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Feb 25, 2012 09:19 AM

Steveston March 14/12 - seeking recommendations for seafood lunch - fish & chips, oysters, chowder for elderly guests -

Wednesday - March 14/12
plan is to take them to the National Park historic cannery - and then lunch close by ... something w/in walking distance, ie across a parking lot if possible. (i am not familiar w/ Steveston)

English elderly lady and gentleman, no walker/wheelchair required but mobility (stairs, wharf ramps) is concern.

... definitely an indoor option w/ seating required if inclement or breezy. ... and washrooms ; )

keen on soup/chowder, fish & chips, grilled halibut/salmon oysters (that oyster sandwich at Go Fish dockside looks amazing - diff part of town, i know)

they are low-key people, nothing fancy - more interested in "genuine bc atmosphere" kind of like Smiles was - the small restaurant at the wharf in Cow Bay area of Prince Rupert.

ps - i saw the recent thread about Crab King - is it Asian or ...? seemed like a lot of Miso on the menu
... and i've looked at Pajo's website - call ahead for weekday hours in March.

... a view would be nice, too

i have made a lot of requirements, i know - so even if you recommend a place that is a "must" - i would be pleased to hear your suggestions re: location and must-order menu items.

thank you in advance for your ideas

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  1. Crab King is a great idea but it will be Low Tide in the middle of the day meaning that the walk down to the food will be rather steep.

    Anyway leaving the museum just walk toward the water you'll cross the parking lot and see both Pajo's (no toilet and for all intents & purposes outside) right there on the Fraser and just upstream Crab King more upscale warmer looking/enclosed.

    If neither appeals then Dave's is a block away on Moncton St and is a solid fallback.

    Also-Dress Warm-that Cannery is Freezing inside.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      thank you Sam for the advice, incl the tide table (i am looking at ocean every day and forget those things) and the cannery cold.

      i was looking at urban spoon re: Sockeye City (Grill?)

      i realize it's possibly intended for the tourist trade - but have you eaten food there recently.,

      the Crab King sounds interesting.

      1. re: Georgia Strait

        Never eaten @ Sockeye City-the last time I was in Steveston I found Pajos closed so headed to SC tried to order something from the takeout window & was pointedly ignored-this on a winter afternoon when business was dead.

        They do have nice location though.

        The Buck & Ear @ the Steveston Hotel has an authentic BC atmosphere but it's been ages since I was there and back then only for booze no idea about the eats.

    2. It's been 3 years since I ate at Sockeye City. It's okay. It may suit what you're looking for better than Pajo's or Crab King, only because those two have (potentially) steep docks to walk up/down to access. Plus, they're take-out options, not true indoor restaurants.

      Sockeye City as a restaurant has no atmosphere inside, but it does have floor to ceiling windows and a first-rate view of the Steveston waterfront - that's the main appeal of eating there.

      As for the food, don't expect anything fancy but will probably satisfy. It is the kind of restaurant where local teenagers get their first job, so that's the style of service you'll often receive - sometimes competent, sometimes oblivious.

      Actually, the more I think about it, the more I would suggest the Blue Canoe instead, which is only a few steps further along the waterfront at Steveston Landing. They've put effort into maintaining a maritime west coast atmosphere without being tacky. They have slightly better service (although sometimes it can be hit and miss), plus the food is much much better (and includes Oceanwise seafood).

      Whatever you do, do NOT make the mistake of going to the Charthouse, which is upstairs from the Blue Canoe. It is terrible and belongs on Kitchen Nightmares.

      Post edit: I just remembered that my parents (in their 60s) recently took my grandfather (late 80s) to the Blue Canoe and were completely ignored. This wasn't the first time they've felt ignored here. They walked out and went to Tapenade Bistro (across the street from Steveston Landing) instead and had a terrific meal with excellent service. Tapenade's not on the water, but it's across the street from the water, has an inviting bistro atmosphere and some of the best food you'll eat in Steveston. That's another alternative.

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      1. re: Florentine

        We ate at SC a couple of summers ago and it was just all right but would have the sort of items you mentioned. The view is pleasant.

        Tapenade was great last time we went but it was before the chef change so can't say anything about it post-Alex Tung (though it sounds like Florentine liked it!).

        I would pass on Pajo's based on your requirements, especially at this time of year when it's so cold.

        1. re: Florentine

          My in-laws (late 60s) love Tapenade.

          Just a note about the National Historic Site at the Steveston Cannery, plan to dress warmly. The main part of the site/museum is unheated and was very cold and damp when we were there this past week. The giftshop area is heated and the little "theatre" sitting area but the bulk of the site is not.

        2. I've enjoyed my meals at both Tapenade and Blue Canoe. Last visit to Tapenade was when Alex Tung was the chef, a few months ago. Service was very good. At Blue Canoe, the company was much more important than the food, although the food was certainly acceptable. Service is a bit inattentive. Shady Island Grill is on the water, with windows to the view; food is acceptable, but really, people are there for the view. I like the chowder, though :)
          Sounds like Shady Island or Blue Canoe might meet your requirements.