Jam Cafe

Written by on June 5, 2016 in I Eat Canada, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(jamcafes.com/victoria) – Old Town Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Jam Cafe Victoria

How I heard of this place: When we planned our trip to Victoria, I contacted a friend of ours who was once a local. He recommended a handful of things to do and places to eat, among them Jam Cafe.

Jam Cafe Victoria Outside

Type of cuisine: We are an all-day breakfast and lunch restaurant located in Old Town Victoria. Created by Union Pacific Coffee owners Jim and Candy Walmsley, Jam offers incredible homemade fare in a rustic-city atmosphere. The unique menu tempts you to broaden your breakfast horizons with selections including Huevos Rancheros, Green Eggs and Ham, Brioche French Toast and Red Velvet Pancakes. Adding to the ‘comfort food’ theme are favorites such as house made cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, and creamy sausage gravy. Needless to say, there are options to satisfy any craving.

Jam Cafe Victoria Specials Board

To top off your meal, try one of our innovative drinks such as old-fashioned milkshakes or bacon-garnished Caesars. For those of you whose appetites come alive a bit later in the day check out our lunch menu. The classic Reuben Sandwich with matchstick French fries or the B.E.L.T.C.H. (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and ham) sandwich are both hot tickets. Daily features for both food and drinks keep even the most regular of regulars coming back for more.

Jam Cafe Victoria More Hipster Decor

The friendly, enthusiastic staff adds the finishing touch to the welcoming atmosphere in this family-owned eatery.”

Ambiance: A hipster’s dream, the space is sleek and clean, streamlined with a air of rustic chic.

Jam Cafe Victoria Inside

Everything short of mason jars as water glasses can be found in this hipster haven,

Jam Cafe Victoria Bar

including the “unique” (every-new-establishment-catering-to-the-young-and-wealthy) decor.

Jam Cafe Victoria Hipster Decor

What I ordered: Thrown off by a couple of distinct menu items, we simply had to order some of everything. To start, The Three Pigs (CAD$14): three cooked maple sausages dipped in pancake batter and fried and served with maple butter syrup and fruit.

Jam Cafe Victoria The Three Pigs & Fruit

The inside, just for show:

Jam Cafe Victoria Corndog Inside

And a strawberry milkshake, yes at 9:00 in the morning.

Jam Cafe Victoria Milkshake

For my husband, The Charlie Bowl (CAD$15): “Our version of a hash with crumbled biscuit, hash browns, diced ham, green onions, cheddar and sausage gravy topped with two sunny side eggs.”


Jam Cafe Victoria Charlie Bowl Close-Up

One of our dining companions, vacillating between the Fried Chicken & Waffles and the Pulled Pork Pancakes, “took one for the team” and went with the latter (CAD$16): a double stack layered with pulled pork & topped with maple bbq glaze, jalapeno sour cream & pickled cabbage.

Jam Cafe Victoria Pulled Pork Pancakes Close-Up

For myself and one of my dining companions, the special Rosemary, Bacon & Mushroom Omelette (CAD$14): a four-egg omelette filled with rosemary roasted mushrooms, bacon, and goat chèvre served with a huge, house-made biscuit.

Jam Cafe Victoria Omelette & Biscuit

What I loved: The creamy chèvre inside the omelette,

Jam Cafe Victoria Omelette & Biscuit Close-Up

the intriguing, but altogether rich and strange combination of the pulled pork pancakes,

Jam Cafe Victoria Pulled Pork Pancake Bite

and the fried pancake batter, smothered in melted maple butter surrounding the fancy corndog.

Jam Cafe Victoria The Three Pigs

Why I loved it: While they take no reservations, have hour-long (plus) lines outside of the establishment, and overrated menu, the ambiance and the meal were enjoyable, once we were finally seated and able to indulge.

Cost: Average to high (CAD$12 – CAD$16 per breakfast entrée)

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