The 36th Annual Vancouver Pride Festival gets underway the weekend of August 1-3, starting off on Friday evening with Davie Street Block Party on Davie Street. The highlight of the weekend is of course the Parade which takes place throughout the Westend in downtown Vancouver on Sunday August 3rd. Knowing where to eat and drink throughout the Westend neighborhood is key, here is your guide to some of those places.
1225 Burrard Street
Great spot for Mexican baked goods, coffees, tacos, tortas and more. Make sure you try the Pollo Torta with pulled chicken, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato, chipotle onions and cilantro along with one of their house baked Conchas a delicious bun topped with a crunchy icing sugar of sorts and a Cortado made with Moja coffee.
Score on Davie
1262 Davie Street
Tel: (604) 632-1646
Cuisine: Comfort food and drinks
From Caesars to a whole range of cocktails, to burgers, wings and more. Make sure you try the Ain’t No Thang Caesar made with Chicken Wings, Onion Rings and vodka.
833 Denman Street
Open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekend. Make sure you try the ribs, beef brisket and anything barbq, as well Chef Henry’s Barbq sauce is a must. Also a great spot for draft beer and cocktails.
1789 Comox Street
Cuisine: Steak Seafood
Enjoy dinner nightly, brunch on weekends and martinis all the time. Make sure you try the Mushroom Strudel, Duck Confit, Spring Creek Cherry braised beef short ribs, Spring Creek 40 day aged Tenderloin & Dijon & Herb crusted Lamb loin. At Brunch the Montecristo French Toast with House Smoked Bacon Maple Syrup is a must try.
1107 Davie Street
Cuisine: Juice and smoothies
Refresh and recharge with a smoothie or fresh juice. Make sure you try the “Pina-Ava-Coco-Gaga” (coconut water, milk & meat, Avocado, vanilla & pineapple) or the, “Choco-Awesome” (almond milk, peanut & apple butter, raw cocoa, honey, banana, apple & VEGA Protein).
751 Denman Street
Cuisine: North African, Middle Eastern
A hybrid menu of bistro classics, kissed by tastes of the colonies: North Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
1210 Denman Street
Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure you try the Milestone’s Signature Prime Rib Hash with thinly sliced AAA Prime Rib, bell pepper’s, sweet onion, roasted corn and potatoes in our specialty hash seasoning; and Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes both on the brunch menu.
1072 Denman Street
Open nightly for dinner and brunch on the weekend. Make sure you try the Grilled vegetable and Okanagan goat cheese sandwich on spelt bread for brunch.
795 Jervis Street
Open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekend. Make sure you try the Moroccan specialty dishes including the Lamb Sandwich, Moroccan Flatbread and the Ricotta Strudel with fresh cherries, Cointreau, mixed berry coulis.
1505 Robson Street
Open all day, make sure you try one of their Coffee Buns, coffee by JJ Bean.
1680 Robson Street, Vancouver
It is all about the pizza here, make sure you try the seriously good, SPUD Pizza with sliced potatoes, oven roasted rosemary, fresh garlic, Grana Padano, red onion, cauliflower purée.
De Dutch Pannekoek House
1725 Robson Street
Open for breakfast and lunch through the weekend. Make sure you try the Strawberry and whip cream Pannekoeken or the De bakon and cheese Pannekoeken.
By: Richard Wolak