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Mar 19, 2013 09:11 PM

Pesco Vegetarian Friendly around Kingsway & Knight?

Looking for tasty, cheap, and clean. Open to all meals plus any study-friendly cafes with great coffee.

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  1. I was really impressed with the depth of the vegetarian broth at Chau on Victoria - not too far from Kingsway and Knight
    They get a bit carried away with cutsie names and not everything was great (spring rolls were just meh) but soups are great. The space is low key - one big communal table and bar seating around the perimeter. Next door little cafe has a small selection of rather good teas and snacks.

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    1. re: kinnickinnik

      Good tip. We went once and really enjoyed it; will have to remember it. If you can suggest a grocer in the area that'd be great, too. I stopped into Famous Foods today and thought it was overpriced.

      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        depends on what you want/need. FF has the best selection of organic meats and poultry, but their produce is sometimes less than fresh. Price Smart Foods is budget priced, but selection is limited. If you have transportation, then T&T at 1st & Renfrew has lots of seafood options and Save On at Grandview Hwy is ok for general goods.

        1. re: KarenDW

          No car...I'll probably get a bike so Commercial drive will be an option (Donald's).

        2. re: 1newyorkguy

          Teng's market, opposite Chau on Victoria, seems to always do a brisk business. I've no personal experience with it though.

          Also 88 market a couple of blocks north of there.

      2. Alas no great coffee around there that I know of. I love the banh mi from Kim Chau (though I haven't tried their veg version and it is takeaway only). The five dollar breakfasts at Green Lemon Grass are a great deal and some are veg friendly. I particularly like the bot chien, which is also available as a main dish. The avocado shake at Hai Phong is wonderful when they have it, and they also have some veggie options on the menu, though I've only tried one: the stir -fried morning glory.

        1. Coffee: Matchstick at Fraser and Kingsway. If that isn't too far. There is a vegetarian Chinese place near Knight. Po Kong. The chefs used to cook at Bo Kong on Main St.

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          1. re: fmed

            Agree re Matchstick if that is not too far for the OP. They are also one of the few coffee shops in Vancouver that have really good pastries. Just go early or face disappointment :-).

            1. re: grayelf

              Yeah, I've heard great things about matchstick..13 minute walk from my future place..I can do that.

            2. re: fmed

              I may try Po Kong..but from the photos I've seen, it looks like pretty greasy stuff.

              1. re: 1newyorkguy

                It isn't as greasy as it looks. You can probably gather that the food here is that Buddhist Vegetarian style with emphasis on mock meats. The mock fish dishes are actually nice. I'm not a huge fan of this cuisine personally. (It is actually vegan).

                1. re: fmed

                  Yeah I usually avoid chinese mock meats without knowing where they were made. I don't really trust Chinese manufacturing.

            3. Aree Thai on Kingsway is super veg friendly and generally has excellent Thai food.

              Room for Cream is another option for coffee on Kingsway.