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Oct 3, 2013 11:44 AM

Eater Vancouver launches

Hey. I don't know who else reads it but the popular food blog Eater has launched a Vancouver pod.

Including an iteration of its 38 essential restaurants list.

Let the endless debate begin!

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  1. They were advertising for a Vancouver stringer a while back. The pay was hilarious. The list is less so. It demonstrates to me how hard it is to find 38 really good restaurants in Vancouver, let alone essential ones. But it will be fun to read along, if the coverage is similar to Eater Portland or SF, the ones I follow now. Thanks for the heads up that it is launched.

    1. I find it interesting that 37 of the 38 are in CoV proper, with Hoi Tong in Richmond being the only exception. Seriously ?!?

      And Pho Tan on Main ? Surely they jest (and please don't call me Shirley)

      1. I'm friends with the editor. She's great, and relatively new to the city... but she's got good taste. I imagine these choices are going to evolve over time.

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        1. re: Florentine

          I bet she checks this board every day.

          1. re: Florentine

            I sure hope so, because the list seriously lacks coverage (unless her Vancouver stops at Boundary Road, Burrard Inlet and Fraser North Arm) and true diversity representation. Vij's is the only essential East Indian ..... seriously ? And where's other world region tastes such as Singapore/Malay, Middle Eastern, Korean ? Hoi Tong is the sole representation of all things Chinese ? Hmmm, the list has very little street cred IMO.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              I for one appreciate the Vancouver-centric nature of the list. I acknowledge that her list largely omits arguably the Lower Mainland's greatest culinary contribution, and my selfish solution would be a separate Eater 38 for the admittedly gerrymandered Richmond/Burnaby/Kingsway Asian Awesome-plex by itself (who can't name 38 worthy places in that section off the top of their heads?).

              Back to my original point, I find Eater to be an important source for finding interesting dining options when I am travelling for work or vacationing in a particular city. I don't always have a ton of time to schlep to far-flung destinations to find iconic places. When I do have time for that type of deeper-dive culinary tourism, I seek out sites like Chowhound and authoritative local blogs to fill in the grey areas outside of where the hell I am actually staying. And sorry, but hopping on the Expo to Joyce-Collingwood for Bo Laksa King or wherever isn't always a good use of a visitor's limited time in town. I find it refreshing that the Eater list doesn't smack of the reverse-downtown core provincialism so evident on most local Chowhound boards. God forbid anyone visiting Vancouver might actually want to, you know, STAY in Vancouver and eat well while doing so...particularly on their first visit to town. It is admittedly much harder to find worthy places in the city centre, but not impossible and certainly not an unworthy pursuit. Lists are by their definition exclusionary and thus controversial but I've availed myself of Eater in probably a dozen local markets and I find most to be of good quality. It's one source of information and a pretty good one, in my opinion. I say welcome to town and bon appetit!

              1. re: CoolerbytheLake

                I tried to hit Recommend for CBTL's entry but I just get the spinny thing so I will plus one it instead :-).