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Vancouver eating suggestions please - Visiting from NYC

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Hi, I've followed chowhound for a while not but never posted...

I'm going to visit Vancouver next week and will be there for 2-3 days roughly (going to Whistler mainly).

What places/things should I eat? I'm from New York, and I used to live in Hong Kong so I'm pretty picky about Chinese food - although I love it! I eat anything and budget wise I wouldn't want to spend more than 70 per meal including drinks and tip.

Thank you!

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  1. Will you be in Whistler from August 1 - 3? If you like Texas style chili and Southern style BBQ, there is a big competition happening that weekend at Dusty's Creekside, just south of Whistler Village.
    http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/even...

    1. Whereabouts are you staying and will you be on transit or driving ?

      Having asked that, Richmond, a Chinese-dominant suburb just south of Vancouver proper and the airport, is famous for having "the best Chinese" foods outside of HK. From downtown (or the airport) you can easily hop onto the Canada Line rapid transit and get to Richmond. A landscape of mini plazas and strip malls spread out over long blocks, it's not a great environment to just wander around as a pedestrian unless you have a pre-planned itinerary. Aberdeen Center Mall and The Yaohan Center are two of the bigger and better-known Asian malls with shops, food courts, etc. Between the two, Aberdeen Mall is definitely a destination mall and offers several restaurants in it, and is directly accessed via the Aberdeen Station:

      http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/inde...

      http://thecanadaline.com/

      If it's Asian foods you're going to focus on, here's the best resource site (to my knowledge) that is dedicated for that:

      http://chinesebites.com/

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      Every Sunday there is a gathering of food trucks at the Olympic Village (just east of the Cambie Street Bridge, on south side of False Creek):

      http://www.foodcartfest.com/#home

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Thanks for the reminder about Chinese Bites, LR. It's not comprehensive but it's a decent roundup and the categories by cuisine are helpful. I didn't realize 0755 had Hunan dishes, thought only Bushuair was left in Richmond...

          1. re: LotusRapper

            They have some Hunan and some Sichuan dishes. That's the first place I ever had facing heaven chiles. And BTW I know there are a couple more Hunan places in Bby, I just meant I didn't know there were two in Rmd.

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Thank you for the tips!

          I'm going to be there for 2 days, staying at a friend's place (she has a car).

          I'm not mainly after Asian food though, just want to see what's iconic in Vancouver.

          1. re: minichloe

            You might want to check out Yew http://www.yewseafood.com/and Farmer's Apprentice http://www.farmersapprentice.ca/ Bishop's more or less started the focus on local in season ingrediants and Vij's is iconic but you need to be prepared to wait. West is an alternative near Vij's

            1. re: Philx

              For local, farm-to-tabley stuff: L'abbatoir (especially the apps), Burdock and Co (dinner is best), Farmer's Apprentice -- get resos at all three as they are small and book up.

        2. 1) Search the forums. Put some effort in and do some research. There is plenty of information on everything. If there is something that you can't find an answer on then ask.

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          La Quercia
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          L'Abattoir
          Savary Island
          Au Petite Cafe
          Espana
          Vij's
          The Acorn
          East is East