Order Up!

Posted: 30th April 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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I can’t find much information online about this place, and the brief bit I did find seems to indicate that this roadside restaurant is closed permanently.  If true, this is likely a direct result of the economy.  For those who follow us regularly here at The Hollow, you already know of my love for textures, details and natural weathering.  These themes appear often.  This set of photographs was taken at the end of September 2013 on a day when the tourists had left, fall had just arrived, and everything on the island began to slow down to ready for the coming winter and holiday season.  And, it would appear, J&D’s Take Out had served its last order of burgers and fries.

J&D's Take Out - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

J&D’s Take Out – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Some of the best food we’ve ever enjoyed has come from little road-side shacks just like this one.  In 2011, we visited Shakie’s Burger Shack, a well-known culinary destination on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  Our post “No Burgers Today” takes us out to Shakie’s where we get to see one last look of the place that I am told is now long gone.

J&D's Take Out - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

J&D’s Take Out – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

A little bare-bones, perhaps, but I am pretty much willing to bet the entire (imaginary) farm that the burgers, fish and fries were pretty darned awesome.  The tiny town of Sooke sits right on the ocean, and this almost always means easy availability of fresh, local ingredients.  If you look closely at this perspective of the restaurant, we can see a 40′ container embedded right into the structure.

J&D's Take Out - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

J&D’s Take Out – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

From this angle the container is much more obvious.  It’s an interesting concept in building construction; highly functional I might assume.  I love the touch of the homemade canopy over the secure doorway.  You just can’t make up details and textures like this, my friends, they only happen in nature over time.

J&D's Take Out - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

J&D’s Take Out – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Abandoned, but is it forgotten?  I love finds like this, there is so much raw artistic tension in this chair.  Was it a high-chair intended to make parents lives easier when visiting for an order of fries and a shake?  Or was it the chair that the owner would sit in during quiet spells?  Or was it brought here after the restaurant closed?  It’s story may remain a secret to us now, but it does speak to us trying to tell a story of it’s experiences.

J&D's Take Out - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

J&D’s Take Out – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we turn to leave, I am drawn towards one last thing.  A doorway that appears to have been cut, likely with a welding torch, right into the side of the big container.  The hinges and lock appear to be of an industrial nature, creating a striking and dramatic scene against the backdrop of the worn and weathered structure.

What’s next for this building?  Who knows, my friends, who knows.  Spots like these become favorites to people over time, and I am willing to bet that during the summer months when the tourists and locals alike were exploring the west coast of the island it was hoppin’ busy.  Today it is just a skeleton of what once was.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Susan Lines says:

    I am pretty sure J&D’s is in Jordan(sp?) River which is a few miles west of Sooke. Sooke is a fairly large town now. There are quite a few people living in Jordan River, and I think the place was in the logging business. Not sure the history behind that.
    J&D’s had the most awesome food, and was always extremely busy when we went there.
    It was so sad to see that it had closed down. They catered to the surfers and drive by traffic I guess. Perhaps the upgrade of the Renfrew to Lake Cowichan Rd had something to do with it’s demise.

    • Thanks for popping by and sharing your comments with us here today, Susan, we really appreciate it! We’re seeing too many places like this being lost, likely due to the economy. Some of the best burgers I’ve ever had came from roadside restaurants just like this one on the island. Thanks again for your visit today!!

  2. avatar Edith levy says:

    It’s a shame these little place close down. Glad you found it and were able to photograph it so beautifully.

  3. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    This is sad, and I hope someone will revive it once again.
    I wholeheartedly agree, that some of the very best food can be found in places just like this.

    • Yep, I totally agree with you on that Lisa, for sure. I suspect it will become something again, probably this summer. That particular spot is near the Sooke Potholes entrance so it gets a ton of traffic in the summer. I can only hope the new place has fish n chips and burgers so the tradition can be carried forward! 🙂

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    There are these hole-in-the-wall places everywhere and they all seem to have the same thing in common – great food and a decent price. Maybe you should open up Toad’s Fine Dining! Great shots and find.

    • OK, now, there’s a great idea!!! I have to say, we’ll be keeping frogs legs off the menu for obvious reasons… but burgers and fish n chips is certainly a go!!! Thanks so much for your kind visit and support, Len, we really appreciate it!!