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May 7, 2013 03:02 PM

Vancouver Downtown/Gastown Restaurant Advice

Hello BC board!

Like many people (even just on this board), I'll be in downtown Vancouver for a brief trip this summer. I've been doing some research on eating and wanted to ask your opinions of some restaurants. My wife and I will be staying between Canada Place & Gastown near the waterfront, and I was hoping to stick within walking distance of there for a few meals.

Sat. Lunch: I was thinking the Mill Marine Bistro (Cordova & Bute) on the waterfront. We'll be eating with some older diners, who aren't very adventurous eaters, and this is near Canada Place where we'll be.

Sat. Dinner: I'm thinking possibly Guu Otokomae, if we feel like eating at an izakaya. If not, I'm thinking Boneta, Chambar, or L'Abattoir. I'm a bit confused about differences between the atmosphere & pricing of these three. The food at all three sounds good. I was hoping to stay under $50/person (including maybe a glass of wine).

Sun. breakfast: Something quick & quintessentially Canadian — Tim Horton's.

Sun. lunch: Probably one of the Japadog stands near the waterfront (grabbing a quick lunch on the way to the airport).

If anyone has any strong opinions about these, or ideas for other places in the same area, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks, An LA Chowhound

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  1. For Sat Lunch: consider Lift.

    Everything else looks fine. (I'm not a fan of Tim Horton's, but if you must!....)

    1. If you go to Boneta - get the octopus chips...

      1. For Sunday, first off, I would concur with fmed's sentiments on Tim Horton's - nothing special but it will get the job done and it is convenient.
        I would recommend Japadog - they offer some fairly good and unique hot dogs however IMO, they may be a little over-hyped for what they are.
        In case you're interested, there are usually quite a few other food trucks and carts in that area that offer quite a wide variety of good street food. As you get closer to Sunday you can check these sites to see what will be out there:

        1. There is a splashy new Cactus Club in Coal Harbour east of the new Convention Center. Might be more fun than the Mill. I would add Wildebeest to your Gastown dinner list. Abattoir is a must for drinks before dinner, but probably not the top spot for food.

          1. Jalapeno Asiago bagel at Timmys! mmmm