Who’d have thought? From the outside, the Little Mountain Café in Errington resembles so many neighbourhood favourite hang-outs – unpretentious, tucked away in a small strip mall, patio out front. Expectations of a greasy spoon environment wouldn’t be out of line; in fact, several years ago that’s exactly what this tiny hole-in-the-wall was, albeit a popular one. Walk through the door, however, and there is a whole different world thanks to the efforts of Sandy Palmer, who purchased the place about a year-and-a-half ago.
The Little Mountain Café interior offers up comfort, warmth, friendly service and more sophistication than most would ever expect. Dark laminate floors, comfortable upholstered chairs, a fireplace and living, breathing plants are complemented by tastefully framed prints, beadboard finishing and a host of other small touches that promise more than your average greasy spoon victuals. It’s a promise that holds true.
We wandered in on a Saturday morning looking for breakfast, and we most certainly weren’t disappointed. Although the menu isn’t huge it does offer a fair bit of variety. My husband ordered the Ukrainian breakfast and I opted for the Popeye Eggs Benedict which, instead of ham, featured sliced tomato and fresh spinach – a nice variation, especially for those of vegetarian persuasion.
The plates that arrived at our table a few minutes later were filled with generous helpings of freshly-cooked, home-made, locally-sourced food. The eggs were the best I have ever had the pleasure of ingesting – bright orange, flavourful yolks and fresh beyond words. The hollandaise sauce was made in-house (always a big deal for me – the packaged stuff simply doesn’t cut it), the pan fries originated with real potatoes, not a freezer pack, and the bread for the toast was made in-house as well. My husband’s breakfast included perogies, one of his most un-favourite foods of all time. But, wonder of wonders, the perogies made and served at Little Mountain were so appealing to him that we purchased a dozen frozen ones to bring home for future consumption.
It’s clear that Sandy has put much time, thought and sweat equity into this delightful 28-seat place. Her dedication to sourcing locally, her insistence on serving ‘real food’ and her eye for creating such a unique, comfortable space in the most unexpected of locations is a bonus for the residents of Errington or, for that matter, anyone who happens to be in the vicinity. If you are traveling through the area on Highway 4 (as in, on your way to the west side of the Island) stop in for lunch or breakfast, or even a take-out of some of their home-baked goodies or frozen cabbage rolls or perogies. It’s good old honest down-home cooking at its best!
The Little Mountain Café is open the following hours:
Weekdays: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It is located at 1000 Bellevue Road, Errington
GPS co-ordinates are: Lat. 49.303831642221816 Long. -124.33453917503357
N 49 18.230 W 124 20.072
Price rating: $ – $$