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Round Up Cafe – Surrey’s Classic Diner with Hearty Home-Style Meals

Hungry for some good, old-fashioned diner fare? Then head over to the Round Up Cafe located in the heart of Surrey at 10449 King George Boulevard.

The cafe has an authentic ‘50s diner feel, highlighted by the original green and pink neon sign of a cowboy on a bucking bronco. Inside, the retro look continues with bar stools lining a long counter, booths with Formica tabletops and a few tables for four against the inner wall. Black, white and green ceramic tiles on the walls complete the decor. Vintage photos grace the walls, giving customers a sense of the long history of the eatery.

The Round Up Cafe has been a popular fixture Surrey for decades with a loyal customer base that spans generations. Old-timers and regulars are greeted by name by the friendly staff — their coffee appears on their tables as they are sitting down. There is lively conversation and the clattering of pots and pans adding a homespun feel.

The menu brings back a nostalgic feel, featuring old-style diner items alongside the usual modern dishes. There aren’t many restaurants these days that offer minced steak with eggs, Denver omelettes, patty melts, Monte Cristo sandwiches or baby beef liver with onions. We stopped in at the restaurant on a Monday morning wanting a home-cooked style breakfast to start our day. I appreciated the diverse menu and was happy to see that I could order a half Eggs Benedict. My husband was thrilled to order a Denver omelette — “a blast from the past” he said.

As we waited for our food, we chatted about the interior of the cafe. I felt like we had been transported to another time — a different world. The atmosphere was friendly, and relaxed. Some of the customers were seated with their coffee, hotcakes and bacon, leisurely reading the morning papers. The servers tended to each table, filling coffee ups and chatting amiably to their patrons. There was a definite aura of comradery and friendship in the room. The retro décor of the diner, the chatter of the customers and the bustle of the staff created the feeling of being lost in time.

That feeling continued when our food arrived. Served on classic stoneware dishes, our meals were delivered piping hot and smelling delicious! We loved the chunky pan-fried potatoes that accompanied our dishes — cooked just right and lightly seasoned. My half Benny was done exactly as I like and the server had remembered to bring my Hollandaise sauce on the side as I requested. (Yes, I am that customer!) My husband enjoyed his omelette immensely, saying it was just like his mom used to make.

The Round Up Cafe has everything you would expect in a diner — great home-style cooking, friendly staff and a charming retro décor. They even serve popular Ukrainian food — borscht, pirogies and Ukrainian sausage. But don’t let the vintage look and feel of this eatery fool you — the café is right in step with today’s world. The Round Up has wifi, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@roundupcafe).

This restaurant is a must-try for anyone who appreciates old-style food and service.

Catherine Johnston
Catherine Johnston is a Marketing Coordinator with a love for all things social media. She enjoys crafts, cooking, exploring the Lower Mainland, and is big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is passionate about reading and has been a member of the Novel Thinkers’ Book Club for 20 years. You can read her exploits on her personal blog wordsartlife.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @CateGJo