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Apr 18, 2009 07:52 PM

3 Days in Vancouver, best places to eat?

My fiance and I are planning our culinary tour of the pacfic northwest starting with 3 days in Vancouver. We love to eat just about anything and can do so in a dive or in a 5 star restuarant. Neither of us have ever been to vancouver but have heard amazing things about the food...any suggestions?

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  1. Before some of the others chime in, I'd say browse through the other Vancouver best of threads on the board. The regulars on here are ridiculously knowledgeable, so let us know what some of your favorite cuisines are and maybe where you're from and then we can really narrow it down for you.

    For starters, Vancouver does a number of things really well. A lot of regional Asian cuisines are represented here. You won't find some of them outside of Vancouver in North America (with the exception of perhaps LA and New York). Regional Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese (both the ubiquitous sushi joints and the bustling izakayas) are fantastic here. I'll let others speak for specifics, but I'm a fan of Lin's (Chinese), Pho Thai Hoa, Le Do (Vietnamese) and Ajisai (sushi bar). These are good but are by no means the top in the categories.

    We also have great coffee. Do a quick coffee tour in the South Granville/Kitsilano area. Wander from Wicked Cafe to Elysian Coffee and then up to 49th Parallel to sample some of the best the city has to offer. If that's not enough, there is an incredibly diverse cafe scene in the city. My coffee list of Vancouver and Victoria can guide you through some of the top spots.

    If you like beer, I have one recommendation for you: the Alibi Room. This place has 19 taps and a 3-4 beer cask engine. All but one of the offerings comes from BC. This is the only place in the world to try the varied offerings of our world class breweries and brewpubs. All in a great setting in historical Gastown too.

    I'll let the others take over from here.

    1. As Peter said, Vancouver has a lot to offer. If you give us a little more specifics it would help a lot.

      1. Here are some of our favourites in Vancouver:

        - Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro (sushi/izakaya, $-$$)
        - Gyoza King (izakaya, $)
        - Blue Water Cafe (seafood, $$$-$$$$)
        - Paul's Place (breakfast, $)
        - Zefferelli's (Italian, $$)
        - Sala Thai (Thai, $$)
        - Kirin (Chinese, dim sum $$$)
        - Legendary Noodle (ramen, $-$$)
        - Shanghai Chinese Bistro (Chinese, $$$)

        Those are the top ones that come to mind off the top of my head. You are going to love the food here! :)