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Little Hobo Café – Lunch With a Side of Happy

As most of you know living in Kelowna means house guests in the summer. And recently I had a friend of mine visit from Vancouver on his way through town. We needed a good catch up so he asked me where we could go to grab some lunch.

It’s funny how Kelowna seems to have so many good places to eat until you think about it from a Vancouverite’s perspective. In comparison, the options somehow dwindle to a narrow margin.

Luckily there was a place just down the street from me that I’d been hearing great things about but had never actually tried, so off we went to Little Hobo Café. And I gotta tell you, I’m glad we did.

When your friends who hated that you moved away come to visit you in your new town, all you want to do is prove to them moving was a great decision. And thanks to Little Hobo, I felt confident in my Kelowna show off game.

The owner, Crystal was so friendly to me when she was taking my order that my friend asked if she knew me. After I answered that I’d never met her before, we both concluded that the Little Hobo Café must be the friendliest place in town. What a treat to be able to attend a café that loves what they do so much they can’t help but smile. Only people who are as passionate as Crystal and Steve could pull off such a successful and inviting lunch destination.

It wasn’t until my recent visit to Little Hobo that I realized that it’s not just soup and sandwiches. It’s so much comfort food I might put on a few pounds now that I know it’s there. Mouth watering eggs benny for breakfast, mac and cheese, perogies…the list goes on. And they create new daily specials all the time. If you want to know the latest, subscribe to their Facebook page. Crystal is on there every morning with friendly announcements of daily specials.

Now I must say if you decided to come in at lunch, be prepared for a wait. I’m not the first one to discover this downtown gem, it’s popular. But to be honest I had a hard time deciding what I wanted with all the yummy sounding food on the menu. It took a whole line of 5 people in front of me to finally decide on a berry and spinach salad and grilled cheese. My friend ordered the soup of the day and a Ruben.


If you’re thinking “it’s not hard to screw up a sandwich” I will politely disagree. It takes that little bit of extra effort and attention to detail to produce a perfect sandwich. Not too dry but not soggy. Lightly toasted but not crunchy. The perfect ratio of filling to bread. Fresh ingredients. These guys have got it down.

With it’s prime central location, friendly service and expertly crafted sandwiches you might expect it to be a bit on the pricey side. After all my dad always says “Quick, good and cheap – pick two”. This little shop not only has vowed to give us great food, the bill won’t leave you resolving to bring your lunch to work next time.

Well that’s it, I’m officially hungry now. See you at the Little Hobo Café.

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