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2 Days in Tofino - rate my choices

tennisboy Aug 9, 2012 12:31 AM

Two and a half days in Tofino and excited. Never been.

After doing some research the following seems good:

Tacofino for lunch
Sobo for dinner
The Pointe att Wick Inn for Sunday Brunch

Norwoods seems pricey for our family of 6 adults. Was also thinking about Shelter for another dinner.

Not sure what else yet, but does anyone have some other suggestions?

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    Georgia Strait RE: tennisboy Aug 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    here is an interesting report from a So Calif visitor --- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842016

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      tennisboy RE: Georgia Strait Aug 9, 2012 08:07 PM

      That's awesome. We just made a reso at Cyn at Night as well. Thanks

    2. grayelf RE: tennisboy Aug 9, 2012 08:59 PM

      A v. reliable person just returned from a few days in Tofino and reported that SOBO was a little weak but breakfast at Cafe Vincente, lunch at Tacofino and dinner at Spotted Bear Bistro all more than passed muster.

      1. fmed RE: tennisboy Aug 9, 2012 10:51 PM

        I'm going to be there all next week. I'll report if I find anything interesting. I looked at Norwoods, but the menu seems too "Vancouver" to me so I think I will pass. I may just buy fish at the dock and BBQ it on the beach.

        WIll hit Tacofino and Sobo (which my kids really like). May do Spotted Bear.

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          tennisboy RE: tennisboy Aug 11, 2012 06:35 PM

          Quick mid-trip report:

          SOBO blew us away. Halibut with the best gnocchi I've had in North America (mind you I've lived in SF, NYC, DC, and Italy). Best fish I've also had in a very, very long time. Awesome ceviche starter also. The place was a hit with our group of 6 skeptical foodies.

          Tacofino was excellent as well. I recommend the cookie and lemon/ginger slush (normally I'd get the other flavor they had - lime mint - but something drew me to lemon/ginger and I was rewarded).

          Trying Cyn tonight..and then the Pointe (Wick) for brunch tomorrow. Will report back.

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            tennisboy RE: tennisboy Aug 13, 2012 09:52 AM

            Final report: Cyn at night was pretty good (brisket was succulant, shrimp & gnocchi special was too spicy and a bit overwhelming). Their desserts of chocolate ravioli, plum gnocchi and spicy chocolate macaroons were the standout! They are still ironing out some kinks but it was good.

            And brunch at the Pointe was awesome. Impeccable food and view.

            Overall a great time in Tofino!

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              jcolvin RE: tennisboy Aug 17, 2012 12:20 AM

              I take groups to Tofino regularly so get to eat there a lot.

              Shelter's a nice room and good atmosphere (classy upstairs, surf bar downstairs) but a bit uneven. Their double-cut pork chop used to be great, but recently they seem to struggle not to overcook it and dry it out (it comes pre-smoked, which may be why). Also had a cioppino that was very underwhelming; more like a bowl of crushed tomatoes with some seafood in it, and no broth to speak of. Not sure I can recommend Shelter any more, but I might just have had a bad couple visits.

              Sobo is consistently great in my experience.

              1. dailywaffle RE: tennisboy Aug 26, 2012 09:15 AM

                We're just back from a week in Tofino. Thanks to those of you who mentioned Cyn at Night! We were glad to have another new option. My husband called the boar ribs, a special, his best meal on this trip. It was pretty chill for a Thursday night in summer. In addition to the boar ribs, we did the brisket. It's definitely good value for the price relative to other spots in Tofino & Ucluelet - brisket came with a non-mayo, basil potato salad (yay!), corn, beans and a slice of herb bread.

                Spotted Bear and Tacofino held up to our good experiences last summer. Fair warning, Tacofino is now putting a chipotle mayo on their burritos, so if that's not your thing...

                For a quick lunch, Common Loaf was also good, had a slice of the Greek veggie pizza which was on a whole grain crust (similar to their peasant loaf) and the mac and cheese another day.

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