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Sep 24, 2011 07:43 PM

Hidden Gems - list your fave Vancouver hole-in-the-wall

I checked the boards but looks like there hasn't been one of these posts for awhile...

Asking for your faves! Please leave off the $2.95 breakfast places.

I'll start this off ... ARGO CAFE

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  1. My Chau
    Thai Basil
    The Place

    My Chau Restaurant
    1715 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2S4, CA

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    1. re: grayelf

      Bo Laksa King
      Seri Malaysia
      Ba Le (Kingsway)
      Tung Hing
      Anatolia's Gate
      La Meme Baguette
      Madras Dosa
      Dosa House
      (I'll stop for now).

      1. re: fmed

        Choice Fast Food (best butter chicken in town IMO) - Hornby @ Helmcken

    2. What constitutes "hole-in-wall" definition ?

        1. re: piwakawaka

          +1 on Hawker's :-D

          Thai Son (Broadway, 1st Ave)
          Gain Wah (Keefer)
          Paul's Restaurant (E. Hastings in N. Burnaby)
          Roman Ristorante (Kingsway)
          Peaceful (W. Broadway)
          Kalvin's Szechuan (Victoria)
          Pho Van (Fraser)
          Nat's Pizzeria (W. Broadway)
          Unforgettable Pizza (W. 8th Ave)
          Club House Japanese Restaurant (W. 2nd Ave)
          Georgio's Pizzeria (Rumble in S. Burnaby)
          Wen Xin (Rumble in S. Burnaby)
          HK BBQ Master (#3 Road Richmond)

          1. re: LotusRapper

            A true HITW has no web presence of any kind and only takes cash.

            Yes I'm old fashioned.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              I agree with Sam Salmon. One of those places where you don't want to stick around too long, you don't want to use the washroom, and you don't want to look too closely at things. Eating with blinders on, basically.

              1. re: 123

                LOL. That makes many, if not most, of the places listed above seem high-end, IMO at least :-)

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  Hmmm. The above definition of hole in the wall is a bit narrow for my taste. I would define it somewhat more loosely as a place that:

                  a) appears unassuming from the street
                  b) is small (let's say fewer than 30 seats)
                  c) is decidedly non-trendy
                  d) is inexpensive (nothing on the menu for more than 12 bucks)

                  I don't think that filthy washrooms and poor kitchen hygiene should be musts; in fact, I would not want to frequent a HITW that had those characteristics. But, as they say on the "internets," YMMV.

                  1. re: anewton

                    The criteria reminds me of a place we used to go to in Causeway Bay, which was literally a hole in the wall as there was no street-facing wall, just a giant garage door. We always went back for the soup buns, which were amazing enough to make you forget the 95% probability you'd get sick afterwards.

                    Anyway, I'd like to add Luda to the ongoing list.

                    1. re: clutterer

                      But that 5% chance must have been worth it to ya !! :-D

                      1. re: LotusRapper

                        Also-using the definition supplied by myself & 123 a HITW isn't any kind of 'gem' - isn't mean to be.

                        This city abounds in gems but they are by and large caf├ęs-Anatolia's Gate as mentioned.

                    2. re: anewton

                      anewton.. okay, so maybe i am exaggerating a wee bit about HITWs... i like your definition better

              2. re: LotusRapper

                +1 on Thai Son

                Thai Son Restaurant
                4653 City Gdns, Richmond, BC V6Y, CA

            2. I miss the old Cafe D'lite on the north side of Broadway... a true HITW.

              I've been to the new location but I guess the old place brings back memories.

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              1. re: 123

                Cuu Long for the food, the value and the wonderful family that run it, Pats pub ( who would ever guess tht they brew their own beer and smoke their own meat) , Hawkers as mentioned, will come back with more later

              2. I like Double D Pizza in my 'hood of Kits/Point Grey - $7.50 for a baked pasta that is sufficient for 2 meals, with salad and garlic toast on the side. It's like home cooking.