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Apr 27, 2010 07:57 PM

Two days (and two nights)....

In town for two days from SF Bay Area. I am interested in sampling local beers, ideally a location that has multiple taps featuring local/regional craft beer.
Also( and this need not be the same locale) looking for dining options that might not be available in the Bay Area. Staying on Broadway between Oak and Cambrie and will have a car.
Rather pay for great food and avoid overly fancy atmosphere. Really open to all suggestions but thinking Indian for one of the meals. No dietary restrictions.

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  1. Beers at Alibi Room

    Alibi Room
    157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B8, CA

    1. Ditto on the Alibi Room. It's also Craft Beer there may be an event to your liking:

      Indian nearby: Saravanaa Bhavan for South Indian (they have a great lunch special). Vij's and it's budget restaurant Rangoli (next door). For more traditional Indian fare: Akbar's Own.

      Also close by is an Aboriginal-themed restaurant called Salmon n Bannock: which serves food you probably can't get down in SF.

      Vij's Restaurant
      1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

      Saravanaa Bhavan
      955W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K3, CA

      Alibi Room
      157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B8, CA

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      1. re: fmed

        Instead of Indian use to your car to head south to Spice Islands Indonesian no place like it.

        Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant
        3592W 41st Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6N3E6, CA

      2. Hey trane hope you have a great visit. I know there are a few izakaya in SF but you might want to check out the scene here at the bottom of Robson and on Denman.

        Broadway near Oak and Cambie has a few possibilities and is very central so good choice. Check out this current thread for some good options in your immediate area:

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        1. re: grayelf

          Thanks to all for the advice.
          Made it to Alibi room, Rangoli, Elysian, Havana and some old school coffee emporiums on Commercial.
          Alibi room: knowledgeable staff who were very helpful navigating a sizable selection of local/regional craft beer. I had a local "no-name" dry-hopped ale that was excellent.
          Will return on my next visit.
          Rangoli: bright and distinctly flavored dishes-four lunch dishes including a goat, lamb, chicken and beef with balanced sides. All good until the staff tried to hurry us out (and believe me, we were not lingering.) Where did they think we were? San Francisco!!??
          Liked it enough to want to try the white table cloth place next door.
          Havana: friendly staff, outdoor seating option on a pleasant Saturday morning-nothing exceptional but the whole was greater than the sum of its parts and our party of four gave it a thumbs up. Some entertaining street action didn't hurt.
          Intrigued by the Ukranian? smoked meat shop on time will try a slab.
          Fine drip at Elysian. Decent espresso at one of the sport cafes on Commercial, not so much at another (the one with the ornate statues), where they wanted to charge my brother for sitting while they pulled my espresso.

          thanks again. looking forward to a return visit later this summer.

          1. re: tranewreck

            Thanks for reporting back. Sounds like you had a decent time eating here.

            JN&Z (that smoked meat shop on Commercial Dr) is run by a Bosnian family. Their smoked beef (suho meso), and other cured meats can be had at a number of wine bars around town.

            Vij's next to Rangoli is the more famous of the two restaurants. They do not take reservations so the local regulars have learned to get there before they open for dinner.

            1. re: fmed

              JN&Z! thanks.
              I should have carried home a slab- it would have infused my luggage with that intoxicating aroma. I'll ask for places that carry their cured meats before my next trip.