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Feb 22, 2011 07:37 PM

Where to carbo load in Vancouver close to downtown/Yaletown/Gastown?

My friends and I will be running the Vancouver Half Marathon on May 1 and we're looking for a place to load up on some carbs the night before the race. We don't need to eat Italian but that's the tradition. We will be eating izakaya and Cantonese the rest of the weekend, so no need to do that the night before the Half.

I've read a couple of positive comments about Nook, which looks promising, but would like some options. We're looking for a restaurant that has delicious and simple food, a festive ambience, a reasonable price point (e.g., $15-35 per person for food with no alcohol) and is non-touristy. Not a fan of chain restaurants, either. We will be staying downtown, close to BC Place, and ideally the restaurant will be within walking distance. A short cab ride is okay, too.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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  1. Ramen? Nook is also very close the the ramen zone around Robson and Denman. Campagnolo (Italian) on Main St is one skytrain stop away from BC Place. Lupo (Italian) is also close to BC Place.

    1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

    1. I would second the recommendation of Nook, in fact, that's where we're going for my birthday dinner tomorrow. Don't expect large pasta portions, though - quality over quantity. Never been disappointed at Nook. Just so you know, they don't take reservations, so go early if you don't want to wait outside, and the prices would most certainly fit into your budget.

      1. I would go for Lupo as the pasta dishes are in your range and location. You'll have to order some focaccia rounds to accompany your pasta: they are delish.

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        1. re: selena03

          Thanks to all of you for your recommendations. I will report back after our meal.