I am heading out to Burnaby this weekend as my boy is playing hockey in the Challenge cup.
We will be staying at the Sheraton airport but will have games at various arenas. Looking for some ideas for lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy or expensive and no chains. Is there any place that is a must see place that you can't leave Vancouver without trying. ? I am open to any ethnic group
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The list is long for sure.
greatdane12 - there are a few places "that you can't leave without trying" - but be warned that that will steer you to tourist favourites like Japadog, Go Fish, Vij's, Tojo's, Granville Island (not that there is anything wrong with any of those places). Taking a different angle: is there a particular cuisine or type of establishment that your own city lacks that you wish Vancouver can potentially fulfill?
Here is a possibility sort of on the way from Richmond to Burnaby http://www.lesfauxbourgeois.com/
I feel the food is quite accessible there even for a young hockey player (dinner only).
Another might be Turkish in S. Burnaby http://www.anatolias.ca/ (lunch and dinner).
Good Italian in N Burnaby http://www.vitabellaristorante.ca/ (dinner only I think)
The web sites all have menus and pricing I think.
Man, this board's full of good, recent recommendations. There are a good dozen decent local food blogs out there, too. But all right, these are the three places I'm feeling right now. In order:
1. Nine Dishes (960 Kingsway) -- Place is chill. It's the reason I'm posting to Chowhound at five in the morning. Two dollar beers are part of the appeal, but it's got decent Sichuan food (this is a city without a single mindblowing Sichuan place and Nine Dishes ain't far off the leaders, when it comes to the basics) and aight up north stuff (like, the jiaozi are homemade and good). Check out the house made sausage, too (pause).
2. Bushuair (121-4600 No. 3 Road, Richmond) -- Alvin Garden's still cool. But, if you're into Hunan... this place can match it. Bonus: it's in my hood. Bonus: full of Mao paraphernalia. Bonus: I kinda got a crush on one of the waitresses, too. What up, Michelle! I don't even know what "Bushuair" is supposed to mean (supposed to rhyme with "bourgeois"?), and it's got the most messed up, poorly translated menu, ever. And the food can be mysteriously lame at times. But if you get them to hook it up, the food can be crazy intense: spicy and pungent, like Hunan food should be. And they also got crazy ish like pig's face and blood n' guts offal dishes, which I dig.
3. Ningbo Fang (President Plaza, Richmond) -- Noodles with pickled mustard and pork, and a tea egg. Love that.
Do you have any particular areas of Greater Vancouver that you will be at more ? And what about price ranges ?