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Jul 10, 2014 08:12 PM

One Day in Victoria (Cruise Docked)

Our Alaskan cruise has a one day stop in Victoria. Any Chow-worthy destinations not far from the port?

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      I'm really looking for anything local that we might find interesting.

    2. I like Red Fish Blue Fish in the harbour itself - really excellent fish and chips and other sea-foody items. It's basically a permanent food truck affair (in a repurposed cargo container) with some outdoor seating - if the weather's nice it's a great place to sit and view the water.

      1. We were just in Victoria and really enjoyed halibut & chips. The best was from red fish blue fish on the dock in front of the Empress. Be prepared for a wait.

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        1. re: akq

          Third on RFBF, especially if you can score an order of deep-fried pickles. I don't know if they even do them anymore, but worth asking. The tempura cod tacones are happy making. The other potential issue besides the ubiquitous and slow moving line is that there is no shade to be had in easy walking distance. There are some counters and funny little tables but no umbrellas or anything.

          I saw a reference or two to Kid Sisters paletas being available at RFBF -- haven't tried but they look worthy. Shop is not that far away either:

        2. I was in Victoria a week and a half ago. Enjoyed a really good mutton burger at The Pink Bicycle on Blanshard St.

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Really good dim sum at Don Mees in chinatown. Get there about 11:00 am though. It's where the local chinese families go for dim sum BTW.

          2. Foi Epi
            IMO one of the best bakeries in Canada. Awesome bread and pastries. Addicting soft serve ice cream with local seasonal toppings. oh ya.

            Authentic Japanese food. Tastiest fish in Victoria. He mills his own rice and is very careful only to serve what is best that day. Lunch only and they sell out quick.

            RFBF is good but its not mind blowing or particularly special.

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            1. re: koshfoodie

              Fol Epi is great but I think it is quite far from the cruise ships, at least if they are at Ogden Point: Having said that, I don't think there's much worthwhile hard by and once the OP is in a cab he's in a cab, right?

              1. re: grayelf

                There is fish and chip shop near Ogden Point. Supposed to be really good.
                'Old British Fish and Chips' on Pandora.
                Thirty years in business.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  If you mean this place it doesn't look to be near Ogden Point. Or at least further away than RFBF... website says it's been around since 1917 FWIW.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    The Old British was on Pandora and replaced by Tartan Toque (great wings, wraps) (dwtn one is the Old Vic on Broad). Fish & Chips from FAS seafood (green heritage house facing Fisherman's Wharf Park). Food cart outside (hal, cod or sal & chips - thin batter, good chips...selling what their fisherman catch) and more. You'll walk past it on way into town.

                    1. re: cassie

                      Good to know. Trip Advisor listed it as closed but the website still seems to be extant.