888 Fraser Street
Hope, BC V0X 1L0
Summer: 6a-10p, Winter: 6a-9p (opened 7 days a week)
November 7, 2009
It was a late Saturday afternoon when we found ourselves driving through the city of Hope and decided to stop at Rolly’s for some late lunch. We’ve thought about eating here on more than one occasion because we’ve had a few people recommend this place, but never actively searched it out so we’ve never found it. The establishment is located just behind the Chevron gas station on the main strip through town and the signage is actually quite easy to see if you knew where to look. Weather was miserable and had been a consistent downpour for our entire trip down to the Coast so I was looking forward to getting something hot in my stomach.
It took a few minutes before we were acknowledged and the waitress seated us in a diner-typical vinyl booth. The menu was fairly extensive and I took interest in their pie selection. Coconut cream was available and it was something I’ve been hoping to try for awhile now.
Rolly’s is supposedly well-known for their breakfast food, particularly their pancakes and eggs benedicts. However, it was about 2pm and my craving for breakfast food was well past so I ordered the chicken burger with a glass of lemon water. Mr O ordered the ham and egg scramble, which came with a side of the famous pancakes, along with a cup of coffee.
They were out of chicken breasts and I had been informed that they were using the chicken strips in their place, which I was fine with. When my burger appeared it was dressed with mayo, shredded lettuce and a slice of tomato. What was puzzling, though, was the small packet of cranberry sauce that came with my meal. Was I supposed to put this in my burger?? Anyhoo… a nice scoop of potato salad also accompanied my meal, which I found quite tasty, even though I ended up picking out the slices of radishes that was mixed in. I was pretty hungry and enjoyed the first few bites of my food.
It was at around this point when my lunch took something of a sour turn…
It wasn’t a very busy time of the day and there were few patrons inside the restaurant. Seated not too far away from us was a small group of middle-aged white women. They were talking. Loudly. You couldn’t help eavesdropping even if you tried. Phrases along the lines of “chinese people are rude”, “Richmond is like Chinatown”, and “Hong-couver” filtered into my ears. I’ve mentioned a few times in previous posts that I’m of Chinese descent, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I got extremely upset. Shooting the occasional dirty look their way went un-noticed and my appetite was gone. I had no taste for the food in front of me and ended up pushing away a nearly full plate. The waitress came at one point to ask how everything was and I didn’t even want to make eye-contact with her. Mr O told her the food was fine and sent her on her way. I knew I was being very pissy and wanted to leave the restaurant so I told him to quickly finish his food.
The egg scramble was nothing worth mentioning and he noted that the pancakes were light, cakey and quite good. (However, we ended up at IHOP’s for breakfast the next day and he admitted that the pancakes at this franchise were better).
When we finally went up to pay, the cashier never asked us how our meal went so I never got the chance to snipe, which was just as well. At that point I just wanted to be as far away from the place as possible and get on with the rest of my long-weekend. My overall review of the restaurant is skewed now, and I can’t give an honest opinion of how the food really was (especially that coconut cream pie I’ll never have a chance to try now). Unfortunately, through no real fault of the restaurant’s, I don’t see myself giving Rolly’s another chance anywhere in the near future.