Orlando hound seeks two fab casual Vancouver dinners
We're headed to Vancouver for a short stay before the Disney Alaska cruise and want two delicious dinners -- not fancy, just tasty. We're three adults and two teens who are used to be schlepped to all kinds of restaurants. Staying in the Best Western Plus on Drake Street. We'll take a taxi or public transport if necessary but would appreciate good recs within walking distance.
Also, any must-eats? We'll be having salmon on a cruise excursion the following week but would love to know of Vancouver specialties.
re: Rona Gindin
We ended up making it to Campagnola too. Great restaurant! Cool casual vibe, reasonable prices (little over $15 except for four entrees), and those chickpea ceci were amazing. Also loved the fennel tofetti pasta, the pizza (amazing crust), and the carpaccio with salsa verde. The roasted radishes were only ok.
Transit opens up many possibilities; here are some of my favourites. http://www.campagnolorestaurant.ca/ http://www.pied-a-terre-bistro.ca/ www.labrasserievancouver nookrestaurant.ca You can get an idea of how to get to them using this site http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-... Maps can be downloaded and then zoomed to identify which buses you need from your starting point. Your hotel staff should be able to help with directions.
If you like izakayas, check out the original Guu on thurlow. It's about 3/4 of a mile from your hotel. Get there early to avoid the line ups. The end of the bar near the door would be a good fit for your group. Check the fresh sheet, and go for the small plates [pumpkin croquettes, grilled squid, okinomiyaki, pork belly, marinated eggplant, pea-shoot salad, etc]!
I would also highly recommend Nuba on Cambie and Hastings for contemporary Lebanese dishes in an interesting room by local architect Scott Cohen.
If you feel like exploring outside of downtown, head over to 4th and maple where you'll find Refuel, Bistro Bistrot and Maenam, which are among Vancouver's best [as a result they are busy, reservations recommended].
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA
1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA