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Mar 6, 2012 11:07 AM

Chinese take out en route from Blaine to Whistler

I'm looking for an easy stop where I can eat some lunch then get some food to go on my way from the US to Whistler. I usually take the Pacific Hwy crossing (Hwy 15/176th St) through Cloverdale up to Hwy 1, but it doesn't seem like there's much along that route. So, I'm willing to go another way, if it means I can do an easy detour for some good food then hook back up to Hwy 1 without too much hassle. Hwy 99 through Vancouver is kind of a hassle but if there is an easy stop along the way, that's fine. It would also be nice if there were parking right there (or very easy street parking) as we always have a car full of skis, and I don't want to leave that unattended for too long.

I've been to Long's Noodle House and that was a pretty easy detour, but I'm looking for someplace new (and also, what I get at Long's doesn't make great take out). I know it's going to suffer on the rest of the drive but I'm really tired of Whistler's dining scene, so even Chinese leftovers that have been in the car for 2 hours seem like a good option at this point. Any kind of Chinese is fine; I love Szechuan best but we have good Szechuan in Seattle, so it doesn't need to be that. Thanks.

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  1. Hi Christy319, if Long's wasn't a hassle of a detour to you, then I'd suggest after going through Pacific Hwy crossing, head west along 8 Ave, and get on back to Hwy #99, through the George Massey (Deas Island) Tunnel, and settle into downtown Richmond via:

    Either Westminster Hwy (Hwy 91) exit, or the Bridgeport Road exit, towards #3 Road. If time is of essence, perhaps hitting a food court in one of many Asian shopping malls. Too many malls to list, and each has its good/bad food vendors. This local prolific blogger did a fantastic job covering the various Asian mall food courts in Richmond, all within about a mile-and-half radius of #3 Road and Cambie intersection :

    Parking at most of those malls are plenty, but usually chaotic, and occasionally short-fused ........

    1. My pick would be some BBQ from HK BBQ Master.

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      1. re: fmed

        Even after 2 hrs sitting in the car, the food would still be good :-)

        1. re: fmed

          That is a great option for sure! Though I doubt it would make it to Whistler intact if it was in my car
          :-). The only issue is if the OP wants to eat there for lunch and then take more food away. Not much variety at HKBBQM.

          1. re: grayelf

            Wouldn't even make it out of the parking lot intact if it were in my car .......

            Variety ?!? Roast pork. BBQ pork. BBQ duck. Soy chicken, BBQ spareribs, steamed chicken ...... what more does one need ? [wink]



            1. re: LotusRapper

              Thanks for the links. Those chicken wings look really, really good. I'll read up on those food court options.

              Any park in front, strip mall restaurants in that area?

              1. re: christy319

                Alexandra Rd (AKA "Eat Street") is not too far away. There are quite a number of park-in-fron places there. Pick up some BBQ at HKBBM, then head over to Alexandra and buy a box full of wife cakes and taro pastries at Kam Do, then over to Michigan Noodles for some wonton noodle soup.

                1. re: fmed

                  I'll investigate that, thanks.

                  Any options off Hwy 1 in say, Burnaby? That would be awfully convenient. How about Alvin Garden or S&W Pepper House or Chongqing or....?

                  1. re: christy319

                    If you're looking for food court options, Crystal Mall is a good bet in Burnaby.

                    1. re: christy319

                      Christy - you may (or not) know Hwy #1 has been under construction for a few years now, so things can be a bit of a mess with new diversions, lane designations, off-ramps, etc. Best to take Willingdon South exit, then up the big Willingdon hill towards Metrotown, and Crystal Mall (including S&W PH), then Alvin Garden:


                      There's also Szechuan House Restaurant (point D in map link) on Imperial about 1/4 mile west of Alvin. I've only peeked in, never eaten in, so I can't speak for their food. I think Fmed knows their food. Here's another Chowtimes link, review of Szechuan House:


                      1. re: LotusRapper

                        Thanks for that route tip! We do go to Whistler regularly so I have been caught in Hwy 1 construction traffic; it seems okay in the middle of the day, but closer to rush hour is no good. If I am coming up from the US, would taking 99>91>the Alex Fraser Bridge>Queensborough Connector>the restaurants you mapped be an even better route? Or will that just be tons of stoplights and city traffic?

                        1. re: christy319

                          If you're referring to the restos in South Burnaby (Crystal Mall, Alvin, etc), that would be fine, something like this:


                          You'll come across delays approaching Alex Fraser & Queensborough bridges generally, it's the nature of the beast in a city surrounded by rivers.

                          1. re: LotusRapper

                            That's really helpful, thanks. I'm going to read up on all the suggestions here and figure out the most appealing options and route. Thanks again to everyone.