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Dec 17, 2012 01:50 PM

need recommendations:

I'm an ex-Vancouverite coming back for a visit. I have a bunch of people to meet downtown and in east Van for lunches or casual dinners. I eat fish and seafood but not meat which has never been a problem in Vancouver, ever, for me, but I mention it anyway. Can you recommend anything on the cheap to moderate side? (ie $20 per main or less)

Any cool pubs to recommend?

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  1. East Van - perhaps Red Wagon (a hipster faux-diner) and Tacofino ( a hipster fish taco joint). I'm not personally a huge fan of either place.

    For pubs - check out one of the new craft beer places (eg Portland Craft, St Augistine's) or (old-timer) Alibi Room.

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    1. re: fmed

      Thanks for your ideas. Is there any eateries that you are a fan of?

      1. re: LBeth

        Quick list-
        Via Tevere
        Les Faux Bourgeois
        Liking the new Absinthe Bistro on the Drive

        1. re: fmed

          some nice picks. Thanks- I do imagine having a nice glass of wine @ l'Abattoir.

    2. If you like Oysters this is a cool little place with great food/service

      On Fraser St-the Fish Jalfrezi is particularly toothsome

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      1. re: Sam Salmon

        Sam thank you!
        I don't get my seafood fix enough over here in Montreal! I am all over both of these places. Yum.

      2. Here's one place (multiple locations, and one on E. Hastings just east of Clark Dr, inside the reno'd Waldorf Hotel) that would please you::

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          Thanks this looks delish. Will be fun to try Lebanese in Van.

          1. re: LBeth

            If you are coming from Montreal, don't bother with Lebanese here in Vancouver.

            1. re: fmed

              Agreed-try the Palestinian if anything unless you have lots of that as well.

        2. Campagnolo Roma in East Van (right near Hastings/Nanaimo) is pretty decent for Italian, good carbonara.

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          1. re: jerkstore

            And the original Campag is pretty convenient to both downtown and East Van. They have some good stuff on the menu, though I haven't been in a while. Nice-ish room, too, if a little cold.