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Best Foodie Events of 2012

Richard Wolak (Founder & Publisher of Vancouver Foodster) at the Ricardo’s Media Dinner Party

I went to a lot of different food events, openings and parties during 2012 in and around Vancouver, here are my top 18 standouts of the year.

1)  2012 Gold Medal Plates was the most amazing gastronomic experience.

2) From Farms to Forks was the most entertaining event at the coolest venue that brought together some of the cities best chefs, restaurants and breweries.

3)  Hy’s Steakhouse celebrates 50 years was the best Restaurant Anniversary Party of the year.

4)  Feast of Fields 2012 at Golden Ears Cheese was the best afternoon of eating and drinking in the outdoors.

5)  Minami Restaurant Opening Party was the best restaurant opening of the year downtown Vancouver. 

6)  East of Main Café Opening was the best restaurant opening of the year outside of downtown Vancouver. 

7)  Eating Italian with Ricardo’s was the best Media Dinner & Cooking Party of the year.

8)  Roaming Dragon Tasting was the best Food Truck Media/VIP Menu Tasting experience.

9)  East meets West at West was the best Culinary Adventure/Dinner with 2 of Canada’s best chefs.

10)  Sake Master Dinner at Ki was the best Pairing Dinner with Sake and delicious Japanese cuisine.

11)  Cherry Harvest Winemakers Dinner at Fraiche was the best BC Winemakers Dinner experience.

12)  Robert Mondavi Winemakers Dinner at Blue Water Café was the best Winemakers Dinner experience.

13)  Stags Hollow Tasting Lunch at Lift was the best Winemakers Lunch of the year.

14)  Steamworks Beer Launch Party was the best Beer Launch Party of the year with delicious comfort food.

15)  Cooking for a Cause Celebration was the most incredible evening of food and wine from some of Vancouver’s finest chefs outside of the city in the most spectacular venue.

16)  Tableau Bar Bistro celebrates 1 year was the best 1st Year Anniversary party with delicious food and drinks.

17)  Joy of Feeding was the best afternoon of eating delicious food outside on a farm.

18)  Tasting Brunch at the Bibo was the best media tasting brunch with an extensive selection of delish food and drink.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

By: Richard Wolak

Burger Challenge 2012 Winners

The first Annual Vancouver Foodster Best Burger Challenge was a huge success featuring 29 burgers from 29 restaurants including a Food Truck from around Vancouver, West & North Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their burger from November 5 – November 30, and then the public voted between November 28 –December 3rd.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Max’s Burgers – “The Local”

Description:  70/30 grass fed/finished ground beef from the Honest Butcher and herb smoked bacon from Woodland Smokehouse, served with side of fries.

Created by: Chef Travis Redpath

Location: 521 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-873-6297

Twitter: @MaxsBurgersVan

Web:  http://maxsburgers.ca

 

2nd Place: The Fray – “Triple Threat Burger”

Description:  7oz all lean ground beef patty with our secret seasonings layered with Monterey Jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, battered and deep fried banana pepper rings, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and our chefs top secret jalapeño and pickle relish. All this rests on a custom made cobs bakery bun. Comes with your choice of salad, hand-made rosemary crisps or fries.

Created by: Head Chef Kelly Maley

Location: 3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-FRAY

Twitter: @FrayOnFraser

Web:  http://fray.me/

 

3rd Place: Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant – “The Mistress”

Description:  Burger Bun made specially by La Baguette  on Granville Island for the Blue Canoe all other ingredients made fresh in house, served with house cut kennabec fries. Served with a glass of Red Truck Ale, brewed in North Vancouver.

Created by: Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra

Location: 140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

Web:  http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

 

Honorable Mention:

4th Place winner was Luke’s Kitchen with their Veggie Burger with Fried Pickles and Peppers –the one and only veggie burger in this challenge.

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their burgers on the menu during this challenge. These winning burgers will now be featured on their respective menus for at least the next couple of weeks.

Looking forward to the 2nd annual Burger Challenge next year where I challenge chefs and their restaurants to concoct more exciting burgers!

By: Richard Wolak

Pancake Challenge 2012 Winners

The first Annual Vancouver Foodster Local Pancake Challenge was a huge success featuring 9 pancake dishes from 9 restaurants including a Food Truck from around Vancouver and North Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their pancake creation from October 18 – November 18, and then the public voted between November 15 –21st. The pancake creations had to have a minimum of 3 Local ingredients in the dish and it could have been savoury or sweet.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Yolks Breakfast for their BC Hazelnut Pancakes with local apple-aged white cheddar fritters

BC Hazelnut Pancakes with local apple-aged white cheddar fritters

Created by Chef Steven Ewing

Description: BC Hazelnut Pancakes with local apple-aged white cheddar fritters

Local ingredients:  Eggs, Apples, Hazelnuts, Honey, Cheddar, Milk

Savoury or Sweet:  Sweet

Location: Food Truck at Dunsmuir & Beatty Street, Vancouver

Twitter:@YolksBreakfast

Web: http://www.yolks.ca/

 

2nd Place: Fishworks for their Pancake aux Fruits de mer

Pancake aux Fruits de mer

Created by: Chef Shallaw Kadir

Description: Pancake with seafood

Local Ingredients: Baynes Sound Manila clams, B.C. Honey Mussels, Squid, Qualicum Beach Scallops

Savoury or Sweet: Savoury

Location: 91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Twitter: @FishworksLOLO

Web: http://www.fishworks.ca/

 

3rd Place: Catch 122 for their Flap Jaques 

Flap Jacques

Created by:  Rachel Whiting and Chris Hogan

Description: Carrot cake pancake with red wine poached local plum, pumpkin cream cheese, toasted walnuts and orange vanilla cream

Local Ingredients:

1. Milk and Whipping Cream and Yogurt – Birchwood Dairy (Abbotsford)

2. Eggs – Green as Grass Farm (Chiliwack)

3. Pumpkin – Richmond Country Farm (Stevenston)

4. Plum – Local Farmer’s Market (Vancouver)

5. Carrot – Local Farmer’s Market (Vancouver)

Savoury or Sweet:  Sweet

Location:122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @catch122

Web:  http://catch122.com/

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their pancakes on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

Looking forward to the 2nd annual Pancake Challenge next year where I challenge chefs and their restaurants to concoct more exciting pancake dishes!

By: Richard Wolak

Best Restaurants for the Kids

If you have kids or are an Aunt or Uncle like me, you may be curious as to where you can take children, there are cafes and restaurants around Vancouver that welcome children as well as their accompanying adults! Here are some of those places!

Note: these places are in no particular order.

Sweet Salt Bakery Café

1)    Sweet Salt Bakery Café

Located at 3497 Fraser Street in Vancouver, open Tuesday – Saturday from 8am – 5pm.  They feature German baked goods and delectables and they offer a Playscapes area for children. You can find them on the web at http://sweetsalt.ca/ or on Twitter: @SweetSaltBakery

2)    Little Nest

Located at 1716 Charles Street in Vancouver, open from 9am to 4pm – 7 days a week! Their kitchen closes at 3pm daily, they are still open for coffee, tea and sweet things until 4pm. Parent-friendly cafe and play area with toys and games for the kids. You can find them on the web at http://www.littlenest.ca/ or by Phone at  604-251-9994.

3)    Rocky Mountain Flatbread

They have Two Vancouver Locations: 4186 Main Street & 1876 W 1st Avenue, open daily for lunch and dinner.  Every Sunday & Monday, bring the kids who can make their own pizza from 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm for $6.95.  Pizza making involves rolling out the dough, spreading tomato sauce and adding your favourite toppings. There is also a play kitchen for kids to enjoy! You can find them on the web at http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca/ and on Twitter @Flatbreadco

4)    Kokopelli Café

Located at 4593 Dunbar Street in Vancouver. Open daily for lunch and dinner. There is a play area for kids and all kid menu items come with carrot sticks, not fries. You can find them on the web at http://kokopellicafe.ca/ or phone them at 604-228-0818.

5)    Café du Soleils

Located at 2096 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, open daily from morning until late night. By day they welcome families. There is a large stage area where kids can play and draw with chalks on the black board. You can find them on the web at http://www.cafedeuxsoleils.com/ or by Phone at 604-254-1195.

6)    The Outpost Café

Located at 3992 Fraser Street in Vancouver, they are open daily from 9am onwards. Children are welcome here where they will find a big rug on the floor, toys and children’s books.  You will also find a kid-friendly menu with kid’s mac and cheese, covers on the electrical outlets, and a fold-out change table in the bathroom. You can find them on the web at www.theoutpostcafe.ca and on Twitter @TheOutpostcafe

7) Fray Restaurant

Located at 3980 Fraser Street in Vancouver. Open Tuesday – Sunday. You will find crayons and activity sheets on each table, with pop art gags like colouring in Henry Rollin’s tattoos or draw on the hairstyles of Arcade Fire. You will also find stacks of board games in the corner, including Jenga, Settlers of Catan and many other classics. They also offer a small menu for the kids including soup, steamed veggies, beef burger, pasta, mac and cheese, plus homemade ice cream. You can find them on the web at www.fray.me or on Twitter @FrayonFraser

8)  Café Du Soleil

Located at 1393 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm and on weekends from 9am – 5pm. Offers a play area for kids. You can find them on the web at http://www.cafedusoleil.ca/ or by phone at 604-254-1145.

 

Have I missed any of your favourite places in Vancouver that area Kid-Friendly? Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

Vancouver Foodster Best Burger Challenge

Welcome to the 1st ever Vancouver Foodster Best Burger Challenge. I have invited restaurants from all over the city to enter their burger into this challenge, some restaurants have their burger on their menus and others have created a special burger just for this challenge. Their  burger creation could be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type of meat (such as beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey or other) or fish or even veggie! Each restaurant will be featuring their burger from November 5-30th, if you don’t see it on the menu just ask the Manager or Chef and they will make it for you.

Get some friends together and make a night of it, visit 3 restaurants or more to share and taste the different burgers or go solo or with a friend – just remember to visit http://vancouverfoodster.com/burger-challenge/   come back to VOTE for your favourites between November 28-December 3rd.

Voting criteria -  some things to help you judge your favourite burgers – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Tweeting: Include our twitter address and hashtag whenever possible in your tweets.

@VanFoodster #BestBurgerChallenge

Here are the 29 Burgers in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

 

Hidden Restaurant 

Hidden Burger

Hidden Burger

Main Protein: Angus Beef

Description:  A Certified Angus Beef patty topped with crispy smoked bacon, aged white cheddar, caramelized onion, tomato and butter lettuce served on a whole wheat kaiser bun with roasted garlic aioli. Served with your choice of fries or salad.

Price: $16.00

Created by: Executive Chef Matthew Richmond.

Offered:  both lunch and dinner.

Location: 433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand

Tel: 604-647-2521

Twitter: @HiddenVancouver

Web: www.hiddenvancouver.ca

 

 The Dockside Restaurant

Pork and Shrimp Banh Mi Burger

Pork and Shrimp Banh Mi Burger

Main Protein: Medium Grind Pork Shoulder and chopped Tiger Prawns

Description:  This burger has all the elements of a typical Bahn Mi sandwich. The patty is basically Pork Shumai filling with chopped prawns, it is fire grilled and served with pickled vegetable, cilantro and hoisin-soy mayo on a brioche bun.  The one pictured has a side of Dockside Warm Caesar Salad with Charred Lemon, but can be accompanied by The seven Leaf Salad of House Cut Fries.

Price: $16.00

Created by: Executive Chef Simon James McNeil

Offered:  11:00 am to 10:00 pm in

The Dockside Restaurant and The Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel.

Location: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatdockside

Tel: 604-685-7070

Web: http://www.docksidebrewing.com

 

 BierCraft

BierCraft Burger

BierCraft Burger

Main Protein: Beef-fresh ground chuck

Description:  Fire grilled, house-made burger, toasted kaiser, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, citrus aoli and your choice of fries or

salad. Served with Andelouse dip for fries.

Price: $12 at Lunch, $14 at Dinner

Created by: Chef Stephen Chadband

Offered:  This burger is regularly on our lunch and dinner menu

Location: 1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver and 3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @biercraft

Web: http://biercraft.com

 

 Black + Blue Steakhouse

The B+B Burger

The B+B Burger

Main Protein: PEI Blue Ribbon Beef

Description:  PEI Blue Ribbon Beef Burger with side salad or fries and a cup of the soup of the day.

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Jason Labahn

Offered:  Lunch

Location: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-637-0777

Twitter: @Glowbal_Group

Web:  http://www.glowbalgroup.com/blackblue/

 

Society Restaurant 

The Meat Sweats Burger

The Meat Sweats Burger

Main Protein: Prime Rib Beef

Description:  Prime Rib Beef Burger with bacon, aged cheddar, onion ring, pulled pork, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, society signature sauce; with side fries and house made ketchup.

Price: $16.95

Created by: Chef Thea Anderson

Offered:  Available Friday lunch and Mon – Sun dinner

Location: 1257 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @Glowbal_Group #society

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/society/

 

 George Ultra Lounge

The George Porchetta Burger

The George Porchetta Burger

Main Protein: In-house ground Alberta AAA New York striploin

Description:  A six ounce AAA beef burger on a house baked bun topped with paradise valley, BC pork porchetta, remoulade, spiced gherkin aioli and fire roasted roma tomato jam. Served with hand cut frites, a sweet gherkin and a salad of baby greens in a sweet shallot vinaigrette.

Price: $18.00

Created by: Chef Chris Bisaro

Offered:  Offered at dinner from 5pm Monday – Saturday

Location: 1137 Hamilton Street,  Vancouver

Tel: (604) 628-5555

Twitter: @georgelounge

Web: http://georgelounge.com/

 

 Dunns Famous

Reuben Burger

Reuben Burger

Main Protein: Heritage Angus Ground Chuck, no filler and Montreal Smoked Meat

Description:  Using ingredients from an original recipe, the Reuben Burger is piled high with a 100% no filler 6 oz. angus burger, warm sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche burger bun.  The Reuben Burger is served with fresh hand cut fries, Dunn’s original coleslaw & dill pickle.

Fries can be substituted for a house salad or feature soup for no additional charge

Price: $13.50

Created by: Chef Alex Brown

Offered:  for Lunch & Dinner, 11am-12pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-1pm Friday & Saturday

Location: 827 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-682-8938

Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC

Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com

 

Establishment Tapas & Lounge

Bison Sliders

Bison Sliders

Main Protein: Bison

Description:  Three tender and juicy bison sliders  topped with port-wine cheddar cheese, cranberry onion relish, and a fresh beet aioli, served on a sweet brioche bun.

Price: $16.95

Created by: Chef Victor Bongo

Offered:  Offered during dinner service, Tuesday through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Location: 3162 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @EstLounge

Web:  http://www.estlounge.com/

 

 The Whip Restaurant

Holey Chuck Burger

Holey Chuck Burger

Main Protein: Certified Angus Beef

Description:  Black Angus beef brisket and ground chuck patty with a Napa Valley cabbage coleslaw, grilled corn beef and melted Swiss on a freshly baked sesame poppy seed brioche. Served with your choice of French fries, yam fries or mixed greens.

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef Andre Tremblay

Offered:  Available Lunch and Dinner.

Location: 209 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-874-4687

Twitter: @WhipRestaurant

Web: http://TheWhipRestaurant.com

 

The Fray

Triple Threat Burger

Triple Threat Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  7oz all lean ground beef patty with our secret seasonings layered with Monterey Jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, battered and deep fried banana pepper rings, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and our chefs top secret jalapeño and pickle relish. All this rests on a custom made cobs bakery bun. Comes with your choice of salad, hand-made rosemary crisps or fries.

Price: $14.95

Created by: Head Chef Kelly Maley

Offered:  Lunch and Dinner.

Location: 3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-FRAY

Twitter: @FrayOnFraser

Web:  http://fray.me/

 

Max’s Burgers

The Local

The Local

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  70/30 grass fed/finished ground beef from the Honest Butcher and herb smoked bacon from Woodland Smokehouse, served with side of fries.

Price: $15.00

Created by: Chef Travis Redpath

Offered:  All the time.

Location: 521 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-873-6297

Twitter: @MaxsBurgersVan

Web:  http://maxsburgers.ca

 

Ceilis Irish Pub

Belfast Burger

Belfast Burger

Main Protein: Alberta pasture grazed grain finished cattle raised with no hormones and no antibiotics ground beef.

Description:  Spring Creek, Alberta half pound, hand pressed beef with no hormones or antibiotics and is a gluten free patty. Maple peppered bacon, sautéed mushrooms, stout & ale onion ring, melted Canadian aged white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, homemade roasted red pepper relish, and a pickle spear served on a sesame brioche bun with shoestring french fries. (Can be substituted for a gluten free bun)

Price: $16.75

Created by: Chef Tyler Goddard

Offered:  offered all day and night!

Location: 1774 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-697-0990

Twitter: @CeilisKitsilano

Web:  http://www.ceilis.com

 

Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

The Mistress

The Mistress

Main Protein: Beef and Pork

Description:  Burger Bun made specially by La Baguette  on Granville Island for the Blue Canoe all other ingredients made fresh in house, served with house cut kennabec fries. Served with a glass of Red Truck Ale, brewed in North Vancouver.

Price: $15.00

Created by: Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra

Offered:  All day

Location: 140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

Web:  http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

 

The District

The Barnyard Bites Back

The Barnyard Bites Back

Main Protein: AAA Beef

Description:  The animals are back with a vengeance. Our house-ground beef tenderloin burger topped with creamy goat’s cheese, crispy Capicola ham, rich duck confit, a fried hen’s egg, caramelized red onion, pickles, artisanal greens, and a delectable cranberry & bacon aoli all piled atop a toasted Kaiser bun. Served with choice patat friet or salad.

Price: $19.50

Created by: Chef Kenny Kyle

Offered:  Dinner, starting at 4PM

Location: 13 Lonsdale Avenue,  North Vancouver

Tel: 778-338-4938

Twitter: @districtsocial

Web:  http://www.thedistrictsocial.com/

 

Street Meet Food Truck

Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich

Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich

Main Protein: Fraser Valley Pork Shoulder, that has been brined overnight and roasted for 8.5 hours.

Description:  Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich, Local Apple Chutney, Coleslaw and Dijon Aioli. Comes with our homemade potato chips

Price: $10.00

Created by: Chef Alessandro Vianello and Chef Mike Carter

Offered:  Lunch and Events, whenever we are open.

Location: Burrard  & Pender Street

Twitter: @StreetMeetTruck

Web:  www.streetmeettruck.ca

 

Dundarave Fish Market

Ocean Wise Halibut Burger

Ocean Wise Halibut Burger

Main Protein: Ocean Wise Halibut

Description:   Ocean Wise Halibut, prosciutto, house made tomato relish, onion rings, organic baby greens, tomato & mayonnaise

Price: $15.00

Created by: Chef Lawrence Phillips

Offered:  Offered all the time!

Location: 2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-922-1155

Twitter: @DFishMarket

Web:  http://www.dundaravefishmarket.com/

 

Bob Likes Thai Food 

Bob’s Slopping Burger

Bob’s Slopping Burger

Main Protein: Pork

Description:  Stir fried minced pork with Thai basil, green bean, chili, garlic, onion on wheat bun with organic greens, tomato with deep fired taro roots. Topped with mayo and house made plum sauce and chili.

Price: $11.00

Created by: Tai Keattivanichvily

Offered:  All day

Location: 3755 Main Street & 1521 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @boblikethaifood

Web: http://www.boblikesthaifood.com/

 

EBO Restaurant

Classic EBO Burger

Classic EBO Burger

Main Protein: House Ground Chuck

Description:  House Ground Chuck, Gelderman Farms Double smoked bacon, Brie De Meaux, Onion and Mustard jam, Fresh brioche, Hazelemer Farms Organic Russet Potato Crisps, Yeti’s BBQ spice, Truffle Aioli.

Price: $12.00 including accompaniment

Created by: Chef Dan Craig

Offered:  All day and night.

Location: 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Twitter: @EBOrestaurant

Web:  http://www.eborestaurant.com/

 

Hyde Restaurant

The Tokyo Burger

The Tokyo Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  Beef burger topped with shoe string yam tempura, chopped nori, wasabi mayo, pickled ginger and traditional lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle on brioche bun. Served with choice of fries or house salad.

Price: $11.00

Created by:

Offered:  burger is offered during all open kitchen hours

Sunday, Monday: 3pm-11:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm-12:30am, Friday: 12pm-12:30am, Saturday: 11am-12:30am

Location: 2960 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-709-6215

Twitter: @hyderestaurant

Web:  http://hyderestaurant.com/

 

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Veggie Burger with Fried Pickles and Peppers

Luke’s Veggie Burger with Fried Pickles and Peppers

Main protein: Veggie burger with main ingredient being quinoa.

Description: Our signature home-made veggie burger topped with our famous fried pickles and jalapeno peppers, with caramelized onions, B.C. white cheddar, wild mushrooms, dill pickle, arugula, tomato and bang bang mayo, on a brioche bun.  Served with Yam Fries.

Price: $14.99

Created by: Chef Megan Martin

Offered: Every day lunch and dinner.

Location: 2996 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-733-5699

Twitter: @LukesGranville

Web:  http://www.lukescornerbar.com

 

Ace Burger Bar

Ace Coffee Rub Burger

Ace Coffee Rub Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description: Our signature beef patty spiced with a coffee rub topped d with butter thyme onions and smoked gouda.

Price: $10.99

Created by: Chef Steve Green

Offered: all hours we are open.

Location: 550 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-9949

Twitter: @aceburgerbar

Web: www.aceburgers.com

 

The Rumpus Room

Breakfast Waffle Burger

Breakfast Waffle Burger

Main Protein: Free range Beef

Description:  Breakfast waffle burger is a delicious house made hand pressed 6oz free range beef patty. Smothered in real cheddar cheese and topped with bacon, tomato, lettuce, house aioli and an egg served sunny side up. All between two gorgeous waffles. Served with a side of hash browns and syrup.

Price: $14.00 with side

Created by: all the staff

Offered:  Daily before 4pm. And usually if you know about it you can ask for it any time ;)

Location: 2689 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-839-5780

Twitter: @RumpusRoomMain

Web:  http://www.RumpusRoom.ca

 

Gramercy Grill

Gramercy Grilled Cheddar Cheese Beef Burger

Gramercy Grilled Cheddar Cheese Beef Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  with lettuce, tomato, red onion & chipotle mayo served with house cut Yukon Gold french fries.

Guests may add mushrooms, bacon or a fried egg $1.25 each.

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Dennis Huang

Offered:  during all of our regular business hours.  We are open 11 am everyday except Sundays we are open at 10 am.  Last seating for Dinner is 8:30pm Sunday thru Thursday and 9pm Friday & Saturday.

Location: 2685 Arbutus Street,  Vancouver

Tel: 604-730-5666

Twitter: @gramercygrill

Web:  http://www.gramercygrill.ca/

 

Fish Cafe

Blackened Salmon Burger Extraordinaire

Blackened Salmon Burger Extraordinaire

Main Protein: Salmon

Description:  a fillet of blackened salmon on grilled potato scallion focaccia shmeead with house made tartar sauce and mixed greens, sliced tomato, grilled mushrooms and caramelized onions and a pile of crispy hot fries.

Price: $15.95

Created by: Chef Marcus Stiller

Offered:  lunch and dinner

Location: 2053 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-267-3474

Twitter: @FishCafe

Web:  n/a

 

Catch 122

The Red Eye

The Red Eye

Main Protein: Burger patty consisting of sirloin, short-rib, chuck, and bacon.

Description: Sunny-Side-Up Egg on a Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Sirloin Burger, with Guacamole and Hot Sauce, served with Fries

Price: $15.50

Created by: Chefs Chris Hogan and Sean Jackson

Offered:  Brunch and dinner

Location: 122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604-731-3474

Twitter: @Catch122

Web: http://www.catch122.ca/

 

Hub Restaurant

Border Run

Border Run

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  A juicy 8oz lean ground beef a chorizo patty grilled and served on a toasted pretzel bun with black bean salsa, creamy cheese blend and fried pickles.

Price: $16.00

Created by: Chef Bret Hewitt

Offered:  All day

Location: 1165 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-696-0400

Twitter: @hubrestaurant

Web:   http://hubrestaurant.ca/

 

Portland Craft

Portland Craft Burger

Portland Craft Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  House made 6oz organic patty with aged cheddar, basil and pickled beets, as well there is a frozen puck of herb and garlic butter that infuses the burger as it cooks.

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Zach Poole

Offered:  Dinner only

Location: 3835 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @Portland_Craft

Web:   http://www.portlandcraft.com/

 

Whet 

Whet Burger

Whet Burger

Description of burger: House-made 7oz patty,  fries, chimichurri.

Main protein -  ground chuck 7oz patty

Price: $15.00

Created by: Chef Peter Gray

Offered: 11AM to 10PM daily

Location: 1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-696-0739

Twitter: @Whetkitchenbar

Web:  http://whet.ca/

 

 Tap & Barrel

PB&J Burger

PB&J Burger

Main Protein: Beef

Description:  signature potato bun, DHG patty 7oz CAB chuck, chipotle peanut butter, bacon jam, lettuce, tomato, onion topped with a fried dill pickle.

Price: $15.00

Created by: Chef Rob Holland

Offered:  Lunch and Dinner daily.

Location: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Tel: 604-685-2223

Twitter: @tapandbarrel

Web:  http://www.tapandbarrel.com

Make sure you pick up one of the Burger Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite burgers. Remember to Vote for your favourites from November 28-December 3 at http://vancouverfoodster.com/burger-challenge/

By: Richard Wolak

Best Hidden Patios in Vancouver

Vancouver is fortunate to have some great restaurants with outdoor patios that are secluded and hidden off the beaten track. This list represents some of the Best hidden patios in the city that you are going to love.

Note: these places are in no particular order.

Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

1)    Reflections in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Located at 801 West Georgia Street on the 4th floor by the side elevator from the lobby. Open daily from noon til late. For reservations please telephone 604.673.7043 and for menus and more information visit www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com

2)    Ki Modern Japanese Restaurant (updated – note: this restaurant closed in 2012)

Located at 1121 Alberni Street next to the Shangri-La Hotel, entrance off of Alberni Street, up 1 flight of stairs to the restaurant, the secluded patio is on the left side. Open daily Mon-Fri and nightly Sat-Sun. For reservations, please telephone     604-609-0600 and for menus and more information visit www.kijapanese.com/

3)    Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Located at 615 Seymour Street through the restaurant on the main floor. Open dail. For reservations please telephone 604-605-8282 and for menus and information visit www.gothamsteakhouse.com/

4)    Gurkha Himalyan Kitchen

Located in the rear of the restaurant, entrance is inset then up the stairs at 1141 Davie Street, through the restaurant to the patio. Open daily. For reservations, please telephone 604-565-7965 and for menus and more information visit http://gurkha.ca/

5)    The Keg Yaletown

Located at 1011 Mainland Street through the restaurant and upstairs to the top level. Open nightly. For reservations, please telephone 604-633-2534 and for menus and more information visit www.kegsteakhouse.com/

 6)    Joe Fortes Restaurant

Located at 777 Thurlow Street inside through the restaurant and upstairs to the top level. Open daily. For reservations, please telephone 604-669-1940 and for menus and more information visit www.joefortes.ca/

7)    Adesso Bistro

Located at 1906 Haro Street inside through the restaurant and off to the side. Open nightly. For reservations, please telephone 604-568-9975 and for menus and more information visit www.adessobistro.net/

8)    CinCin

Located at 1154 Robson Street up the stairs inside and through the restaurant. Open daily. For reservations, please telephone 604-688-7338 and for menus and more information visit www.cincin.net/

By: Richard Wolak

Poutine Challenge 2012 Winners

The first Annual Vancouver Foodster Poutine Challenge was a huge success featuring 29 poutine from 29 restaurants around Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their poutine from April 11-30th, and then the public voted between April 30th – May 6th. The poutine dishes ranged from the traditional to non-traditional.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Hidden Tasting Bar for their Butter Poached Lobster Poutine

Hidden Tasting Bar - Butter Poached Lobster Poutine

Created by Head Chef Matthew Richmond

433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand, Vancouver

Tel: 604.647.2521

Twitter: @HiddenVancouver

2nd Place: Society Restaurant for their Ultimate Poutine Supreme

Society Restaurant - Ultimate Poutine Supreme

Created by Chef Alfred Contiga who is on twitter @AlfredContiga

1257 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-629-8800

Twitter: @Glowbal_Group #society

3rd Place: The District for their The Full English Breakfast Poutine

The District - The Full English Breakfast Poutine

Created by Chef Kenny Kyle who is on twitter @kennynotkyle

13 Lonsdale Avenue  North Vancouver

Tel: (778) 338-4938

Twitter: @districtsocial

4th Place: Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar for their Rogue Poutine Trio

Rogue Kitchen - Rogue Poutine Trio

Created by Chef Cory Chapman

601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.678.8000

Twitter: @roguewetbar

Honorable Mention:

Out of the 29 Poutine there were 4 restaurants featuring their Traditional and the first place winner from the Traditional poutine goes to Tableau Bar Bistro.

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their poutine on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their poutine!

Looking forward to the 2nd annual Poutine Challenge next year where I challenge chefs and their restaurants to concoct more exciting poutine dishes!

By: Richard Wolak

Best 30 New Vancouver Restaurants in 2011

I have dined at a lot of new restaurants that have opened in 2011. These are 30 of the Best NEW Restaurants in Vancouver that newly define how we eat, drink and play.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

 

House Guest

332 Water Street, Vancouver

Great Comfort food, music and vibe.

The Bibo Italian Restaurant

1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Authentic Neapolitan Italian Pizza and Pasta!

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

2201 West 1st Avenue

Delicious taste of New Orleans – Creole cooking!

Edible Canada at the Market

1551 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Art on a plate, inventive dishes, best in local.

Boneta (the new one)

12 Water Street, Vancouver

Creative dishes, flavourful, foodie paradise.

Ensemble Tap

990 Smithe Street, Vancouver

International Comfort food at play with Beer.

Hapa Umi

909 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Modern fusion Japanese cuisine.

Black + Blue

1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Best steak in Vancouver, and table side classics.

Fray on Fraser

3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Fabulous Comfort Food with a playful spin.

Revolver Coffee

325 Cambie Street, Vancouver

4 passionate brothers who share a true love for the bean.

Go Fish Broadway

1521 West Broadway, Vancouver

Upscale Fish & Chips, inventive dishes and wonderful flavours.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

4186 Main Street, Vancouver

Handcrafted flatbread pizzas, local and organic ingredients.

Cosca Restaurant

1118 Denman Street, Vancouver

Delicious pasta dishes.

Lanna Thai

775 Denman Street, Vancouver

Flavourful Thai dishes, a hidden gem.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

62 East Cordova, Vancouver

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza.

The Flying Pig

1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Canadian Bistro, inventive dishes that are full of flavour, you will want to eat every dish.

Nelson and the Seagull

315 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Great cafe to escape, large sharing communal table.

Thierry

1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Chocolaterie patisserie that is divine and stunning, then there are the exquisite desserts and macarons!

Pizza Farina

915 Main Street, Vancouver

Really good pizza, that is it!

Hawksworth Restaurant

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Exquisite dishes, outstanding presentation and creative cocktails.

The Oakwood

2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Canadian bistro with inventive dishes and great flavours, craft brews on tap with a beautiful communal dining table.

Tableau Bar Bistro

1181 Melville Street, Vancouver

French bistro with delicious food, inventive cocktails and great people watching.

Pink Elephant Thai

1152 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Flavourful Thai dishes, beautiful modern decor.

Ensemble Restaurant

850 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Exquisite food and presentation and full of flavour.

Big Lou’s Butcher Shop

269 Powell Street, Vancouver

Great tasting sandwiches with flavour in an old fashioned butcher shop.

Meat & Bread

370 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Love the communal table and the room as well as the great sandwiches!

Bob Lkes Thai Food

3755 Main Street, Vancouver

Authentic Thai, and it was very tasty, wonderful flavours and wonderful service.

Via Veneto

656 West Broadway, Vancouver

Northern Italian food, gracious and inviting.

Cento Notti

350 Davie Street, Vancouver

Italian food with a creative twist, pop-up restaurant.

Stackhouse Burger Bar

1224 Granville Street, Vancouver

Delicious burgers in a stylish room.

by Richard Wolak

Best Foodie Events of 2011

Richard Wolak (Founder & Publisher of Vancouver Foodster) at the Miku Party

I went to a lot of different food events, openings and parties during 2011 in and around Vancouver and these are the standouts of the year.

1)    Chewies  Opening was the best restaurant opening of the year.

2)    Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was the most entertaining event at the coolest venue that brought together some of the cities best chefs, restaurants and breweries.

3) Black & Blue Restaurant Opening was one of the most fun events of 2011 with cocktails flowing and appetizers.

4) 2011 Gold Medal Plates was the most amazing gastronomic experience.

5) Thierry Opening was the sweetest opening of the year with amazing desserts, wine and appetizers

6) Feast of Fields at Krause Berry Farms was the best afternoon of eating and drinking in the outdoors.

7) Chefs Table Dinner Party that Earls Hornby held for me and Vancouver Foodster contest winners.

8 ) Best of the West was the best food event in the best location imaginable on the wharf at Ambelside in West Van

9) Dish N Dazzle was the best food, wine and cocktail event from some of Vancouver’s finest chefs, and bartenders.

10) Summer Splash at Goldfish was the most fun event of 2011 with delicious food and festivities.

11) A Night at the Aquarium was the most incredible evening of food from some of Vancouver’s finest chefs and wine in the city’s most spectacular venue.

12) Spring Party at Miku Restaurant serving outstanding seafood.

By: Richard Wolak

The BEST Chicken & Waffles

Chicken and waffles is a soul food dish combining waffles, a breakfast food, with (usually) fried chicken. The dish is most commonly made by serving fried chicken with a waffle, the waffle then typically being covered with butter and/or syrup. This unusual combination of foods is beloved by many people who are influenced by traditions of soul food passed down from past generations of their families. Originating in the Southern region of the USA this comfort food dish has quickly made it on to restaurant menus in and around Vancouver.

Note: The prices indicated exclude tax.

In ranking order, these are are the Best Chicken & Waffles in Vancouver:

 

1)    Tableau Bar & Bistro – FIRST PLACE

Tableau Bar & Bistro

The dish: Buttermilk fried chicken, maple syrup  & savoury waffle!

My take: The chicken was unbelievably good crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. The chicken was brined for 3 days and then marinated in buttermilk over night. Personally I prefer white meat over dark and this version of the dish won me over not only for the chicken but for the savoury waffle combination as well.

Price: $15

Cuisine: French Bistro

On the regular menu: Yes on the Weekend on the Brunch menu

Chefs: Marc Andre Choquette

Location: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @tableaubistro

Web: http://tableaubarbistro.com/pdf/Tableau_Brunch_Menu.pdf

 

2)    Two Chefs and a Table – – SECOND PLACE

Two Chefs and a Table

The Dish: Polderside chicken, housemade waffles, pecan vanilla butter and syrup

My take: Even though it was a leg and a thigh, the chicken tasted very good, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. The waffle was large and thick and the pecan vanilla butter with the maple syrup really made this dish.

Price: $13

Cuisine: Canadian

On the regular menu: Yes on the Lunch and Brunch menu

Chefs: Allan Bosomworth & Karl Gregg

Location: 305 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @2chefsandatable

Web:  http://www.twochefsandatable.com/restaurant/brunch.html

 

3)    Hog Shack Cook House– THIRD PLACE

Hog Shack

The Dish: 3 pieces of chicken,, 2 waffles, Bacon bourbon maple syrup

My Take: Large portion of chicken, crunchy battered and fried. It was the savoury waffle with corn, scallions and cayene with the bacon, bourbon maple syrup that made this dish.

Price: $16

Cuisine: Southern Barbq

On the regular menu: No – call a minimum of 2 days in advance to special order.

Chefs: John Lim Hing

Location: 160-3900 Bayview Street, Richmond

Twitter: @hogshackca

Web:  http://www.hogshack.ca/

 

4) House Guest – FOURTH PLACE

House Guest

The Dish: bacon & pecan waffles, yogurt fried chicken, cream cheese maple syrup

My Take: The chicken was good but could have used a bit more crunch, the waffles could have been larger, there was no maple flavour in the syrup, so I would have added maple syrup on the side with the dish.

Price: $12

Cuisine: Comfort

On the regular menu: Yes on Brunch menu

Chefs: Kayla Dhaliwall

Location: 322 Water Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @housexguest

Web: http://housexguest.com/menu/

 

5) Hidden Tasting Bar  — FIFTH PLACE

Hidden Tasting Bar

The Dish: buttermilk battered fried chicken with watermelon relish and cheddar waffle

My Take: It was like a fusion version of Chicken and Waffles, I liked the cheddar waffle on its own but not with the watermelon relish. I also thought having maple syrup on the side would have been a good addition to the overall dish.

Price: $12

Cuisine: International

On the regular menu: Yes on the dinner menu

Chefs:

Location: 433 Robson Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @hiddentastingbar

Web:  http://www.hiddenvancouver.ca/

 

Apologies to other restaurants that I did not have a chance to visit for their Chicken and Waffles those are Phat Deli  and Rumpus Room!

Feel free to add your comment here with your favourite Chicken & Waffles in a Vancouver area restaurant and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

The BEST Sticky Toffee Puddings

Sticky toffee pudding is a British steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates or prunes, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream (source-wikipedia). It is considered a modern British ‘classic’, some of the versions that I had in Vancouver were twists on the classic.

Note: The prices indicated exclude tax.

In ranking order, here are the Best Sticky Toffee Pudding desserts in Vancouver:

1)   EBO Restaurant – FIRST PLACE

EBO Restaurant

The Dish: Warm Toffee, Chocolate and Date Pudding with walnuts and butterscotch, candy caramel popcorn, baked custard crisp, topped with brown butter ice cream.

My take: This was like eating a molten chocolate cake except for the inside was the sticky toffee (not chocolate) and it was absolutely heavenly.

Price: $10

On the dessert menu: Yes and its seasonal

Chefs: Romeo Maghirang and Dan Craig

Location: 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Twitter: @eborestaurant

 

2)   Cactus Club – SECOND PLACE

Cactus Club Cafe

The Dish: Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding  warm spice cake, brown sugar toffee sauce, topped with vanilla ice cream, hand whipped cream.

My take:  The pudding is served warm, infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Drizzled over top of the vanilla ice cream is a sticky toffee that is unbelievable!

Price: $7

On the dessert menu: Yes and its seasonal

Chefs: Wendy Boys & Rob Feenie

Location: 575 West Broadway, Vancouver (multiple locations)

Twitter: @cactusclubcafe

 

3)   Fraiche – THIRD PLACE

Fraiche

The Dish: Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream, fruits and gelee

My take: The presentation alone was spectacular, the sticky toffee pudding was delicious, moist, sitting in a pool of toffee sauce, and served with vanilla ice cream on the side.

Price: $9

On the dessert menu: Yes and its seasonal

Chefs: Kimberley Steele & Jefferson Alvarez

Location: 2240 Chippendale Rd, West Vancouver

Twitter: @fraichewv

 

4)   The Cascade Room – FOURTH PLACE

The Cascade Room

The Dish: Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce

My take: The serving was quite large for the price, the sticky toffee pudding was moist and delicious, the toffee sauce covered the whole pudding cake and the ice cream was the perfect accompaniment.

Price: $7

On the dessert menu: Yes

Chef: Travis Williams

Location: 2616 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @cascaderoom

 

5)   The District — FIFTH PLACE

The District

The Dish: Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce

My take: It was more like a cake than a pudding as it was served in 2 large wedges, with the toffee sauce and ice cream on top. The combination of the cake, toffee sauce and ice cream tasted great.

Price: $9

On the dessert menu: Yes

Chefs: Paul Mon-Kau

Location: 13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Twitter: @districtsocial

 

6)   Mahoney & Sons – SIXTH PLACE

Mahoney & Sons

The Dish: Butterscotch Sticky Date Pudding with vanilla bean ice cream

My take: The dates made it in this pudding, I would have preferred a little bit more of the sauce.

Price: $7.95

On the dessert menu: Yes

Chef: Paul Nguyen

Location: 1055 Canada Place (Vancouver Convention Centre) Vancouver

Twitter: @MahonyAndSons

 

7)    Biercraft  – SEVENTH PLACE

Biercraft

The Dish: Sticky Toffee Pudding - Warm toffee cake, sticky coconut topping, caramel, chantilly cream

My take: The pudding was more like a cake topped with the sticky coconut topping and caramel.

Price: $7.50

On the dessert menu: Yes

Chefs: Stephen Chadband

Location: 1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver and 3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @biercraft

Feel free to add your comment here with your favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding in a Vancouver area restaurant and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

The BEST Short Ribs in Vancouver

The best short rib dishes in Vancouver, like the city itself, cannot be placed to one region, ethnicity, or culinary style. Each restaurant on this list adds a different flavour, style, garnish, which makes their version of the dish stand out. This dish is all about comfort food, from braising the meat, to cooking the meat.

In the end though, the very best short ribs touch on all the different carb accompaniments, sauces and garnish.

Note: I had all these dishes over the past 5 weeks and this Best list reflects this time period. The prices indicated exclude tax.

Here are the Best Short Rib dishes in Vancouver in no particular order:

1)    Edible at the Market

Edible at the Market

Smoked Alberta Bison Shortribs & Frites with red apple, spiced pecan salad, fresh horseradish

Price: $16

Cuisine: Canadian

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Jennifer Dodd & Tom Lee

Location: 1596 Johnston Street (on Granville Island) Vancouver

Twitter: @ediblecanada

Web: http://www.ediblecanada.com/bistro.php

2)    Boneta

Boneta

Angus Beef Short Ribs, Cauliflower Puree, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Kaniwa & Walnuts

Price: $24

Cuisine: Contemporary French, Northwest

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Jason Leizert

Location: 12 Water Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @bonetavan

Web: http://boneta.ca

3)    House Guest

House Guest

The Poutine with Short Rib & Red Eye Ketchup

Price : $13

Cuisine: Eclectic, International

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Kayla Dhaliwall

Location: 332 Water Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @housexguest

Web: http://housexguest.com/

4)    Cactus Club

Cactus Club Cafe

Double Braised Pineapple Hoisin Short Rib – tender slow-braised boneless short rib, sweet pineapple glaze, marinated shiitake mushrooms, spicy Korean chili sauce, pomme puree, crispy sugar snap peas

Price: $ unknown

Cuisine: International

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Rob Feenie

Location: multiple

Twitter: @cactusclubcafe

Web: http://www.cactusclubcafe.com/

5)    The Pourhouse

The Pourhouse

Braised Short Rib –egg noodles

Price: $28

Cuisine: American, Comfort Food

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: J-C Poirier

Location: 162 Water Street

Twitter: @pourhouse_van

Web: http://www.pourhousevancouver.com

6)    Federico’s Supper Club

Federico’s Supper Club

Brasato di Manzo - Slow cooked aged boneless beef short rib, red wine, root vegetables, fresh herb gremolata, tomato, served with gorgonzola polenta

Price: $ n/a

Cuisine: Italian

On the regular menu: No

Chefs: Romy Prasad

Location: 1728 Commercial Drive

Twitter: @FedericosClub

Web: http://www.federicossupperclub.com/

7)    Mahoney & Sons

Mahoney & Sons

Braised Short Rib Sliders –garlic aioli and crispy onions

Price: $13.95

Cuisine: Pub fare

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Paul Nguyen

Location: 1055 Canada Place (Vancouver Convention Centre) Vancouver

Twitter: @MahonyAndSons

Web: www.mahonyandsons.com

8) Blue Canoe Restaurant

Blue Canoe Restaurant

Cherry Braised Short Ribs with Cherries, Roasted beets, Brown butter mash

Price: $27

Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Northwest

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Paul Haldane

Location: 140 – 3866 Bayview Street

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

Web: http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

 9) CRU Restaurant

CRU Restaurant

Syrah-braised Beef Short Rib with macaroni and cheese

Price: $ unknown

Cuisine: North West

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Alana Peckham

Location: 1459 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @CRUrestaurant

Web: http://www.cru.ca

10)    St Augustines 

St. Augustines

Brown Ale Braised Shortrib –whipped potatoes, onion jus, watercress salad.

Price: $19

Cuisine: Pub Fare

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: unknown

Location: 2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Twitter: @StAugustinesVan

Web: http://staugustinesvancouver.com/

11)    The District 

The District

Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs –served with garlic and leek mashed potato and seasonal vegetables

Price: $22

Cuisine: International

On the regular menu: Yes

Chefs: Paul Mon-Kau

Location: 13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Twitter: @districtsocial

Web: http://www.thedistrictsocial.com/

Feel free to add your comment here with your favourite Short Ribs dish in a Vancouver area restaurant and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

Best Beef Burger & Fries in Vancouver

Over the past 8 weeks I have ate my way through 10 of the best burgers all over Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver to the places that either were faved by readers alike or were on my must visit list.

You can’t judge the burger on its own, most of the time you will find fries on the side of your burger, hence this quest was not only about finding the best and most delicious beef burger it was about finding the best fries and my results are based on this combination of the burger and fries. There are many aspects of what makes a great burger, starting with the bun (was it home baked or from another bakery), the type of cheese, the sauce, the toppings and most of all the meat!

My Best Beef Burger quest was for the best ‘Premium’ or ‘Upmarket’ burger that is over $10, and not from chain restaurants with over 4 locations.

Note: The prices indicated exclude tax.

In ranking order, here are the Best Beef Burgers & Fries in Vancouver.

1)    The Oakwood – FIRST PLACE

The Oakwood

The Burger

House ground AAA Shoulder, crispy buttermilk fried onions, alfalfa sprouts,  smoked cheddar cheese, secret sauce, texture and flavour of the bun, perfectly done meat juicy and flavourful,  pickles, and tomato.

Everything is home made from the brioche bun to the buttermilk fried onion, to the pickles, and smoked cheddar

My take: This was the most unbelievable burger I had on this quest and one that I would repeatedly order in a flash. Every single ingredient here is a standout from the juicy meat, to the freshly baked poppy brioche bun, to the amazing fries and the home made ketchup.

Cost: $16

The Oakwood

2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-1965

Web: www.theoakwood.ca

Twitter: @theOakwoodKits

 

2) Stackhouse Burger Bar– SECOND PLACE

 

Stackhouse

Stackhouse Burger

6.5 oz local prime rib patty with pancetta, Portabellini, Guinness cheddar, chipotle aioli and butter lettuce served on a brioche bun with Russet potatoes fries and seasoned to perfection with fleur de sel.

My take: This is definitely the second best burger I had on this quest, Stackhouse specializes in burgers and this beef burger is one that stands out, the meat was perfectly cooked, the brioche buns are baked fresh, the portabellini and Guiness cheddar pack a punch that delivers a sensational taste.

Cost: $15

Stackhouse Burger Bar

1224 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3499

Web: http://www.stackhouseburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @StackhouseBB

 

3)       Romers Burger Bar – THIRD PLACE

Romers

Man’s Man Burger

All-natural Heritage Farms range-fed Angus beef, Thick-sliced applewood bacon, local creamery amber ale cheddar, onion strings, smoked alder salts, vine-ripened tomato, whole grain mustard. Added a side of the Fresh-Cut Fries with truffle oil and regianno.

You can ‘Pimp Your Burger’ by adding savouries, marvelous mustards, different types of cheeses and more.

My take: Another place that specializes in burgers and this Man’s Man beef burger is another one that stands out, the meat was perfectly cooked, the brioche buns are baked fresh, the onion strings and Amber ale cheddar along with the smoked alder salts made for a mouth-watering experience.

Cost: $11 burger and $7 fries

Romers Burger Bar

1873 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-732-9545

Web: http://romersburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @romersburger

 

4)    Refuel – FOURTH PLACE

Refuel

The Burger

Ground chuck 28 day aged beef, smoked bacon, Stony Paradise farms Tomatoes, aged cheddar cheese, mayo, home made bun by their own bakery at Campagnolo. Hand cut fries blanched and fried.

My take: The beef is aged from 28-35 days and the flavour comes from the aging process, the burger is fried on the grill and the meat is juicy and delicious. The ingredients are superb and these sweet red tomatoes with the aged cheddar cheese pull it all together on their home-made bun.

Cost: $16

Refuel

1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Phone: 604-288-7905 ‎

Web: www.refuelrestaurant.com

Twitter: @refuel_bar

 

5) Au Petit Chavignol – FIFTH PLACE

Au Petit Chavignol

Cheese Burger

Ground AAA beef chuck, toasted bun from Island City Bakery  with Leerdammer cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle, secret sauce, Dijon mustard, ketchup, homemade seasoning salt and frits.

My take: The meat was juicy and tender, but the combination of the Dutch Leerdammer cheese with the caramelized onions have made this burger. The Frites had a good crunch and very lightly salted.

Cost: $12 for burger, Add lettuce & Tomato +$1, Add caramelized onions+$1½

Au Petit Chavignol

845 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-255-4218

Web: www.aupetitchavignol.com

Twitter: @petitchavignol

 

6)    The District –SIXTH PLACE

The District

The No. 13 Burger

Tenderloin & Sirloin beef with tapenade & caramelized white onion mayo, cumin Gouda, secret sauces on a bun made by Fortuna bakery. Awesome fries with seasoning and a good tarragon tartar sauce on the side.

My take: this was a huge burger, the meat tasted good but fell apart too easily which made the burger difficult to eat.

Cost: $16

The District

13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Tel: 778-338-4938

Web: http://www.thedistrictsocial.com

Twitter: @districtsocial

 

7)    Market by Jean-Georges – SEVENTH PLACE

Market by Jean-Georges

Truffle Burger

Two Angus beef burger patties topped with Brie cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tasty pickles, truffle aioli on both sides of the bun, fries on the side with a light crunch, ketchup on the side.

My take: This was quite the heavenly rich burger with its 2 beef patties, brie cheese and truffle sauce, my only downside was that the fries could have been just that much better.

Cost: $18

Market by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-695-1115

Web: http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/vancouver/shangrila

Twitter: @MARKETjg_Van

 

8)    The Teahouse – EIGHTH PLACE  

The Teahouse

Chefs Burger

Canadian Angus beef, aged applewood cheddar, bacon, balsamic braised portabelini, lettuce, tomato, Dijon remoulade, big kaiser bun made by Terra breads, with fries.

My take: The meat was perfectly done, moist and delicious, the balsamic braised portabellini and the aged applewood cheddar was a wonderful combination and the big Kaiser bun just added to the great burger. The fries were disappointing, they were thin and too salty for my liking.

Cost: $16

The Teahouse

Ferguson Point, Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-669-3281

Web: http://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse

Twitter: @The_Teahouse

 

9)    Beachside Forno – NINTH PLACE

Beachside Forno

 

House-Made Wagyu Beef Burger, caramelized onions, pancetta, white cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes on a house-made milk bun and house-cut fries and ketchup on the side.

My take: The type of beef used while being top notch wasn’t moist and flavourful like the others relying on the caramelized onions and cheddar to lift it to the next level.

Cost: $16

Beachside Forno

1362 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-926-3332

Web: http://www.beachsideforno.com/

Twitter: @Beachside_Forno

 

10) Gerard Lounge — TENTH PLACE

Gerard

Beef Sirloin Burger

Canadian Angus beef, white cheddar, bacon, mushrooms, Portuguese bun, horseradish aioli & red pepper relish

My take: Although huge in appearance that didn’t make up for the overall taste of the burger. The meat was a little too dry, and the bun would have been so much better had it been a Kaiser or Brioche.

Cost: $17

Gerard Lounge

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.682.5511

Web: http://www.vancouver.suttonplace.com/restaurant/Lounge_Menu.htm

 

Note: I know there are more restaurants around the Vancouver area that have Burgers & Fries and I was unable to get to all of them on this quest.

Which Beef Burgers & Fries are your favourite from a restaurant around Vancouver or in the suburbs?

Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

The Best Fish & Chips in Vancouver

The restaurants for the best fish & chips in Vancouver are the ones that have been making this dish for quite some time. There are so many variables that come into play with fish & chips around the city and I have done my best to outline those for you. Some will wrap your take-out in eco containers or newspaper, others will serve it to you on a plate and presentation does count too. Most serve salmon, halibut and cod, some serve coleslaw as an accompaniment with the dish, most serve tartar and all of them will tell you they have the best chips in the city.

So where and how do I begin, over the past 4 weeks I have ate my way through a multitude of dishes all over  Vancouver, Richmond and West Vancouver to the places that either were faved by readers alike or were on my must visit list. I didn’t just taste the dish I ate the whole dish, if I didn’t finish the dish (there were a couple) it meant that I didn’t care for the dish.

You can’t just judge the fish or fries alone, there is a reason the dish is called Fish & Chips. On this quest I focussed on the Traditional British style although some have a bit of a Westcoast influence, since this is British Columbia after-all. I found battered fish that was made with either beer or soda in the batter, some of the fish was panko breaded, some were greasy, some of the places had the most delicious fries and some had no flavour, I had thick cut and regular sized and round, salted and unsalted, hand-cut and machine cut .

Note:  The prices indicated exclude tax.

In ranking order, these are my favourite Fish & Chips in and around Vancouver.

Note: The following first four places tied at 1st place as they were equally the Best.

 

(1) Fish Cafe (4 way tied for 1st place)

Fish Cafe

One the Plate: Fish & Chips – 2 large pieces of halibut, fries, tartar sauce and ketchup with lemon wedges.

The halibut was very good, the battered coating was golden in appearance and tasted really good.  The fries were perfectly done and tasted great, Tartar sauce was good and chunky. In the batter well it is a secret I am told.

Presentation: served on a newspaper type of paper on a frying pan

Ocean Wise: Yes

Served with: White and Malt Vinegar

$ 18.95 Halibut Fish & Chips

$ 14.95 Salmon Fish & Chips

Fish Café is located at 2053 West 41st Avenue in Vancouver.

 

(2) Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (4 way tied for 1st place)

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

On the Plate: Halibut & Chips : 1 piece of halibut, fries, tartar sauce and ketchup with lemon wedges.

The halibut was delicious, the battered coating was made with soda water, golden in appearance on the outside, crispy and tasted really good.  The fries were thickly cut, perfectly done and tasted great, the coleslaw was nice and light, tartar sauce was a tad too smooth for my liking though tasted good.

$24.95 Halibut & Chips

Presentation: served on a newspaper type of paper on a plate.

Served with: Malt Vinegar

Ocean Wise: Yes

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is at 777 Thurlow Street in Vancouver.

 

(3) Coast Restaurant (4 way tied for 1st place)

Coast Restaurant

On the Plate: Fish & Chips – 1 piece of salmon, halibut and cod along with fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce and ketchup with a wrapped lemon to squeeze.

My favourite was the Salmon which was moist and flavourful, the battered coating was lightly salted, golden in appearance and tasted really good. Second favourite was the Halibut which was perfectly cooked and flavourful and lastly was the cod. The fries were perfectly done and tasted great, the coleslaw was also very good. Tartar sauce was good and chunky. Their batter is made with lager from Hells Gate and they also use a mix of all purpose and a light rice flour as the base for it.

$ 19.95     Halibut Fish & Chips

$ 18.95     Salmon Fish & Chips

$ 17.95     Cod Fish & Chips

Presentation: served on black and white checkered paper on a plate

Ocean Wise: Yes

Served with: White and Malt Vinegar

Coast Restaurant  is located 1054 Alberni Street in Vancouver

 

(4) Go Fish (4 way tied for 1st place)

Go Fish

On the Plate: 1 piece of halibut, fries, pacific rim coleslaw, tarragon tartar sauce and lemon wedge

I tried all of the fish options and my favourite was the Salmon which was moist and full of flavour on the inside, then the Halibut and lastly the cod. The battered coating is made with Red Truck Lager to give it a clean and delicious taste, golden brown in appearance, the coleslaw was the best that I have had anywhere and the tarragon tartar sauce was wonderous.

$13 Halibut Fish & Chips

$10 Salmon fish & chips

$9 Cod Fish & Chips

Presentation: served on a plate

Ocean Wise: Yes

Served with:  Malt Vinegar on request

Go Fish is located at 1521 West Broadway, in Vancouver.

 

(5) Raincity Grill   (2nd place)

Raincity Grill

In the Takeout Container: Halibut Fish & Chips – 2 pieces of halibut + 1 extra piece with fries and greens.

The halibut with a the battered coating which was made with Lighthouse Lager was lightly sea salted, golden in appearance and tasted really good. Served with fries that were a bit too salty (also with sea salt) and greens with eco wooden utensils.

$10  Halibut Fish & Chips

Presentation: Fully bio degradable containers and cutlery

Ocean Wise: Yes

Served with:  White & Malt Vinegar packages to go

Raincity Grill is located at 1193 Denman Street in Vancouver

 

(6) Dundarave Fish Market (3rd place)

Dundarave Fish Market

On the Plate: 1 piece of halibut, fries, sassy sesame coleslaw, round sand dollar fries, tartar sauce, baja sauce and lemon wedge

The halibut was moist on the inside with a really good battered coating that is made with soda and a secret recipe, golden brown in appearance, the sand dollar fries were thin and not greasy, lightly seasoned, the sassy sesame coleslaw was very good, the two sauces worked well from the classic tartar sauce to the baja sauce.

$14.95 Halibut Fish & Chips

Presentation: served on a large oval plate

Ocean Wise: n/a

Served with:  White & Malt Vinegar

Dundarave Fish Market is located at 2423 Marine Drive in West Vancouver.

 

(7) Dockside Restaurant (4th place)

Dockside Restaurant

Fish & Chips – 2 large pieces of halibut, fries, sweet and sour tartar sauce, and ketchup

The halibut was very good, the battered coating was golden in appearance and tasted really good.  The fish was a bit too greasy. The fries were perfectly done and tasted great, Tartar sauce was good and chunky.

$16 Pilsner Battered Halibut Fish & Chips

Presentation: fish and condiments served on a plate, fries served in a bowl

Ocean Wise: Yes

Served with:  Malt Vinegar on the table

Dockside is located at 1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island) in Vancouver.

 

(8) Pajo’s Fish & Chips (5th place)

Pajos Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips – 1 piece of salmon, halibut and cod along with fries.

tartar sauce and ketchup

Favourite was the Halibut which was moist and flavourful, the battered coating golden in appearance and tasted really good. Second favourite was the Salmon which was perfectly cooked and lastly was the cod. The handcut  fries looked ok but had no flavour, made with no salt.

$14.99     Fish & Chips with 1 piece of Halibut, Salmon and Cod

$1.59         Coleslaw – chopped up served as a side dish

Presentation: served in a paper cone.

Ocean Wise: No

Served with:  White & Malt Vinegar on the table

Pajo’s at the Wharf, Steveston 604-272-1588

Pajo’s at Garry Point, Steveston 604-204-0767

Pajo’s at Rocky Point, Port Moody 604-469-2289

Pajo’s at Gates Park, Port Coquitlam 604-461-5527

 

(9) Fresh Local Wild (6th place)

Fresh Local Wild

Fish & Chips – 2 large pieces of salmon, fries, tartar sauce

The salmon was very good, the light tempura  coating was very light in appearance and tasted really good.  The fries were awesome and tasted great, Tartar sauce was good

$12 for Salmon Fish & Chips

Presentation: fish and fries served in plastic basket with tartar sauce dolloped on top.

Ocean Wise: Yes

Fresh Local Wild is a Food Truck located at the corner of Hastings and Burrard most of the time. Follow them on Twitter @freshlocalwild for hours.

 

(10) The Fish House   (7th place)

Fish House

Fish & Chips – 2  pieces of Haddock, fries, tartar sauce

The haddock was not too my liking, the batter coating was crispy and made with the Red Truck Ale, was golden in appearance and tasted really good.  The fries weren’t all that tasty, Tartar sauce with Old Bay was good.

$17.95 for Fresh Haddock Fish and Chips

Presentation: fish and condiments served on a plate, fries served in a bowl

Ocean Wise: Yes

The Fish House is located at 8901 Stanley Park Drive in Vancouver.

 

Note: I know there are more restaurants around the Vancouver area that have Fish & Chips and I was unable to get to all of them on this quest.

Which Fish & Chips are your favourite from a restaurant around Vancouver or in the suburbs?

Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

A Quest for the Best Meatballs

Meatballs are a staple on many menus not only here in Vancouver, also in many parts of the world. We often would find these little balls of goodness on the menu at an Italian restaurant on their own or served with spaghetti or in sandwich shops stuffed in a roll or baguette.

In January I began a Meatball quest to find the best meatballs in Vancouver, this was a task that seemed impossible to conquer, I quickly discovered that aside from all the Italian restaurants that had meatballs on their menus, the Greek restaurants had them too, as did many of the Asian eateries and this quest was going to take me years to finish. I decided to limit my quest to finding the best classic traditional meatball that fell in between Italy, Greece and Spain. I then discovered that each of the restaurants meatballs weren’t only made with beef, some were made with pork or lamb and some were made with beef, pork and lamb, how on earth was I going to be fair to finding the best meatballs in Vancouver.

Note: You may not agree with my opinion as my taste may not be your taste. The prices indicated exclude tax and were for one Meatballs dish. I only visited places in Vancouver, I did not venture into the suburbs on this quest.

Here are 4 of my favourite meatballs Mediterranean style, in no particular order:

1)    Italian Kitchen - Spicy Kobe Meatballs – $10.50

Italian Kitchen

Style: Italian

Location: 1037 Alberni Street

Beef meatballs (3 balls on plate) perfect dense texture, fresh tomato sauce made with roma tomatoes and roasted garlic, chilli and cracked black pepper, slice of grada padano cheese on top of each meatball.

 

2)    NU Restaurant — Keftedes Lamb Meatballs – $9.50

NU Restaurant

Style: Greek

Location: 1661 Granville Street

Keftedes lamb meatballs (3 balls in the dish), tomato sauce, dried olives, chive oil $9.50  tasty, melted in my mouth, tender with a wonderful tomato sauce. 3 balls in a rich tomato sauce.

3) Judas Goat – Beef Brisket Meatballs – $6

Judas Goat

Style: Spanish

Location: 27 Blood Alley

Beef Brisket Meatballs (4 balls on the plate) with Rustic tomato sauce, topped with grated ricotta cheese. Outstanding and well presented.

4)    Q4 al Centro — Polpette al Centro – $12

Q4 al Centro

Style: Italian

Location: 780 Richards Street

House made meatballs (3 balls on the plate), smoked caciocavallo, marsala basil pomodoro ragout, tuscan crostini. Delicious, rich, smothered in sauce.

Which restaurants Meatballs are your favourite from a restaurant around Vancouver or in the suburbs?

Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

Vancouver’s Best Desserts

It’s no secret that I have always been fond of desserts, here are some of the best desserts that I have had in the past two months in and around Vancouver. These desserts would make wonderful treats not only for moms on, before or after Mother’s Day but also for all lovers of delicious sweets.

Here are 8 of my favourite desserts, in no particular order:

1)    Lindt Single Farm Chocolate & Soil -created by Chef Hamid  Salimian

Lindt Single Farm Chocolate & Soil

What looks like soil in a ceramic flower pot, is an outstanding surprise for your tastebuds, chocolate that has a slight salty meets sweet is very unique dessert created by the chef.

The Apron Restaurant

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

2)    Lemon Merengue Pie -created by Chef Michael Deutsch

Lemon Merengue Pie

This pie is a deconstructed version of a Lemon Merengue Pie that is nothing like you thought it would be!

Fleuri Restaurant

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-642-2900

3)    Marzipan Layer Cake – Created by Chef Jean-Georges

Marzipan Layer Cake

After eating one piece of this delicious cake with mixed glazed berries, and sour cherry sorbet, I was craving another, if you love Marzipan you will love this dessert.

Market by Jean-Georges

1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-1120

4) Shattered Baklava -created by Chef Hamid Saliliman

Shattered Baklava

A Persian dessert, broken down baklava saffron pistachio ice cream, cardamom dates, rosewater honey. One of a kind dessert!

The Apron Restaurant

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

5)    Matcha Layer Cake -created by Chef Arthur Chen

Matcha Layer Cake

Matcha cream layered between a delicate white cake and its addicting!

Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

Tel: 604- 695-5502

6)   Bounet

Bounet

A traditional Piemontese pudding made with amaretti and cocoa that is exquisite.

The Bibo Italian Restaurant

1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177

7)    Walnut Cake with Carrot Sorbet -created by Chef Jennifer Peters

Walnut Cake with Carrot Sorbet

Savoury meets sweet, heavenly and left my palate in delight.

Raincity Grill

1193 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-685-7337

8)    Souffle Cheesecake -created by Chef Akiko Gonnami

Souffle Cheesecake

Strawberry-shiso compote, crystallized shiso leaf both rich and light.

Hapa Umi

110-909 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-420-4272

 

By: Richard Wolak

A Quest for the Best Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese defines comfort food at many restaurants  throughout North America, some go the traditional route with a basic dish of Macaroni noodles and sauce and others jazz them up with different shaped noodles, some add lobster, and other gourmet ingredients. I did not just taste the dish, I ate each full dish. I have spent over a month sampling my away around Vancouver to find the BEST Mac & Cheese!

Note: You may not agree with my opinion as my taste may not be your taste. The prices indicated exclude tax and were for one Mac & Cheese dish. I only visited places in Vancouver, I did not venture into the suburbs on this quest.

In ranking order, these are my favourite Mac & Cheese dishes around Vancouver.

1)    Coast Restaurant  - 1054 Alberni Street – $16

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

Very good Lobster Mac & Cheese, creamy, cheesy with lots of lobster pieces, good flavour & rich! Made with Gruyere, blue cheese, sharp cheddar and parmesan with a Bechamel sauce that had a little garlic and shallots. Nicely presented in an All-Clad steel dish! This was the very best I had out of all of the Mac & Cheese dishes I tried, and the price was affordable based on the type of ingredients in the dish.

COAST RESTAURANT

2)              100 Days – 350 Davie Street – $22

Lobster Mac & Cheese with Hennessey bisque

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

Big chunks of lobster in this dish making this one super rich and tasty. The Hennessey bisque made this dish, it was absolutely delicious and was a fine meal that came with some greens and garlic toast.

100 Days

3)    Hamilton Street Grill – 1009 Hamilton Street – $13

Mac & Cheese topped with house made Strip Loin Beef hot dog, served with 2 slices of garlic toast

Type of Noodles: cavatappi

Large dish made with gorgonzola, Sardo parmesan, and white cheddar on top. The rich and delicious sauce was made with cream, roasted garlic, splash of Tabasco, leeks and shallots. The Strip loin beef hot dog is seasoned with mustard powder and paprika. Pricewise this Mac & Cheese is value and it is a meal for a great price.

HAMILTON STREET GRILL

4)    Yew Restaurant (in Four Seasons Hotel)  - 791 West Georgia Street – $18

Truffle Mac & Cheese

Type of Noodles: casareccia

Elegantly presented in a ceramic bowl this dish was made with Farmhouse Cheddar and Black Truffle. The Béchamel sauce is made with milk (not cream) made very creamy, good and rich taste, topped with shaved truffle mushrooms.

YEW RESTAURANT

5)       Au Petit Chavignol – 843 East Hastings Street – $9

Classic Four Cheese Macaroni

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

This dish was made with Gruyere, white cheddar, orange cheddar, stilton. Loaded with cheese, the orange cheddar on top was a nice touch though was not melted enough breadcrumbs were on top of the cheese, but the Stilton cheese was overpowering in taste which overdid my palate.

AU PETIT CHAVIGNOL

6)    Acme Cafe – 51 West Hastings Street – $8

Mac & Cheese served with greens

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

Served as a meal this dish was made with a creamy béchamel sauce, topped with cheddar cheese and bread crumbs, baked in white ceramic dish and nicely lightly browned, however I couldn’t taste the breadcrumbs topping.

ACME CAFE

7)       Burgoo Bistro – 3096 Main Street   –  $10

Mac & Cheese

Type of noodles: elbow macaroni

Loaded with aged white cheddar, baked golden brown. This Mac & Cheese was pretty good, gooey, and cheesy goodness. The waiter offered me ketchup, hot sauce and pepper for my mac & cheese and I was a bit puzzled and declined as I wanted to try the Mac and Cheese as they prepared it.

BURGOO BISTRO

8)       Society – 1257 Hamilton Street –  $15.50

Baked Truffled Mac & Cheese

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

Made with Winter truffles and parmesan gratin, this dish was tasty, not over powering with the truffle, the size of the dish makes it easy not to over eat and it is not too rich this way. Nice presentation with little black skillet and served with a slice of garlic toast and greens, however the price was a little too high for this type of dish.

SOCIETY

9)   Crave on Main – 3941 Main Street –  $14

Aged Cheddar Cheese & Macaroni Gratin

Type of Noodles: penne

This dish was topped with a crumbly bread crumb mixture and sundried tomatoes and did not have much flavour. It had a creamy, cheesy sauce, however the whole dish had a bland flavour overall. It’s over priced in comparison to other Mac & Cheese dishes I had around the city.

CRAVE ON MAIN

10)     Whole Foods – 510 West 8th Avenue – $5.50

Mac & Cheese

Type of Noodles: elbow macaroni

Their Mac & Cheese is on offer most days and it is on their hot buffet bar and is sold by weight. I scooped a portion on to the plate and this was tasty, rich and cheesy, however there was too much butter and when heated in the microwave it is was too oily.

WHOLE FOODS

Do you have a favourite Mac & Cheese from a restaurant around Vancouver or in the suburbs?

Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, the cost of each excluding tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

Best Foodie Events of 2010

I went to a lot of different food and wine events during 2010 and these are the standouts of the year.

1)Q4 al Centro Opening was the best restaurant opening of the year.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/12/10/q4-al-centro-opening/

2)Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was the most entertaining event at the coolest venue that brought together some of the cities best chefs, restaurants and breweries.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/11/25/2010-ocean-wise-seafood-chowder-chowdown/

3) Joe Fortes 25th Anniversary Party was one of the most glamerous events of 2010 with delicious food and great music.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/11/16/joe-fortes-25th-anniversary/

4) 2010 Gold Medal Plates was the most amazing wine and gastronomic experiences.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/11/05/2010-gold-medal-plates-vancouver/

5) Waldorf Hotel Opening was the most fun opening of the year with amazing music, performance art and more.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/11/03/the-waldorf-hotel-opening/

6) Top Table Group Trifecta Anniversary was one of the most elegant celebrations with outstanding food and wine.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/10/29/top-table-group-trifecta-anniversary/

7) Mystery Kitchen Tour Encore was the most unique fundraiser for the Chefs Table Society

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/08/23/mystery-kitchen-tour-encore/

8) Vancouver Foodster 1 Yr Anniversary Party was the most exciting anniversary event for foodies in the city.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/07/30/vancouver-foodster-1-yr-anniversary-party/

9) Dinner on the Floating Dining Room was the most unique dining experience I have ever had created by a visionary, Shannon Ronalds.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/07/25/dinner-on-the-floating-dining-room/

10) Summer Splash at Goldfish was the most fun event of 2010 with delicious food and festivities.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/06/22/summer-splash-at-goldfish/

11) A Night at the Aquarium was the most incredible evening of food from some of Vancouver’s finest chefs and wine in the city’s most spectacular venue.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/06/18/night-at-the-aquarium/

12) Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree was the most awesome fundraiser serving outstanding seafood.

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/05/07/red-cross-red-carpet-soiree/

Note: The above events are ranked by date from the most recent.

By: Richard Wolak

A Quest for the Best Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns or Cinnamon Rolls are a staple snack at cafes and bakeries throughout North America, there are bakeries and cafes that boast their buns to be the best and there are chains that specialize in the one and only cinnamon goodness. I have spent a month sampling my away around Vancouver to find the BEST Cinnamon Bun or Roll.

Note: You may not agree with my opinion as my taste may not be your taste. Most of the buns and rolls are from independents with a few chains though I did steer clear from the national chains that only make cinnamon buns. The prices indicated include tax and were for one cinnamon bun/roll. I only visited places in Vancouver, I did not venture into the suburbs on this quest.

In ranking order, these are my favourite Cinnamon Buns and Rolls around Vancouver.

1) Grounds For Coffee 2565 Alma Street – $3.73

Gooey, big, the most perfect amount of cinnamon, thin layers of dough, topped with tasty white icing, delicious taste and the very best that I had.

GROUNDS FOR COFFEE

2) Cobs – Multiple locations – $2.80

Large, perfect amount of cinnamon, thin layers of dough, topped with tasty white icing, lots of layers of goodness.

COBBS

3) Crème de la Crumb – 466 Granville Street – $3.64

Small for the price, good amount of cinnamon, topped with the best vanilla bean white icing, tasty. The icing is what makes these buns so good.

CREME DE LA CRUMB

4) Solly’s –3 locations — $3.08

Good size, perfectly textured with layers of flakey dough, moist, full of cinnamon, tasty.

SOLLY`S

5) Bean Around The World –multiple locations — $2.70

Gooey, big, good amount of cinnamon , topped with white icing.

BEAN AROUND THE WORLD

6) Kaplan’s –5775 Oak Street — $3.08

Huge, yeasty texture dough that was a bit dry, lots of cinnamon and lots of raisins.

KAPLAN`S

7) Whole Foods Cambie – 510 West 8th Avenue

Gigantic, full of rains, dense, topped with honeyed pecans.

WHOLE FOODS

8) Melriches –1244 Davie Street — $2.91

Big, dry bun, not a great tasting dough, right amount of cinnamon, with few raisins.

MELRICHES

Do you have a favourite Cinnamon Bun or Roll from a bakery or café around Vancouver or in the suburbs?

Feel free to add your comment here and name the place and their location, the cost of each including tax and why you think they are the best!

By: Richard Wolak

A Quest for the Best Green Onion Pancakes

I am sure that you can find Green Onion Pancakes on many Chinese restaurant menus around the city. Green Onion Pancakes is a favourite comfort food for many. My quest was to find the most unique and tasty Green Onion Pancakes. In ranking order, these are my favourites from the Green Onion Pancakes that I have eaten in the city.

1) LIN CHINESE CUISINE – 1537 West Broadway, Vancouver

After eating these Green Onion Pancakes ($4.99), I thought they were very good and the best that I had tasted on my quest, the pancakes had lots of flavour and I could taste the green onions, the pancakes were puffed nicely.

Green Onion Pancakes


2) LEGENDARY NOODLE – 4191 Main Street, Vancouver

The dough was flattened and then the pancake was fried in the pan on both sides until
crispy, these Green Onion Pancakes ($3.50) didn’t have much flavour, they were oily!

Crispy Fried Pan Cake

3) YOPO – 1122 Homer Street, Vancouver

Fried to a nice looking golden brown, these Green Onion Pancakes ($3.95) were kind of bland and had the least amount of flavour as the other ones that I had tried.

Green Onion Pancakes

Which restaurant has your favourite Green Onion Pancakes and why? Add your comment here along with the name of the restaurant, location, why you think their’s are the best and how much they cost.

By: Richard Wolak

Best Patios with a View

Vancouver is fortunate to have some great restaurants with outdoor or indoor patios that overlook spectacular views. This list represents some of the Best patios in the city with a view.

View from Go Fish

1) The Teahouse at Ferguson Point, Stanley Park Drive

2) Seasons in the Park at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park

3) Marine Mill Bistro at 1199 West Cordova

4) Local Public Eatery at 2210 Cornwall Avenue

5) Go Fish at 1505 West 1st Avenue

6) Bridges on Granville Island at 1696 Duranleau Street

7) C Restaurant at 1600 Howe Street

8)  NU at 1661 Granville Street

9) Westward Ho at UBC at 5185 University Boulevard

10) Galley Patio & Grill at Jericho Beach at 1300 Discovery Street

11) Prospect Point Cafe at 5601 Stanley Park Drive

12) Cardero’s at 1583 Coal Harbour Quay

Note: these places are in no particular order, they all offer spectacular views of different parts of the city.

By: Richard Wolak

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