABC pictures from around the world, stop by the ABC Wednesday blog. This is the twenty-fifth round of the meme originally established by Denise Nesbitt and now maintained by Beverly, Roger and Melody.

And a Wednesday linkup My Corner of the World at Photographing New Zealand.

Thanks for visiting part of my world this week. For more great posts from Our World Tuesday, click here.

And also a meme called Through My Lens by Mersad.

I'm also posting on Travel Tuesdays at Intelliblog and  Tuesdays with a Twist at Stone Cottage Adventures. -- Margy

23 comments :

  1. Margy - this looks like our kind of place - the cafĂ© AND the tackle shop! We recently tried a new to us place on the way home from a hike. We have passed it many times and pretty much dismissed it due to how it looks on the outside. But the place we wanted to go was closed until dinner … So glad we got to try it - it is lovely on the inside and has great food! The Glacier Grill in Coram, Montana.

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    1. I would love to visit Montana again. The last time I was driving by myself on a solo camping/motel trip between jobs. It was fun, but I hit some early snow so gave up tenting. - Margy

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  2. It's always exciting to find places that you want to revisit, especially when they serve food!

    I'm happy to see your link on 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for linking up!


    My Corner of the World

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    1. We've found that small airports have great cafes that can be reached from both the runway and highway sides. One we loved was Flo's at Chino Airport in California. - Margy

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    1. Fast food places are good when you are on the go, but give me a small mom and pop diner any day. - Margy

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    1. Not sure how they picked the name, but it's an ideal place for us to eat. We've been there towing a trailer twice and really appreciate their large dirt parking lot with open space to use. - Margy

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  5. The best cafes are almost always found inside a humble exterior.

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  6. My favorite new restaurant is Blanco in Tucson. I could go on and on...

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    1. Thanks for the tip. We will be taking our RV to Arizona and will be in the Tucson area. I looked it up online and it looks perfect for parking our small RV while we are passing through town. - Margy

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  7. Don't you just love finding a gem like the Ideal Cafe? :)

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    1. I sure do. I love good food and great service in a homey atmosphere. - Margy

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    1. And fun for people watching, especially on weekends. - Margy

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  9. I wonder, can a cafe be like that?

    Have a heartwarming en splendid ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    M e l o d y (team ABC-W)
    https://melodyk.nl/25-I

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  10. When we can the pears we just hot pack them but making pear sauce is like apple sauce and then either freeze the jars or hot pack. Good no matter what
    MB

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    1. Sounds like you have good ways to preserve them. - Margy

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  11. What a neat looking place! That would be exactly the kind of place Dan and I would look for if we were able to still travel. (Love the idea of the ABC pictures.)

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    1. Small towns have so many good places to eat like this. - Margy

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  12. ...I love the checkered floor!

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy