Speedy Joe's Diner is serving up an authentic taste of Montreal from the heart of downtown Chilliwack.

Speedy Joe's Diner is serving up an authentic taste of Montreal from the heart of downtown Chilliwack.

Montreal smoked meat from the heart of Chilliwack

Joe's Speedy Diner wanted to provide tasty, affordable fast food, delivered 24/7.

Speedy Joe’s Diner is serving up an authentic taste of Montreal from the heart of downtown Chilliwack.

It helps that owner Joe Renaud, along with his dad, owner Roger Renaud, and owner Jody Robinson, are all originally from Montreal.

They opened their family-owned diner with a difference on Princess Avenue at Young Road, offering Lesters Montreal smoked meat, as well as steamed hot dogs as specialties.

Right now it’s delivery or pick-up from the tiny storefront diner, but plans are in the works to take over the clothing store space on the corner, to provide a small dining room for patrons.

“I’ve lived here for five years and been to a lot of restaurants,” Renaud said. But he could never find a tasty steamed hot dog topped with cole slaw the way they make back in the Belle Province.

The Renauds said realized what was missing on the downtown scene and set out to offer it, with tasty, affordable fast food, delivered 24/7.

No one else does that.

It “clicked” for him one day when he was eating another disappointing hot dog out in Kelowna. The sign said “steamed” but it wasn’t, he said, when he saw them pop it into the microwave, and he told them so.

So they decided to bring in a real hot dog steamer to do it up right, and they even finish the par-baked buns in the steamer.

The fries are fresh cut, and not frozen. They’re twice-cooked to a crispy state, which is ideal for their poutine varieties, including regular or Italian Poutine. The slaw is made in-house, with shredded cabbage, oil and vinegar and a touch of sweetness.

The traditional poutine is made with real curd cheese, and a chicken-based gravy, the Quebec way. They also offer bacon cheddar spuds, burgers, or a hot chicken sandwich.

They serve Lesters hot dogs and Montreal smoked meat exclusively at Joe’s Speedy Diner. Lesters is a well-known Quebec meat company — one of the largest in Canada, which has been around since 1931. It started out as a Jewish deli on St. Lawrence boulevard and moved into a massive plant in Laval, Quebec. Serving mainly the Quebec and Ontario, the company is run today by a third generation of the Lesters family.

“This gives everyone in Chilliwack more of a choice for going out or staying in,” Renaud said.

When they held the grand opening last month, lots of former military types came in to sample their fare. Some were from the days of the old CFB Chilliwack who were originally from Quebec, and welcomed the diner’s Montreal style deli food.

“They’re happy because they finally have a taste of back home.”

Now they’re even hoping to contribute to the downtown revitalization effort.

“We hope to change the makeup of the downtown a little with our clientele. Together we can push the negative forces out, and change the atmosphere.”

“We would eventually like to expand to the Sardis side,” he said. “It’s really seems to be catching on here, but we want it to be going strong before we expand.”

The elder Renaud said the choice of Downtown Chilliwack was by complete happenstance.

Roger and Joe were driving in downtown Chilliwack when they spotted the for rent sign on the Princess Street storefront.

“It’s kind of odd. I’m a very spiritual person. We came here by pure accident,” said Roger. “The owner had placed the for-rent sign outside about 20 minutes before we got there. We cut the deal that day, and then went in a gutted the place. And here we are.”

Call for delivery or pick up at 604-392-3666.



Just Posted

Robin Sanford and her fiance Simon Park were married in an impromptu ceremony at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on June 16. (Submitted photo)
Mom dies day after witnessing daughter’s hospital wedding in Abbotsford

Nurses help arrange impromptu ceremony in 3 hours for bride and groom

Alexis Paige Simpson has not been in contact with her family in two months. (RCMP photo)
UPDATE: Chilliwack RCMP looking for missing 20-year-old woman

Parents of Alexis Paige Simpson provide corrected information in missing person report

(Pixabay Image)
Monday’s top temperature topples record in Agassiz

Temps reached into the low 30s to break records in Agassiz, Environment Canada says

BC Wildfire Service (Black Press Media files)
Fire at Eleven Mile Creek near Hope classified as out of control

It’s a small blaze so far at 20 hectares, but firefighters don’t yet have a handle on it

A drone’s-eye view of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. (Screenshot/Shutter Speed Network)
Kent Council advocates for a wider Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge

Council voted unanimously to send letter of concern to transportation ministry

A person stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Schiefelbein
VIDEO: Trudeau demands truth from China about Uyghurs

PM says Canada has admitted broken Indigenous relationship, unlike China on Uyghurs

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school on Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Study reassures parents, teachers that COVID-19 infrequently shared at school

Federally funded study in Vancouver finds risk in the classroom and in the community identical

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Point Roberts is part of the mainland United States but not physically connected to it, to reach the community by land one must pass through Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Closed Canadian border leaves Point Roberts’ only grocery store on verge of closure

‘We’re Americans but we’re not attached to America. It’s easy to forget we’re here,’ says owner Ali Hayton

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in December that Surrey’s new hospital will be located in Cloverdale, next to KPU. (File photo: Malin Jordan)
Health minister expects construction of Surrey’s new hospital in Cloverdale to begin in 2023, open in 2027

Adrian Dix spoke Tuesday in a Zoom meeting hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade concerning the new hospital

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter said a black bear is believed to have killed local livestock. (THE NEWS/files)
Black bear believed to have killed miniature donkey in Maple Ridge

Trap set for predator that has been killing livestock

Most Read