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The Stretch Diner Restaurant Review

spotlightns-thestretchdinerAs Henry and I was driving the scenic route from Halifax back to Bridgewater today, we decided to try out the Stretch Diner in Chester. We were both starved because we didn’t have anything to eat since breakfast this morning, and we have heard from locals just how great this restaurant was.

To be quite honest, when we pulled into the parking lot, I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out. I sat in the car looking at the front of the building, and thought it was rather small to be a good Diner.

spot-light-promotions-the-stretch-diner-patioOnce we got out of the car and made our way in. I took note of it not being wheelchair accessible, as I didn’t see any ramp, only stairs. We thought the nice picnic tables outside on the big deck with lawn chairs and pretty plants surrounding the veranda was a great touch. If it wouldn’t have been so cold out today, we definitely could have eaten outside, but the chilly air took us inside where I was pleasantly surprised.

nova-scotia-spotlight-fifties-stretch-dinerThe theme of the Stretch Diner was set back to the fifties, as it had the comfortable chrome chairs and tables, pictures of  celebrity stars with many old fashioned model cars displayed for viewing. My first impression when I walked in was “Awesome”, however I was very disappointed, because the oldies music was non-existent; due to this, it unfortunately lacked the full nostalgic experience. This licensed Diner was clean, and had a very tidy, sleek look. I was anxious to check out the menu.

nsspotlight-fifties-diner-the-stretchHenry and I quickly found a seat  by the Marilyn Monroe and Elvis pictures. Once settled the friendly waitress provided us with the menu, and wrote down what we wanted for drinks; large milk for me and Lime “Pop Shop Pop” for Henry. The menu upon first glance was short, as it had one page for breakfasts, one page for the main meals, and two other pages with soups, children’s meals and beverages. All of the meals available were very affordable, and wasn’t hard on the pocket book.

Though The Stretch is known for their fabulous Fish ‘n’ Chips, neither one of us felt like eating it, only because we had Fish ‘n’ Chips yesterday. So, I went for a BLT on wholewheat with Cesar Salad on the side, and Henry ordered a Cheeseburger with fries and gravy. Yes, I realize our last review was very similar, however I can assure you, it was much different at this establishment.

spot-light-promo-chester-stretch-cleanlinessAs we waited for our meals, we both decided to use the ladies and boys room. The washrooms were easy to find without asking staff. The space was  small but nicely kept. There was even a little wooden stool present for when “independent” young ones visit, so they can wash their own hands.  The door swung inward, which also confirmed it’s not a wheelchair accessible restaurant.

Soon after we sat back down our food had arrived. What scrumptious looking dishes we had. Henry’s first comment was how great the dark brown gravy was. It was beautifully thick and had little beef bits in it for the extra oomph of flavour, and went well with the no-skinned fries.  Though the hamburger bun wasn’t toasted, the burger was cooked all the way through, and was well seasoned. I asked Henry to describe his burger, and he stated “Best Diner burger I’ve had in a long time!”.

Having a particular liking to Cesar Salad, I found it to land on my list of the top 3. It didn’t have loads of croutons in it, which was a plus for me because I don’t like lots in my salad. The romaine lettuce was nice and crisp, but an important factor I’m going to add is, it was a perfect ratio of dressing to salad. I don’t like having too much of one and not the other. It was just right for me. An added touch, which popped my taste buds, was the thick shredded mozzarella cheese. 🙂 My BLT was toasted perfectly! The tomatoes were fresh and not soft, because the juice wasn’t running on my plate or down my arm. The bacon wasn’t chewy or too crispy either.

Even though we both had plenty to eat, we decided to share desert. Coconut Cream Pie is a combined addiction we both have, and as soon as we got it, we dug in. Pieces of coconut was sprinkled over the top of the whipped cream topping, which gave it the extra flavour and texture, however the filling wasn’t as  rich and thick as we would have liked, but the homemade crust was marvelous. It was light, flaky, and the edges wasn’t even burnt.

As we went up to pay the bill, I seen how neat and organized the counter top was with some of the baked goods in the various jars and dishes. But what I found really interesting was what was INSIDE the counter top! Little round gum balls, were in-cased with a long piece of  plexiglass covering the top. I thought that was one of the coolest simple things I have ever seen inside a restaurant!


Our combined rating for The Stretch Diner was 8.5/10. We highly recommend them! We’ll be visiting again!

Recommended changes: More oldies music… PLEASE!!! 🙂

Check out their website by clicking HERE for further Diner details!

For those who are interested, they encourage anyone who has a spiffy ride to show it off at the Stretch Diner every Wednesday night at 6:30pm.

Be there or be square!!


Fo’c’sle Pub Restaurant & Bar Chester Review

spotlight-ns-focsle-pub-restaurant-chesterReported to be Nova Scotia’s oldest rural pub, the Fo’c’sle (Focsle is pronounced as “folk-sill”), was once a stable and grocery store and is now home to a large restaurant and bar located in lovely downtown Chester.

During this review, we were in a party of 4 people for my parent’s anniversary celebration held in the dining room, separate from the pub area. We collectively ate Digby clams & chips, the signature burger platter and Fo’c’sle Clubhouse with ceasar salad. Our reservations were held on time and the atmosphere was very pleasant with a nautical theme and quaint fireplace.

The dining area was clean and roomy with about 8-10 tables seating 4 people each. The only complaint there was that it did get noisy was they were all filled, as sound bounced off the hard walls and wooden furniture. I also visited the pub area, which looked like a typical pub with pub chairs and tables.

The food was good, but slow, as they seemed to be short staffed, with only one waitress serving the entire area. After what seemed like a long wait, our meals finally arrived and everyone was happy. Everything was cooked well, not overcooked, and was very tasty!

One thing that caught my eye was that the clams weren’t buried by fries, which is common in many restaurants these days where they pad the meal by making it a plate of mainly fries with just a handful of clams. The opposite was true here with a good portion a seafood to chip ratio, which was a pleasant surprise.

My Mom and I had the same dish, being the burger platter. Both of us enjoyed the burger, as it was well cooked and the grilled flavor was tasty. Since I don’t like anything green on my burgers, I made up for it with gravy. Though the rich dark brown sauce was nicely seasoned, as it tingled my taste buds; it lacked in texture. It was thin like water, practically running off my crispy potato skinned fries.

Liza always enjoys a tea before her meals in a restaurant. Once her supper arrived, she absolutely devoured her Fo’c’sle Clubhouse. The chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomateo complemented each other very well on whole wheat. The Caesar Salad was very fresh and crisp. It all went very well with her large milk.

Both Liza and I love pub food and The Fo’c’sle has good food…yummy!

I also used the washroom during my visit and it was clean and well supplied. I noticed they have a weekly trivia night and live music there too. Cool!

The prices were quite reasonable and they even have daily specials, so my burger platter was under 10 bucks that day. Nothing on the menu seemed overpriced, which is unusual in a tourist town like Chester where high prices are the norm.

Overall, it was a great experience and we all said we would return again.

Rating: 8/10 (Recommended!!)

The Fo’c’sle
42 Queen Street
Chester, NS

Review written by: Henry :):)