Category: Commercial Drive

77K FREEZE ICEBERG LOUNGE

2240 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 564-1128 Web: http://www.77kfreeze.ca Twitter: @77kfreeze Instagram @77kfreeze Advice: Counter service. This Nitro ice cream spot steps it up a notch by not only offering a variety of bases such as ice cream, yogurt and…

CABRITO TAPAS

2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-620-7636 Web: http://www.cabrito.ca/ Twitter: @cabritotapas Advice: Takes reservations for 6+, walkins welcome. Live music on Sunday nights. After a couple of visits to this Spanish tapas abode, I always enjoy Yared Nigussu’s colourful mural which makes…

WISHES + LUCK

UPDATED 8/6/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 484-9371 Web: https://instagram.com/wishesandluck/ Twitter: @wishes_and_luck Advice: No reservations. Closed Mondays. Owned by Chef Ciaran Chung & Dolly Reno they have created a menu of share plates with a focus…

KIN KAO THAI KITCHEN

903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-1125 Web: http://www.kinkao.ca/ Twitter @kinkaokitchen Advice: No reservations, small plates. Since I love Thai cuisine, I am always on the lookout for new spots to try, my friend Jordan Rogers joined me to share some…

PORTUGESE CLUB OF VANCOUVER

1144 Commercial Dr, Vancouver Tel: (604) 251-2042 Web: https://www.facebook.com/PCOVCLUB Twitter: n/a Advice: Share dishes with friends. Taking lead by one of my friends Avelino Santos who is from Portugal, Ali Hui and I all joined to explore some of the…

JAMJAR

2280 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 252-3957 Web: www.jamjaronthedrive.com Twitter: @Jamjarondrive Advice: No reservations, sharing table for solo diners. Specializing in flavours of the Middle East, specifically with an emphasis in crafted Lebanese cuisine, Chef Bakhos leads the kitchen in…

SATE BAKERY

2879 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-725-8400 Web: www.bakerysate.com Twitter: @BakerySate Advice: Go early for the breakfast pastries as they come out of the oven. Patisseries have been opening in many neighborhoods around the city, now foodies need not look further on…

LEAR FAYE ESPRESSO KITCHEN

UPDATED 4/15/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 484-9371 Web: http://www.learfaye.com/ Twitter: @lear_faye Advice: Talk to the Baristas and learn more about the fine art of espresso. Our coffee scene continues to thrive when cool cafes such as…

FAMOSO NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-251-2292 Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria Advice: Gluten-Free crust available. Offers a $6 movie Tuesday special. Oh my pizza pie, that’s my motto these days as my pizza hunt continues, it is an ongoing adventure, tasting pie…

FIVE ELEMENTS CAFÉ

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel:  (604) 559-5938 Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/ Twitter: tba Advice: Have a friend or two join you and share the dishes. With a mix of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, the dishes on the menu are diverse and the dishes…

LA MEZCALARIA

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-8226 Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/ Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR Advice: Reservations a must. It’s no secret that I love Mexican food and culture and this new East side spot on the drive has nailed it on the food and…

LOMBARDO’S

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-251-2240 Web: http://lombardos.ca/ Twitter: @LombardosPizza Advice: Make reservations for eating in, call or visit for take-out. Sometimes it can take awhile to visit a long standing, popular eatery, in this case it’s taken me an…

Scandilicious

UPDATED 3/30/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1540 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-879-7226 Web: www.scandilicious.com Twitter: n/a Advice: There is take out window as well as inside ordering. As a dessert lover, the waffle brings on a whole new playing field of…

SIDDARTHAS INDIAN KITCHEN

2066 Commercial Dr, Vancouver Tel: (604) 215-7556 Web: http://siddharthaskitchen.com/ Twitter: @ChefSiddharthas Advice: Share dishes with friends. The Drive as it’s often described to the locals is a neighborhood which is filled with a variety of ethnic eateries. You can eat…

PALKI RESTAURANT

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-215-1130 Web: http://www.palkirestaurant.com/ Twitter: @PalkiRestaurant Advice: Specify the spice (heat) level for the dishes you order. Share dishes with your friends. I have fond memories of visits to London years…

THE DIME ROADHOUSE

1565 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: (604) 558-3463 Web: http://the-dime.ca/ Twitter: n/a Advice: Best with a group of friends, don’t expect to be able to hear your friends if you are there to talk. The room is dark, it’s often filled…

PRADO CAFÉ

1938 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-255-5537 Web: http://www.pradocafe.com/ Twitter: @PradoCafeVan  Advice: Featuring 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Open daily, free wifi. I have always loved the simple white walled room that isn’t adorned with pictures and nicknaks that clutter walls. Over the years…

BUMP ‘N GRIND

916 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-3362 Web:  http://bumpngrindcafe.com/bump_n_grind/Bump_N_Grind_Cafe.html Twitter: @bumpngrindcafe Advice: have a seat at one of the large communal tables and mingle if you like or listen in on those great conversations. This is one of those cafes that…

DOLCE AMORE

1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604-258-0006 Web: http://www.gelateriadolceamore.com/ Advice: Sample, sample, sample the flavours before you choose. I am proud to say this has been my favourite gelato spot in the city for the past few years and my favourite…

LITTLE NEST

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-251-9994 Web: http://www.littlenest.ca/ Advice: The kitchen closes at 3pm daily, open for coffee, tea and sweet things til 4pm. Walking inside I glanced at the large blackboard near the door…

RINCONCITO SALVADORENO RESTAURANT

2062 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel:  604-879-2600 Web: n/a Advice: Order one of the authentic specialties if this is your first time. I was fortunate to have one of my friends be my guide into this authentic Salavadorian eating experience as…

MEMPHIS BLUES

1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604.215.2599 Web: http://www.memphisbluesbbq.com Advice: The beans that are served as a side are made with pork fat, this is something you should know if you don’t eat pork. No reservations accepted. For authentic Southern Bbq,…

BANDIDAS TAQUERIA

2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604.568.8224 Web: http://www.bandidastaqueria.com/index.html Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix and match the tacos, weekend brunch can be quite popular and you can expect to wait awhile for a table. With an eclectic array of customers…

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