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nyperr Apr 2, 2013 12:31 PM

I'm planning to visit Vancouver for the first time from New York. I'm looking for restaurants whose chefs use fresh locally sourced ingredients somewhat creatively. Also, we'd prefer fish and vegetables more than meat - so don't want steakhouses.

I want a great Pacific Northwest experience - I don’t want Mexican or to go to Market - I have Jean George in NY.

Any help will be appreciated!

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    amelieducroix Apr 4, 2013 06:37 PM

    I will throw Raincity Grill into the mix. http://www.raincitygrill.com/index.ph...

    FWIW they refer to themselves as pacific north west :)

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      anewton Apr 3, 2013 10:57 PM

      Surprised nobody has mentioned Bishop's. Perhaps the quintessential Vancouver fine dining experience, with a real emphasis on local ingredients.

      Also, "Go Fish" on Granville Island seems very "west coast" to me.

      FWIW, I have no problem with the term "Pacific Northwest cuisine" Yes, Vancouver is on BC's south coast, but there are some strong links to, and commonalities with, the food scenes in Seattle, Portland, and San Fran. And when I hear the term "West Coast" in relation to a food style, I find it confusing because the food scenes in Los Angeles and San Diego are quite different than the aforementioned cities.

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        reiney Apr 4, 2013 10:42 AM

        Cascadia FTW!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia...

      2. flowbee Apr 3, 2013 08:08 PM

        Allcaps is so...90s AOL Online...

        I would recommend Fable on West 4th (http://fablekitchen.ca/).

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          vandan Apr 3, 2013 12:06 AM

          As mentioned we never really refer to here as PNW that is an American term which is not very relevant for us

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            nyperr Apr 3, 2013 10:08 AM

            So sorry about that!

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              vegan73 Apr 4, 2013 06:04 PM

              It's on the Pacific, in the North and on the West. No need to apologize :)

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                LotusRapper Apr 4, 2013 07:11 PM

                ...... in relation to the Lower 48 states ;-)

                We could also call our cuisine Cascadian :-)

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                  vegan73 Apr 4, 2013 10:57 PM

                  I like that!

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                    LotusRapper Apr 5, 2013 12:15 PM

                    So would The Cascade Room ;-)

                    http://www.thecascade.ca/

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              LotusRapper Apr 3, 2013 12:01 PM

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_...

              Who knew ??? :-D

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                vandan Apr 3, 2013 12:09 PM

                Regardless of what wiki says, we are western Canadian , just"west coast" before PNW

            3. LotusRapper Apr 2, 2013 11:14 PM

              Edible Canada Bistro (on Granville Island in the middle of False Creek) offers a PNW experience, whatever that is these days ;-)

              http://www.ediblecanada.com/bistro.php

              1. fmed Apr 2, 2013 03:06 PM

                Yew (seafood focus) http://www.yewrestaurant.com/menus/dinner/

                Lift (now that Chef Alvarez is at the helm) http://liftbarandgrill.com/food/dinner/

                L'Abattoir (somewhat meat centric...but does have a few seafood options that are quite good

                )

                Diva - I'm a recent convert after having Chef Hamid's mind-altering Persian tasting menu. The regular menu is much less adventurous...but still quite good. They even use the word "Cascadia" in their description. (I have to add that the term "Pacific Northwest food" isn't that meaningful here.)

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                  KarenDW Apr 2, 2013 09:38 PM

                  I've enjoyed every meal at Yew; mostly brunch/lunch. But Aussie son-in-law was also duly impressed by the offerings. Oh, and wine specials on Sundays :)

                2. LotusRapper Apr 2, 2013 01:15 PM

                  Lots of options here based on your stated preferences if albeit a bit too general. Perhaps previous enquiries from fellow NYC-ers would line up with your perspectives and help point you in the right directions:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862971

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860534

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858608

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