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Oct 19, 2009 07:06 PM

to all the restaurant's I've loved before....

I drove past the former Tommy O's on Commercial today, and remembered the belly dancers there I adored as a child, long gone.
Then there was the Red Apple on Hastings, the most delightful Japanese greasy spoon, alas, just a memory.
A loving glimpse of the once wondrous Only brings a tear to my eye-how I recall those large fish in the window and the smoked Alaskan black cod, now just a boarded up sigh of regret with a health violation.
Tell me...which restaurants- great or small-do you miss?

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  1. Good topic!

    El Greq (Commercial Dr) - probably the best Greek food in Vancouver then and now.
    Tan's (Vietnamese, Commercial Drive)
    The Aristocratic (Broadway/Granville)

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    1. re: fmed

      My mother worked at the Aristocratic when I was a child. I went back as an adult just for the nostalgia. After i left I realized I should have left a large tip. Wish I had thought of it sooner.

      1. re: sharonanne

        I used to work in the area many lives ago. I was there about almost daily.

        1. re: fmed

          For many years I went by the Aristocrat each morning on the bus. I always looked to see if the couple was at the table by the window. And they always were there. They were serious regulars.

    2. Very nostalgic.

      Places from childhood for the special occasions (usually Chinese): Ming's in Chinatown, Peninsula on Broadway, Drgaon Inn and Rickshaw (Kingsway). I miss the neon too. Gotta add steaks at Mr. Jakes (Granville) and Mr. Mikes (Burnaby Kingsway), or vice versa.

      Places that I discovered too late: Mirasol (Peruvian off Main), Adega (Portuguese on Main)

      Grease: Juicy Fried Chicken (Main), Wally's Burgers (Kingsway)

      1. If it's not just Vancouver places...

        4 St Rose in Calgary. I went there all the time (at least twice a week) in the mid-80's. Cheap, good food, great service. The building sold, the space was split up and bartender who always served us is now a lawyer. The bar is now Towa Sushi (tried it once, not my favourite sushi place) and the restaurant side hasn't reopened since the latin place closed *sigh*.

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        1. re: hsk

          Does anybody remember Florentine, where Edo Japan is by MEC? I went there soon after moving to Calgary in 2000 and just loved it. First time I'd ever had semifreddo. Really miss it.

          Moved from Toronto and used to eat at a fast-service, cafeteria-style Thai place in the Annex called Bangkok Express. Got basil chicken there three or four times a week. Moved to Calgary in Aug 2000 and a month later it was closed- I guess I was keeping it open. Same story with a place in Maitland just off Yonge, same format but Malaysian and INSANELY cheap, called Kuali. They served food from mama's recipes that cannot be duplicated- a dish called "sambal" was shockingly spicy tofu and potato. A chicken dish was called "ayam masak," which means "cooked chicken." A plate was $4.99. Long gone now.

        2. - Spumanti's (high end Italian) on Commercial Drive. - They would package your leftovers in foil and make it into a swan!
          - I can't remember the name as it goes back many years (over 20), it was also on Main St. near the Adega. It was an Italian restaurant upstairs & a jazz club downstairs. We'd go to see Jim Byrnes.
          -Does anyone remember the name of that Italian place on Seymour street across from the Penthouse? It was in a house, and the grandma cooked and you got your dinner free if you finished the pasta? (Also over 20 years ago and it might not have been well known).
          I too, liked the Adega, Wallys & the Aristocrat - we went to the Aristocrat when I worked at a place called Henri's Chicken at 14th & Granville. He had the best fried chicken ever. It was always lined up down the block for take out. Anyone remember that?
          -Benjamins/Doll & Pennys on Davie St. That was such fun in its 80's time!

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          1. re: ck1234

            Whoah Blasts from the Past! Spumanti's - yes indeed and I do remember the foil origami. I remember the house across from the Penthouse, but I never did eat there. I was a regular at the Aristocratic....I used to have the Denver there.

            1. re: ck1234

              OMG, this drove me CRAZY since I posted and asked it. The Italian restaurant/jazz/blues club was called Puccini's!!! Not bad, only took my head an hour and a half to remember it! I know I'll never get the name of the one across from the Penthouse.

              1. re: ck1234

                I found it! It was called Iaci's! All I had to do was look up Fillippone!

                  1. re: fmed

                    It must have been Iaci's we went to a million years ago and they nearly killed us with plate after plate of food -- my first experience with dining a la famiglia.

                    I also miss all the old dimsum places in Chinatown, particularly the one that used to be where Mitzi's is now on Pender near Main, and the one upstairs on Main at Pender -- so many happy memories of cart dimsum with Dad when I was a kid.

                    More recently: our beloved Pho Thang Long (where Zipang Sushi is now) -- best pho evah and great proprietors; also Surat Sweet Gujerati food on 4th (we miss you Mr Shah).

              2. re: ck1234

                The owners son/chef was Kenny Iacci. He had a place on Granville St. downtown for awhile.

                1. I remember going to the Red Apple - good comfort food.

                  The closure that I most lament is the Shanghai Paramount on Kingsway and Slocan - the best crispy chicken in sweet sauce into which one dipped soft mantou buns.

                  I also remember Doll & Penny's fondly - used to stagger in there after dancing at the clubs for deep fried mozzarella sticks. Ah, those wondrous days of our youth...

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                  1. re: Fid

                    Fresgo Inn for the greasiest burgers in the known universe.
                    Did's Pizza as was the Fuel of my youth.
                    Shanghai Paramount - I forgot about that place....good call!

                    1. re: Fid

                      I've heard of dancing for dollars, but never dancing for mozzarella sticks!

                      1. re: golfer1

                        lol. I suppose that I should have worded that better... Then again, mozzarella sticks were not a bad payoff for a then starving uni student... :-P