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Inside every Zellers is a restaurant.

Club Sandwich at Zellers
Foods from Zellers

2010 Jul 25
Back in my home community in Nova Scotia the Zellers diner was known far-and-wide for really good 'greasy spoon' food. That is going back to the late 70s / early 80s that I can recall. Good to know that corporate head office is still doing a good job :-)

In my early teens we used to always go here for absolutely fabulous french fries - and, yes - club sandwiches.

2010 Jul 24
I've always walked past the built-in restaurant at every Zellers because I just knew it wouldn't be very good. But I always wondered and thought I'd like to try it out one day. Today, they had a lunch special: $6 for a Club Sandwich Platter. So I walked in.

It's really just a standard diner, much like you might find in some nondescript small town. The menu comes from headquarters, which means you won't get the charm of a small-town diner (e.g. Frank makes a killer pea soup, so look for it on Fridays). The servers seem to be elderly and/or physically challenged in some way -- the slower pace and low seat occupancy allows them a position here. In this sense, Zellers provides a service because I fear for the futures of career servers, who become unwanted once they can no longer run around for 8 hours, serving a large number of tables.

Anyway, to the food! The club was very standard but there was nothing at all wrong with it. Nice crispy bacon, tender chicken, lettuce, tomato, and a correct quantity of mayo. I opted to have mine on brown bread, as I usually do. The fries were the standard frozen kind, but they were served very hot and crispy. I opted for the gravy up-sell for an extra $0.99. All in, it cost me a cool $10 (including tip -- ice water to drink), which is about the lowest you can possibly do for a sit-down lunch with service. Ignoring the tip, this is about the same as a standard fast food "value" meal.