“Where do the locals eat?” It’s a question we road trippers often ask at small-town gas stations, campgrounds/motels and coffee shops. We’re not after cutting-edge, chef-driven cuisine, where the server announces in a knowing voice what $10-a-glass wine “we’re pouring tonight.” No, good, basic fare at reasonable prices will do, along with a generous helping of local ambience.
In Enderby, B.C., a small town in the North Okanagan Valley, Hungry Jack’s Cafe, a laid-back, family-run spot on the downtown drag, is the go-to place. With good reason. My three-egg omelette, with melted cheddar and big chunks of bacon, arrives smoking hot in five minutes, accompanied by some fine marbled rye toast. The real revelation is the hash browns, actually thick slices of sautéed new potatoes—my favourite.