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3 days in Vancouver -- looking for great, cheap foodie places

merlot143 Jul 27, 2013 04:26 PM

I only have a few days in mid-August. I want to visit the little foodie gems. Not expensive -- not looking for the great gourmet experiences. I want to grab a bite here and there. No preferrered cuisine though not a big fan of Indian or Thai.

  1. grayelf Jul 27, 2013 05:49 PM

    How about an izakaya crawl or a Richmond Chinese food court crawl?

    1. s
      Scoffier Jul 28, 2013 01:29 AM

      You can cover a lot of territory, food-wise, by taking a stroll along Commercial Drive.
      One of my favourite stops is an Italian store/deli called La Grotta Del Formaggio. Their made-to-order paninis use top quality ingredients and are, IMHO, amongst the best in town.
      Also on the Drive, for some excellent tacos, go to La Mezcaleria.

      1. LotusRapper Jul 28, 2013 07:49 AM

        Where are you from, where will you be staying, and your ability to get around ?

        1. g
          Georgia Strait Jul 28, 2013 09:46 AM

          well, Anatolia Express downtown overlooking Burrard Inlet and the north shore mountains is one of our favourites for low-key casual and clean! atmosphere, friendly service, good food, good value, overall interesting experience - and fabulous view

          ps - EDIT to add - the portions are mid-to-large, so go there hungry - and/or take friends so you can taste more than one item - assuming you don't mind sharing etc


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          1. re: Georgia Strait
            1newyorkguy Aug 15, 2013 04:56 AM

            yup, the hummous, falalel, mixed salad, and lentil soup is a great meal to get

          2. m
            merlot143 Aug 14, 2013 09:34 AM

            I'm coming from a small town in the middle of nowhere. I want DIVERSITY! Foodie experiences! Good atmosphere and better food.
            I'm taking public transit.

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            1. re: merlot143
              Sam Salmon Aug 14, 2013 10:01 AM

              On Fraser St between 40th & 51st you can find Korean, South Indian, Northern Indian, Bangladeshi, Venezuelan, Pilipino, Sushi, and Chinese of a few different kinds -that's just restaurants too many food stores to list and don't get me started on the bakeries & pizza (!)

              1. re: Sam Salmon
                grayelf Aug 14, 2013 10:58 AM

                That is a food-rich area indeed. I like PinPin but just for the crispy pata and the sisig -- the Fraser bus will drop you in front of it. Get a bee sting cake from Breka to take home and eat (but nothing else). Go for dim sum at Good Choice. Try a couple of Venezuelan dishes at Magda's. Poke around in the many "ethnic" stores on that stretch.

                None of these places have much atmosphere. Not sure what better food means but they are all diverse and tasty.

                1. re: grayelf
                  LotusRapper Aug 14, 2013 08:09 PM

                  Ja ! The "bienenstich kuchen" (bee sting cake) is to die for at Breka ((open 24 hrs) !

                  1. re: grayelf
                    1newyorkguy Aug 15, 2013 04:57 AM

                    not far from Breka is a really tasty Indian place called New Novelty..I really like it

                    1. re: 1newyorkguy
                      LotusRapper Aug 17, 2013 08:56 AM

                      +1 on New Novelty. I like their $10 lunch buffet. And the fresh hot naan from the kitchen (to your table) is fab. None of their dishes are overly-salted, which I find is the norm in this price bracket of Indian restos.

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