Move over, fancy Vancouver restaurants and your accolades, B.C.'s top restaurant is actually a cozy little eatery in Kelowna.
Based on travellers reviews on TripAdvisor, Little Hobo, a small soup and sandwich shop in the city's downtown core, is the number one place to eat in the province.
Regulars are greeted by name and some visit the Little Hobo once a day, according to Global News. The owners say building up that clientele was done by putting in four years of good old-fashioned hard work.
Crystal Dougan and her partner Steve MacDonald took over Little Hobo back in 2011, according to Castanet. Neither had ever owned a restaurant before, but decided to buy the place on a whim.
Clearly, it was a risk that paid off.
TripAdvisor users gushed about Little Hobo.
"These people are the kindest, sweetest people," reads one review. "You actually feel like you are eating at an old friends house who just happens to be (an) amazing cook!"
MacDonald told Castanet Little Hobo is not trying to compete with high-end restaurants or trained chefs: "We want to feed you the food your mom fed you."
Added Dougan: "I think the most important thing about TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon is that it’s customer-rated reviews. It’s people who have come in, had our food, experienced the restaurant and walked away with something positive."
A whopping 95 of 105 reviewers gave Little Hobo the maximum rating of five stars.
Even B.C. Premier Christy Clark approves:
Despite the newfound publicity, Dougan and MacDonald are running business as usual, continuing to chat with their regulars daily — but now working with what many would say is the recognition they deserve.
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