Looking for a change
I have a group of friends who I lunch with on a regular basis. These guys are your Earls and Joey’s types through and through. I have convinced them to try something different.
I am looking for a non-chain place with great food for lunch, if they are licensed, it would be a big plus. Anything in the Burnaby – East Van – new West area would be great.
Not sure where you're based but for us (working near Burnaby Hospital), these are all within reasonable driving distance, and are all licensed (beer is a Friday lunch requirement):
Lhy Thai (Edmonds & Kingsway)
Burgers Etc. (Hastings & Gilmore)
Agra (Canada Way & Smith)
Chez Meme (Hastings & McDonald)
Red Wagon (Hastings & Nanaimo)
Campagnolo Roma (Hastings & Nanaimo)
Kimura (22nd & Rupert)
For the most part we try to arrive 10-15 minutes before noon and generally don't have trouble getting tables. Lhy Thai we normally reserve as it can get really busy, especially on Fridays - and Chez Meme we go a bit earlier than that even as it's really small.
Hope this helps!
Lhy Thai Restaurant
7357 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC V3N1A9, CA
4091 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C2J1, CA
Great Bear Pub (nee Delaney's) on Kingsway just east of Royal Oak is pretty good, foodwise.
in New West, Burger Heaven is an institution. Also Stefano's (Greek) on Columbia near 4th St (Columbia SkyTrain Stn) is nice with a vaulted ceiling an airey ambiance with a view.
Down by the Quay, The Boathouse is popular with waterfront view.