UBC area suggestions
I am in Vancouver at the end of June for a conference at UBC. I will be staying at UBC for convenience, but am a foodie from NYC.
Best options for food at UBC during the day?
I plan to see some of the city as well. Granville Island, Chinatown and downtown Vancouver recs are welcome. Moderate budget is the goal. And, best bar for martinis??
Thanks for your help!
I spent the past 5 years at UBC and it is a foodie wasteland. Cafe Crepe is generally sub-par if you enjoy crepes - I do not recommend. The only decent place UBC has going for it is Sage Bistro, next to the Rose Garden: http://www.sage.ubc.ca/ They have extremely limited hours though, so plan accordingly and make reservations if you can.
Chinatown is less a restaurant destination and more of a Chinese ingredient destination. There are maybe all of 3 restaurants that actually stay open in the evening for dinner. If you're a fan of Chinese food, I suggest Kirin on Alberni Street or Sun Sui Wah on Main and E 23rd Ave.
Best bar for martinis: Chambar (Belgian restaurant).
If you like Pho, there is a great little hole-in-the-wall called "Gold Train Express" on West 10th Avenue. It's cheap, and the decor is kinda weird, but we go there all the time for a cheap, quick meal. Also on West 10th: Burgoo is also a good place. Enigma is pretty good as well.
I don't know about places to eat at UBC (it's mostly fast food or chain restaurants - there is a Cafe Crepe that would be a pretty good option of lunch or a coffee).
West 10th Ave has several very good restaurants (Provence for french bistro, Burgoo for more casual stews, soups, etc, Cafe Katzenjammer for german)