1527 Hwy 97 South
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 2W5

250-392-4225

M-Sa: 11am – 10pm / Su: 10am – 8pm

 

Big Mama's Steak House on Urbanspoon

September 19, 2010

What do you do if you’re anchoring for lunch and your (fairly) significant other is still in the mind for breakfast?  Why… you go to brunch of course!  And Big Mama’s Steakhouse is where we found ourselves one lazy Sunday afternoon.  For $16.00 between the hours of 10am-2pm you can have pretty much anything your heart desires at their brunch buffet, regardless of whichever meal it is you’re trying to satisfy.

Mr O and I were seated at a table with a beautiful view of the lake, and we had our coffee orders taken before approaching the buffet.  I went straight for the lunch section, whereas he headed towards the breakfast arena.

My eyes immediately zoomed in on the beef ribs that were sitting all pretty and meat-like in their tray and I made a straight bee-line for that.  I also piled on steamed veggies, potato salad, and baked chicken.  But as I passed by the carving station, I thought… “what the heck” and opened up some real estate on my plate.  Beef or ham… ham or beef?  I believe a slice of roast beef will do… a *thin* slice mind you… I had to make sure I had room for dessert you know.

The made-to-order omelette station just so happened to be located next to the roasts and that was where Mr O had one made up for him with the works:  sausage, ham, bacon, onions, mushrooms, cheddar, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  Erm… hold the jalepenos though.  And while that was cooking away, he picked up some French toast, sausage links and bacon, roasted potatoes, lemon fish, and a piece of baked chicken to his plate.

...workin' an omelet...

The ribs were delicious… nothing like knowing on a beef bone to feel like one of the Flintstones!  The sauce was very flavourful with a nice tang and had pieces of tender onions in it.  It went very well with the potato salad, which was very creamy and had nice chunks of potato.  The chicken was very tender and cuts very well with the butter knife (which was good because I didn’t realise I had walked right pass the steak-knives in my haste to get to the ribs).

...ooohhh... hello ribs!...

...chick chick...

I even went back for seconds to get another rib… and don’t think for a second that I’m ashamed of it.  Another rib with more veggies, and I took more time to peruse the salad bar.  Besides the potato salad, there was also a pasta salad, Caesar, and Greek, to name a few.  I settled for a bowl of the fruit salad which looked very fresh, and added to it some chopped strawberries, preserved peaches, and preserved mandarin slices.

...see? I can do healthy!...

Mr O tackled his omelette with relish and cleaned his plate up rather well.  He raved about the French toast which was made out of thick slices of French bread.  Slathered in syrup and butter, it was almost like a dessert rather than breakfast!  I wasn’t surprised when he went back for some more of it!

...breakfast dessert... bressert?!

...bacon's good...

Speaking of dessert… did we have room for it in the end?  Of course we did… but just barely.  The sweets display was almost overwhelming: rich chocolate cake, assorted cheesecakes, slices of pie, cups of jello, cute lil cupcakes, and what we figured to be Portuguese custard tarts but wasn’t sure.  Well, whatever it was Mr O grabbed one of them, along with a slice of cheesecake and stole a bit of the strawberries from the salad bar.  I helped myself to a nice slice of the chocolate cake and was walking back to the table when something terrible caught my eye.  Sitting in a bowl of ice, trying to be all innocent and failing horribly, was a container of whipped cream.  With *NO* supervision!?  Goodness, it took a bit of restraint to watch how much of it I put on my cake.

...oops... couldn't wait!...

The chocolate cake was very rich and, along with the caffeine, was a really nice way to end the meal.  We were both very full and pleased with the food.  Would there even be a need to dinner?  Guess we’ll just have to lay down, digest and enjoy the rest of our Sunday to find out!

50580 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, BC  V0K 1C0

604-867-9339

Canyon Alpine Restaurant on Urbanspoon

September 13, 2009

 

trust the signage

trust the signage

To find the Canyon Alpine Restaurant, just simply follow the bright arrows on the sign found just off of the highway.  On the few occasions my family decide to disembark from the hustle and bustle of the big city and visit me up yonder, they usual end up stopping here for breakfast.  Tonight we decided to investigate the place (and have dinner while we’re at it of course).

They boast a staggering 6 page menu that is just jammed packed with all types of food offerings, including an all-day breakfast menu.  I chose a two-piece fish and chips plate, and Mr O ordered ‘The Works’ omelet.  We were also eyeing the huge display of home-made pies… I think I counted at least 9 different types, which included strawberry, pumpkin, cherry cheesecake, apple, and blueberry.  To be honest, I sort of stopped listening to what the waiter was reciting as soon as I heard the word ‘strawberry’.  I couldn’t wait to try my first slice of strawberry pie!

There is a very interesting contrast of decor found at this establishment.  A huge dresser sat against one wall with a huge assortment of beanie baby-type toys covering its surface, and hand crafted matchstick holders and napkin holders sat at every window sill… all of this for sale.  And let’s not forget about the stuffed owl perched up above in the ceiling and cougar found prowling overhead.  I’ve been told that cougar meat is very tasty, but alas I didn’t find it on the menu.

'the works'... make sure you're hungry!

'the works'... make sure you're hungry!

The food came pretty quick and the restaurant started to fill with regulars as we ate.  Mr O really enjoyed his omelet and finished the entire plate.  It was a 3-egger omelet, choked filled with ingredients which included bacon, ham, mushrooms, green onions, and cheddar cheese.  Sides included panfries and toast.

fish and chips

fish and chips

here fishy fishy fishy...

here fishy fishy fishy...

My meal consisted of 2 pieces of cod fillets, which I thought  was a tad on the dry side and the batter was thicker than I cared for.  Near the end I ended up just picking off the coating and eating only the meat.  The fries were nothing to write home about… but the coleslaw was amazing!  It was nice and tangy, and you can feel the bite of the cabbage just the way I like it.

Once our plates were cleared off, it was time to tackle dessert!  I ordered a slice of strawberry pie, and Mr O had a slice of the pumpkin pie.  Ooohh… was it ever good! My plate was just *covered* in strawberries, all plump and whole.  There was a thin rim of crust around the other edge, but I didn’t see any bottom crust.  It was pretty much like eating a plate of glazed strawberries, but I didn’t care.  I quite enjoyed it.  Mr O really like his pie too.  It had just the right amount of spices and had a great filling-to-crust ratio.  This man knows his stuff when it came to pumpkin pies too.

straw-bellies!

straw-bellies!

mmm... pumpkin pie...

mmm... pumpkin pie...

Oh, did I forget to mention the large flat screen TV that hangs from the main wall?  NCIS was playing while we were eating our dessert.  It was great being about to share my pie with Mark Harmon (*sigh* he’s such a sweetheart!)

Bottom line?  We’ll definitely be back again.  There are 6 pages of menu to work through after all!

food to go... giant rice krispies chunks!

food to go... giant rice krispies chunks!