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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Vera's Burger Shack2188 Western Parkway, Vancouver
Solid campus burger
Submitted Friday, November 25, 2011 - 3:03am [Dine in]

While I wasn't craving a burger, a buddy thought it would be a good idea to hit up the local Vera's on campus grounds. Generally speaking, food here is of low grade, high priced or a combination of both.

Again I went with an inelegant Canuck burger combo with onion rings. The wait times are a little longer than what I expect at Vera's, however the extra wait time was worth it. Good, juicy beef patty with no filler makes the nearly $15 combo meal a little more palatable. Onion rings came right off the hot oil - crispy with a nicely seasoned batter. My friend's double patty behemoth combo was rather intimidating, requiring skilled hands or in my friend's case, a plastic knife and fork.

As with all Vera's, self-service is about the best you can do however ringing up your order is fairly pleasant with the staff on hand.

There are absolutely no physical barriers that prevent the kitchen stench from permeating the room, so we co-existed with a heavy, thick cloud of greasy air as we dined. In terms of ambiance, let's say a cold, rainy day on a park bench would be comparable. There are multiple tvs for your viewing pleasure, however.

A good burger, albeit steep.

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Seoul Dookbaegi1031 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Surprisingly good
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

OK so the gf was craving shortribs and rather than brave the DT scene on a cold night we made our way here in an area littered with used car lots and questionable storefronts.

The restaurant doesn't look particularly large but one strong glare around the room and you could easily host a bigger group. The feeling is casual and homespun right down to staff working there.

The menu isn't as varied as other Korean outfits but we managed to wrangle off several choices. Though our dishes didn't come in order it made little difference as they were filed to our table one after another. The fried meat dumplings were quite good. They were plump and juicy with a taste that crossed between a potsticker and a gyoza. The seafood pancake was littered with generous pieces of octopus, squid, baby shrimp nestled between soft batter and a crispy top while being easy on the greasiness. The bbq shortribs were decent cuts with great flavour while the thinly sliced spicy pork came piled high on a sizzling plate. The vegetable condiments refreshed the palette though we wished they had seaweed available. The glazed potato cubes was easily my most identifiable dish of the condiment lot.

We had one server throughout the night and she seemed to be the one handling the few other tables as well. She perks up nicely if you want some banter but otherwise moves quickly from kitchen to tables with ease.

While I don't dine Korean outfits often, the unassuming Seoul Dookbaegi livens up the tastebuds nicely.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Hype Machine
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Given the brouhaha of Red Wagon it obviously necessitated an eventual visit. My gf and I lucked out on a quiet weekend afternoon between the lunch and dinner hour detail as it is always busy when I pass by.

Whether deliberate or not, the space itself feels predetermined as it is decidedly unkempt but with peppy indie rock looming in the background. Positive ambiance relies solely on the customers themselves but we were one of only a couple of occupied tables at the time. The waft of lemon cleaner and mop water was a big turnoff for us as one of the staff members decided it would be a good idea to mop the floor during service. Considering the proximity to food it may stifle one's appetite.

Now, the menu is small but it makes for easy decisions. My gf's pulled pork sandwich had an ample fill though I found the meat itself bland if not for the sauce while my gf found it a touch too tang. The fries were plentiful and crispy. I started with the butternut squash soup of the day, which was simple and creamy and mildly seasoned. My crispy pork belly sandwich was akin to a Vietnamese banh mi combined with chinese bbq pork. The pork was tender with a nice sweet and slightly salty tinge but the pickled vegetables completely overpowered each bite. Much of the baguette collected the pork fat making it a greasy adventure for butter fingers. My "chips" were homemade through and through but far too oily and lacked crunch. We finished off with a slice of apple pie which had a good filling of apples without the typical store-bought taste and a nice crust.

Kitchen speed is slow so lunch hour excursions beware. Our server was friendly and I noticed she checked our table from afar however no water top ups and several mistakes on their end namely: wrong drink order, I substituted the chips for fries but received chips and was then subsequently charged for the fries I didn't get anyway. At the time we were one of two occupied tables so that was was a strange oversight.

One trip already yielding such mixed results..I may need many visits to like this place.

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Vera's Burger Shack1181 Denman Street, Vancouver
No fill burger
Submitted Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Burger hankerings sometimes manifest itself so my gf and I spread our wings and visited what I found to be one of the more consistent Vera's over the past decade.

Going with the Canuck burger option was easy and what you'll get is a no-frills patty with no filler while heavy on the taste of ground beef. The compilation is somewhat messy so eating this on the go is best avoided. I've never found the fries and onion rings to be good here and safe to say, after numerous visits over the years they are still mediocre. Overdue oil or simply oil soaked carb fills makes these sides unappealing.

I wouldn't expect much with the service as it is mostly counter service details through and through but it has always been friendly on my visits. However, this recent visit yielded an overcharge issue on my Visa which I am currently dealing with. This is the first time I've had this issue so take that for what it's worth.

The space is "cozy" but feels and looks dingy. I must say it is rare to find franchisees with their state of physical disarray.

Safe bet would be to stick with the burgers entirely.

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Volcano Sushi & Grill1991 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Another run-of-the-mill
Submitted Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:51am [Dine in]

My gf mentioned that her old boss enjoyed this new sushi place so we decided to give it a go.

On the outside, I had suspicions that it was just another typical sushi restaurant, especially seeing a brightly coloured sign with specialty sushi roll concoctions. Upon entering, I felt an even stronger sense of the usual. The ambiance smacks of a templated theme, a carbon copy I probably have seen elsewhere, but with a different name. Still, it's neat and it's tidy.

We order our default choices: a pile of nigiri, a few rolls, my chicken karaage and my gf's miso soup. As far as the fish portion goes, it appears to be of decent quality and you can get wild salmon and real crabmeat. The sushi rice was inconsistent, with a few pieces having small bites of undercooked rice and other sections with a noticeably stronger hint of rice vinegar. Roll size was also larger than it probably should be, making single piece mouthfuls somewhat difficult. We ordered one specialty roll, the Vancouver roll which was essentially a California roll with salmon on top. The chicken karaage came in bitesize morsels with a very light yet well seasoned coating - almost like the chicken nuggets you'd get at a bubble tea joint.

As usual, service is not an issue here, with timely water refills and checks.

On the whole, it would make a decent lunchtime spot but as it turns out, it really is just another typical sushi restaurant.

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Benkei Ramen3217 West Broadway, Vancouver
Simple yet satisfies
Submitted Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:25am [Dine in]

With this newer Benkei situated at a more parking friendly location, my gf and I decide on a bowl of noodles on a hot summer day.

As with all other Benkei locations, decor isn't over the top and the ambiance is welcoming. There always seems to be a certain kind of hush at a ramen noodle joint, something about noodle soup that keeps people focussed on their bowl.

We order a Shio and the spicy Akaoni with a side of chashu. What we get is much the same as the other Benkei's we've been to. A rich, full bodied broth that goes down light. Noodles have good bite with tender pieces of pork on top, which I find to be on the lean side and there's an abundance of bean sprouts which tends to overpower certain mouthfuls. Still, the overall product makes for a very satisfying meal. Portions do shade on the scant side, so best to add extra noodles if one does not enjoy most of the broth.

The service is fairly basic but fulfills the usual tableside duties. Though I've found that kitchen speed tends to slow things down a touch.

Great bowl of noodles to dive into on a cold day.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Truly comfort food
Submitted Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:08am [Dine in]

As a child my parents often brought me here and when that stopped, so did my visits, until recently when I decided to bring a a couple of friends here as it would be their first visit.

The wait for a table continues to be the usual 50 minute pain during peak times and once inside, the worn out furnishings are mostly a reminder of how popular this place has continued to be. It borders on being cramped yet it maintains a chaotic order of sorts.

No need to sift through the menu nor do I need to recite certain dishes - they really are the usuals that everyone gets. Now, the wings, specifically the skin which is blistered and crispy yet thin - is quite the guilty pleasure but the flesh comes overcooked, as did the fried calamari with the rubbery texture. The highlights instead became the simple beef luc lac rice with fried egg, the infamous butter beef and the fresh peashoot tips.

Service is efficient and tidy though waiting patiently is not the way to go about things.

Phnom Penh must be enjoyed on the whole. It's a combination of the food, the waiting and the ambiance that brings it all together.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Comfort food, repackaged
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:50am [Dine in]

There seems to be a lot of hype with Burgoo and I knew eventually I had to give in. Being too late for brunch my minions and I made our way here.

We must’ve caught the break in between a late lunch and dinner time because it was relatively quiet. While a small space, they really do an efficient job at maximizing usable area without being cramped. Of course with a soup and sandwich outfit the touches of a wood cabin resonate throughout. Given the small dimensions I thought it felt really cozy and it would be rather comfortable on a cold day.

I went with their grilled cheese which supposedly included a combination of mozzarella, gruyere, emmenthal and white cheddar. While all are mild enough to be indistinguishable I could discern between some of them but boy was the amount scarce. It was as thin as it could be while still being able to barely hold the two pieces of sliced filone together. Overall it was bland and lacked the bit of saltiness on the outside that a grilled cheese needs. I loved the little bits of crab in every spoonful of the crab bisque but overall flavour lacked depth and tasted of a rushed finished product. Perhaps a personal preference but I also felt the bisque was thin given the typical thick consistency of a bisque. I asked my girlfriend who has visited them before and she agreed the soup was not as good this time around. While my girlfriend’s grill cheese was much the same as mine, her chicken corn was a pleasant combination with lots of corn niblets and chicken chunks but alas the thin soup was a bit of a turnoff given the “comfort food” angle. Our friend’s diablo sandwich was well received but he thought it was too runny to eat while his Manhattan clam chowder was par on his palette. Oddly enough, the highlights were the desserts which included the simple chocolate banana bread pudding and the fantastic hot chocolate chili pot which was a mousse/pudding cross. It was a little bit bitter, a little bit rich and with a lovely spicy undertone.

The service hits and misses. Our server was friendly and prompt, almost deliberately being a little bit slow as to ease you into your dining experience. Everything slows down completely when you’re waiting for your actual order. Kitchen speed is at a snail’s pace and unless they are making small batches of soup to order I can’t comprehend the time delay to make grilled cheese. Don’t come here if you’re in a pinch.

It’s a good soup on the whole, but I wouldn’t gush over it. My grilled cheese though, disappointing.

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Longhorn Saloon4284 Mountain Square, Whistler
Undeserved location
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:48am [Dine in]

Expecting a sun drenched day, a few of us headed up to Whistler to soak in the sun when we were met with a downpour. Whistler dining is completely hit and miss with no middle ground so we crossed our fingers when we tried this place out given the number of customers.

True to their name it boasts an old west feel. Varying shades of brown, worn, rickety and dirty chairs and tables and various knick knacks on the wall pay homage to the American nineteenth century. However, top 40 music blared through the speakers and the space feels disjointed and too partitioned.

The menu is typical of a bar with burgers, chicken, ribs and not much else. I was hoping to get their roasted chicken entrée but alas I ended up with what everyone else got which were the ribs when the server told me they had ran out of chicken. The ribs were boiled but tender and rather meaty. Still, the glopped on chipotle sauce made the combination unappealing and rather disgusting half way through. The fries were decent and in light of the rest of the meal, was the best part. The side soup or salad that came with the entrée was merely a tack on but still probably a better option than the ribs. My soup de jour of cream of mushroom was more of a minestrone variant but with a white, cream roux finish instead – marginal. Drinks were watered down and expensive, pass.

Luckily, our server was unlike the food. She was pleasing and checked up on us rather frequently. Anything to make the experience a little better despite the food is a plus.

Portions are ample so you won’t leave hungry, but it was definitely one of the least satisfying meals I’ve had in a while given the fact I left full. It’s another miss in Whistler.

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White Spot752 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Halfhearted
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:44am [Dine in]

Having to meet up with the wedding party to go over final wedding preparation details, the majority vote led us to the Park Royal location.

Being a hot day, we decided to take to the patio facing Marine Dr. The traffic noise is rather annoying so there is a big sacrifice to dine al fresco here. Inside, you get the expected at White Spot.

I ordered their egg’s benny with side fruit. Eggs were poached nicely though I felt the English muffin lacked enough toast time. The hollandaise lacked overall zest while the slice of ham did little to add some taste to the dish. On the whole it was certainly one of the blandest benny’s I’ve had. The small fruit salad on the side was a nice refresher and a mild redemption to the meal. Other’s seemed to enjoy their meals to varying degrees of satisfaction.

Our server was pretty on top of things when he was around but unfortunately he did disappear for long stretches despite wearing a path from the inside to our neighbouring tables outside.

I would stay inside if you make your way here.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
All-round Indulgence
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:40am [Dine in]

My girlfriend brought me to accompany her friend on a dinner date and chose Banana Leaf. Malaysian food doesn’t quite lend itself to enjoyment on a sunny day but it’s hard to resist.

As with every restaurant that offers their variation of the staple bread, we made a double order of the must have roti canai to compliment our dishes. The lamb curry was fantastic with a thick coconut broth with fork tender pieces of lamb. The sambal tiger prawns were shell off with tails intact and coated with a garlic chili sauce. The prawns were plump but I thought the sauce was a little over the top in heaviness but I liked the bit of a kick it gave. I didn’t care much for the dried shrimps but that’s a personal preference. The nasi goreng made its way to the table and is certainly better than many fried rice concoctions out there but it is heavy and just sits at the bottom of your stomach. The curry tofu and vegetables were ok on the whole – the combination didn’t seem to work for me with the big chunks of okra and peppers swimming in a thin tamarind sauce but the vegetables and tofu themselves were cooked well. I ordered off a bowl of their Hainanese steamed rice, a pillowy and fluffy mound of rice cooked in broth – a nice change from plain rice.

While our server was friendly overall speed was on the slow end. Parades of kitchen staff seem to make their way out to serve dishes but otherwise it’s a bit anxious to wait if you’re really hungry.

The restaurant works around the dim lighting but that almost seems to tone down the loud chatter from customers. Space between tables isn’t exactly spacious either but for whatever reason it feels comfortable yet fairly private still. All the while, the billowing scent of your neighbour’s dishes tend to add to the ambiance.

Banana Leaf is best enjoyed with a large group of people.

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Steamrollers693 West Broadway, Vancouver
I know healthy options can be tasty too right?
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:36am [Dine in]

A brief lunch allowed me the benefit of a hasty meal so naturally I made my first steps into a Steamrollers.

Stool seating is about the best you can do with dine in options. There’s a small condiment station among the cramped space yet the view of the open kitchen did little to entice the tepid ambiance.

A quick glance at the menu showed limited choices at high prices. I settled with a traditional beef burrito where shredded beef brisket, Spanish rice, pinto beans, lettuce and salsa co-existed inside the flour tortilla. I quite liked the steamed, soft flour tortilla but that was the end of the line for me. Every subsequent bite amounted to what was varying degrees of blandness while the couple of accidental bites into the foil yielded a higher level of flavour. The amount of beef brisket was minimal but being completely devoid of even seasoning, who’d want more? Any discernable flavour merely relies on the salsa alone and subsequent hot sauce you would need to add.

The service I received (or didn’t) is about as friendly as the fast food joint with that disgruntled and tired employee. I got that “what do you want?” sense so I left it at that. Outside the counter service, it’s self-serve.

If you are strictly looking for a decidedly healthy option while tossing out taste and relative value, this might work for you. I get the health and nutrient retention angle – Steamrollers just doesn’t work for me.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What you see is what you get
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:32am [Dine in]

Slocan restaurant is rather unassuming from the outside, despite its conspicuous northeast corner location and firmly planted roots in the area since the mid 1970s. My girlfriend and I have made multiple visits recently to this established locale.

The decor falls right down the middle, whether good or bad depends on which side you lean towards. I found a certain kind of charm with the worn interior space, vinyl benches, metal napkin dispensers and the liberal use of brown tones throughout. Nothing feels contrived nor deliberate, just age taking its course. The patrons, all regular looking folk from families to the elderly all look to be regulars while the staff and owners are genuine and easy to warm up to, complete with friendly small talk. The faint noise from the tvs in the background bring up the back of the ambiance.

Alongside their daily specials the menu has many of the typical diner offerings. The hot turkey sandwich comes open faced with a good amount of white meat covered with serviceable gravy. The big, round scoop of potato salad on the side reminds you of where you are, but the noticeable bits of diced celery and the controlled use of mayonnaise makes it more than just an untouched pass-along. The reuben is good yet unassuming but not unlike something you'd find elsewhere, yet they don't pass it on to be anything more than just hot meat, sauerkraut and swiss on light rye. The pork chops are exactly what you expect out of a diner though. They're dry, a bit charred on the edges and likely not quite enough for the hungry. The scant carrots and cauliflower on the side were quite good but overall it's one of those misses that you experience and move on. I find their rotating list of daily soups (which come with most meals) to be fantastic, notably the split pea. The pies are ok but I always tend to find that the pie is far superior when it comes out of the kitchen instead of a display case over the counter. Portions are a touch small but prices tend to reflect the portions.

The servers are welcoming and quick. Even the owner comes around to the tables and gabs with the customers. Despite the physical appearance of the space, comfort level is high here because of the staff.

The food is utilitarian, almost indifferent yet it leaves you happily satisfied. If you leave your expectations at the door you'll love Slocan for what it is which is so very unlike Vancouver, a good thing.

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Taco Luis650 West 41st Ave, #F4, Vancouver
Memorable Owner
Submitted Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 4:57am [Dine in]

They have opened another location! Same owner at the helm - an endearing character that loves to talk and will sing as he assembles your order. While annoying to some, it's a throwback to when people who worked at joints like this cared and showed some enthusiasm - it's a refreshing sight.

The menu choices are typical, a somewhat non-discrete copy of a Taco Time. My gf orders the 7" combo and I go with the 3 for $5 taco special. You have your choice of toppings including yet again the odd shredded carrots or cucumber add ons. The seasoned beef is decent and not unlike the stuff you get out of an Old El Paso taco kit while the tater tots continue to be the crispy, greasy habit we remember. Prices are fantastic for what you get, and the value is through the roof compared to most other food court institutions.

Nothing special, but one of the few reasons to go to the mall.

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Zabu Chicken1635 Robson Street, Vancouver
Fried Chicken, revisited
Submitted Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 4:37am [Dine in]

I have an affinity for fried chicken of sorts and when we noticed this place pop up on Robson we ended up making a couple of trips here in the past week.

In the hopping section of Robson where much of the Korean populace congregate, the ambiance blends alongside with the rowdy 20 something crowd that frequent here, a popular go late at night. The loud music, Korean television and loud Korean banter make up much of the background noise and may make or ruin your dining experience.

The menu is obviously limited with focus around their soy and hot wings. My gf and I shared the soy original, a soy sauce and garlic glaze over deep fried wings. If you've ever had honey garlic spare ribs, these would compare closely but with a more mellow finish from their soy concoction, making for a rather addictive dish despite the basic flavours. Their whole fried chicken is served in small pieces with a crackling skin, accompanied with a ranch type dip and seasoned salt. The finished product comes juicy but lacks the penetrating flavour through the skin. On the whole, it's actually on the bland side for fried chicken. We have also ordered a salad which came with a rice flour coated breast over a bed of mostly green onions and slaw with a heavy soy broth. The result was an overpowering flavour struggle between the over the top saltiness of the soy broth and the sharpness of the scallions. Dishes are served with a coleslaw with light dressing and pickled daikon cubes but beyond that, don't sway from the chicken.

The servers are friendly but slow. This seems to emanate from the kitchen as speed varies from idling to fairly spry. Much has to do with the chicken being made to order but for short stretches, the servers seem to disappear.

Zabu chicken comes with a fairly hefty price tag with chicken that might not necessarily sing praises..

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Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co.524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
At The Boh
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Before we left Kelowna, we gathered here for a mid afternoon breakfast. It seems to be one of the most popular restaurants in town, with a large queue patiently waiting outside for a table inside.

Luckily for us, the wait was fairly minimal and were seated at a large communal table by the kitchen. Everything about the space is a little eclectic and off beat. The difference between this and a similar outfit in, say Vancouver is that it lacks any of the posturing attitude and the holier than thou persona whereby they feel they're doing you a favour for eating there. Everything feels relaxed and there are plenty of families with infants and elderly and few if any of the beatniks and hipsters you figure you would at a place like this.

Where the eccentricity ends is in the food. Dishes are of the homestyle, comfort food variety which is a great find. They proudly proclaim their housemade meats so obviously most of our table ordered the classic egg's benny with their house ham. Perfectly poached eggs to order with a better than usual hollandaise caps off the great in-house ham that you can easily distinguish between commercially made. My corned beef hash uses a generous helping of corned beef slices mixed in with nicely made hashbrowns served up with bagel and butter on the side along with over easy eggs, which look to be organic.

Like the food, the staff are honest and aim to please. Things are casual here so comfort level is high while not being too laid back with checking up.

Nothing is outstanding or even well above average, but they do everything just a little bit better than they should. For that, it's a lovable place.

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Fernando's Taqueria279 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Everything great, except the food
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

A hot summer July evening doesn't lend itself to many comfortable dining choices but from the street Fernando's looked like the perfect spot.

Though we dined al fresco, much emphasis was spent decorating the interior, from the Victorian inspired tin ceilings to the countless pieces of Mexicano posters and figurines standing proud. Lighting seems to be at a premium, almost seeming done purposely as to add to the ambiance.

We started off with some Mexican refresher sodas and promptly ordered the carnitas and al pastor tacos to share. The complimentary chips were great, with a sprinkling of seasoned salt and four housemade salsas in varying degrees of spiciness, namely in order from mild to hot - the pico de gallo, verde, arbol and habanero. The carnitas and al pastor were nothing more than diced bits of duck fried to the point where it resembled leftover chicken recooked in the pan. It was dry, bland and even lacked flavour from the accompanied pickled onions, pineapple and diced raw onions and tomato. An authentic bit was that they did use the small corn tortillas but weren't doubled up.

It was hard to complain about the service given the food, as the server was friendly, ran through the different salsas and was quick for checkups.

Another surplus to the bloated faux Mexican cuisine. If you like Taco Del Mar, you'll probably like this.

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Tripke Bakery567 Bernard Ave., Kelowna
Jumbo salt pretzels!
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Looking to pick up some fresh bread we headed down the road to find several options but stumbled into Tripke's.

This is very much a neighbourhood style bakery. While the space itself is tidy little eye-pleasing is put into the visual appeal of the bakery, rather the breads and baked goods are what does the selling. There seems to be a sizable seating area behind the bakery, which I can only surmise to be part of Tripke's.

We ended up only with a loaf of white french bread. It had a not too thick and not too thin crust and fluffy innards. We passed on the cookies and cakes and even the local specialty of ogopogos eggs and went with the jumbo salt pretzel. It's a rare find of sorts great when fresh. The course salt crystals compliments the chewy, bagel like texture from the pretzel.

You'll be able to the catch the attention of one of several staffers behind the display cases but the actual service seems to feel a little indifferent depending on who you get. Either way, they do seem helpful with questions their way.

Good find down Bernard.

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Must stop in Kelowna
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

The truth is I do not have a sweet tooth per se, but I do enjoy well made pastries and the girlfriend and I believe we have likely found the best source in Kelowna.

On the outside it looks like any other pastry shop but on the inside, the conspicuous whites and simply decorated design draws you into the window displays at the island showcasing their delights.

We didn't know when we would be back so instead we went a bit grand on the picks. For cakes, she picked the Opera, a layered cake with a ganache glaze, a classic black forest, a hazelnut chocolate, a brownie and a Fraisier strawberry shortcake. The assortment ranges from pillowy light to densely rich yet lacks the intense sweetness or heaviness from crudely prepared alternatives. We also picked up a few brioche buns, flaky croissants, an apple and raisin danish, the incredible frangipane and a housemade pate for lunch. As good as the cakes were, the frangipane with the almond paste filling is a must buy item.

They are a bit lacking with over the counter staff as 2-3 people with a lengthy order slows down the lone staff up front quite a bit. Still when we were finally able to order, she was incredibly friendly and helpful with selection choices and recommendations. Another small but appreciable gesture is that they tape the bottom of the cakes so they don't slide around inside the box.

Sandrine also has a small selection of meat pies, sorbet, quiches, soups and sandwiches and even take home duck confit so I'm sure we'll have to make the trek back. Recommend.

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Milestones Grill & Bar2121 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Keeping everyone happy
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

An excurision out to Kelowna led a group of 6 of us to a more predictable restaurant for a family dinner.

As with all chains, Milestones keeps the tradition with familiarity all around, from the open and trendy design to the loud ambiance and fresh, friendly faces.

The choices were different all around the table from chicken penne to steak frites to black cod to my gf's caesar salad and my chef's cut prime rib. Everyone enjoy their entrees but my gf's salad was heavy on the dressing and shaved asiago and reggiano and topped with stale coutons. My prime rib was surprisingly good with a nice colour ring from a higher temperature sear and on flavour alone, I would consider it to be better than most if not all Kegs. Drinks were inconsistently made, especially my poorly made pimm's, and at $8 for a single, was terribly expensive for what amounted to was mostly ginger ale.

We liked our amiable server and he was timely for checkups especially given the busy dinner rush at that time. Again, for a chain it was almost expected.

Milestones meets the mark for consistently.

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