Chomp! Ganado Cafe isn't too far to travel for a good meal

Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:08 a.m.

The Ganado cheese steak sandwich at Ganado Cafe was  delectable. The cheese was melted throughout and the veggies  were cooked well. Just like I like them. The fried pickles were also delicious.

The Ganado cheese steak sandwich at Ganado Cafe was delectable. The cheese was melted throughout and the veggies were cooked well. Just like I like them. The fried pickles were also delicious.   Jessica Rodrigo for The Victoria Advocate

by jessica rodrigo/

On a recent trip to Edna, I had a chance to enjoy the scenery while Luke kept his hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The drive from Victoria to any of the smaller surrounding towns is usually a scenic one and being a passenger for most of them, it's always a treat. You might drive over a few bridges that connect land separated by rivers or creeks, or there might be curvy hills along the way.

A few months ago, we visited the Ganado Cinema to watch "The Lorax" and heard about some awesome burgers served at the Ganado Cafe next door. Since we were in Edna, we agreed the trip to Ganado wouldn't hurt any more than the drive back to Victoria with empty bellies.

Take the exit into the Ganado, a ways down the road hang a right, and just over the train tracks, you've arrived at the Ganado Cafe. If you've passed the tall, neon sign that marks the Ganado Cinema, you've gone too far.

The Ganado Cafe is nestled between the movie theater and a small gift/florist shop named Serendipity Gifts -N- Blooms.

It was late afternoon and there was just a handful of people in the cafe. We chose to sit at the counter near the back of the restaurant. There were chalkboards high on the wall with colorful letters advertising the Saturday burger special and paired with a drawing of a burger and the words "Yum ... Juicy!" beneath it in pink bubble letters.

Perfect. That's exactly what we were in the market for. Our server, a young blonde clad in a Ganado Cafe T-shirt and a gem-studded belt, handed us two single-sheet laminated menus. There wasn't much selection, but the options included all the typical fare you might see at a mom-and-pop diner. There were burgers, sandwiches and salads, all made to order.

I asked our server which she would recommend between the Reuben sandwich and the Ganado cheese steak sandwich. She recommended the cheese steak, And who was I to doubt the server's knowledge of the menu. I ordered the Ganado cheese steak sandwich and Luke ordered the bacon jalapeño cheddar cafe burger, of course.

For some reason, I have been craving pickles and sauerkraut lately, so the Reuben sounded like the way to go. Instead of fries, I ordered a side of fried pickles. Luke ordered his burger with sweet potato fries, which also came with their own homemade dipping sauce.

While we waited for our order, the food that belonged to the family seated next to us came out. My jaw nearly hit the counter when I saw how larger the order of chili cheese fries were. It was nearly the size of a dinner plate. But still, I was happy with my fried pickles, and I waited patiently for them.

When our food came out, I was surprised to see a mound that accompanied my cheese steak sandwich. Luke's burger was skewered by a steak knife with two onion rings rested on top of it. The sweet potato fries were cut thin and cooked to a crisp crunch.

The homemade sauce that came with the sweet potato fries was wonderful. It reminded me of the marshmallow mixture that comes with sweet potato casserole or candied yams. It was gooey, sticky and smelled of vanilla. With each sweet potato fry, he had to pull the fry high into the air and wrap the marshmallow around it before stuffing it into his mouth.

The Swiss cheese on my sandwich was melted throughout and the onions and bell peppers were cooked well-done. I like my bell peppers cooked all the way through so I don't have to taste them. I'm not a big fan of them. The onions, yes. Bell peppers, eh ... not so much. But the Ganado Cafe did a great job on my cheese steak.

The burger was piled high with the usual P.LO.T. and, if my memory serves me correctly, I remember Luke barely being able to finish it.

I was full and happy. The lovely scenery would have to accept a rain check because I slept the whole way home.

Jessica Rodrigo is looking for a sauerkraut recipe. Share your favorite recipe with her at at or tweet her @eatseatseats.



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