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Questions re Vancouver dining

Greetings from a Washington DC hound. We'll be in your fair city in a few weeks, and I'm of course using the board to do some research. I have some reservations based on what I've read so far, and now I'm trying to decide if I change what I have, etc.

1. We'll almost certainly head to Vij's. If the wait is just too long for us, is there any place nearby (as in not getting back in the car, and I suppose not needing a rezzie) you'd recommend (we are adventurous eaters; the most important criteria is food with flavor, period).

2. We're staying in Yaletown at the Opus. Rec's for healthy breakfast spots within walking distance of the hotel?

3. We'll be in town from a Wednesday to Sunday. Sunday we have to get to the airport by approximately 11:00, maybe a little later. In your experience, any decent dimsum either on the way or out by the airport that would open by 10:00 on a Sunday?

Thanks for your thoughts. Vancouver has so many great options that 4 and a half days just isn't long enough!

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  1. 2. Up the hill one block is Choices, a natural food store with offerings ranging from super colon cleansing healthy, or more standard baked fare. This is self-serve and just a little counter at which to perch if you are looking for something quick. The Elbow Room is also nearby, a famous breakfast place known for its ambience (ranging from quirky to hostile), and it has some dishes tailored to the more puritan west coast palate. Down one block is Urban FAre, another grocery store but with a larger, more serviceable deli and they do hot breakfasts as well. Self-serve again. You can always just pick up some nice stuff and eat on the water. Almost adjacent to Urban Fare is Provence Marinaside, which is only good for breakfast. A nicer restaurant with a nice view, if outmoded decor.
    3. Mmost dim sum places don't seem to open until 10:30 at the earliest. You would probably have more luck eating in Richmond, and that is where the airport is located.

    1. Golden Phoenix at Nanaimo and Broadway is open at 9:00 for dim sum. Other places will be open as well...but this is one place I have actually had dim sum at around 9 or 10 am.

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      Golden Phoenix Seafood Restaurant
      2425 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5N5E5, CA

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      1. re: fmed

        Another thought -- Red Star at South Granville (about Granville and 67th?) minutes to YVR) is serving dim sum at 10:00. They have excellent and creative dim sum IMO.

        1. re: fmed

          Is this the one that used to be called South Granville Seafood Restaurant or something? We used to go there a few yeares ago under this name, and enjoyed it.

          1. re: toutefrite

            Yes that's the one. Close to it is The Place Restaurant which is known for s Xiao Long Bao....but I don't think it is open till 11am.

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            Red Star Seafood Restaurant
            8298 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6P4Z4, CA

        2. re: fmed

          I just confirmed that the oddly named, but very good Come Along Seafood starts to serve dim sum at 9am everyday (dim sum 9am-3pm). All Cantonese style dim sum, no carts, and unfortunately no xiao long bao.

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          Come Along Restaurant
          2550 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R5H2, CA

        3. Re: 1 - his little cafe, Rangoli, in the same building is worth eating at. Very inexpensive, much more casual, but still good food.

          Re: 2 - not sure how far it is, but there's a diner on Granville & Helmcken called Templeton that has great organic/free range/etc breakfast items. I was just in Van for 9 days, and had breakfast there 6 of them! Loved it. Probably only a 20 minute walk from what I remember

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          1. re: Dan G

            Templeton is at Granville and Helmcken - 20 minutes if you walk reallly slow :)
            I'm not sure when they open though, I think 9ish, so if you are an early riser you may have to wait a bit.

            1. re: starlady

              It's like 5 or 6 blocks from the Opus to the Templeton. 20 minutes if you're crawling -- less than 10 minutes for most on foot :-)

              http://thetempleton.blogspot.com/

          2. 1. Vij's as you know doesn't take reservations so go Wednesday rather than Sat for example (earlier in the week) and earlier in the evening. Vij's and Rangoli, while affiliated, are very different dining experiences; Vij's is worth the wait and while you're waiting they usually serve complimentary Chai and spice biscuits. Try their custom micro brew too. Sable Fish (Black Cod) is one of my favs.

            3. Nanaimo might be too far East to make an early flight Sunday. Chongqing Seafood restaurant has great Dim Sum. #205 - 1668 W. Broadway, 604-734-1668. Call to double-check but I think they open at 9am.

            In Yaletown I love Rodney's Oyster Bar for the amazing Caesars (Canadian Bloody Mary). They grate fresh horseradish into them. The oysters are great too,

            1. Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions. And for others just reading this thread for the first time this week, I'd of course love to hear any additional ideas.

              Midmit, I'm right there with you. Our plan right now is to visit Vij's for a relatively early dinner (or at least we'll arrive early!) on Wednesday, when we'll still be very much on East Coast time).

              Cheers all, and I'll report back on our experiences next month.