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“Great little spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bench Market

The Bench Market
Ranked #3 of 192 Restaurants in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $11
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian, Delicatessen, Healthy
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Bench Market is set at the entrance to the much-travelled Naramata Bench winery route. The Bench offers daily light breakfast, weekend brunch, baked goods, gourmet lunch, takeaway meals, catering, and grocery - along with the best coffee in town, made using locally-roasted organic beans. The healthy menu items are made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. All meats and eggs are from BC-raised, ethically treated animals. And the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of unique, local artisan grocery items. Stop by and see how we're "keeping it local and making it fresh!"
Vernon, Canada
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“Great little spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2011

Perfect little quick lunch spot and market. Not all prepared food items are spectacular, but they have some interesting items and daily features.

The only thing I don't think is great is that they heat things up using a microwave. You are buying these supposed artisan items and then them being reheated kind of loses that romance.

  • Visited May 2011
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Penticton, Canada
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“Excellent Weekend Brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

I've been here twice in recent months: once for lunch, and once for brunch. Both visits were very satisfying!

While their lunch options are delicious, it's their weekend brunch that will definitely keep me coming back. On weekends and holidays, they offer two dishes in addition to their normal all-day-breakfast. I had their vegetable Eggs Benedict, with asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes on toasted panini bread. I'm normally not impressed with Eggs Benedict without the traditional English muffin, but I have to say that this is probably the best Eggs Benny you can get in Penticton on a weekend. The meal comes with sweet potato hash browns topped with a lovely salsa. Again, not usually a fan of sweet potato fries and the like, but these worked very well with the salsa.

My partner had the other option (I believe it was called the "Bench Breakfast"), which consisted of two poached eggs, potato/sweet-potato hash browns mixed, baked beans, toast, and a large breakfast sausage. He was very happy with his meal as well, and noted that the baked beans appeared to have been done from scratch.

The poached eggs in both our dishes were done perfectly. The whites were cooked through and the yolk was completely runny. The yolk was a beautiful deep yellow-orange and tasted great.

While it's definitely not cheap for a "deli" (it cost us over $30 for breakfast with tea), it's absolutely worth a visit!

  • Visited December 2011
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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great for breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

Have stopped here a few times for breakfast/brunch on our way to Naramata from Kelowna. It is a warm and cozy little neighbourhood spot with fresh and tasty local food. I have tried the eggs benedict, bacon and egger sandwich and the delish breakfast burrito which I highly recommend. I look forward to trying other items on their menu next time we are in Penticton!

  • Visited November 2011
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“This market is worth the stop if only for the coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Fresh food, great lunch items, interesting and large selection of cracker, biscuits, and other interesting foods. Go for breakfast or lunch or anytime and enjoy their great, casual food and atmosphere, and the selection of food items to take home.

  • Visited July 2011
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Okanagan Falls, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

I've only been here a couple times, but the food is great. I was a bit confused at how to order the first time because it was crazy busy. But i understand why. The egg salad sandwich is wonderful, and they have plenty of vegetarian options! FINALLY good vegetarian food. THANK YOU!!

  • Visited August 2011
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