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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Greek Islands in Abbotsford.

which location are you referring to (one's great, one's crap.)
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

Barbs fish and chips at the dock in Victoria is probably the best fish and chips I've ever had!
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Cookies Grill in Chilliwack :)
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Sorry, but if you add the Keg and the Hard Rock cafe then your other opines fall into question.

I was not talking chains, but actual restaurants. The menu at the Keg in the US is slightly different from back home--try asking for Billy Miner Pie down here. As for Hard Rock, it is just over priced American food--but the best experience we had was in Destin. Another place I love is the Cheesecake Factory in Denver. Best Barbecue joint is Mungia's in Heidenheimer, TX.

I will never forget laughing when the waitress at Gina's Mexican restaurant in Nanaimo had tried to tell me that Chipotle Chicken was one of the spiciest on their menu. Compared to the Cajun and Tex-mex food we eat here, it was bland.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

clearly you've never eaten at my grandmother's kitchen :P


A challenge, eh?
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

A challenge, eh?

considering my grandma passed away a long while ago, the challenge would be moot.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

considering my grandma passed away a long while ago, the challenge would be moot.


Yeah, mine too, but I think I still got some canned goods she made laying around...
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

Michel's at the Colony Surf in Honolulu - first time back in the mid-1970's on my honeymoon. Terrific lobster bisque.
http://www.michelshawaii.com/

Talk of the Town in Santa Barbara (since closed down after being open for years). Incredible Chateaubriand for two. In Vancouver the closest Chateaubriand is at the Black and Blue Steakhouse also terrific Prime Rib.
http://www.glowbalgr...e/#menu_section

Chicago... has to be deep dish pizza and the classic place is the original Pizzeria Uno (nope not Lou Malnati's) and also other very good Italian dishes.
http://761.unotogo.c.../site/sitep.jsp

Seattle - Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (also in other cities) - I go with the bone-in cowboy ribeye, Potatoes Lyonnaise and creamed spinach.
http://www.ruthschris.com/menu/steak/
http://www.ruthschri...cations/seattle

Montreal - always stop in for smoked meat sandwich. My go to place for years was Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen
http://schwartzsdeli.com/ca/en/
but it seemed to be slipping in recent years so I switched to Lester's Deli
http://www.lestersdeli.com/

And of course in Montreal poutine is a must - and a place recommended to me years back (and not by Pierre Poutine) and it is still great is Ma'amm Bolduc. The Poutine Bourguignonne with, beef,red wine, garlic, mushrooms and onions... unbelievable.
http://maammbolduc.com/en/accueil

And in the Centre of the Universe, the Big Smoke, TO, the home to your Stanley Cup Champion Maple Leafs - a burger place??? Yup.
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And in TO great Portuguese food at Chiado.
http://www.chiadorestaurant.com/
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Chicago... has to be deep dish pizza and the classic place is the original Pizzeria Uno (nope not Lou Malnati's) and also other very good Italian dishes.
http://761.unotogo.c.../site/sitep.jsp

i disagree, Lou's will always be my favorite deep dish. uno's is decent though.

Edited by avelanch, 07 January 2013 - 02:27 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

Ruth Chris is really good. I like Uno, but prefer Giordanos.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Ruth Chris is really good. I like Uno, but prefer Giordanos.

giordanos is better reheated the second day. it's too watery fresh though.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

which location are you referring to (one's great, one's crap.)


Langdon Street. I've never been to the other one.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

Anton's
Bau Chau
Phnom Penh
Tropika or Banana Leaf
Posh
Meat & Bread
Kobe's


Hands down best place if you're looking for something not too expensive/fancy. Try the chicken wings, it'll be the best wings you've ever had.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

Where can I get some good wings? Also has anyone been to The Charlatan on Commercial? How is that in terms of quality and ambiance?
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:42 AM

(I haven't been to these places in at least 10 years so I don't know if the quality is still good.)

Olympia Pizza on W. Broadway. Really good house special pizza as well as lasagna.

Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler. I worked there and was able to sample anything the chefs overcooked, like moose. Amazing. Expensive though, a 3 course menu is $98. 5 course is $168.

Wigan Pier in Squamish has really good fish and chips. Catch of the day / the red snapper is delicious. I lived literally across the street from it. Just read a review that said it's voted the best fish and chips place in BC.

Los Margaritas, someone already mentioned this one.

Zog's / Beavertails in Whistler Village has a good poutine.


This one is closed down but had the best curry beef chow mein I've ever ate: Whistler Noodle House in Marketplace.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:50 AM

Zog's / Beavertails in Whistler Village has a good poutine.

Poutine locally?
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:00 AM

I was not talking chains, but actual restaurants. The menu at the Keg in the US is slightly different from back home--try asking for Billy Miner Pie down here. As for Hard Rock, it is just over priced American food--but the best experience we had was in Destin. Another place I love is the Cheesecake Factory in Denver. Best Barbecue joint is Mungia's in Heidenheimer, TX.

I will never forget laughing when the waitress at Gina's Mexican restaurant in Nanaimo had tried to tell me that Chipotle Chicken was one of the spiciest on their menu. Compared to the Cajun and Tex-mex food we eat here, it was bland.


What's the difference between a Billy miner pie in the states than Canada?!

I love the billy miner pie at my local kegs.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:59 PM

And some poutine places to try according to the Vancouver Sun's Francois Marchand:


Several Vancouver restaurants offer decent traditional poutine (La Belle Patate on Davie comes to mind), and more than a few serve approximations or a complete re-interpretation of the classic dish (breakfast poutine ... yeesh). With so many places to choose from, here are three Vancouver spots where you can’t go wrong:


Frenchies


425 Dunsmuir Street


It could be the fleur-de-lys flags, the Montreal Canadiens memorabilia, or the fact that it is designed to look like an old-school ’50s diner, but there’s something about Frenchies that just screams, “QUEBEC!” and makes it my favourite spot for poutine in Vancouver.


What you get at Frenchies is the real thing: Nice, crispy fries (no skin) and a mound of authentic, deliciously squeaky cheese curds dressed in a perfectly balanced, golden brown St. Hubert gravy. (St. Hubert is a popular chain of rotisserie chicken restaurants in Quebec famous for its sauce.)


At $6.95 for a small and $9.95 for a medium (a large, really), it might seem a bit pricey, but it’s a knockout worth every penny. Pair it with a “steamie” hotdog or Frenchies’ killer smoked meat sandwich and take your tastebuds on a trip to La Belle Province.


Dunn’s Famous


827 Seymour Street


This Montreal smoked meat chain has been around since 1947 and is a relative newcomer to the Vancouver scene, but they do poutine right. The main difference at Dunn’s is the gravy, which is lighter and a little more zingy than I normally like. (Some have likened it to Swiss Chalet sauce, which isn’t totally wrong — it’s more akin to the flavour of BBQ chips, another Quebec favourite.)


That said, the fries/cheese/gravy combo is solid, and if you like your curds on the melty rather than squeaky side, this is it. At $6.99, it may not be the most impressive-looking plate, but it packs the right punch. A good idea would be to pair it with another item, but be warned that the rest of the menu at Dunn’s isn’t cheap.


Bonus: Dunn’s is a nice enough place to hang out with friends if you don’t mind the more “upscale,” chain-like version of the Montreal smoked meat and poutine experience.


Zako’s Deli


500 West Broadway


An unassuming, Montreal-inspired, family-run joint a stone’s throw away from City Hall, Zako’s Deli was one of the first places I found after moving to Vancouver a few years ago. Zako’s isn’t a fancy spot, but owner Salah knows where to source his ingredients (his smoked meat is the real deal, too).


If it’s a big portion you’re craving, a large poutine will set you back just $6.50 (a sizable small portion is a buck cheaper), and what you’ll get is quite the gut-buster: A mountain of greasy fries topped with a thick brown gravy (bonus: it’s vegetarian-friendly).


Zako’s poutine isn’t for the faint of heart, as a recent visit proved yet again. This is a heavy, salty, soggy mound that can be a little hit-and-miss, and you certainly don’t go to Zako’s for the ambience. However, if you’ve got a hankering for a family-style Quebec poutine, give Zako’s a spin.

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Three+spots+poutine+Vancouver/7829663/story.html#ixzz2IOkeUgEw

But he says avoid Smoke's Poutinerie:


New all-poutine joint Smoke’s Poutinerie doesn’t offer an excellent poutine. It doesn’t serve a terribly good one, either.


The Ontario-based chain recently opened two locations in Vancouver — one on Granville, the other on Robson, with a third coming for “downtown east” — and markets itself as the first restaurant of its kind in the world devoted entirely and solely to poutine.


That’s highly questionable.

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Restaurant+review+search+authentic+poutine+Smoke+Poutinerie/7829650/story.html#ixzz2IOl9RtpU
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

Anyone had a memorable food experience in the West End? Specifically Denman or thereabouts? I'm moving back to Vancouver in February and to the West End for the first time...
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