For many years I’d drive past the Hilltop Diner Cafe in Langley (on Fraser Hwy, near 240th St), and wonder about what was inside. I never had the courage to go in because I (wrongly) assumed it was a junky old place with super greasy food. Appearances can definitely be deceiving. I’ve been there several times now, and I think it’s fabulous!
The diner has been open for over 65 years, which is a pretty impressive feat. It’s small and there’s limited parking outside, but it’s very cozy inside. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming, and the diner has a great small-town vibe about it. The decor on the walls is fairly minimal, but it is your classic diner-style decorating. I don’t think much has changed in all 65 years of them being in business, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
When you walk in, you’re greeted by one of the ladies at the counter and can find yourself a seat wherever there’s space. They offer you coffee or another drink when they bring you your menu, and your cup is never left empty for long.
I’ve only been there for breakfast, so I can’t speak to the lunch items they offer, but their breakfasts are incredible. The portions are huge and almost everything’s made from scratch. Some dishes to highlight would be their pancakes which are fluffy and enormous, to their huge pieces of French Toast and their omelettes.
My favourite breakfast dish that I’ve had so far are their Benny’s.
There are several options you can have for the meat – homemade sausage, bacon, ham, or if you don’t want meat you can get a grilled tomato. They cook the eggs to your specifications, there’s plenty of fabulous Hollandaise sauce, and their hash browns are phenomenal – chunks of crispy fried potatoes with green onions. Yum!!
The Hilltop Diner is open daily from 8:30am to 2:30pm. If you go there for breakfast and don’t want to have to wait for a table, I highly suggest getting there earlier in the morning, as it really begins to get busy around 10am.