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Kind folks - I'm headed up to Vancouver (from Seattle) for the weekend with a friend, and am trying to put together a suggested eating itinerary. Couple questions; full itinerary below. Very open to suggestions!

Questions:
- Is the Japadog stand operating outside Sutton Place?
- Any good suggestions for a Sunday early 6p-ish dinner? Considering Fuel, Gastropod, Raincity Grill...
- Decent/interesting Sunday brunch suggestions? I usually hit The Templeton but am looking to branch out. Someone mentioned Crave on this board a while back. Any good?

Tentative Itinerary:

Saturday:
Dim sum at Kirin or Shanghai River (Richmond)
Snacks at Japadog and/or Rodney's
Evening drinks at Chambar or Cascade Lounge, or Market at the Shangri La. Visited Salt and Boneta on the last visit (Salt is one of our favorites).
Dinner at Hapa Izakaya (Robson)

Sunday:
Brunch somewhere in Vancouver - need suggestions
Sunday dinner - probably an early dinner. Need help. See ideas above.

Thanks so much!

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    1. >>- Is the Japadog stand operating outside Sutton Place?

      Yes...it is right in front of the wine store at the Sutton.

      - Any good suggestions for a Sunday early 6p-ish dinner? Considering Fuel, Gastropod, Raincity Grill...

      Good choices...consider Chow as well.

      - Decent/interesting Sunday brunch suggestions? I usually hit The Templeton but am looking to branch out. Someone mentioned Crave on this board a while back. Any good?

      Sunday Brunch...try Mon Bella http://www.monbella.com/Home.htm (the chef used be exec chef at Rare). Crave is a good spot too.

      >>Saturday:

      Good choices there...I would choose Chambar over The Cascade for a good balance of food and drink. Market, Voya, Uva are good alternatives. (Jay Jones at Voya just won best bartender award recently).

      >> Sunday:
      Try Mon Bella.

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        1. I noticed there is also another Japadog location now at Burrard and Pender. Is one better than the other?

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          1. re: islandgirl

            I have not yet been to the new location....but I would think that they would be equally good. (They really are just a regular hotdog stand with Japanese condiments....worth the belly space)

            1. re: fmed

              Funny that the new J-dog stand is so close to the original. Might be nice to go to the Pender one as you could sit in the tiny pocket park above the Skytrain to eat it...

              The other difference btwn them and other dog stands is the staff. They seem to be young Japanese students and they are very accommodating, though they can be thrown into a tizzy by the unexpected /unexplained. Example: took my cousins to try J-dogs and we all ordered. For some reason, they did not take our cash right away. While we were waiting, an unclaimed oroshi dog caused the entire production line to grind to a halt for several minutes while they debated what to do. Spurned o-dog ends up perched on the edge of the grill area, perhaps to be sold to someone else later??

              We finally get our dogs and my cousin tries to pay. Blank stares, consternation all around. She hands over a twenty. The staffer hands it back. This goes on for a good solid five minutes. Issue is finally resolved. Very Laurel and Hardy, but all part of J-dog's charm. We were all very happy with our dogs BTW.

          2. My pick for Sunday brunch would be Cafe Medina (Chambars sister resto): http://www.medinacafe.com/
            Go for a latte, waffle and my personal fave, the Fricasse (braised short ribs, applewood smoked cheddar, roast potatoes, caramelized onions and 2 fried eggs on top, served in a cast iron skillet)

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            1. re: alwaysroom4dessert

              Good call on Medina. Great waffles (albeit tiny)...and Middle Eastern Inpired dishes...and close to downtown. Pics below...and http://picasaweb.google.ca/gustibus.m...

              Another rec would be a trip to Granville Island's Public Market....pick up an espresso at JJBean then snack your way through the market.

               
               
              1. re: fmed

                You are all so helpful! Thank you for the suggestions - looking forward to the trip tomorrow. We'll report back with trip notes soon.