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anyone know of some good restaurants in nanaimo BC...on fixed income so not too extravagant

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  1. Just saw that smoked meat place on eat st. its on auld I think across from Slegg lumber. Drove past it a few times. Am going to try and stop next time looked good. Had a nice meal while back will post back when I remember the name. It was like a mans name. Behind rutherford I think.

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    1. re: daislander

      Did you see this on "You Gotta Eat Here"? Perhaps you are referring to Smokin' Georges BBQ.

        1. re: daislander

          No, sorry, I haven't. I have not been to Nanaimo in many years. I just searched it out on the web. FWIW, you can view the TV episode at:
          Go to videos > season 2 > the Reef, Smokin' Georges...(2nd last episode)

    2. well, there have been recent (as in the past 12 months) about Vanc Island and I know Nanaimo was one of the mentions - (for example, look recently for a topic - title something like "Tapas in Duncan"

      and there is that blog by the person from Kamloops BC - and it appears they had a work locum in Nanaimo - so lots of info (we are more likely to be in the Cowichan area so I don't have recent experience in Nanaimo) ---- here you go

      http://www.lvoe.ca/ (be sure to use the search tools on this blog


      hopefully you have some nice weather when you visit - and even if you just get on the little ferry over to NewCastle Island (a regional park) with a thermos of hot soup and something to go with - you will have a nice time in the old part of Nanaimo. There's also the Dinghy Dock Pub which is certainly unique - tho it is pub food and might not suit your budget

      1. hello again- i meant to say that if you type in "Nanaimo" in to the search area at top right of page, you will have some results from 2013

        (Make sure it says "this board"

        also - type in Cowichan or Qualicum or Parksville (separately)

        I believe that the 2013 conversations on this board re: those destinations had some mentions of Nanaimo

        plus you have all those wonderful farms (and some food at the fish dock?) and specialty farmgates around you - not to mention the farmer markets - summer, I know.


        some Vanc Island farm products approved for animal treatment by BC SPCA Farm program

        let us know what you discover!

        1. I have family in comox so we are over on the island quite a bit. We don't usually do much in nanaimo foodwise but we do really like the Crow and Gate pub. It's a bit of a drive but well worth it. Classic English style pub in the country. Good food and drink selection, and great atmosphere inside and out. Definitely One of our favourite pubs.

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          1. re: jmil

            Try the Mad Chef in Comox great food check out there menu online. The chicken burger with ham and smoked brie was the best burger I ever had out.

            1. re: daislander

              Thx !
              I'm heading over this weekend so I'll give it a try.

            2. re: jmil

              yes, I forgot about crow and gate - esp in summer - I think it's the setting more than anything isn't it?

              also - for a little vacation in place - consider Yellow Point - the overall experience - they have a food plan - not sure of the quality tho my friend goes there often - has done for many years and lived to talk about it.

            3. thanks everyone for suggestions. smokin George not open Sundays so opted for milanos instead. had Sunday prime rib special which was a huge plate for 21.95. tortellini plate @ 13 was filling. good value for price __I'd go back again

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  Have you had nanaimo bar ice-cream!? coulda been better then it was. Im going to try a homemade version.

                  1. re: daislander

                    Did you try Island Farms Nanaimo bar ice cream? That's the only one I know of. I love Nanaimo bars, but I'm not sure how they would translate to an ice cream flavor.

                    1. re: kav23

                      Ya it was no good. The custard part was just sweet and there was no cocounty chucks. I busted out my ice-cream maker that I bought 2 yrs tonight for a dinner tomorrow. Going to do a maple pecan first. Ill try and make up my own nanaimo bar one. Ill post up pics and recipe if it works.

                      Going up there tomorrow so am going to try the BBQ smoke place if there open for lunch. There or seafood place in Cowichan bay. Not sure which yet.