Good restaurants in vicinity of P.N.E?
After moving from the Cambie and West 17th area, I find that Hastings Sunrise area limited in good cheap eats. Sure, there are cheap eats here but the quality is lacking and the hygiene more questionable.
I especially miss the breakfasts, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants that I frequented along Cambie and Main Street.
Can someone offer some good eats in my new neighbourhood? I don't mind going to the West part of Burnaby. I hear there are good eats in Commercial Drive but I detest huge lineups.
Haven't gone to Penny's myself for years. Funny, the few odd times a year when I get those late-nite hunger pangs that can only be satisified by MSG'd fatty Chinese food, I'd ventured out to On Lok even though Congee Noodle and Kwongchow are minutes from me. Guess On Lok is kind of nostalgic :-)
Actually for "standard" casual Cantonese fare like rice, noodles and congee, kitty corner from On Lok is "Wonton Noodles Restaurant" a small but attentive place:
From PNE, further west along Hastings, just past Clark Drive, is Au Petit Chavignol (restaurant side of Les Amis du Fromage) ...... definitely worth the trip, but not really in the cheap eats category.
On Hastings between Renfrew & Nanaimo is a plethora of Vietnamese, Chinese restos. For Chinese, Louis Garden just west of Slocan is reliable. All the Viet restos seem the same to me quality-wise, so I usually go by price and value. But Bao Chau just east of Slocan is notable for their very good fried Viet rolls, I used to go there just to buy them to bring to potlucks :-D
Recently some Latin American fare has been added to the area (El Barrio on Hastings just west of Nanaimo, and la Pupusa Loca on Nanaimo & Adanac). I've yet tried these two.
I should add: The Danube at Hastings and Boundary.
There may be good Thai to be had at Thai Bistro at Hastings and Gilmore (we sampled some of their skewers at the Burmese Food Fest at Trout Lake a couple of weeks ago. Very good.)
Burgers Etc (thought I'm personally not a fan - lots of people like them though).
Bombay Bel for decent Indian.
Thanks for the suggestions. Penny's and On Lok use to be my old haunt but I've been spoiled by Kwong Chow on Cambie and Congee Noodle on Broadway. I'm going to check out the Malaysian, Thai and Mexican places suggested above. I'll have to revisit Bau Chau. The last time I was there the place was unappetizing because of the appearance and smell of uncleanliness. But I keep hearing good things about it.
I love Bombey Bel. Also found a great Vietnamese place on Nanaimo and Broadway (sorry, forget the name.) It's across from Bon's. My family took me to a Chinese restaurant called "Happy?" in the T&T complex at Renfrew and 1st. Not bad. Also, the Chinese restaurant across the street on Renfrew was excellent but a little pricier. I noticed a lineup during dim sum. Have to see how it compares with Kirin.
Keep those suggestions coming!
You mean Kwongchow on Main (btwn 15/16) ?
BTW, in the vicinity of On Lok, the place kitty corner across the street called Wonton Noodles is quite good, esp. for late night snacks:
Viet restaurant across from Bon's is called Thien Kim:
And the "happy" restaurant in the T&T complex at Renfrew is called Happy King. Used to be called Happy Date.
Thanks to LotusRapper for correcting me. Yes, KwongChow is on Main which reminds me how many times I've mistakenly circled Cambie looking for it.
I'll have to check out Wonton Noodle because I like late hour snackng.
Wonton Noodle Restaurant
4008 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2X8, CA