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May 29, 2009 07:49 PM

good eats on UBC campus?

I'm staying on the UBC campus for a few days, and am wondering if anyone can suggest on-camous food for lunch and/or dinner (although i could take transit to kits or downtown for dinner). I walked to marketplace village and there was a whole basement of ethnic food, and also a chipotle-style burrito shop, some sushi, etc. any recommendations?

also, is there anywhere in kitsalano (or short bus ride elsewhere) that would be good for dinner?


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  1. Fuel, and the new Maenam, Bistrot Bistro are on the 4th Ave bus line.

    Cafe D'Lite (Hainan Chicken) and Banana Leaf (the Kits location) is on the Broadway bus line.

    I don't know the campus at all now (I'm an alumnus, but I don't visit the campus much).

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

    1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

    Banana Leaf In Kitsilano
    3005W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2G9, CA

    Cafe D'Lite
    3144W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2H3, CA

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      1. re: vandan

        is burgoo on campus, and what is it? thanks!

        1. re: nonlinear

          Burgoo on W. 10th in Point Grey. At the UBC 99 B-Line Sasamat stop. Salad/soup/sandwich-type fare. Oh, and also fondue.

          1. re: nonlinear

            Burgoo is a spot that specializes in soups and stews (good comfort food) as far as I know. It's got a good following. They're on W 10 just past Sasamat. Take the 99 B-Line to get there.

            I lived on campus for 3 years from 2005 to 2008 and I still work out there. Though I have a soft spot in my heart for the basement food court you refer to, I am hesitant to recommend anything there to a fellow CH. It's all really cheap food to fuel us starving students. The sushi place down there (Osaka) is probably the most decent of all the sushi joints on campus but is nothing to write about.

            That burrito place is passable, but nothing terribly authentic. I'd probably pass unless you're really craving some burrito action.

            In the Student Union Building, the pizza place is not bad. They have some odd toppings, for example, right now they have a seasonal beet pizza with beets from the UBC farm... it's weird, but I liked it.

            Saltspring Island Coffee on south campus (follow Main Mall south just past Thunderbird) is my go-to for snacks, drip coffee and lunch. Then again, I do work nearest to it. Their chicken pesto panini is rather tasty. They get their soups from a good local company too.

            Anyways, I think that's about it. For good food, you'll have to take a trip down 4th. My grad dinner was at Fuel last Friday and it was fantastic. Highly recommended.

            1. re: peter.v

              Depending on how much time you have for lunch, you could grab a 99 B Line to Mix the Bakery. Very tasty housemade panini (my fave is the potato one) some quichy type things plus hearty soups and Joe's Coffee are the standouts here -- I'm not a huge fan of the sweet offerings. There are small tables to dine in as well. Only open till 4 pm IIRC. Same stop (Sasamat) as Burgoo, just walk west (same direction bus is going) another blockish.

              Mix The Bakery
              4430 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R, CA

        2. re: fmed

          I think Cafe D'Lite is closed now.

            1. re: fmed

              I just called Cafe d'Lite and they are open at 11 am today...

              1. re: grayelf

                I swear that's what it looked like sometime last year. Maybe it was just a renovation?

          1. re: Cancuk

            Or Moderne at Broadway and Macdonald.

            1. re: Cancuk

              Ah, good point. My student budget always steered me towards cheaper options... but Vera's is tasty.

            2. Wander over to Green College across the street from the Chan Centre and enjoy a great meal at a great price in a great setting. The Green College Dining Society runs their own non-profit operation, mostly to avoid UBC Food Services grub and the associated union-ism. Check You should call ahead.

              Best kept secret on campus ... or even Vancouver.

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                1. re: grayelf

                  Ditto! Didn't know about this place.

                2. re: girlwithafork

                  Green College is such a peaceful tranquil place. Even the small communal kitchen with its big glass windows in the residential area seems inviting, but the larger dining hall definitely suits the purpose of their dinners better. :) I sense a sudden rush for tickets for this previously - as far as I can tell - "unmentioned on this site" place for Vancouver chowhounders, as quality meals on campus are very hard to come by if you happen to be in the area around dinner time.

                3. if I had gone to UBC instead of SFU (where the only thing I found edible was Mr. Sub on occassion) i would eat at pita pit all the time...definatly not gourmet but well-priced and as healthy as you want it to be..their chicken slouvaki with tzatzaki and honey mustard is delicious...

                  1. had some butter chicken from the indian place in the basement of village marketplace. very, very bland - i think it's the lowest-quality butter chicken i've ever had, aside from Patak's jarred sauce - but it was a good value for $5.

                    saw some comments above about bad sushi in that plaza. but let's say that one day i had a hankering for sushi, which place is the best (there are two of them)?

                    any opinions on Vera's? i recall reading positive things about it on previous trips, but have never had the chance to get in there.

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                    1. re: nonlinear

                      Burgers are kind of a polarizing topic on this board :-). I'm personally not much of a Vera's fan, in part because of an experience with a mouldy bun but mostly because prior to that I found their burgers just weren't to my taste. I also found they varied wildly depending on the location. I am a Moderne Burger devotee. Here's a link to a best burgers thread that cross references another one and they are both fairly recent: