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Nov 20, 2012 08:11 AM

moving to Kits - local faves?

All - I'm heading west to 21st and Arbutus. Currently living near Main & 16th.

What are the local faves? Most importantly, I will need a new sushi joint. I will miss Shiro!

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  1. Long time Kits resident here-Hitoe Sushi very good value excellent service and delicious food.

    Despite being derided by one noted hardass here as 'lunch grade sushi' Hitoe is the best bargain sushi wise in Kitsilano.

    Not a lot of ambience more of a hole in the wall and no booze.

    The Bibo-outstanding pizza never had a bad meal there although I have never sat anywhere but the bar.

    Al Basha- HITW falafel joint with zero ambience and good value.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Another vote here for Hitoe. I'm not a regular and have only been there maybe 5 times (the rest of the time it was just too crowded, which doesn't take many people) and they impress every time, at McSushi prices. This blog review should be more than convincing enough:

    2. There are some decent bakeries: Thomas Haas, Baguette and Co., Patisserie LeBeau and Patisserie Bourdeaux among others. Also La Ghianda and La Quercia are pretty good for Italian and Café Régalade for French, Easier to answer if you ask for specific cuisines. Fable is pretty good. Only sushi place I know that's good is Ajisai but it's in Kerrisdale, not far away if you have a car and easy to get to by bus.Good luck.

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      1. re: Philx

        I like Kibune for sushi as well. You might enjoy La Buca for Italian. Otherwise I like to go back to your old hood for food :-)

        1. re: Philx

          The #16 Arbutus comes right along Arbutus corridor and max frequency is up to every 10 mins:

          Get off at Arbutus/W.41 Av and you are right in the heart of Kerrisdale, which gets you to:

          - The Red Onion (new owner/mgm't


          - Ajisai (must visit)
          - Golden Ocean (for dim sum)
          - Faubourg
          - Baan Wasana Thai
          - Pho Tan's
          - Moore's Bakery
          - Benton Bros. Cheese
          - The Kitchen (Korean)

          See ..... Kerrisdale ain't so much a food desert after all ;-)

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Also in Kerrisdale on Arbutus: Tokyo Thyme, which does very nice rolls and sashimi. Cooked food not as good.

        2. Broadway: Cafe Delite (D'Lite?), pretty good laksa and also clear chicken noodle soup (specializes in Hainan chicken). Its right across from Young Brothers, my favorite produce store in the 'hood. Al Basha is also there and had a good and cheap felafel there recently.
          We've had some fun family meals at Nuba.

          Second Tokyo Thyme, Hitoe, Cafe Regalade and La Buca oh, and Thoma Haas. Not a huge fan of Quercia or Ghianda.

          Curious about Bibo: I had a good lunch there (but it was a little suit-y). What's it like at dinner?

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          1. re: waver

            Only dinner offered @ Bibo now- crowd is very casual anytime I've been there-wouldn't go otherwise.

          2. Thanks all - I'm a big fan of La Buca & La Quercia so it will be nice to be closer. I'll be sure to check out your suggestions.

            Another question - I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old - any good spots in Kits for the little ones?

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            1. re: waylman

              My kids are the same age and we've found dinner at the Wolf and Hound (on Broadway near Alma) works really well. They don't have a kids menu but they will do smaller sizes of some dishes like the Mac & Cheese. Food is always very good.

              1. re: islandgirl

                Somehow W&H (as mentioned in your children context) evokes in me an image of a combination of "Peter & The Wolf" and "The Fox and the Hound" :-)

            2. I forgot to add Dan Japanese on Bway. Everything fresh and very carefully prepared.

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              1. re: waver

                Agree that Dan is the Best mid range Sushi option 'n the hood-Octopus Garden for Special Occasions.