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Jun 1, 2010 07:46 AM

Vancouver "Can't Miss" Restaurants?

Hello! My husband and I are from the NorthEast, and we are traveling to the Pacific NorthWest in a couple of weeks for the first time. We're looking for restaurants in Vancouver, BC that we might enjoy (brunch, lunch, dinner). We don't need anything too fancy, but would spend the $$ to eat at the city's authentic, "can't miss" restaurants. Please help us! Where should we dine while in Vancouver?? Thanks!

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  1. Okay, I'll be the Chow cop for the morning :-). If you provide us more details about you, we can answer better. Where are you staying? Will you have a car? Are there types of cuisine you would like to eat? Any to avoid eg. stuff you can get in NY? Have you read any threads here to see if there are places that sound particularly appealing? Do you want to just eat, or are cocktails/wine/beer important? Age range (so we don't send you somewhere where everyone is way older or younger than you)? Any other relevant tidbits?

    Help us help you and your experience here on the friendly neighbourhood BC and Territories Board will be a better one for all!

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    1. re: grayelf

      Just to jumpstart the discussion for coppolka a bit...Vancouver is known for its Chinese food (especially Cantonese, Shanghainese, & dim sum) , Japanese food (specifically sushi and izakaya), and a couple of "famous" eateries (made famous by celebrities) - Vij's, Tojo's, Japadog. Hopefully this and grayelf's query for your particulars will help us generate a good eating itinerary for you.

      1. re: fmed

        A $$$ but can't miss for me is Bishop's, which continues to excel at feeding happy diners beautiful local food in an unprepossessing room. It's also a short walk down the hill to one of our beaches (Kits) which makes for a great stroll before or after dinner.

        Bishop's Restaurant
        2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, CA

        1. re: grayelf

          In the spirit of Bishop's let me add three restaurants that have good reputations in Vancouver. First Le Crocodile ; Second Lupo and third Cioppinos

          All are run by long time veterans of the culinery scene in Vancouver and all are reasonably expensive; Lupo which only opened recently is probably the least expensive of the three but it does produce very good food. If you examine the web sites of these fine establishments. you will probably glean enough information to determine if they might suit your preferences.

          Good luck

          Le Crocodile Restaurant
          909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

    2. Sounds like you're quite open to a lot of cuisines. Are there any you would *not* want to eat ?

      How long will you be in Vancouver ? Will you also be in Seattle area, in which case you can also inquire Chowhounds Seattle for complementary cuisines and restaurants:

      For example, if you are going there and Mexican/Latin American fare is part of your itinerary, then I would suggest doing those ones down there than here, to save on the duplication and the fact that our strengths are elsewhere.

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Seattle's strengths are DEFINITELY not in Mexican/Latin either!

        1. re: Ms.chef

          [grin] :-)

          Actually I was down in Renton on the weekend. While stopped at a red light in the midst of the suburban blight that NW Renton is, I looked over to the curb side and saw a taqueria cart parked off of a gas station, being patroned by at least a dozen Latinos, all solemnly doing some serious chowdown seated under a large makeshift tent. I thought to myself: "Damn, there's some good grub going on over there !".

          Then the light turned green and I had to drive off .........

      2. I should add Campagnolo is solid !

        A few more ideas, not necessarily "can't miss" but definitely worth your while:


        1) Au Petit Chavignol


        2) Les Faux Bourgeois

        3) Pied-a-Terre


        4) L'Altro Buca

        5) Tapastree


        6) La Buca

        7) Salade de Fruits Cafe

        8) Bistrot Bistro

        9) Pastis

        10) Q4 *used to be called Quattro

        (btw, Buca, L'Altro Buca and Pier-a-Terre are all owned by the same people


        La Buca Restaurant
        4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

        L'Altro Buca Restaurant
        1906 Haro Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1H7, CA

        Tapastree Restaurant
        1829 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4, CA

        Salade de Fruits
        1545 7th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J1S1, CA

        1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          A slight update on your great list Lotus - L'altro Buca is sort of moving operations to the new Ping's location and now to be called "Cafeteria". The old L'altro Buca space will/has become an Adesso Bistro (I think it is open now actually).

          1. re: fmed

            good list LR.

            Cafetaria and not Parkside (2.0).. hmm ty for update..

            yes adesso is opened. at least i believe so. sign changed and new menu posted when i was by there recently.

            not sure what is 'cant miss' but i'll add some other possible options:
            Phonm Penh
            Octopus Garden
            Song Huong
            Saravan Bhagavana

            wait, this is pointless. grayelf is right. cant help you unless you are more specific. i find it help's to understand someone's 'palate' and the type of experience you are seeking.
            for some a trip to japadog will suffice...

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

            871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

            Parkside Restaurant
            1906 Haro St, Vancouver, BC V6G1H7, CA

            Song Huong
            1613 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4T9, CA

            1. re: betterthanbourdain

              "Slight update" ..... it's Saravanaa Bhavan ..... such a tongue-tripper !

              Thanks Fmed re: L'Altro Buca --> Ping's --> Cafeteria, etc. ..... forgot to update my original posting in the Greater Seattle board.

              1. re: betterthanbourdain

                Yeah, I'm wondering if the OP has even checked back in. It would be helpful to get some hint as to his/her palate for sure, bthanb ;-).

                1. re: betterthanbourdain

                  My wife and I just came back from a trip to Vancouver (we're from T.O.) and we thoroughly enjoyed Vij's. The food and atmosphere were definitely worth the trip. I second Vij's as a must "can't miss" destination. BTW if you are going to Vij's get there at least 10 minutes before they open or you won't get a table.

                  We also found Vancouver very accessible via taxi so if the OP doesn't have a car then taxi is definitely the way to go.

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