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Boston Pizza, Nanaimo

It has been years since Don and I have been to a Boston Pizza Restaurant, and never in Nanaimo. Guess what? Never again. This is not being nasty but very truthful. Let me explain.

It was between 3:30 ish and 4 p.m. when we arrived. Four people at a booth and Don and I. No one else. That should be a clue. They do not carry a non-alcoholic beer which shows no respect for those who wish not to drink and drive. I ordered a white wine and when the server came back, she says the wine I ordered they were out of but she gave me the much more expensive wine at the lower price. That was nice. I was given two choices at the start and had not heard of the latter one before, so I didn’t order it.

Don ordered a pizza called a meateor or some such name and I ordered the chicken pecan salad. The pizza that came out should have been tossed. It was totally unappetizing to look at. Very dark (close to burnt) but Don said the crust was pretty good. And that was it.

My platter came out. It was one slice of tomato that was chopped and set on the side of the platter. Two large, cucumber wedges, that had been sitting out for awhile as they were dried and starting to turn colour. Two small patches of shredded cheeses (white and orange) and each one set on the edge of the platter. Shredded toothpick size pieces of carrot and a handful of the best candied pecans ever.  Not to be outdone, there was a mound of bacon bits (from a pkg. and was not suitable. To round it all off ,  in the middle was a huge heap of greens that had some dressing on the bottom portion only and a slice of  very, very over cooked and dry grilled chicken on top cut into 4.

The greens on the salad were meant for a large man to try to consume. None of the stems were removed and the ‘tree length’ pieces of greenery were impossible. If this had been in a bowl and tossed together, it would, maybe, be better.

Our server was a very polite and smiling young lady and is an asset to the restaurant. The food, however, is a definite fail. As our daughter has proclaimed for years “that is not food”. Yup! This time she was right.


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O’Flannigan’s Pub, Kelowna, B.C.

After finishing with appointments and grocery shopping, we decided to drive through ‘downtown’ Kelowna and find a new place to try. We picked this Irish Pub (food is always good in a Pub). This was a huge disappointment.

We went in and it is dark, and no one greets you.  I take that back, after standing in the doorway not knowing if we were to wait or seat ourselves, we started to enter and find a table, when a lady yells hi from the other side of the room.

We were asked for our drink order and had the special explained to us. We looked over the menu and decided to order. Now here it comes…there is one server in the restaurant and one bartender. We saw 2 people in the kitchen. Okay!

The customers: There is one fellow using the wifi – no food or glass on his table and he is there for a loooong time. At another table there are 2 men finishing their beer and one table with 4 ladies at it and us. We counted 5 TV’s from my vantage point and another 5 from Don’s line of viewing. The place is relatively empty and it is lunchtime.

It is dark, dingy and not the cleanest place we have been in. We paid for 1  1/2 hrs. parking and waited over 45 minutes from the time the order was taken to when it finally came. When we asked about our food, she snapped at us “we make it from scratch and it takes time”.

Fair enough, except Don ordered a burger with pepperoni called “The Staten Island” and I ordered the chicken burger called “The Brooklyn Burger”. Not rocket science here and can be prepared quickly. When they finally came out, the plate is more than filled with fries and the burgers  looked good. Don only ate half the burger and left the top half with the more than wilted lettuce and tomato slices on a undescribable bun….not brown,, not whole wheat..just…….

My chicken burger came and was smothered in a store bought bottle of a Jack Daniels type of barbecue sauce. It was very  strong and very overpowering. It actually spoiled the burger and again, it came in the strangest looking/tasting bun with a lot of wilted lettuce.  The yam fries were good and I have never seen so many fries on any order- in any restaurant ever before. I know the Irish and the potato go hand in hand but it was too much.

Don went to the washroom and said they were clean, but I wasn’t about to take the chance. The floors are so sticky you have real trouble trying to move your chair. No, I am not kidding. The tables feel heavy with old oil or sticky hands. It needs a coat of paint, take out the disgusting carpet on the stage, and lighten it up. Learn some social skills and maybe, just maybe, you would get customers in.

This was not our greatest pub experience for sure. Sorry! And no, we won’t make a return visit any time soon.

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