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moving to Kits - local faves?

waylman Nov 20, 2012 08:11 AM

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. Sam Salmon RE: waylman Nov 20, 2012 09:07 PM

    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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      LotusRapper RE: Sam Salmon Nov 21, 2012 09:00 PM

      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:


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      Philx RE: waylman Nov 20, 2012 09:42 PM

      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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        grayelf RE: Philx Nov 20, 2012 11:26 PM

        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 :-)

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          LotusRapper RE: Philx Nov 20, 2012 11:58 PM

          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 ;-)

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            grayelf RE: LotusRapper Nov 21, 2012 06:19 AM

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

        2. waver RE: waylman Nov 21, 2012 08:32 AM

          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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            Sam Salmon RE: waver Nov 21, 2012 10:17 AM

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

          2. waylman RE: waylman Nov 21, 2012 02:20 PM

            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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              islandgirl RE: waylman Nov 21, 2012 03:15 PM

              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.

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                LotusRapper RE: islandgirl Nov 21, 2012 08:03 PM

                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. waver RE: waylman Nov 21, 2012 06:59 PM

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

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                Sam Salmon RE: waver Nov 21, 2012 08:49 PM

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



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                twinkienic RE: waylman Nov 22, 2012 12:17 AM

                +1 for Hitoe, Cafe Regalade, Cafe D'Lite, Fable, La Ghianda (love!), Octopus Garden

                Have not yet seen mentioned:
                Modern Burger
                Elysian Coffee
                Kits Daily Kitchen

                1. LotusRapper RE: waylman Nov 22, 2012 11:24 AM

                  Also not mentioned, @ 16 Ave & Trafalgar (same owner for both):

                  Sweet Obsessions

                  It's been a LONG time since I've been to either, but I'll venture the fact they're still around since the '90s serves as testament.

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                    Blueicus RE: waylman Nov 22, 2012 05:44 PM

                    I personally like Kibune and Maenam. We're sorta next door so we tend to get food from them from time to time. I think their curries in particular are full of flavour

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