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Where would you take three 11-yr-olds on Commercial Drive (Vancouver)?

KGill Jan 16, 2010 07:00 PM

My son's Pee Wee team is playing a game at the Britannia rink tomorrow morning, and I'd like to take some of the kids out for a bite to eat afterwards. They'll be off the ice and ready to eat by 11:00 am, and I don't know where to take them. I need a place that will be open at 11 am on Sunday morning, will be appealing to 11-year-old boys, and won't bankrupt me. I know they'd be happy with McDonalds, but that's just so wrong when we're on the Drive. Any thoughts?

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  1. grayelf RE: KGill Jan 16, 2010 07:20 PM

    Little Nest came to mind immediately as kid-friendly but 11 year olds could probably handle other more "adult" oriented places, right? This is a recentish link that has some great recs for restos and other food-related stuff on the Drive if you want to have a scroll through, in case no one with better local knowledge gets back to you in time: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534350

    Good luck to you (and to the Pee Wees!).

    1. fmed RE: KGill Jan 16, 2010 09:15 PM

      Try Belgian Fries, Vera's, The Reef, or Fets for 11 y.o. boy friendly places.

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        KGill RE: fmed Jan 16, 2010 09:24 PM

        VERA'S! I forgot there was a Vera's on Commerical Drive. Thank you for reminding me. I myself would love to try Belgian Fries - I'll go check ou their menu.
        Thanks, Fmed and Grayelf.

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          kevin25 RE: fmed Jan 19, 2010 09:12 AM

          Hey fmed, Fets and Veras look kid friendly but The Reef looks spicy for kids no? also Belgin Fries...can you expand on it alittle. I'm from Pittsburgh and have no clue about it. thanks

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            fmed RE: kevin25 Jan 19, 2010 10:12 AM

            The Reef is a bit spicy...but if the 11-yo boys are like the 11-yo boys that I know, it should be fine. (The kids I know are right into eating spicy foods at this age. It's a right of passage to eat hot peppers, etc, for example.) They add jerk seasoning to a lot of the food....but I don't find it fiery hot or anything. I've taken my daughters (9 and 11 yo) and they didn't find it too spicy.

            Belgian Fries - their specialty is french fries with toppings (eg poutine - cheese curds with assorted gravies, chili, etc). They also have burgers, dogs, and fish and chips. Their menu is posted here:

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              kevin25 RE: fmed Jan 21, 2010 11:07 AM

              what do you think of Tutta Bella?

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                grayelf RE: kevin25 Jan 21, 2010 04:18 PM

                I think it's in Seattle which lives on another board :-).

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                  fmed RE: grayelf Jan 21, 2010 04:26 PM

                  I had to think about that one for a sec. I haven't been to Tutta Bella in Seattle, if that is indeed the restaurant under discussion.

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                    kevin25 RE: fmed Jan 22, 2010 03:23 PM

                    your right (were going to seattle before vancouver and the games) sorry. How about the Boathouse in horseshoe bay? tourist trap? and I did find out our apartment in town will be on1300 Seymour st. anything helpful with that location. thanks

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                      fmed RE: kevin25 Jan 22, 2010 04:16 PM

                      You are right at the south edge of downtown. To the Southeast is Yaletown (lots of restaurants...and a couple of the best in town - Cioppino's, Blue Water. There is an Urban Fare which is a high-end grocery store. To the South is a ferry dock which can take you to Granville Island - again more food there (the Market, Go Fish)....etc.

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                        fmed RE: fmed Jan 22, 2010 04:52 PM

                        To continue...to the west is the west end Davie St and Denman St) where there are a number of eateries. (Long walk).

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                          kevin25 RE: fmed Jan 23, 2010 09:21 AM

                          I'll be there with my wife and 2 boys(9 & 10) with a car. We love to walk but don't mind driving as well. We are at seymour and davie. I looked at the Urban Fare. thanks for the tip. Its right by us. Any nice bakeries close or just stick with Urban Fare?

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                            kevin25 RE: kevin25 Jan 23, 2010 09:44 AM

                            Is it worth a trip to Epicurean Caffe Bistro?(on 1st)

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                              fmed RE: kevin25 Jan 23, 2010 10:21 AM

                              I've never been.

                              If I may suggest a fun little stocking up outing: take the little ferries to Granville Island and grab pretty much everything you need for a condo-holiday: Terra Breads, Oyama charcuterie, Cheeses, fruits and vege, candy, coffee at JJ Bean, etc. There is even a wine store there.

                              Urban Fare is more like a Safeway with better cheese, meats, and bread. It's a good concept for the area (Yaletown is populated by well-to-do urbanites), but I wouldn't personally shop there on a daily basis.

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                              fmed RE: kevin25 Jan 23, 2010 09:57 AM

                              Ganache Patesserie in Yaletown.

                              BTW Be aware of the parking and driving restrictions. You are pretty close to one of the restricted zones:

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                          fmed RE: kevin25 Jan 23, 2010 10:33 AM

                          I forgot to answer your Boathouse question. Nothing in Horseshoe Bay is worth the effort.

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                            kevin25 RE: fmed Jan 23, 2010 10:55 AM

                            we have a secured parking spot at the condo so I'm trying not to use the car if at all possible. We love to walk and explore. Yes I agree with going to Granville to stock up. All the shops you mentioned sound great. My boys will love riding on the little ferry. BTW we were in Paris in the spring for our anniversery so Ganache looks wonderful for my wife. any other tips you think of please keep 'em coming. cheers

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                              grayelf RE: kevin25 Jan 23, 2010 12:32 PM

                              If you are at Seymour and Davie, check our La Brasserie for dinner (now also open for lunch and weekend brunch though I haven't been) -- casual enough for the kids but tasty enough for you :-). I also really liked Urban Burger which is just west of Burrard on Davie -- again, ideal for the wee lads and you should enjoy it too. The Nuba on Seymour is practically on your doorstep and would be ideal, though do be aware that it is mostly takeout (I often dine in at the few tables they do have though). Be sure to try Najib's cauliflower and the falafel in pita!

                              The Nuba Cafe
                              1206 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B3N9, CA

                              La Brasserie
                              1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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                                grayelf RE: grayelf Jan 23, 2010 12:40 PM

                                Just thought of a couple more kid-friendly spots nearby: Fritz Fries are tasty with lots of dipping sauce choices, and their steamie dogs are decent, as is their version of poutine. Super handy (maybe too handy?) at Davie and Granville. Another Board denizen is quite a fan of El Taco, just one block further west on Davie. I was there once and thought it was decent. And if you wanted to push the boat out one night, take a peek at Cibo on Seymour -- literally, by walking by and looking in during the day (you can peep in through glass doors in the Hotel Moda's lobby) and the menu online. Non-fussy modern room with lots of local tastes, young family would not feel out of place especially if dining on a weeknight.

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                                  kevin25 RE: grayelf Jan 24, 2010 06:45 PM

                                  also going to San Francisco in early may. ideas for 4 couples?

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                                  kevin25 RE: grayelf Jan 24, 2010 06:43 PM

                                  Thanks for the ideas. Nuba was on my radar but now will try it for sure. Cibo may well be worth early dinner with family. ElTaco also moved up my list for sure. What do you think of The Fish House in Stanlet Park?

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                                    grayelf RE: kevin25 Jan 24, 2010 09:34 PM

                                    I actually quite enjoy the Fish House, as long as you stick to the simply prepared fish dishes, as the name implies. The room is sorta neat too, like an old clubhouse but brighter. For SF, you should check out the SF Bay area Board. If you want to see the places we've been, search on grayelf :-).

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                                      kevin25 RE: grayelf Jan 25, 2010 05:45 PM

                                      ok thanks...I'll try the Sf board. We will be at the aquarium anyway so I thought the fish house would be good for lunch with the kids...

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                                        grayelf RE: kevin25 Jan 25, 2010 08:16 PM

                                        Only caveat in that case would be to check the menu online beforehand. I seem to recall they have some kid-sized items but it's not something I pay much attention to. Fish House is pricey if you're ordering regular plates for wee 'uns.

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                                          kevin25 RE: grayelf Jan 27, 2010 11:02 AM

                                          true, maybe I'll go to Veras or Fets like you recommended. Ive been reading the SF board. will be there early may for a saturday night meal with 4 couples. Perbacco sounds good.anything else to look at?

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                Chomp RE: KGill Jan 17, 2010 11:22 PM

                I agree with Belgian Fries - my 11 year-old son really likes going there - and they have deep-fried Mars Bars!

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                  KGill RE: Chomp Jan 19, 2010 09:24 PM

                  Yes, the boys spotted that! But they had another hockey game later on in the day, and I didn't think the coaches would be very impressed if I fed the kids poutine and dee-fried Mars bars for lunch. I did get them chocolate milk with their pizza slices - that counts as nutrition, doesn't it? ;)

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                  bogie RE: KGill Jan 18, 2010 06:08 AM

                  I'd go with Memphis Blues BBQ, get 'em good and messy with sauce.Ha ha.

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                    KGill RE: KGill Jan 19, 2010 09:23 PM

                    As it turns out, very few places are open at 10:45 am on Sunday morning on Commerical Drive. We were planning on Veras, but there were no signs of life there at 10:45 am, and the boys were starving, so we ended up at a take-out pizza-by-the-slice place (The Reef was also closed - I noticed as we walked by). There were a couple places serving breakfast (Cafe du Soleil, Theresa's), but the boys were after lunch-type food. I would have loved Grotto del Formaggia, but there isn't much seating at all. Oh well, pizza on the Drive was still better than drive-through at McD's - maybe our next game will be a bit later in the day (ha! not much chance of that). Thanks for the tips, everyone.

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                      fmed RE: KGill Jan 19, 2010 09:55 PM

                      Was Fet's closed too? (Actually...I think they open at 10am on Sat, 11am all other days). Vera's, and the Reef are supposed to open at 11am, Luckily, that part of the Drive has no shortage of restaurants.

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