Nestled in the heart of Downtown St. Catharines, you will find this ‘mom and pop’ style diner at 180 St. Paul Street. Welcomed by the friendly faces of Tula and John, the Greek couple who have owned and run the establishment over the last four decades, I knew then and there I was in for a treat.
The decor takes you right back to the 70s, and the intimate, dated seating feels like you’re sitting at grandma’s kitchen table. Our server was pleasant and accommodating, offering suggestions and recommendations from their endless menu options. Options included, eggs benedict, sandwiches, wraps, pancakes, omelette’s and breakfast platters. Our visit was at breakfast. I opted for the corned beef skillet. I was wary at first but I was reassured by our server it was a top choice. A short five minutes went by and before I could finish my first cup of coffee, out came our freshly prepared meals. The plate came generously portioned with corned beef, two eggs (done any style you like), two pieces of toast and my new favourite, their home fries,made fresh daily. My guests ordered the french toast and pancakes, which were sweet and delectable. These were also served in generous portions of four slices each If you peep over the short partition, you can see Tula and John working side by side behind the grill in the kitchen, sharing laughs and smiles as they prepare the orders. It is this very love and ‘human touch’ that makes the difference in the taste of their food. The casual, family friendly atmosphere makes it ideal for any patron.
Their prices range from $3.25 – $9.95 for breakfast, which is not only affordable but worth it considering the quality and quantity you receive. Our server was diligent and pleasant, remembering our individual request and preferences without hesitation. The warm service enhanced our dining experience here, and ensured we would return.
Should you decide to visit for breakfast or lunch be sure to take a look at their opening hours, usually from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. but this can vary depending on weekends and holidays. You can easily access by public transit, as it is a short two minute walk from the Downtown bus terminal, or opt to drive and utilize public parking in the surrounding area. I will be returning in the near future whether it be for a gyro at lunch, hangover brunch or a hearty breakfast. Sunset restaurant’s charm, charisma and delicious offerings are sure to captivate any new customer and is what keeps the regulars, returning.