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NSCS Discovery1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Breakfast at the Jericho hostel
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:53am [Dine in]

We popped into the Discovery Café downstairs at the Jericho Youth Hostel for breakfast while scootering around the area on a sunny Saturday morning. Ordered the corn beef hash for me and the others got Chuckwagon breakfasts. Coffees was rich and we enjoyed a couple cups while we waited about 40 minutes for meals. There were only a couple other tables occupied so I don't know why it took so long but we weren't in any rush.

The corned beef hash was excellent...real corned beef (texture like pulled pork) with roast potatoes, onions and red peppers seared up with two soft poached eggs and hollandaise on top. The Chuckwagons were scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, hash brown potatoes and a dish of baked beans. Each breakfast came with an enormous wedge biscuit with butter and jam. Lots of delicious food. Bill for three people was $42 including a tip. We'd definitely come back for breakfast and now we're wondering what lunch/dinner would be like.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Going down hill
By wicket777 of Delta, B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

It was a nice sunny day in Steveston, and we decided to drop by Kisamos for lunch to see if we could get a table because the last few times we tried to go there during dinner they were packed. They weren't busy at all, with only 4 or so other tables. We were greeted nicely and got a table right away. We didn't take too long to order, I went with the calamari plate and my wife went with lamp chops.
Then we started to wait while our two kids got fussy.... Luckily the server brought some small pieces of pita which were warm and tasted good.
Eventually, about 25 minutes later, I noticed that the lamp chops were at the window, but they sat there, waiting for the calamari so they could be brought together.. Food all arrived finally after about 30 mins. Quite a long wait given that they weren't busy, but I figured they had to cook the lamp chops... So we started to eat.
Greek salad - Cucumbers were definitely not fresh, a bit mushy. Not enough feta, and the tomatoes weren't too fresh either.
Rice - Was just ok.
Potatoes - Were somewhat overcooked, but not horrible.
Lamp chops - These were actually not bad. Not overcooked, and seasoned nicely.
Calamari - Biggest disappointment. They were a bit mushy, and almost tasteless. They should have been the star of the dish. Some of them even seemed a bit underdone. I would have complained, but we had waited so long for our food and we had to leave so I just left the food and paid the bill.

We have been to Kisamos many times in the past and have always enjoyed the food. This trip, however, left me feeling sick to my stomach due to the mushy calamari, so we won't be returning. The best thing we ate was the pita bread.

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Seahorse Grill12147 Sullivan Street, Surrey
Little Gem in Crescent Beach
By Allegra_50 of surrey bc (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

In the past this restaurant was a very special night out for us along with many visitors we've brought, offering culinary delights until last Sunday night. I ordered their weekly special, roast beef, assuming since that this is the weekly special this choice would be a perfected dish.Our server was very pleasant, friendly and upbeat so we where prepared for a wonderful food experience.
Sad to say when my roast beef arrived I noticed my Yorkshire pudding was burnt and after a taste confirmed it was uneatable. Next was the roast beef, it was very tough and the flavour did not make up for any toughness.
I can understand that perhaps this was an off night for the chef but the server, however friendly she was, never did ask us how our meal was. Even when she could see the uneaten Yorkshire pudding never inquired for the left food on the plate.
Our hope is that this past gem can somehow gain our confidence back.

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Bella Vita Restaurant22471 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Lost Me and My Family
By ridgefamily of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

We have been coming to Bella Vita for well over 15 years as our go to place for great food and service. Unfortunately that all came to a stop after after our last visit. My wife, daughter and I were meeting my parents (who also have been loyal customers for over 20 years) for a nice dinner out. What we experienced was far below what we are normal accustomed to. The service although adequate was nothing like we had experienced in the past and the food was at best sub par. Of the meals ordered (2 filets, 1 salmon, 1 prime rib, and 1 new york steak with neptune topping) none were cooked as ordered or well. The worst was the new york steak which was order medium rare and came out well done. We actually sent this item back and the second attempt was no better then the first. In addition to not being cooked right the steak was less then 1/2" thick and about 40% fat, not exactly what you'd except. My wife who ordered the salmon (which was way over done) was told that dinners included potatoes and rice. There were no potatoes on any of our plates. When we go out I have no problem sending money to get a quality meal, I do however have a problem when all you get is a meal and service that could of been found at a family restaurant for half the price.

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ABC Country Restaurant3580 No. 3 Road, Richmond
A solid breakfast and dinner choice; you cannot go wrong
By SirJeivus of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Hi DineHere readers,

I've seen ABC country at its infancy, and out of all the times I've eaten there I'd like to do the restaurant some justice and remark on my experience here.

ABC Country is a family restaurant with a farm theme as shown by the pitchforks and the old-school lamps as some of the decorations you will encounter there. As inferred by the random farm ornaments decorating the interior, ABC Country Restaurant has an emphasis on farm-fresh local ingredients and you can really taste it in the food. For breakfast, there is only one thing I order and that is the Farmer Sausage Skillet. If it is your first time eating breakfast there, I highly recommend it. It has farm fresh sausage, scallions, mushrooms, cheese, potatoes, and your choice of egg or egg whites (egg whites at no extra charge is a plus) along with some toast on the side.

For breakfast, I always ask for egg whites and multi-grain toast with no butter on it with my farmer sausage skillet. As for dinner, I usually get the pulled-pork sandwich with skinny fries and substitute the coleslaw with a small garden salad with raspberry vinaigrette. However, no matter what I order, the food is consistently great, fresh tasting, properly portioned and of great value. The servers have no problems adjusting to the substitutions I request and they are done at no extra charge.

They often have coupons in the Richmond Review (?) and have a frequent diner reward system. For every 5 times you dine there, you get your next entree up to 10 dollars free! Their frequent diner reward system used to have a 3 month expiry from the first stamp, but now it doesn't expire anymore. Also, they have seasonal promotions where a free dessert is included (usually the Mount Baker ice cream and cake dessert) when you order 2 entrees from a special menu. There are free refills on pop and bottomless fries, which is a plus.

In Richmond, where ethnic foods tend to outnumber western foods, this place has always been rock solid for a simple burger or wholesome country favourites and I will be returning here for as long as this place remains this way.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes10551 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Food hasn't changed over 5 years, but the service was an all-time low
By SirJeivus of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

Hi DineHere users,

Just to let you know where I am coming from, I've lived in Richmond for over 25 years and I've been at this restaurant a total of 10 times over the course of 5 years. I tried to submit a review on the IHOP official site, but there was a bug with the submission form and I was unable to inform them of the poor service my girlfriend and I received last Sunday.

We came in for brunch on Sunday, September 7th at 11 AM. The front of the house was kind and seated both of us promptly. I ordered the 2x2x2 (Which is 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 buttermilk pancakes) and my girlfriend had a steak omelette. Our food came within a reasonable time. However, when I asked for extra whipped cream for my girlfriend's pancakes, our server said "Why not just use the butter on yours"? We didn't ask for our bill yet because we were still eating, and our server plopped down our check and walked away hastily. She was about 5 metres away when I was trying to ask her for take out containers. I don't want to name names, but my server's name started with a "M".

The food has not changed: it was barely edible and the reason I did not complain is because the quality of the food is consistent with how it was 5 years ago, with the exception of the pancakes. The buttermilk pancakes were dry and spongy, and soaked up the maple syrup like a sponge. My eggs and sausage were luke-warm and did not taste fresh. I expect a little more quality if I am paying 8.99 for a simple breakfast.

The ambiance is alright, and probably the only thing I have nothing negative to say about. The tables were clean and they changed the syrup holders so they are more spill-proof.

This place has its work cut out for them if they are going to compete with other local family restaurants like ABC Country Restaurant and Cora's, both which I would highly recommend over this place.

After giving this place multiple tries, I think I'm confident in saying I'll never come back to this location again. I know IHOPs vary by place, but as far as the Richmond one goes I'm done with it.

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Blacksheep Pub & Grill12968 232nd Street, Maple Ridge
Worth The Drive
By Digby_Scallops of out there (49 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:45am [Dine in]

This spot could only be termed a point of destination, as no one would knowingly go there on purpose if they didn't know what awaited them upon arrival. The Black Sheep is probably one of the best pubs in the lower mainland, nestled in the shade of the mountains just about as far as you can go on the road to Golden Ears Park. I've been going here for nearly 35 years. This is the reincarnation of the original pub, having moved from across the street where it was a quaint spot, almost always full & difficult to get in. Today it is a almost a sports bar with a liquor store attached. But one thing has not changed and that is the wings. Monday nights is their .29 special with beverage purchase. No take out. Last night after golfing (a good round!) a buddy and I ordered 15 each, shared a side of fries with gravy & an ice cold Guiness each. It just doesn't get much better. So if you are looking for a good meal, reasonably priced & don't mind a drive, try out The Black Sheep in Maple Ridge.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A great surprise.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:31am [Dine in]

The original plan was to go to the restaurant across the street. When we got there, found out that they close on Sundays. It was already 8pm so don't feel like driving some where else. So what do you do? You pivot and look around. Hmm, a greek restaurant across the street and it's open! So in we go.

Usually it's not a good sign when you walk into a restaurant and there are only 2 other patrons sitting at a table in the corner. But they are open! So we were greeted and sat at a table by the window. The interior looks like any other greek restaurant, blue, fake plants, bronze cook wares/decors on the wall, but this one feels oddly cozy. Maybe because of the wide open layout and the high ceiling.

Menu looks typical. Ordered the calamari which the waiter proclaimed as "the best calamari in town", their "best dish in the house" lamb shoulder, and the chef's new creation, smoked salmon. After those claims, me and the missus anxiously waited for our food so i could call the waiter a liar.

Calamari came. Gone in sixty seconds! How bout that, an honest waiter. Their calamari is now tie as "the best calamari in town" in my book. Would definitely go back for more if i'm in that area. Because the other best is only 5 mins from our home.

The lamb shoulder and smoked salmon arrived on our table. Portion was good, be prepare to pack some leftovers. The rice has good flavour, the potatoes were delicious (which i rarely touch in other greek restaurant), the greek salad is well, normal greek salad (not a bad thing).

The lamb is tender. No knife needed here. Could use a bit more seasoning though. But, above average as is. The smoke salmon should be on the menu!! It's a crime of cruelty to serve that to people and then take it away. The agony of not tasting that would be a torture. Ok, maybe that's a bit dramatic but that smoke salmon will make you say "OMG".

I gave a rating of 3-solid for the food because this was my first time here. Although the meal should get a 4 for food, it won't be fair to give a high mark based on one sitting.

Overall, i would go back. The food was great. The service was excellent. Darryl (the waiter) is very attentive and hilarious. And he ain't a liar.

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San Remo Pizza3008 Flint St, #108, Port Coquitlam
going down
By fatgirl of poco (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:24am [Dine in]

went into san remo we were seated at the bar. there were tables available. ordered the ravioli. wow so much chesse. when i finally found the pasta. so disappointed. it was frozen crap not like real pasta and way undercooked. hard and nothing in it. wont go back. this place was better when it was small.

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Inno Bakery2332 Marpole Ave, Port Coquitlam
going down
By fatgirl of poco (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:19am [Take-out]

when inno first opened it was clean and fresh. the last time i was in. there were fruit flies all through the store. ants yes ants packed in the plastic bags with the fresh bread. the size of the loafs r getting smaller and smaller. it needs a visit from the health inspector.

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Ming & Sing Chinese Express873 Village Drive, Port Coquitlam
in one door and out the other
By fatgirl of poco (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:09am [Take-out]

this food is beyond fast. it is greasy crap. im sure they use msg. will not return.if you are going to open and run a restaurant ensure your food is quality. people want good food they dont want junk. do you actually taste it as you are cooking it. its not always about making money.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Came in not really expecting much...
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I have only been here once but I already LOVED this place. The restaurant doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but when you try the food, you will realize it’s good.

Thankfully, we had a reservation so did not have to wait (Tip #1: get a reservation!). Once we were seated, at first I was undecided on whether I should order samosas or pakoras, as I am a huge fan of both, so the waiter suggested I try the Mixed Platter. It came with samosas and pakoras together, and could serve two people for a price of $10. I also had dal turka (dark lentils) with rice pulao. Lastly, I had yogurt called raita and a crispy cracker called pappadum for $2 each. Was impressed with everything I ate! The food was amazing and SOO GOOD. Seriously, Akbar’s must have some of the best Indian food in town, if not THE best!

All the restaurant workers that we interacted with were very polite and well mannered. Our waiter was very thoughtful, making sure we were comfortable and giving us good suggestions when asked.

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Ginger Garlic Cuisine of India1738 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good choice in West End
By KeyWester of West End, Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 4:57pm [Delivery]

Our regular Indian for the past couple of years. Far superior to other choices up the hill on Davie. Have only had delivery which is free and has always been timely, hot and accurate. Mains including butter chicken and prawn karhai are top notch as are pakoras, naan and raita. Highly recommended.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Once was enough
By snk1982ca of North Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:30am [Dine in]

Went here for a birthday. While waiting for the group, we were standing by out long table and were ordered to sit down (some liquor license thing), so we could no longer all talk. When everyone arrived, they took first drink order but someone, after about 30 minutes, had to tell server we wanted to order. Food then took so long we thought they were shopping for the ongredients. I had a smoked salmon pizza. Think overdone bread, a thin layer of tomato sauce and topped with cold lox that should go on a bagel. What a joke of a kitchen. Never will I go here again. Vancouver has too many great places to waste time on slow service and mediocre food.

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Krispy Kreme7153 120 St, Delta
If these are not doughnuts I don't know what is
By eating good food of Vancouver (115 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Been here many times (How could I not) These have got to be the best doughnuts in Canada for sure. They are sooooo good. My favourites are the Mocha and the Kreme Glazed Filled.....Yeah, sure their doughnuts are fattening, but they are really really good....I just wouldn't eaten them often. I like the feel of the place to. I think it's got a great ambiance.

Seriously, if you are in the area you HAVE to try a doughnut from here and don't tell me that you don't like them, because I won't believe you

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White Spot333 Brooksbank Ave, #1100, North Vancouver
3rd time not a charm
By exbell of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

This my 3rd visit to this location.but I have only ate here once.I went to this restaurant about a year ago and was promptly seated by a hostess,after that I watched servers go by. No one stopped to get our order or even pick up the menus. We watched the booths fill up around us and servers taking their orders, we got up and left,
Talk about déjà vu this time we we're put in a section with 2 other parties,both waiting to pay the bill. They both ended up going up to the till to pay whoever was there. No one ever came to us,none of the hostesses passing by even noticed the menus still on our table once again latecomers getting prompt attention. I sat there with my 2 sons for 1/2 an hour and then left. When we were leaving unserved again the hostess vaguely looked at me, probably thought it was a dine and dash. Don't Go To This Location. Lonsdale and park royal great.

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Jim The Greek's Taverna9441 120 Street, Delta
If you want some quality Greek Food, come here
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Jim's is a household name for me. Whenever I want some quality Greek food, I order from the best - here! I have been coming here for years now with my family, ever since I was little. What I love about Jim's, or at least what keeps me coming back is the warm, honey feeling Jim treats us with everytime we go in for a bite. He makes us feel at home and like family. Not to mention the servers are superbly trained in being helpful and accomodating. And how could I forget the food! Their kalamaria tastes delicious, especially with the tzatziki sauce, but my favorite is their lamb souvlaki. The lamb meat is tender always soft and tender.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
4 Brothers is always a good choice for pizza
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2014 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

Commercial Drive is full of pizza places. Seriously. There are several around this area which makes it all the better for the customer as there are tons of options to chose from. Pizza places have to compete with each other and up their game.

That being said, QUALITY prevails in this family-run restaurant. I like 4 Brothers because the ingredients are fresh, the pizza is not greasy and it is cheap. From the menu, I always prefer the super hawaiian pizza. The variety of toppings to chose from are endless, and if you don't like what's being offered in the menu, you can make your own pizza from scratch.

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Boston Pizza1333 West Broadway, #190, Vancouver
The wings and only the wings
By eating good food of Vancouver (115 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

I come here on Monday's sometimes because their double order of wings are $6 off. I really like their boneless wings (Actually all the wings) and I have had a fish burger once and that was good, but don't like anything else on their menu. I don't like their pizza, I don't like their pasta and I certainly don't like their beef burgers.

I usually come with a friend of mine, and I won't order anything but the wings and fries.....He will get a beer and some pasta dish....He likes it.

But the wings that I order are really really good and filling....and I love the sauces that I am able to get with it. would give it a 4, but have eaten other foods here too, so down graded to a 3.

Service is always sensational at Boston Pizza. Probably the only reason why I even returned to a Boston Pizza after eating other stuff on their menu that was crappy. Glad I tried their wings though.....That's good

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Candia Taverna4510 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
You gotta come here at least once
By eating good food of Vancouver (115 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place many times before on and off. Don't know why I don't patron here more often....Maybe I like hamburgers too much, but anyways.

Last week I came here with a friend of mine.....the décor I find is great. It's a little crampy, so wouldn't suggest coming with a large crowd.....but a few friends would definitely be great. It was pretty busy when we came, so after a few moments my friend and I just went up to the front and asked to be seated, which was fine (Hey, it's not White Spot, Milestone's or Earl's) it's an independently owned restaurant.....they don't need to impress us by having some hot hostess waiting at the door to seat us.......not all restaurant owners have excess money to hire staff members that are not required (Just good service and good food is what I am looking for)

Anyhow, we were seated and since we were two we sat at the two seater table by the wall, but later on a lady (owner?) asked us if we would like one of the bigger centre tables regardless if it was just us. We gladly accepted (Good Service there)

Shortly after we ordered. I ordered chicken fettucini with alfredo sauce, and my friend ordered a large souvlaki dinner. We shared a saganaki. The saganaki was ok. I guess in order for it to be good, you have to pretty much eat it right after it comes off the stove. I guess by the time it gets to your table it hardens, but I notice that at all Greek restaurants when I get Saganaki (not the restaurants fault....guess just the way it is) So I guess I won't be eating Saganaki ever again at a restaurant.

Anyhow, main dishes.....OH MY GOODNESS. Flavourful Fettucini. oh and it came with a choice of a salad (I chose ceasar) both were fantastic and for only $14 and BIG portion. My friends souvlaki was BIG....yes, it was a large but wasn't expecting that size. I think it came with 2 souvlakia if I remember correctly.....I finished my food, but my friend had to take theirs to go......My friend actually complained that they even put TOO much rice (but hey, better than not enough I say)

This is certainly a place that I will be coming back to more often.....cheap prices and good food. I mean really. You HAVE to try this place and DON'T tell me that you don't like it.

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