HELP TO FIND BEST PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOOD
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!
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:
Yew (seafood focus) http://www.yewrestaurant.com/menus/di...
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.)
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.