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Feb 19, 2011 07:35 AM

victoria and salt spring island help please

will be visiting in early march and am looking for suggestions. Looking for restaurants that specialize in local and seasonal food. Any hidden gems? $$ is not the biggest issue, nor is high end decor, just really good food, using the freshest ingredients. Any help would be great. thanks in advance.

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  1. hungriest:

    Cannot assist with Salt Spring Island as it has been too many years since we last visited to make useful recommendations and the two places we did at were both pubs. We were invited over by kind acquaintances so we did not dine out as often as might otherwise have.

    Victoria is discussed quite extensively on this board. if you look at the post immediately below you will see that fmed "linked" a recent discussion.

    My favourites are Brasserie l'Ecole, Cafe Brio, Zambri's, Pizza Primastrada, Stage, Camille's, Tapas Bar, Spinnaker's [the view and beer more so than the food] and a number of others.

    We are flying there Wednesday for a few days along with our first visit to the Sooke Harbour House over the week-end so will post if I/we "discover" something new.

    911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

    Cafe Brio
    944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      As a long time visitor to Saltspring I've never eaten in any place like that-in fact I'm often on the ferry with trucks from mainstream food service companies.

      In high summer you'll find a few places that use local salad greens but all seafood and lamb is frozen-almost always is-it's the BC way!

    2. On Salt Spring island check out Bruce's Kitchen and Marketplace cafe .

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      1. re: saraWM

        Marketplace Cafe is definitely a gem (and still a little hidden). Also on the affordable side. Hastings House and House Piccolo are both fabulous but expensive. HH serves local lamb for sure, Piccolo probably does. Oh, all are on Saltspring, check websites to make sure they're open that time of year.

      2. Hidden Gems? Not really - the usual spots are always consistent......if you are somehwere with a kitchen.....stop by The Fishery in Ganges....always THE BEST SALMON around....this time of year,,,the proprietor may only have his personal catch avail frozen...but still 100x better than any farm crap you get anywhere to prepared food...Hastings House for a big $$$ and outstanding menus and Calvins for decent bistro menu

        Fish Market
        , Richmond, BC V6Y, CA