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squeaks Feb 19, 2007 12:35 PM

I'm going to be in Vancouver on business next week, and I have a few potential lunch spots picked out. I was wondering if any of these would be particularly great for a solo diner (or, conversely, particularly bad for a solo diner):

-Guu
-Rangoli
-Feenie's
-Zakkushi
-Gyoza King

Also, have I missed any must-try lunch spots? And, which of the above do you prefer?

Thanks for your help!

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    honu Feb 21, 2007 07:37 PM

    I didn't have time to go when I was there a few days ago but I really wanted to go back to Aki which is on Thurlow and Robson. Their black cod bento box is really good. I've heard good things about Gyoza King. I'm definitely going to try that place next time I'm in Vancouver (hopefully soon!).

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    1. re: honu
      alex8alot Feb 21, 2007 08:45 PM

      FEenie's solo would be a good thing. The dining space is divided into two, the one on the right being equipped with a bar and tables meant for two. It is a darker, more loungey space where one could feel very comfortable alone. ANd the food is GOOD.

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      goop Feb 21, 2007 08:44 AM

      If you have a car, I would suggest checking out the food court at Yaohan in Richmond (which isn't far from downtown if you are thinking about Feenies). Your probably thinking "food court??" but they've got some great food there. I like the wonton noodle stand (forgot name). While there, you can also check out T&T supermarket in the same complex where they sell prepared food items (steamed BBQ pork buns, stickey rice, shrimp dumplings, etc.), and yummy chinese pastries, cakes and buns.

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        squeaks Feb 20, 2007 07:44 PM

        Thanks for the advice, JWh and Da Cook! I can't wait to get out West.

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          JWh Feb 20, 2007 05:54 PM

          On your list you MUST try - Guu, Gyoza King or Zakkushi. However I would try all 3! Do Guu for dinner one night and sit up at the bar. Zakkushi and Gyoza King are open weekends for lunch.

          Rangoli is a great option as well.

          1. Da_Cook Feb 20, 2007 10:24 AM

            You know, we have saying out here: People move to Vancouver for the climate and leave because of the weather. Go Fish is not to be missed, for any reason.
            Well, my next choice would be Tokos at 7th & Columbia has excellent Pan Asian too, their Laksa Noodles rival any I've found in a Richmond Food Court, their Sichuan Green Beans are legendary and they stock & serve a huge selection of Premium Teas served in pretty little pots with thermos' of hot water on the side. You could also track down the Flying Tiger on West 4th for some Asian Street Food inspired lunches or the Rocky Mountain Flat Bread Co. for some very credible Pizza. Just Opened on Arbutus is FAS (Finest At Sea) Seafood. It's a seafood cafe and fish store. They own their own boats, catch and wholesale their own fish and now retail it too.
            Da Cook

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            1. re: Da_Cook
              starlady Feb 21, 2007 01:35 PM

              Flying Tiger is only open for Dinner, but I highly recommend going there for dinner. I often eat there alone. Sit at the bar over looking the kitchen and chat to the chefs.

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              squeaks Feb 20, 2007 05:48 AM

              Thanks, Da Cook, but isn't Go Fish an outside-only place? I'd love to try it, but the forecast is for pouring rain next week -- are there any indoor spots nearby where I could sit and eat?

              1. Da_Cook Feb 19, 2007 01:50 PM

                Go Fish.
                At the government wharf beside Granville Island just off 1st St in Kitts. It is the quintessential Vancouver lunch - NO food experience.
                It's owned by Gord of Bin 941. Have lunch then stroll Grranville Island. Perfect
                Da Cook

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