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778guyVancouverSince September 4, 200618 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
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Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Big Mistake
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

A group of friends and I decided to enjoy the weather down in beautiful white rock as well as some food. We made the mistake of choosing a decent looking place on the main drag called "Docks ". Docks has a decent view of the beach and appeared to have an authentic British fish and chips menu, we all had cod and chips. The food itself wasn't terrible however the complete lack of service and friendliness was downright palatable. No waters brought, the beers and food arrived at the same time after a lengthy wait and the server was not seen again till we flagged her down for the bills. Upon paying there was zero hospitality or thanks for our patronage, needless to say the tips we did leave reflected our dissatisfaction. Do yourself a favor and go anywhere else on the strip for fish and chips because there are plenty of better options.

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V-Nam175 East 3rd St., North Vancouver
Decent decent food but service and value have gone downhill.
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I have mixed feelings about submitting this review but I feel its time to be honest about this place I once loved. V-Nam opened a few years back, filling a much needed gap in restaurant choices on the North Shore. Vietnamese cuisine was poorly and under represented on the Shore and I was excited to have a new Pho spot to check out. My early visits were impressive, the food was very good, the service was efficient, friendly and the price and value was great. The actual restaurant itself has never been anything too exciting, it's small and other than a couple of interesting fish tanks and Viet nick-knacks on the wall it doesn't have much in the visual department (unless you count those bizarre giant fake lobsters on the wall!).
Since my initial positive visits I have come to notice some not so attractive and downright intolerable things about V-Nam. First off the once good value for dollar prices have disappeared. Vietnamese food has always had a solid reputation in Vancouver for being affordable (with the exception of a couple of higher end places) and V-Nam initially was no exception. I understand that prices will need to increase from time to time but the price jump at V-Nam has risen by at least a dollar on every item which I now feel has put it out of the once affordable spot it held.
One positive thing I can say V-Nam has done in its price change is not doing the typical cross out or white out the price on the printed menu and add the new price with a pen garbage that is, unfortunately, all too common. If you have read some of my previous reviews for places I have probably mentioned this before as it is a real pet peeve of mine; it's tacky, stands out like a sore thumb and is just unprofessional.
The worst thing and reason I will no longer return to V-Nam is the service (or complete lack thereof) in the early days the owner did much of the serving himself, he was friendly, polite and really made you feel comfortable and welcome. Nowadays I rarely see the owner and the serving staff are completely inattentive, there is a brief moment at the beginning and end where some obviously "Pho" (oh yes I did ;) friendly behavior is displayed but its painfully apparent that it is put on. They do take your order quickly and food doesn't take too long to arrive but that's where the service ends, there is no check-back to see if everything is ok and tea/water refills must be flagged down to be received. I understand things getting busy and the resulting delays being unavoidable at times but for a server to knowingly walk past an empty glass or mug is downright lazy (this is your job and a main aspect of what you are being tipped for).
In the end I still do enjoy the food but the poor service and higher prices now have me looking for a new Pho house on the Shore. I'm disappointed to see a place I really enjoyed go down this road and I do hope the owner makes the necessary changes to correct the things tarnishing his restaurant's reputation.

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Pantry Restaurant, The700 Old Lillooet Road, #110, North Vancouver
Pretty lame Milhouse...
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2011 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

First off If you got the Simpson's quote in my title give yourself a pat on the back;) Now on to the "Pantry", in the words of the late Chris Farley (RIP) "this place... IS A DUMP", its not that the restaurant is dirty or falling apart but its just plain boring and unappetizing, the decor and atmosphere remind me of dinners at my Grandma's old folks home. Since my above description lacks specifics I will try to paint you a picture, bland colors, generic and dated art on the walls (minus some really cool retro toys in a glass case by the buffet) semi beat up booths, screaming undisciplined children (yes I know it is a family restaurant but there is NO excuse for screaming children in a public place, im sorry but if you cant control your offspring's behavior you have no right to eat out and ruin other people's dining experiences, not to mention driving the staff postal).

We went for the Sunday brunch buffet witch is actually a good idea semi well done (Unlike places like Whitespot the Pantry understands that people tend to get up later in the day on weekends and still want to eat breakfast/brunch food, it runs till 2pm). Unfortunately the Brunch Buffet fails miserably and here's why. First off the price is way too high ($15.99 for Adults, $13.99 for seniors and $7.99 for children) this price does NOT include tax or a drink. Second, the food is crap, everything manages to taste bland or stale and even items brought out fresh are overcooked and have the consistency of things left under a heat lamp for way too long.I hate to use generic food snob lingo but the menu at the Pantry is "uninspired" to say the least. I suppose it is supposed to be "comfort food" but its about as comfortable as drying yourself with a wet used towel after a shower. In other words High price+poor food = BAD VALUE.

As for the service, it leaves much to be desired. The staff are nice and fairly friendly people and I don't mean to be too hard on them but things are done at a snails pace and disorganization is the word of the day. We waited about 5 mins before the hostess even acknowledged our presence, refills on water/coffee have to be flagged down and once your lackluster experience is finished and its time to pay they seem to play keep away! In conclusion the Pantry is not worth the price of admission, the food is bad and the service is lousy. I feel genuine sadness for the staff, patrons and unfortunate hotel guests who make the mistake of eating there. A better use of the space would be to close the restaurant and use it as storage for chairs and out of season decorations from the hotel. NEVER AGAIN...

Since I hate to leave you on a sour note I will offer a suggestion as an alternative to the Panty. Head down to main and mtn hwy, cross the tracks and pop in to the Lynnwood coffee shop (yes I'm being serious). The decor is dated but there is genuine historical pride in it. The staff are hard working friendly as hell characters and there is genuine love in the food they serve plus the prices are reasonable. Enjoy!!

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East Side Mario's123 Carrie Cates Court, Unit 217, North Vancouver
Italian American done right!
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

**I realize I've rated this restaurant quite highly and I based this on my experiences at other similar restaurants**

I was really excited when I heard that North Vancouver would be getting an East Side Mario's as I have eaten at other locations in eastern Canada and loved the food. It's unfortunate how we get skipped by many of the big name chain restaurants here in Vancouver (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Popeyes Chicken, just to name a few) don't get me wrong I don't think these kinds of places are the best form of dining but they do fill a specific niche quite well.

Anyway on to my experence at our own East Side Mario's! We had a group of about 10 on Saturday night and I failed to make reservations early in the day. Despite being fully booked for the night with multiple large party groups the owner/manager Raj went out of his way to accomodate us and we were seated in the lounge right away. As I said in the title the food is Italian American and at ESM they do it right! Large portions, plenty of tasty cheese and great flavor all at resonable prices. I ordered the stuffed mushroom caps and the classic spaghetti 'n' meatballs with a few pints of pale ale;) The mushrooms were delicious, hot and creamy with plenty of baked cheese and the spaghetti was great as well.

I forgot to mention that many of the entrees come with all you can eat garlic bread, Caesar salad (not chintzy salad either, with great dressing and lots of real bacon) and a remarkable Italian wedding soup! ESM has a fairly large menu and there honestly is something for everyone on it. A real food snob may overlook ESM but Italian American has never been about flashy/trendy cuisine, it's fairly simple great tasting comfort food that reminds you of home. I won't go into detail about all of the different dishes I have tried during previous ESM visits but I can assure you that everything I have had has more than lived up to my expectations.

To sum it up, North Vancouver's ESM is excellent, great food, fast friendly service, good prices and a clean comfortably decorated interior with a great view of the water and downtown. I think the genre of Italian American food has been tarnished somewhat by large chains like Boston Pizza,Kelsey's etc., but ESM is in a league of its own. If you are looking for a great meal out or just a quick drink at a decent price before heading out definitely give ESM a shot, you won't be disappointment. You can park for free for 2hrs in the Lonsdale Quay parking lot and ESM is just up the stairs. I think we are really lucky to have an ESM here in North Vancouver and I as well as all of my friends will definitely be back! Enjoy.

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Yaas Bazaar1860 Londsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Excellent food and value.
Submitted Monday, December 20, 2010 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

After passing this place many times but never going inside I finally decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised! The food is served cafeteria style so you can see everything that's going on/being made and there are many affordable specials that will fill you up and not drain your wallet. I usually get the ground beef/lamb Kabob combo or chicken Kabob combo, For just over $6 you get your meat, huge portion of delicious rice, BBQ tomato as well as bread and a pop! The food has always been fresh and cooked just right and the amount of food for the money cannot be matched anywhere on the North Shore. I don't think it is fair to comment on ambiance for this place as it is not a sit down restaurant (you can sit at long tables and eat in if you like) but the floors tables and everything else are very clean. If you are looking for a tasty meal that will fill you up at a good price you must give Yaas a try.

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Kingston 11 Reggae Cafe1336 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Great authentic Caribbean flavor!
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

I really like this place, every meal I have had was delicious, the service is friendly and inviting, its not yet another Sushi place beside a Sushi place across the street from a sushi place on the North Shore and they have ginger beer in the cooler!! The only complaint I have is that the portions are a little on the small side for the price paid (This could be due to the fact that rent on Lonsdale is not cheap, I probably like/expect a larger portion than most and from what I can tell the ingredients used are top notch). If you are a fan of Caribbean food (or just great food in general) check this place out for sure, there is NOTHING like it on the entire North Shore.

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Pepper Roast1985 Powell street, Vancouver
The jewel of East Van!
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

This place opened up a few months back in the location where subway used to be. The first thing I noticed was just how clean and modern the restaurant was. East Van has a bit of a reputation for being a little run down and dirty but the Pepper Roast really breaks the stereotype, new stainless steel in the open and immaculate kitchen, tastefully decorated walls, flat screen tv and even brand new tables outside! Enough about the building, the thing that makes the Pepper Roast amazing is the food! Chicken is the name of the game here and it is to die for. The owner emphasizes healthy dishes that don't skimp on flavor. Noting is deep fried (no deep fryer on site)but they do have a baked "fried chicken" that I think is much better than KFC, Churches, Pop eyes etc and it is healthy! They have a variety of other things such as wings, sandwiches, salads, pastas, in fact every time I stop by they seem to have added another item to the menu! I have tried just about everything they have but I would have to say my favorites are the baked "fried chicken", pulled chicken sandwich and the potato salad. The prices are really reasonable and down to earth and the portions are quite generous. Give this place a shot and you will not be disappointed, the service is super friendly and the food is just amazing. One of the best chicken places I have ever been to.

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Eagles Pub170 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
Lunch review
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

The eagles pub opened recently and we decided to try it out for lunch. The place is quite nice inside and has the feel of a British pub as for the menu it was quite standard for pub food. We both were interested in something called a "scotch" pie and asked the server about it, she told us it was "good" but recommended the fish and chips or steak sandwich. We should have listened to her recommendation! The Pies came served with mushy peas and fries and as soon as we got them it was quite apparent that they were nothing more than packaged frozen pies most likely from Costco. The mushy peas were also pre made frozen style. Both the pies and peas were horrible! I guess we could say the fries were pretty good but did not make up for the dreadful mains (Having good fries is about as special as having good napkins). All in all our experience at the Eagles Pub was a bit of a let down and I don't think we will be back soon. If you decide to give it a shot don't order the Scotch pies unless you are a fan of airplane/hospital/prison food!

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Bella Candela109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Not the same old Bella Pizza:(
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

I have been a fan of Bella Pizza since I was a small child and my parents would bring home "The pizza with the bun in the middle". Unfortunately I guess times as well as management have changed. I was suspicious when Bella Pizza closed its doors on the famous old Lonsdale location and moved down to a doomed location on W Esplanade. Now I call this a doomed location because for one parking is non existent and foot traffic is minimal also the businesses that inhabit this particular location never last long (remember piece of cake?). Anyway my main beef is with the prices of the new management. I ordered what I thought was the "pick up special" (once a $10 large pepperoni for take out only) and when I arrived the total came to $15.22! I didn't argue because when I phoned in the order I only asked for the pick up special and not the price but still I felt ripped off. The pizza was the same old stile that still tastes great and comes with the legendary bun in the center but the pizza noticeably felt lighter than I remembered while taking it to the car and smaller when I opened the box. I phoned one of the other 2 still existing Bella Pizza locations to ask if they still had the "take out special" and they do (It isn't $10 anymore but it sure isn't $15) I also asked if the north shore location was part of the company and it is not. As decent as the Pizza is it is not worth the price and that's one of the things that made the old Bella Pizza great. I will say that Bella Candela does advertise some good sounding deals for dine in but who wants to eat in at a place with zero parking?

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Rose Thai1425 Marine Drive, #130, West Vancouver
Nothing special
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

First off I totally agree with the review below regarding too much up sell. I had heard great things about Rose Thai so we decided to try it out for lunch today. The place very clean and well decorated inside however once we were given the menus they were quite tatty/beaten up and had many of the prices covered with white out and sloppily written in over top (like the kind of menus you find in cheap east van feed bag restaurants). I realize that this is a minor detail but it was quite a stark contrast to the otherwise well kept premises, also it just looks terrible to see that the prices have been raised right in front of you!

Anyway we decided to order from the lunch special section (which was NOT priced as advertised). The specials come with soup a spring roll, salad and a main dish which is a decent deal for under $10 in west van.

The soup was so so, it looked and tasted somewhat like thin and watery Chinese hot and sour but with about a quarter of the ingredients. The spring rolls were quite good but its pretty rare to find a place that does a bad spring roll, salad was nothing special. The mains were good but not great, I had a green chicken curry with seasonal vegetables and my friend had beef with red curry. One thing I really disliked about my dish was the fact that it contained green peas, (like the frozen kind with the big green giant on the bag) peas like these are never found in authentic Thai dishes and the only places I have run into them are at cheap fusion Esq spots like the Thai House in North Van, no good! to be honest the food was decent (except for the nasty peas) and other dishes served smelled and looked great.

My major beef with Rose Thai was our server (she is pictured in the review posted in the North Shore News review on the table in the front of the restaurant, possibly the owner?) despite us being one of only 3 tables in the place she was rushing around like there was a fire, when we tried to ask a couple of basic questions about the menu she gave unhelpful one or two word answers before scuttling off, the whole experience felt rushed and at the end she got upset with us for asking for our simple orders to be separated! I understand how busy and crazy working in a restaurant can be during a lunch or dinner rush but this was in no way the case, all the frantic running around in her high heels just seemed uncalled for and erratic, it certainly did not even translate into faster service.

I might go back at some time to try a couple of the other dishes I liked the look of but it wont be high on the list. I would imagine that Rose Thai will do well with the faux connaisseur crowd who are abundant in West Van but not so much with people who really know and enjoy great Thai cuisine. As an alternative I would suggest Krua Thai on lonsdale, the place is not quite as flashy or large inside but the food is genuine and service is always great. Enjoy.

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East Grill1227 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Quite Disappointing
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Contrary to the overzealous and "canned" sounding reviews posted here by others, both myself and my friend were very disappointed with the East Grill. The restaurant is located in the same building as McDonald's and the decor is far too dark and trendy feeling which I believe clashes with the theme of the menu (flashlight dark!).

Anyway we opened the menu and notice that the prices were extremely high (7oz steak $19, lunch dishes at $16 ect) but we decided to give it a go anyhow. We had the spring rolls for an appetizer and I had to remove 2 hairs that had made it past the kitchen as well as serving staff's attention (even though we were the only customers in the whole place) needless to say things were not off to a good start!

The spring rolls were OK (certainly nothing to write home about or return for) but before we had even taken 2 bites our main dishes were served (again we were the only customers in the whole restaurant). I had the Kung pow chicken and my friend had the ginger beef. The dishes were quite small for the prices ($16 ea) and didn't look very appetizing (the ginger beef looked just nasty). My Kung Pow chicken was nothing special and the black bean sauce was quite flavorless and overly salty, it came with 2 pieces of steamed Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) with kosher salt and no sauce which was not surprisingly bland. The only thing I would say was good about the Kung Pow chicken were the peanuts mixed in with it. My friends ginger beef was worse, it came with the same salted Gai lan and was smothered in an ugly sort of brown gravy with chunks of ginger in it. After eating most of our meals we both agreed that the food was about on par with what you would find in any mall food court but at more than double the price.

To sum it up neither of us will be returning to or recommending the East Grill, the high prices, dark atmosphere and poor food/attention to detail were just not a winning combination. If you really feel you must give this place a chance then by all means do so (its possible that we ordered the only 2 bad dishes on the menu) but I believe if you enjoy/understand good Chinese food and reasonable prices/value you will regret your experience. I am going to bet this place lasts less than one year before closing.
(If you want to try an amazing example of ginger beef and other Chinese dishes give the Red Chili on Lonsdale a shot)

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I Love Sushi127 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Gone down hill for good.
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

When this place opened it was great, the price was good the food was fresh and there were plenty of great choices on the menu. I would try to hit this place at least once a week with my co workers. After recently returning from a month long trip overseas I wanted to go to my (once) favorite all you can eat joint, after sitting down I noticed that many (if not all) of my favored items had been crossed out on the menu and the price had risen! I politely questioned the manager and was given a lame and unsatisfactory answer regarding rising food costs. With the recent changes to the menu and price all this place has to offer now is horrible service and "feed bag" quality food at an inflated price. I will never return again and I urge you also to look elsewhere. The poor decisions of the management ruined this once great place.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Nothing special.
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 1:27am [Dine in]

We read about this place online and it looked really interesting. When we arrived we were seated on the patio which was very comfortable and our server was quite friendly and prompt. After looking over the menu we had the satay sampler platter and the soup of the day (sweet pea with bacon). The soup was really good however I was quite disappointed in the satays, they were cold and fairly bland with the accept ion of the short rib, however the chicken was downright unappetising. All in all the bread soup and service were all good but those are hardly worth coming back to considering the main and the prices (I know the rent is expensive in Yaletown but they were way above the quality and value).

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Gone WAY DOWNHILL
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

This place used to be a favorite of just about anyone who lived on the north shore (myself included), however in the past few years it has managed to disgrace its once solid reputation. First of all the portion sizes are NOT the problem, you get more than you can eat. The problems are the quality (pasta is about on par with "chef boyardee" and the pizza is always soggy), The service ( rude and full of mistakes many times delivery orders just wont show up at all!) and last of all the management (They DO NOT care about complaints and I have NEVER seen them try to fix an order or make a wrong right!). I once spoke to a lady manager out side of the restaurant about the decline in food quality and all I got was "Ya you probably just ate too much of it"?! Bottom line this place STINKS and its a real shame because it used to be amazing.

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Wally's Burgers2703 Kingsway, Vancouver
Landmark!
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Real authentic drive in style! This place has been in Vancouver since the 60's. Its tasty, cheap and has so many neat side orders! Some people complain "its not like it was back in 68 or 72" or whatever but in my opinion those are the cranky old "they dont make em like they used to" types who constantly complain about trivial little things(no offense!). Bottom line is that Wally burger is better than its closest competition (White spot, A&W) and if you dont believe me just ask one of the Hot Rod guys who come for good food and good times at the many show and shine events the location hoasts. This place IS VANCOUVER HISTORY so lets try to keep it here forever!

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great Lamb Terrible service!
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

I have always wanted to try this place out and i finally got my chance! The building itself is quite impressive and nice inside (it used to be a giant house). To be honest the one thing that stood out about this place was the service (or lack of). We arrived on a thurs at about 7pm, after being seated we had to wait about 10 mins for the waitress to even take our drink orders ( it was NOT busy and no water was even brought or offered)! I had the Kleftico lamb and my lady had the red snapper. The food was tasty and the portions decent for the price (witch was higher than expected for the location/menu) but after bringing the food the waitress disappeared for good until we waved her down for the bill (I really hate to do this but it was just getting out of hand!). Anyway we enjoyed the food and the building but even with the complementary $8 coupon they give you after the meal I don't think we will return (great idea by the way!). Enjoy!!

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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat1018 Commercial, Vancouver
Pardon my
Submitted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I recentyl visited this retro 50's looking place called "Frenchies" with a friend after hearing great things about it. To make a long story short the ONE waitress durring a dinner rush(who was super friendly) finaly took our food orders (aparently drink orders come at the end of the meal in Quebec?!). My friend (who is alergic to onions) confirmed with the waitress for a 2nd time that the beef dip contained NO onions. After another rather lengthy wait our foor arrived, I got my cheeseburger (sans the bacon i asked and paid for?) and my frined to his dismay got a plain cheeseburger!? The girl was nice and she was super busy so we decided we wer to hungry to complain at the time. My burger (despite being fresh ground chuck) just sucked and i didnt eat most of it. My buddies burger patty was fulla onions!!! We ended up telling the girl and she gave him his beef dip to go. In the car he tried it and it was super salty and gross!!! All in all it was a terrible experiance and i wont be going back. (i hear the smoked meat is real good thow?)

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Me-N-Ed'S Pizza Parlor Limited2057 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Where did ya go?!
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

This place was the BEST pizza on the north shore (despite being way overpriced!). My only major complaint is that one day I went to go grab a pizza for takeout and it was gone!!! The management gave NO indication of their intention to close and their was no sign posted to thank the patrons or explain the sudden vacancy! I hope this doesn't sound bitter but i felt somewhat unprofessional and a bit rude to just pack up like that.

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