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May 13, 2009 05:47 PM

Mexican/pizza/whatever in downtown Vancouver (Westin Bayshore)

I will be staying at the Westin Bayshore at the end of May and am looking for some suggestions on good food within walking distance (i can walk a long way, though!). I'll be attending a conference, and am interested in greasy eggs and bacon breakfasts (there used to be several joints with like $3 breakfasts - are these still around?), quick bites for lunch (nothing pretentious), and pretty much anything for dinner (street food to fine dining).

i'm especially interested in good pizza and mexican. i've had Nat's pizza, but not sure if they have a downtown location. what other good pizza options exist there? what about authentic mexican restaurants or taquerias in the area? I recall there were a couple about 5 years ago near west hastings, but last time i was there they had vanished.


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  1. You just happened to pick two of the things that Vancovuer truly sucks at (pizza and Mexican)...that said, in the general vicinity I like

    Tacos Mexico Rico, Salsa & Agave and La Casita for Mexican.

    Sciue serves decent Roman style pizza. Lombard's downtown location is a safe bet (good but not great).

    (For some reason the Lombardo's place link refuses to stick)

    Tacos Mexico Rico
    309 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1T3, CA

    Salsa and Agave
    1223 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z, CA

    La Casita - Gastown
    101 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B, CA

    Sciue Italian Bakery Caffe
    800 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

    1. Don Guacamole's gets pretty good reviews. They have don't have a website that I know of. 1333 Robson st., so downtown...

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      1. re: ck1234

        ck, thanks for posting on Don Guacamoles. I read some reports on it a while ago, didn't note the name and have been racking my brain. Here's the phone number: 604-568-0295

        To the OP: not greasy but if you like crepes you could try Bretagne...

        I fear fmed is correct re Mexican in Van though. The only other place downtown I quite like for a take on Mexican is Lolita's. Check out some reviews/reports before you go to see if it appeals. It is a great little space that gets quite boisterous, and you could enjoy yourself as a solo diner at the bar. Interesting cocktail combos too.

        La Bretagne The Original Creperie Ltd
        795 Jervis St, Vancouver, BC V6E2B1, CA

        1. re: grayelf

          Link for Lolita's (this will be a good walk BTW)

          Lolita's Restaurant Ltd
          1326 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1N6, CA

      2. will arrive in vancouver this afternoon. has anyone been to poncho's? google maps says it is a mere 10 minute walk from my hotel.

        Also, any suggestions on quick lunches in the area? e.g. falafels (fried to order only, please), donairs, nice indie sandwich shops, pizza by the slice, etc.

        any opinions on Nat's? I've heard it rated as the best pizza in vancouver, but we tried it on our last visit to the west end and were quite underwhelmed.

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        1. re: nonlinear

          Indie sandwiches at Finches.

          Try Don Guacamole (the name is lame, but I hear the patrons are mostly Mexican ex-pats), Salsa and Agave or La Casita (see upthread) - those get good reviews.

          I can vouch for Salsa and Agave and La Casita since I have been to both. Salsa and Agave is more authentic - it often serves items like lengua (tongue), and tripa (tripe). These two or three places give me hope for Mexican here.

          If you are mobile...try Firewood on Cambie for Pizza.

          Firewood Cafe
          3004 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2V9, CA

          Finch's Tea & Coffee House
          353 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B, CA

          Don Guacamole Restaurant
          1333 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E, CA

          1. re: fmed

            Salsa and Agave Place Link didn't stick...trying again....

            Salsa and Agave
            1223 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z, CA

            1. re: fmed

              I should also mention the Greedy Pig. Great sandwiches - though not a 'budget' sort of place.

            2. re: nonlinear

              Nat's has a cracker-like crust which isn't the NY Style they claim it to's not bad, but not great.

              "The Best Pizza" in Vancouver depends on where you read it. The Flying Wedge regularly wins this designation in certain publications....they serve (IMO) atrocious "pizza". Marcello's and Lombardo's often get the nod (there is a thread here recently that discussed these two places in depth.)

              1. re: nonlinear

                Last time I went to Poncho's was the last time I'll go to Poncho's. Muy meh. You are nearly as close to Don Guacamole's. Go early or brave the line later and have some good Mexican food. Straight up Denman is Acacia, beloved by one of our stalwart board denizens. It will be closer than Finch's (also great) but still a walk, albeit a nice one.

                Acacia Bistro & Import Ltd
                1103 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G, CA

              2. thanks for all of the advice. i went to don guacamoles and got a chicken burrito with salse verde for take out. i'm usually not a burrito guy, but i thought it would keep warm and not fall apart for the walk back to my hotel. it was pretty good. it's not terribly authentic (there were tofu cubes inside, e.g.), but that's not necessarily a bad thing...

                not sure where i will go tonight. maybe take a walk down denman. are there any med or middle eastern joints along there?

                edit: but yes, acaia looks very good.

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                  1. re: fmed

                    I should add...for take-out Mexican...Tacos Mexico Rico is a probably better bet.

                    1. re: fmed

                      Here comes the dreaded "authentic" debate again :-). I must admit I would never order a burrito in a restaurant unless maybe I was in Texas (or possibly San Francisco). I didn't notice those were on the menu at DG. We stuck to the antojitos I recognized from trips to Mexico and did quite well.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        yea, i agree. i just wanted something that would stay warm and not fall apart during the 10 minute walk back to the hotel. i did see a lot of other plates being prepared and served, and they all looked great.

                        but yea, the tofu was kinda 'different.'