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THE PAWN SHOP YVR

1117 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-7474 Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Twitter: @PawnShopYVR Instagram: ThePawnShop YVR Advice: Table service. It’s all about tacos and more at this happening spot in the heart of the entertainment district. Whether it’s lunchtime, happy hour or night-time, tasty…

CINARA

350 West Pender St. Vancouver Tel: 604-428-9694 Web: www.cinara.ca Twitter @cinara350 Advice: Advance reservations suggested. I have been a fan of Chef Lucais Syme’s cooking ever since I fell in love with his La Quercia restaurant which he had previously…

FIRECRUST NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

808 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: 778-379-9646 Web: http://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/locations/ Twitter: @Firecrustpizza Advice: No reservations. Order at the counter and watch your pizza being made in front of you. This is truly a one of kind pizzeria that specializes in Neapolitan-style with…

DUNN’S FAMOUS

827 Seymour Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-682-8938 Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC Advice: Takes reservations, walkins-welcome, deli counter. I have visited this downtown Jewish style deli many times over the past few years, recently they added a deli counter in the front…

BIN 941

941 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-683-1246 Web: http://www.bin941.com/ Twitter: @Bin941 Advice: No reservations. This longtime standing eatery was a local haunt of mine years ago when Chef Gord Martin got the ball rolling so to speak on the tapas wagon….

THAI CONFUSION

UPDATED 6/30/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 117 West Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-8385 Web: http://www.thaiconfusion.com/ Twitter @ThaiConfusion Advice: Takes reservations. Taking elements from traditional Thai dishes with bold flavours, owner/chef Tai Keattivanichvily plays with the ingredients to turn out wonderous…

LATAB

UPDATED 2/14/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 983 Helmcken Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 428-7004 Web: http://latab.ca/ Twitter: @latabfood Advice: Reservations suggested This is where ingredients come to play, where the chefs create wonderous dishes, small plates, bold in flavour.  Chef Kris Barnholden…

ANCORA DINING

1600 Howe Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-681-1164 Web: http://www.ancoradining.com/ Twitter: @ancoradining Advice: Reservations suggested. With it’s spectacular waterfront setting, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde leads the kitchen where he offers up an exquisite menu of seafood focussed dishes, alongside Sushi Chef Yoshi Tabo….

BLACK RICE IZAKAYA

782 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel:  (778) 379-0416 Web: http://www.blackrice.ca/ Twitter: @BR_Izakaya Advice: Reservations suggested. Specializing in Japanese Izakaya you will find a menu that is filled with sashimi, sushi, nigiri, small cold and hot plates, tapas and Kushi-Yaki. I visited for…

PATRON TACOS & CANTINA

265 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-3368 Web: http://www.patrontc.com/ Twitter: @patrontc Advice: Reservations suggested for larger parties, walkins welcome. A true cantina, this Mexican eatery has been turning out stellar favourites since opening a couple of years ago. Chef Enrique Menendez…

STRAIGHT OUTTA BROOKLYN

350 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-559-3500 Web: http://straightouttabrooklynpizza.com/ Twitter: @straightbkpizza Advice: No reservations, eat in or takeout. A true NY style pizzeria that is run by brothers Frank and Dom of Via Tevere fame. These brothers are all about creating…

PROHIBITION BAR

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.673.7088 Web: http://prohibitionrhg.com/ Twitter: @RWHotelGeorgia Advice: Closed Sundays. Dress code in effect. Located at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this glamourous cocktail bar features a 3,000-square-foot lounge with daily live musical entertainment and sleek interiors…

THE COPPER CHIMNEY

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-8862 Web: http://www.copperchimney.ca/ Twitter: @CopperChimney_1 Advice: Reservations suggested. As I entered this grande dining room which boasts an impressive staircase to an upstairs seating area, I was struck with an immediate warmth of the room…

NOURISH VANCOUVER

UPDATED 12/1/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 451 Granville, Vancouver Tel: n/a Web: http://www.nourishvancouver.ca/ Twitter: @nourishvan Advice: Counter service and a delivery service. It’s all about healthy salads, soups and juices at this locale inside the Chopra Yoga Centre. Conveniently located at…

CAFÉ MEDINA

780 Richards Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 879 3114 Web: www.medinacafe.com Twitter: @CafeMedina Advice: No reservations.Expect long line-ups on weekends. Known as the breakfast spot for years, Medina moved a few blocks over to a larger space, adding known Executive Chef…

SAJ & CO

813 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 396-7804 Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco Twitter: @Sajnco Advice: Counter service. With one of only two Saj ovens in the city, Chef/Owner Malek makes all the Saj wraps to order. A designer by training, he is a…

SHOWCASE RESTAURANT

1122 W Hastings St, Vancouver Tel: (604) 639-4040 Web: http://www.showcaserestaurant.com/ Twitter: @Showcase_Van Advice: Reservations suggested for dinner. It’s been years since I had eaten here, recently renovated, the large spacious room has a wonderful warm inviting décor of wood paneling and…

GYOZA BAR + RAMEN

622 West Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-336-5563 Web: http://gyozabar.ca/ Twitter: @GyozaBarRamen Advice: No Reservations, put your name on the list and come back for your table. Elevating the bar, Aburi Restaurants who own this restaurant went about creating a bit…

MEDITERANEAN GREEN SALAD BAR

812 Homer Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-694-1007 Web: n/a Twitter: @GreensSaladBar Advice: No reservations. Ever since my travels through the Middle East, I have looked far and wide for Za’atar. Walking by one day, I saw what I was looking for on…

CAFÉ ONE

1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-893-7205 Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com Twitter: @WallCentreHotel Advice: Reservations suggested. Hidden off the street inside the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel is a restaurant with a creative chef who knows his craft well, Chef Stuart McQuade leads the…

RAW BAR AT LOBBY LOUNGE

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver Tel: 604-695-5300 Web: http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/dining/the-raw-bar/ Twitter: @FairmontPacific Advice: No reservations. I joined my friend Cookbook Author/Food Writer Bonnie Stern for lunch while she was visiting recently and had the Omakase tasting menu (Chefs choice) with dessert and…

CARTEMS DONUTERIE

534 West Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 708-0996 Web: www.cartems.com Twitter: @Cartemsdonuts Advice: Never share these donuts. You can get boxes by the dozen. Donuts have always been the best friend to a cup of coffee, they have also been…

KINGSTON TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE

755 Richards Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-681-7011 Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/ Twitter: @TheKingstonPub Advice: Reservations suggested on game nights. This is one of those hidden gems known for its comfort food, spacious two level dining room, a full bar in front and one…

BETTY AT THE BURRARD

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 568-3200 Web: http://theburrard.com/ Twitter: @BettyAtBurrard Advice: Free wife, has  Gluten-Free goodies as well. Located in the centre of the city, adjacent to The Burrard Hotel sits a retro late 1950’s…

TEN TEN TAPAS

1010 Beach Avenue #3, Vancouver Tel: (604) 689-7800 Web: www.TenTenTapas.com Twitter: @TenTenTapas Advice: Sharing dishes is the way to go here. Known for their changing share plates, this restaurant with an up close view of the nearby marina and Granville…

MOGU TRUCK

Howe Street & Dunsmuir, Vancouver Tel: n/a Web: http://www.eatmogu.com/ Twitter: @EatMogu Advice: Monday to Saturday lunch. Follow them on twitter for updated opening times. Some would call it the amazing race and others could all it the amazing race to…

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