Every now and then, one needs to get away. See the sights. Eat the snacks. For us, a recent getaway is one of our favourite places on this hunk of rock, Vancouver Island.
When one has an early flight into the Victoria International Airport, the precedence after landing, lands on breakfast. Luckily, Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe is only a five minute drive away.
The cafe has served airmen and airwomen, locals and travelers alike since 1939. We settled in as soon as the doors opened at 9 am, and during our time there, were joined by a table of old fellers, obviously regulars, then more travelers, it seemed, like ourselves.
The decor in the place is pretty epic, especially if you’re into aviation. Old photographs, model planes and even an old plane wing above the bar, pair attractively with a lot of wood features. It’s kind of like you’re on some great tall ship.
Siddall went with the Eggs Benny ($11.25), complete with English muffin, back bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise and hash browns. The benny itself received the thumbs up, and the hollandaise was creamy and flavourful. I stole a bunch of hash browns off her plate, and they were probably the best hash browns I’ve had at a breakfast joint. And trust me when I say I’ve eaten a lot of potato products in my day.
I went with the Breakfast Special ($7.25). One egg any style; choice of sausage, ham or bacon; toast and hash browns. I substituted my hash browns for fried tomatoes ($3.50).
The bacon was crispy, the toast was too, but in the best way. The egg was an egg. The tomatoes were a disappointment however. I wouldn’t be as fussed if I didn’t have to pay $3.50 for them, but they just didn’t have that great tomatoey punch you can get when eating them with say, a full English breakfast. They were a bit on the woody side and had been coated with some sort of flour concoction that took away from the whole thing. Shoulda gone with those awesome hash browns instead of trying the healthy road.
That being said, Mary’s is definitely somewhere we’d stop again to try out some of their lunch and dinner options. With their convenience of location and reasonable prices, it’s a way better option than airport food.