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Jul 13, 2008 09:06 AM

Want to eat our food before or on ferry at Horseshoe Bay

OK, fellow Chowhounders in Vancouver, I have a request. We are flying into Vancouver a week from Tuesday and will be driving up the coast to the Egmont area. We arrive at the airport at 11AM and we have to buy some boating things before we can start the drive up. Time is critical. We have to make the 4:30PM ferry so that we arrive with enough light left to allow us to make the last stretch to our lake cabin by boat. Perhaps there will be a full moon...

We will be shopping on West Fourth Street, in Vancouver, then we will head out of town towards Horseshoe Bay. We will probably be wanting food between 2 and 3PM. Our stomach clock will be three hours earlier, so I am wanting some delicious food that can serve as our dinner but we will have only 30-45 minutes to eat. If it comes down to having to get "take-out" we can eat once we reach the ferry.

I don't know the area, except for having once eaten at Joe Fortes. I'm trying to avoid resorting to eating any old crap. We will have already suffered something "fast" at the Detroit airport. As part of my equation of having time to sit down and eat, I'm assuming that traffic on Highway 1 will not normally be heavy or slow on a Tuesday afternoon at 3:30PM. Recommendations can be anywhere in the fourth street area or along the Highway 1 route to Horseshoe Bay. A few blocks out of the way should be OK as long as access is not difficult. I love fresh seafood. Oriental immediately comes to mind as fast, or I wouldn't mind a high quality burger.
It looks like a thirty minute drive from our last shopping stop on Fourth Street to the ferry, so if we have to get food "to-go" it could get cold. Perhaps we should have an alternative of cold "deli" style food? I do not know if the ferry has a microwave we can use.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Wow! That's thought out, however with traveling - flying/driving - anything can change or be delayed etc. Why don't you just have a WhiteSpot burger when you get on the ferry? It's a local chain and the burgers are decent.

    1. A couple of things come into mind:
      Les Amis du Fromage (since you will be close by) and Fujiya (sushi and bento to go).

      4th Ave has some pretty decent lunch places - Fuel is open till 2:30 for Lunch, for example.

      Otherwise, the Whitespot on board is a good rec by ck1234.

      Fuel Restaurant
      1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

      Fujiya Take Out
      1050 W Pender, Vancouver, BC V6E3S7, CA

      Les Amis Du Fromage
      1752 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J, CA

      Les Amis Du Fromage
      2002 Park Royal S, Capilano 5, BC V7T, CA

      1. That's great to know that they have burgers on the ferry. Thanks for the sugggestions, though sushi is out for SO.
        We are flying out at 6AM (EST) and think we will arrive at the cabin by 8PM your time. It will be a long day with connections tight. We will probably bring some K rations on the plane ;-)

        6 Replies
        1. re: Scargod

          FYI-Ferry food is notorious for being poor value-it's strictly for the dumb and desperate-I speak from bitter experience (!)

          I can't think of where you'll be buying anything to do with boating on 4th Ave-a place I've lived beside for decades-unless it's the Dingy Shop 3575 W. 4th Ave.

          If it's West Marine on 2nd Ave which is close to 4th or nearby Steveston Marine then Go Fish is a short walk away-it's a take out seafood shack that has some wonderful specials-in the parking lot of Fisherman's Wharf.

          Your best bets on 4th given that time of day are Win's Cantonese 1909 4th Ave -excellent value or if you are running late or the sandwiches @ Terra Breads 2380 W. 4th, maybe the Noodle Box 1867 West 4th Ave.

          *Never* assume that roads or ferries won't be busy-this place groans under the weight of summer visitors-the only ameliorating factor is that many city dwellers are on holiday elsewhere.

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            Thanks Sam! Yes, West Marine and Air Time.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Great rec for Noodle Box, Sam. I don't know about the Noodle Box on 4th, but here in Victoria you can call ahead and they'll have it ready for you. Their menu is online.

              A third recommendation for the White Spot BC Burger on the ferry - it is the only exception to the general rule that ferry food stinks.

              Also just want to reiterate what Sam said about the traffic - it always has nightmare potential; 3:30pm on a Tuesday could be gridlock. I'd build in an extra 20-30 minutes if at all possible.

              1. re: victoriafoodie

                i don't know about the white spot burgers on the ferry - everytime i've ever had one it's been cold and felt like a soggy lump in the wrapper and not near as good as one from an actual white spot restaurant....noodle box or go fish would be great!!

                1. re: victoriafoodie

                  I'm glad to see some positive recs for the Noodle Box. It's always been a favorite of mine for a quick meal. Sure, it's a mish-mash pan-Asian menu but it tastes good, it's not too expensive and it's a great place to eat with friends. A word of warning, and if you go they'll warn you at the till the hot is very hot. Very hot.

                  1. re: peter.v

                    "Sure, it's a mish-mash pan-Asian menu but it tastes good."

                    What a great comment!

                    I have never really liked any of their noodle dishes, but their spring rolls are good. And it's one of the only places in Victoria where I can actually get spicy food. And I only get hot! (I've never tried suicide hot. Yikes!)

            2. I just checked the sunset time for the Vancouver area next week, the sun will be setting around 9:05pm, meaning that you'll have light until at least 9:30pm. This may mean that you have more time than you think for your boat ride to the cabin, assuming that you make the ferry that you're aiming for.

              As for eating on the ferry - if you can avoid doing it, do so!

              5 Replies
              1. re: kali_MM

                No love for Whitespot Triple-O Burgers ;) ?

                The ferry is the only place I ever have it these days. It's a love it or hate it thing, I realize.

                1. re: fmed

                  I love White Spot burgers. But the only food I eat on the ferries is the soft serve ice cream. The burgers on the ferry cannot compare to the restaurant offerings.

                  1. re: miss_bennet

                    miss bennet: I agree, I had to take the ferry twice a week for awhile & HATED the food. All I was trying to tell Scargod, and because I was looking at his tight schedule and was, at worst, saying, eat a White Spot burger on the ferry if nothing else. No, they're nowhere near as close to as good as the burgers in town here, but if rushed & starving, it's an o.k. choice...but I realize this is Chowhound and I should have elaborated! :-)

                    I just thought he was assuming his plane would land on time, customs would be quick, traffic would be o.k, if you don't wind up on Cambie St....etc...and as I know, that's always WISHING!

                    1. re: ck1234

                      Yea, I'm doing a lot of finger crossing and hoping I can arrange drive-thru for the boat motor, kayak and windsurfer; then we sit down and have a nice early dinner before the ferry! Sure...

                      1. re: Scargod

                        Well, let us know how you made out & where you ate at! Have a great trip! If you do have lots of time, there are lots of places to dine @ Horseshoe Bay too. Check out Ya Ya Oyster Bar,, Trolls (seafood)...