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I will be heading to Vancouver for work next week and am staying the weekend for fun. I have been to Vancouver a few times in the past, but have never done a lot of culinary research before the trip. We will be staying at the Residence Inn on Hornby Street and will not have a rental car, so I would appreciate suggestions that are within walking or a short taxi distance.

My request is twofold, as I will be with my vegetarian boss during the week and my finicky bf over the weekend. For the weekday meals with my boss, we will only be available for dinner. I have eaten at Vij's and enjoyed it enough to go back, but being that I'm not a vegetarian, I don't remember if it is appropriate for non-meat eaters. I have also eaten at Glowbal and enjoyed that as well. We are government employees living on a per diem, but we both appreciate good food, so we are willing to go slightly over the per diem in order to have a memorable meal. I would say that entrees should be in the $10-$20 range.

For the weekend with the BF, I would like to make a Saturday reservation at a nicer restaurant. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but always enjoys it when we branch out a little bit. Nothing too stuffy - we like a good, fun atmosphere.

I would also appreciate a Saturday lunch suggestion. If the weather is nice, we will likely head over to Stanley Park. I've read about the Fish House, Fiddlehead Joe's and GoFish, but don't know about their location in relation to where we're staying.

Lastly, I would appreciate any bar/lounge suggestions you might have for close to our hotel. We don't like anything pretentious, both appreciate a good beer and are fans of sports bars, but the TVs aren't a necessity.

Thank you for your suggestions!

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  1. >>For the weekday meals with my boss, we will only be available for dinner. I have eaten at Vij's and enjoyed it enough to go back, but being that I'm not a vegetarian, I don't remember if it is appropriate for non-meat eaters.

    Vij's has veg and non-veg. The new Saravana Bhavan location on Broadway is quite good.

    >>For the weekend with the BF, I would like to make a Saturday reservation at a nicer restaurant. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but always enjoys it when we branch out a little bit. Nothing too stuffy - we like a good, fun atmosphere.

    Boneta and Chambar are great bang for the buck. Great food and fun atmosphere at both places.

    >> I would also appreciate a Saturday lunch suggestion.

    Is Dim Sum out of the question? If not Kirin. Granville Island is good spot to grab some lunch. Take the little ferryboats across False Creek.

    >> Lastly, I would appreciate any bar/lounge suggestions you might have for close to our hotel. We don't like anything pretentious, both appreciate a good beer and are fans of sports bars, but the TVs aren't a necessity.

    Head to Gastown - Chill Winston, The Heather, Cobre...and more.

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    1. re: fmed

      fmed - thank you so much for the suggestions - they were very helpful. We ended up at Vij's, which was just as good as I remembered. I had the beef short ribs, much to the dismay of my vegetarian traveling companions! I forgot that my vegetarian boss is also allergic to onions, the base of most Indian cooking, but the kitchen was very accommodating and he was able to find a few things on the menu that worked for him. He wanted Italian the second night so we ended up at the Italian Kitchen and I have to admit I was skeptical when we walked in. We sat at the bar to avoid an hour wait and I ordered the most amazing spaghetti I've ever had - there were four enormous Kobe-beef meatballs, huge truffle shavings and a pillow of creamy ricotta. I needed a glass of limoncello afterward to settle my stomach, but it was worth it! My boyfriend joined me the next day and we went to Yaletown Brewery for dinner - this was a very friendly place for a meat and potatoes kind of guy! The next night I dragged him over to Gastown to the Greedy Pig -I had read about it on a couple of boards. It was a very cute place, great wine by the glass, good beer selection. I would definitely recommend it as a place for drinks/apps or lunch as opposed to dinner because they don't really have a full kitchen, but we ended up having a great time and the staff was very friendly. Our free day on Saturday was filled with a trip to Granville Island for the market and lunch at GoFish. It was a pretty cloudy/cold day, so there wasn't a horrific wait for our food and it was so worth every minute we did have to wait! Thanks to your suggestion, we ended up at Chambar on Saturday night. We had such a great time, and definitely had reason to celebrate, as we got engaged in Stanley Park that afternoon. I had the tomato coconut curry mussel pot and I nearly had to order three loaves of bread to soak up all of the yummy sauce. Vancouver will always hold a special place in our hearts, so thank you for all of the great suggestions!

      1. re: Beaver Street

        >> Thanks to your suggestion, we ended up at Chambar on Saturday night. We had such a great time, and definitely had reason to celebrate, as we got engaged in Stanley Park that afternoon.

        Congratulations! (raising a glass to you both)

        I'm glad to have helped. (...and honoured, actually!)