One wildly important fact about Prince George, which is little known to those not from here, is that we have an amazing variety of food establishments. We have restaurants and pubs from fancy dining to outstanding ethnic cuisine to casual, hip joints. My absolute favourite in the latter category is Nancy O’s Restaurant.
Whenever I have friends visiting from “the city” (e.g. Vancouver, Kelowna, etc.), I always bring them to Nancy O’s for brunch or lunch and they’re always blown away to find a spot in PG that “could belong in downtown Vancouver,” as one guest put it.
The restaurant, now in its fifth year since opening, is a great place to meet friends and be social, and it’s evident in how they operate that community is important to the business. As soon as you walk in, you notice the atmosphere is cozy and friendly, and after a few regular lunch trips, the owners and staff are quick to recognize you. (I was once remembered as “the smoked meat girl” due to my undying desire for this near perfect sandwich – I even wrote it its own blog post once – which is unfortunately only available as the occasional special now.)
Nancy O’s has a mouth-watering food menu, is a hot spot for live entertainment (from comedians to bands) and is even a great, chilled spot to have a couple beers with friends – that is, if you can choose a beer from what is one of the largest (if not the biggest) selection of beers in Prince George.
The food, simply put, is AMAZING. I often stop in for lunch as it’s near my workplace, and consistently have a tough choice between the pulled pork sandwich, their smoky mac ‘n cheese, or one of great daily specials – which has been anything from shrimp po’boys or slow roasted pork sandwiches to warm salads and a huge variety of fresh soups. And don’t get me started on the burgers! My favourite is the Flaming Nancy – it’s everything a good burger should be: huge, juicy and messy, with some added heat.
The restaurant is open for dinners and also for brunch on the weekends, which features a great selection of benedicts and omelettes. They even try to source as many local ingredients as they can.
At the time of writing this piece, Nancy O’s was undergoing renovations, so be sure to pop in to check out what are sure to be great updates!
Dining in Prince George, BC