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Mar 7, 2014 08:09 AM

Visiting Vancouver with my teenage son

Looking for a few ideas for dining with the teen. We like most foods and are staying downtown but can take the transit to a good place. Thanks

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      I tried the Fish Shack a while back and was pretty disappointed. Food was average at best and greasy. Service was really terrible.
      Just my experience & maybe an off night.

      Exploring Main st. might be a good option:
      - Something along the lines of Sam's rec is the Fish 'Counter'.
      - Portland Craft might be appreciated from a teen. Not sure if there's an age restriction, or if kids/teens are allowed in pubs yet.
      - The Reef? Fairly average Carribean food but a teen would probably like the atmosphere - usually Reggae/hiphop music playing.

      1. re: jmil

        Well along those lines (Reef), there's also The Eatery:


        An eclectic place, definitely memorable.

        And there's:

        Red Wagon

        Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

        Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (go on nice day, sit on the patio watch floatplanes take off and land right in front of you



        1. re: jmil

          Portland Craft allows kids...just not at the bar unless accompanied by an adult.

      2. Any particular styles of food, budget, ambiance, etc ?

        Hmm, what would I have really digged when I was a teenage boy (good thing Hooters on Robson is long gone) ...... just a shot in dark:


        American Cheesesteak


        Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

        Red Robin

        Back Forty

        Famous Warehouse

        Tried getting into the Famous Warehouse last week, a very wet weeknight at 7pm. Packed to the gills :-/

        Not wanting to stereotype or be presumptuous ....


        1. thanks so much for you help and in particular Lotus Rapper
          who provided the links.....much appreciated. off to red robin to satisfy a burger craving, the 13 year old say thanks.

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          1. Depends on where you folks are from (ie: Canada or US), we have a slowly improving and evolving Latin American/Mexican landscape, these may appeal to the eyes and palate of a 13-yr old:

            Los Cuervos

            Mancakes Bakery

            Stepho's Souvlaki (careful of long wait times at meal times

            TacoFino Cantina

            Bin 941

            Dinesty (Robson

            1. Ramen seems like a good idea, most teens like instant noodles. The Guus are pretty lively but izakaya food can be harder to order if you're not used to it.
              Tacofino in Hastings Sunrise is probably only 20 minutes away by transit and has great food and a fun vibe.

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              1. re: barcosbarcos

                Ramen would totally work! I remember my obsession with ramen started when I watched Tampopo as a teenager. You could kickstard a lifelong appreciation for food with a hot bowl of ramen.

                1. re: flowbee

                  Total comfort food. I can't see how anyone would not like a hot bowl of savoury soupy ramen !

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    You guys are like kreskin, my son's favorite is ramen. we loved the burgers last night, he had what he said was an 'amazing' short rib sandwich this afternoon at the cactus club? not from B.C. so i don't know anything about them but it was pouring and we were hungry. thanks again for you ideas

                    1. re: ribboy

                      Cactus Club (alongside Earls) is one of the finest upmarket American-style restaurant chains on Earth - haters be damned!

                      1. re: brokentelephone

                        You only say that because of all the svelte waitresses adorning tight black outfits ..... as if they have some sort of aesthetic profile template for hiring. Oh wait ....