SF Hounds planning first trip to Vancouver
We're looking for a great afternoon spot for oysters, but would love any other recommendations for the weekend. Admittedly we've had almost no time to research and plan and we're heading out next wknd.
We're staying downtown and would love to find:
- afternoon oysters
- whiskey/bourbon/cocktail bar
- great cheap eat
- great night out /perfect dinner rest. (we're adventurous diners, if that helps)
or anything else that we can't find in SF.
On the great cheap eats front, and something you won't find at the same quality&variety in SF, I'd suggest visiting some of the Chinese mall food courts. Two good ones to try are:
Crystal Mall (Some good stalls include Wang's Shanghai Cuisine for xiao long bao, Huaxi Noodle Specialist for Guizhou style beef noodle soups, and Want Want Hot & Spicy House for lamb rou jia mo)
Richmond Public Market (a good stall is Xian Cuisine for the stewed pork rou jia mo)
Enjoy the visit!
4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H2A9, CA
For afternoon oysters, you could try Rodney's Oyster House in Yaletown for Happy Hour. Other good places for raw oysters are Blue Water Cafe and Joe Fortes(although I'm not sure if they have happy hour specials).
As for unusual (not necessarily that cheap) eats, you should try Japadog. I'm not sure there's anything similar to this in SF. There were crazy long line ups for these during the Olympics.
Rodney's Oyster House
1228 Hamilton, Vancouver, BC V6B2S8, CA
Vancouver actually has a lot of great eats to offer. However, since you are from SF and it is such a great foodie city, it is hard to find things that are truly unique in Vancouver that you won't be able to find back home or even in the Bay area. And hence, I struggle to find places to recommend.
As a hound who frequents both Vancouver and SF quite often, here are a few places I truly enjoy in Vancouver.
Phnom Pehn Cambodian Restaurant in Chinatown for their garlic fried chicken wings and garlic squid. I am totally addicted to the wings. To me, they rank in the same league as the ones from Pok Pok's in Portland, except that the style is different. I have been to Angkor Wat in SF and I didn't find it was anything to write home about. Phnom Pehn is on my list every time I'm in Vancouver as I just can't get enough of their wings. Some of their other dishes are quite good too. Here are some previous threads:
Vij's - East Indian Fusion - This is a famous restaurant in Vancouver and the reviews on this may be mixed as some people find it to be overrated. I've really enjoyed my visits there. The food is described as traditional east indian with west coast flair. My favourite dishes there are the infamous lamb popsicles and the sablefish. This is by far not your traditional east indian restaurant. You can go to their website to get a feel for the menu. I don't know if you have restaurants similar to this in SF area. Only word of caution is that unfortunately they do not take reservations. They open at 5:30 nightly and there is usually a line up at the door already for the first seating.
I don't know if there are a lot of izakaya places in SF or whether they are in close proximity to each other. Vancouver has quite a few izakaya places in the downtown area so you could go izakaya-hopping. Some examples would be Guu (multiple locations), Hapa Izakaya (multiple locations), and Kingyo.
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA
1516 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6K3E4, CA