September 10, 2015

Caitlin's Good Breakfast at Okanagan Falls

Former location - now moved - see below

Okanagan Falls or OK Falls is a small town amidst small towns in the Okanagan Valley about five hours west of Vancouver, British Columbia.  I was in the region doing a vineyards and wineries tour the valley is famous for.

I was also on the lookout for hometown eateries – local and Canadiana.  And at OK Falls, the moniker, I hesitatingly peered in at Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner next to Caitlin’s Thrift Shop.  It was a nondescript eatery with a Philippine carinderia look and vibes.  Almost full except for one table out of seven, I decided to try.   

Former place - now moved - see below

The open kitchen showcased a heavy-duty countertop griddle plate bristling with eggs, sausages, bacon, and potatoes.  Run by a daughter Debbie Atkinson (cook), and a mother Margaret (server), the duo made me feel I mattered even though I was only one in my party.  

Would you like to have coffee?
A glass of cold water would be fine.  I would like to have the All Day Breakfast please: sausages and the eggs basted.

Hard, medium or soft?
Medium please.  What kind of bread do you have?

We have white, brown, rye or marble.
Rye please.

Five minutes later, Margaret came over and said endearingly, “It is coming.”

The hash browns (shredded, can be diced) were golden at the tips, crunchy and tasty. The sausages from a supplier were mildly spiced with a pepperoni-like flavor.  The eggs properly basted – a style of cooking I have never heard of until I came to BC.
Best of all, the warmth of the kitchen was demonstrated in the hospitality.

Oops, I almost forgot.  It didn’t look appealing but I had to try it.  The steamed and baked plum pudding cake was good.  Debbie said she likes to bake especially pies and customers like her strawberry apple rhubarb all-in-one pie and cinnamon buns.  Her e-mail address confirms her passion:

Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner, truly homestyle, is named after Debbie’s 7 year old daughter.  It has been in operations for almost seven years.   

A certified Canadiana establishment.

Highway 97 runs through OK Falls and becomes Main Street – Caitlin’s is at 9408 Main Street kitty corner from the Esso gas station next to the pub.
Note: as of August 2016 Debbie wrote: " We left the old location in April and have moved to a new one in OK falls. Where the Old Wedges Pizza used to be, across from Pharmasave. Mom is doing great! It has taken quite awhile to get reopen."   
5210 9th Avenue 

To call for hours of operation dial 250 497 6555 328 5105.  Open from 8:30 am till 8 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 8:30 am till 4 pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Closed on Sundays. 

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