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Visiting Vancouver - What Are the "Can't Miss" Experiences?

OCKevin Jul 18, 2009 11:17 AM

Hello Hounds,
My wife and I are spending a couple of days in Vancourver and staying in the West End. I've read every guidebook ad nauseum looking for the best food, but I thought I'd go straight to the local source and ask: what are the great culinary experiences I should not avoid in Vancouver? I'm specifically searching for good (1) seafood: I'd like to try the Blue Water Cafe; (2) locally grown and made food: Raincity Grill sounds intriguing just from the standpoint that it serves local food (e.g. the 100 mile tasting menu); and (3) the city's best burger joint. Thanks for your help!

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    Dan G RE: OCKevin Jul 18, 2009 11:22 AM

    For local, I think you'd have a far better experience at Fuel than Raincity.

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      fmed RE: Dan G Jul 18, 2009 11:52 AM

      Agreeing with Dan G. Fuel for sure over Raincity.

      You will get many answers to "3". My favourite are the burgers at Market Grill at the Granville Island Public Market.

      I have been hearing great things about the fresh ground burgers (using trimmings from their esteemable steaks, etc.) at Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown. You can order it pink there if that strikes your fancy.

      Stock Market
      1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H3R9, CA

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        fmed RE: fmed Jul 18, 2009 12:00 PM

        The HSG link didn't stick....trying again....

        Hamilton Street Grill
        1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9, CA

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          OCKevin RE: fmed Jul 18, 2009 01:24 PM

          Thanks, FMed! Market Grill definitely sounds like a viable lunch option. Whenever I'm in Canada, I usually make a pilgrimage to the local Harvey's, but the closest one appears to be a few kilometers away from where we're staying.

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          felix the hound RE: fmed Jul 23, 2009 02:12 PM

          Is there a price difference between Rain City and Fuel?

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            fmed RE: felix the hound Jul 23, 2009 02:26 PM

            They are in the same league....mains run at around $28 avg for both.

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              felix the hound RE: fmed Jul 23, 2009 03:13 PM


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          OCKevin RE: Dan G Jul 18, 2009 01:28 PM

          Dan, thanks for the tip! From looking at Fuel's website (www.fuelrestaurant.ca), I'm very intrigued. Not to mention that they seem to have a better wine list than Raincity.

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            peter.v RE: OCKevin Jul 18, 2009 06:48 PM

            I'd say Fuel is a can't miss experience. All around excellent food, wine and service there.

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          ck1234 RE: OCKevin Jul 18, 2009 01:35 PM

          Kevin, if you like oysters, I highly recommend going to Joe Fortes for them. If you're going in summer, the patio is great to sit on, but inside is beautiful as well. Their blue plate lunch specials are a great deal. The shrimp cocktail, while pricey, has the biggest shrimps I've ever seen!

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            OCKevin RE: ck1234 Jul 18, 2009 04:38 PM

            CK, what I like about Joe Fortes - in addition to oysters - is that it's only 5 blocks from the hotel. Thanks for the tip!

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              PolarBear RE: ck1234 Jul 18, 2009 04:41 PM

              Happen to know if Oyster Bob is still shuckin' there? He was a wealth of information, not to mention tasty oysters.

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              gourmet wife RE: OCKevin Jul 23, 2009 09:32 AM

              For locally gorwn and made, try Bishops on 4th. A little out of the way but not too far from downtown. Another good restaurant is Market by Jean George at the Shangri-La. Definitely worth a visit. If you can't make it there for lunch or dinner, have dessert there. They serve it in the lounge/bar area as well.

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                grayelf RE: gourmet wife Jul 23, 2009 11:32 AM

                Good call on Bishop's, gw. I just posted a positive report on it here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/638646

                It doesn't get as much love here as places like Fuel and I've often wondered why. Maybe its very longevity works against it?

                I'll fourth the rec for Fuel over RCG...

                There are a couple of recent "best burgers" threads here the OP could slog through -- like so many "bests" it's pretty subjective :-).



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