Coming into the Hilltop Diner Cafe is like stepping back in time to when food was made from scratch with local ingredients.
By Andrea Zaiser
Photo courtesy of Hilltop Diner Cafe
The diner was built 69 years ago as part of an adjacent motel (now gone) on the Fraser Highway between Langley and Aldergrove, BC. It has been family-owned and operated since the beginning.
My sister Sandie Parley and I bought it in 2011, and we keep the food simple, the smiles genuine and the conversation lively. We roast our own beef and ham, make our own hash browns and French fries, and our burgers are fresh ground, never frozen.
When we bought the diner, the sign outside said “Home of Famous Pies.” Well, thankfully, my sister and my daughter love to bake. We serve 11 different flavours of pie every day, and some folks even order pie for breakfast. It’s that good!
Our diner was recently featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!
Over the years, it has been used as a location in many films and TV shows, including the Butterfly Effect, Bates Motel, Lost Behind Bars, Damage, Fringe, Super Natural and the X Files. Last fall, John Travolta shot some scenes here for the new film Life on the Line.
We have great homemade food, fabulous service and incredibly loyal customers who have kept us going from the beginning. And, of course, word of mouth creates new loyal customers. When they feel confident enough to recommend us to their friends and family, we know we’ve created a successful business.
It’s important to us that we hang onto this piece of history, and that our diner is a place of comfort, good food and lots of laughs. Someplace you can go where people care and feed you well: a place like going home.