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May 18, 2011 10:24 AM

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.

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  1. How's the Izakaya scene in Orlando?

    1. 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

      Nuba Cafe
      322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

      1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

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      1. re: Le Beep

        I've never even heard of Iazakaya; that tells you how the scene is in Orlando. WE ARE THERE. Thanks to for the other recs. Now I'm getting excited.

      2. Transit opens up many possibilities; here are some of my favourites. www.labrasserievancouver You can get an idea of how to get to them using this site 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.

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        1. re: Philx

          We're not shy to use public transit. We make make these happen. What a helpful board! Please write me when you're all headed to Orlando.

        2. Guu was a great experience. Sincere thanks for the suggestion.

          838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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          1. 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.

            1. re: Rona Gindin

              Glad that Campagnola worked for you.

              1. re: Rona Gindin

                I'm addicted to those ceci. Best beer snack ever!
                Here's their recipe for them - so you needn't go without when you return to Orlando.

                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  I think I will make these week. Sincere thanks, Kinnichinnik.