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Jul 18, 2010 06:44 PM

Tomorrow lunch in Vancouver

My family and I are driving to Whistler from Seattle tomorrow. We thought we'd stop for lunch in Vancouver and would love your recommendations. We'll also be stopping there for 4 nights later in the week on the way back. Our party includes my 2 elderly parents, and our very lively toddler. For tomorrow's lunch, we're looking for some place casual and scrumptious. We're open to all types of food and prices -- all we ask is that ti be good food and kid friendly. I thought to head to Go Fish, but, see that they're closed on Monday -- we'll give it a try on the way back. We welcome your suggestions and thanks in advance!

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  1. Since you are coming during the week you might want to try the Argo1836 Ontario for a post-modern take on the diner (breakfast and lunch only -- be sure to check out the lunch specials like duck confit or seared tuna for like $12!?). Little 'un can have the regular diner stuff while you and the parentals try out the gourmet stylings. Cute cafe, great prices.

    1. A few ideas more en-route for you (Oak, Granville, Main St. corridors) ........

      Lin's (W. Broadway, 1/2 block west of Granville St):

      Ouisi Bistro (Granville @ 14 Ave):

      Crave (Main @ 23 Ave):

      Kaplan's Star Deli (Oak St @ 41 Ave):

      Red Onion (W. 41Ave @ Maple, in Kerrisdale neighbourhood):

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Thank you so much, Grayelf and LotusRapper, for your recommendations. We'll decide during the car ride up. And what we don't get to on this stop, we'll visit during our stay on the way back from Whistler. Much appreciated!

        1. re: amyleechen

          Hi Amy,

          I forgot to include Cats Social House (used to be Cat's Meow) right on Granville Island (after entering island and making the first right turn where you'll see an old red train car on the right where the Kids market is, make another right turn into the dead-end alley and you'll be right beside Cats). There's a kids waterpark and playground right behind the restaurant, plus a ducks pond and of course the Kids market ....... Cats also has patio seating and it's great to kick back and still keep an eye on the toddler :-)

          Cats is to the right of the Kids market in this pic:

          1. re: LotusRapper

            I know OP needs kid friendly but has the food/service improved in the new incarnation, LR? I know it is a fantastic location but I'd send her to Romer's for a tasty burger in that general area first unless the food has improved a thousandfold at Cats.

            1. re: grayelf

              Been to Cats twice in the past two years. I had no complaints. Sometimes good just tastes a whole lot better when one is more relaxed 'cuz the little people are happy, right ?

              1. re: LotusRapper

                True dat, LR -- glad to hear about Cats.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Cats is now part of Browns Social House. As far as I can tell, their menus are quite similar (to the two other Browns I went to on Fourth and on Tenth), if not the overall theme. A bit "chain"-like, I suppose, like Cactus Club but with more attention and humbleness (and genuine sincerity) than the average CC outlet.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    I believe Cats location is also the test kitchen for the Browns Social House group so they have some interesting items on their menu (sort of like the Cactus Club location at Ash & Broadway

                    Browns Social House
                    11660 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC V7A1N6, CA

                    1. re: islandgirl

                      But if you see "tuna and rice" on the fresh sheet ....... [wink]

                      1. re: LotusRapper

                        We took advantage of this sunny Saturday and went to Cat's Social House for lunch. My husband, who is not one to rave, proclaimed his waffles "the best I've ever had -- and I've had waffles!" My Dad was happy with his short ribs pannini. My Mom wasn't wild about the wings -- we noted that we'd never seen such tiny ones. My salad was a bit generic, though, it featured a very nicely executed poached egg. All in all, we were most happy with your recommendation GE and LR -- it was a glorious day on the patio of a very kid friendly restaurant. The staff was lovely and it was a good fit for us. Thank you so much!

                        1. re: amyleechen

                          Lotus gets all the credit -- I haven't been since they changed hands. Glad to hear you had a good lunch.

                          1. re: amyleechen

                            All's well that ends well :-)

                            We're just relieved we could provide y'all with non-liquid sunshine !

                            Now a question back to you Amy, what would you recommend for a similar scenic viewed, casual but foodie-ish (term used rather loosely here) venue in W. Seattle, from Alki Beach all the way down to Burien ? My only time in W. Seattle are going to/from Vashon at Fauntleroy, hence never spent slow time exploring the different 'hoods along that stretch. Any recommendations would be most appreciated :-D

                            1. re: LotusRapper

                              Hi LotusRapper. The first place that occurs to me is Saltys on Alki.
                              I've only been there once for a brunch buffet. The food didn't knock me out., but I've never really met a brunch buffet that I liked. Great water front location. Though I grew up in Seattle, I've lived in New York City for the past 25+ years, so I'm out of the loop. But I have good friends from that West Seattle/Burien neighborhood (went to high school in Burien a million years ago) so I've put your question out to them and I will report back!

                              By the way -- we went to Guu with Garlic last night and it was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a very long time! Amazing food and a lively entertaining scene, too! It was a good boost after a bit of a letdown at Refuel the night before. We're setting out now to find what Vancouver will feed us today! Great town you have here!

                              838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

                              1. re: amyleechen

                                So glad you liked Guu with Garlic, amy -- it's my favourite of the Guus. Too bad about Refuel, though. What went wrong? Wait, let me guess. The food was inconsistent, right? Sigh. It can be very good when it's on but that's no help to you. Hope today went better.

                                1. re: amyleechen

                                  Thanks a bunch, Amy. Will check out Salty's later in Aug/Sep when we go down next. Doesn't have to be foodie destination. If it's a family trip with our 4-yr old, then any place that's kid-friendly, has view, distractions (ie: Alki beach) would more than suffice. Like I said in a different thread, we tend to eat at Pallino, Johnny Rocket's (Univ Village Mall), or places along The Ave (UW = wife's alma mater) or in Fremont often because they are more amenable to kids, but definitely don't ignite my foodie tastebuds.

                                  Sorry to hear about ReFuel, but Guu with Garlic is reliable. What happened at ReFuel ?

                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                    Hi LotusRapper,
                                    Meant to reply long ago, but, family has kept me from Chowing!
                                    Friends in the West-Seattle-know recommend Alki Bakery and Phoenicia at Alki. I have heard lovely things about both places. As it happens, we went to Salty's for dinner. Left our toddler with Grandma, so, didn't truly test out its kid-friendliness. There was a baby at the next table and they seemed to welcome her with open arms. They provide crayons for the kiddies. The food was an odd combination of overly fussy and uninspired. But the service was earnest and the views were gorgeous. There were at least 3 different out door areas. It's definitely worth a try. As a parent looking for a good place to soak in the local color even if the food doesn't knock you over, other characteristics might so give it a whirl. Certainly post your query on the Seattle board -- I'm sure you'll get lots of great suggestions. Walked through University Village last night and there seemed to be lovely food venues there as well! Enjoy your next visit!

                                    University Village Restaurant
                                    5778 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T1K6, CA

                                    1. re: amyleechen

                                      Thanks for resurrecting the thread, and for the recs of Alki Bakery and Phoenicia. The more choices the better, I say.

                                      Don't know when we'll be down next .... no firm dates.