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Carb loading near Davie and Howe

moltmonster Jan 4, 2012 01:22 PM

Hi Chowhounders. I have a friend coming in to do the first Half half marathon in February, and he's looking for a place for a decent pasta load up the night before. Any recommendations? I used to live in the West End, but it's been a few years. I'm guessing nothing too fancy (no Umberto's) but tasty and good quality.
Thanks for your help!

  1. m
    moltmonster Jan 6, 2012 09:58 AM

    I knew I could count on you guys for inspiration. Kinnickinnik, you are wise - pre-race is NOT the time to experiment! I'll pass these suggestions along with a nod to the Vancouver Chowhounders as the source! Thanks!

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      kinnickinnik Jan 4, 2012 05:59 PM

      You can get a cheap and cheerful pasta fix at the Basil Pasta Bar (Davie btwn Granville and Seymour)- nothing fancy but you can specify your own sauce, topping combos and it's all pretty fresh and tasty.

      Pre-run isn't the time to experiment too much so the ability to create his own dish might appeal.

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        farman Jan 4, 2012 04:18 PM

        Haven't been in years, but I seem to recall Cafe Luxy/Luxy Bistro used to have pretty big portions and wasn't too expensive.

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        1. re: farman
          LotusRapper Jan 4, 2012 04:39 PM

          If a bit of travel is viable, go check out Anton's Pasta Bar on Hastings in Burnaby:


          And go get stuffed silly !

        2. grayelf Jan 4, 2012 02:10 PM

          Does it have to be Italian? There is an outpost of Peaceful at Davie and Seymourish that is chock full of noodles :-).

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          1. re: grayelf
            LotusRapper Jan 4, 2012 02:25 PM

            And their famous beef/green onion pancake rolls:



            1. re: LotusRapper
              grayelf Jan 4, 2012 02:55 PM

              Or the potato roll for a double shot of carbs....

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                LotusRapper Jan 4, 2012 03:19 PM

                Ok now I'm gettin' hungry !

            2. re: grayelf
              YVRChow Jan 8, 2012 10:18 AM

              Yes, Peaceful is a good option for noodles too. (Although I much prefer their location on Broadway near Cambie). I'd also recommend their cumin beef flatbread for more carbs. But the noodles are delicious, here are some shots for you to get an idea

            3. LotusRapper Jan 4, 2012 01:37 PM

              Use Google Map, and search "Italian", you get:


              Your likely best "affordable" choice would be Bellagio Cafe in that area.

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