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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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East No 1 Seafood Restaurant2800 E 1st Avenue, Suite 302, Vancouver
Dim sum at the zoo
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

I've been here on and off over the years and even on recent visits, nothing has changed. The dim sum is just as decent as it was nearly a decade back, the floor staff are melancholy, if not mildly stressed, and the place is as hectic and noisy as the area around the food sample stands at Costco on a Sunday afternoon.

I don't believe the prices have changed all that much (if at all), though luckily for me all my dim sum adventures here have been by invitation. A free meal is always a good thing though I'm less and less inclined to find a reason to keep coming back.

Though there are plenty of parking spaces, I've regularly found it to be a nightmare to find an available space. Unfortunately these spaces are designed for Geo Metro sized vehicles so even though the food is inexpensive, consider easing up on the extra helpings or you'll find it an even tighter squeeze to get back in your car.

This is one of those dim sum restaurants where I would neither seek out or avoid completely, but whenever I've had to wait for a table, I look across the parking lot at T&T or think about getting an order of roast pig downstairs to fill the void.

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Elephant Walk Neighbourhood Pub1445 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
Diamond in the rough local pub
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 3:40am [Dine in]

We dropped on by for game 3 of the Canucks, expecting to be mostly underwhelming. A pleasant surprise upon entering - a definite local pub feel. Not pretentious, a lot of the patrons seem to know each other and the staff working there, with quite the buzz going around. Even the decor is of that typical pub charm, though I do agree that the televisions are somewhat poorly placed, and a 2-3 television sets could be replaced with bigger units. Our table was right next to a load beam in line with the closest tv, though with a little maneuvering we worked within the confines.

The menu is varied with lots of choices, nothing fancy. The team platter was a mixture of finger foods, with the wings being my favourite, with a lovely, crispy coating, though they were plain, which is a big draw for most. The calamari rings were a nice mellow yellow and tender. The Caesar salad was large, easily suitable as a meal. The only miss I felt was the poutine, which used shredded cheese instead, and was buried under a mound of fries and gravy. I was pleasantly surprised to know that they mix their Tom Collins with lime juice instead, so I'll definitely be ordering those as much as I can when I'm here. Another plus, they freeze the glasses which many pubs don't do.

Service is good, with the waitresses tromping back and forth, and busy topping up beverages and clearing plates as necessary. While we didn't get a checkup with our food our waitress hit everything else on the head, making sure she kept our whistles wet. The staff even did door prizes in between periods - a nice "neighbourly" touch.

Not the greatest, but far from terrible. Thoroughly enjoyable, we'll definitely make future appearances.

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Jaguar's Pub & Restaurant3484 Kingsway, Vancouver
Respectable eastside pub
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

This is the other restaurant my office likes to use to conduct office meetings. It's inside the Ramada and the main entrance is off Kingsway. From the outside it doesn't look like much, although the inside is also spartan in terms of look and feel. Though the decor could use some life its pub setting makes it feel comfortable. It is a clean and large space and you can scatter youself pretty much anywhere since patrons seem to be sparce throughout the day.

I've only had the chance to sample their breakfast/brunch menu and without exaggeration it is pretty decent, from the nicely cooked over easy eggs to the breakfast meats to the frozen variety hash browns. The orange juice, labelled fresh, was that, fresh...out of the carton.

Service is adequate; food is slow to come out, though the waitresses are mildly polite if not a bit timid.

Though it's decent enough I probably wouldn't venture here on my own accord.

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COBS Bread2924 Main Street, Vancouver
Pane di Casa - can't miss!
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 3:48am [Dine in]

Regular trips to this location just reminds me of how delectable their breads are, and keeps me coming back. I've been trying to cut back on the carbs lately so I've balked on coming here but their Pane di Casa baguette is incredible. Great, chewy texture and that crust, wow! It lends itself great on it's own with some nice balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, or as part of a sandwich, or accompanied with cheese or dips. It sells quickly so I usually have to stop by no later than the early afternoon. The continental baguette is an excellent substitute. Their other baked goods are also worth noting, favourites include the spinach and feta croissant and the cheese rolls. One isolated incident where I've had a roll that tasted day old but again I usually grab the baguette.

The staff are polite and some are excellent at making recommendations, but it's minimal service otherwise. The space is small and is taken up mostly by the display cases but it's neat and tidy, and you'll usually get a good look of the fresh breads cooling on the racks.

For me, it's been consistently the safest place to get great, fresh breads without worry.

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Dairy Queen2940 Kingsway, Vancouver
Consistently made blizzards!
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 3:07am [Dine in]

Of the dozen or so DQ's I've been to, this location has quite possibly the most consistently made blizzards I've had. They are mixed thoroughly, without skimping on toppings - I usually get the cheesequake. Still great value - I find it difficult to finish a small in one sitting. The dilly and buster bars are fairly uniform looking without the grotesque tumours, misplaced blobs and crooked popsicle sticks I usually tend to find at the other locations. The hot food menu items are OK; every fast food chain tends to have a certain "flavour", this one the same.

It's been more or less the same young staff working there for the past while and they're pretty efficient. Can't complain, though there tends to be a dirty table or two almost every time I've been there.

It's regularly busy, in particular during the summer months and most do come for the cool treats, as do I, so come for the blizzards!

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U-Grill4820 Kingsway, #312, Burnaby
Meal by the pound
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

U-Grill is one of those places I tried to look for whenever I'm at the food court at the malls. It was fresh, simple, tasty and for those who have only X amount to spend, you could knock off a broccoli floret or two off your plate to cover the bill - the cost of your meal is based on it's weight.

I always go for the rice, sprinkled with some onions, broccoli and a mix of marinated chicken, beef and pork. I always pass on the sauce they mix in when they're cooking your food but there are plenty of choices if you fancy. I've yet to exceed over $9 before drink on my plate of food, good value with the heaping mound of starch, leaving me very full and satisfied.

Cafeteria lineup so the only thing to worry about are the line cutters who try to weasel their way in ahead of you. Wait is only a few minutes even when busy. It's located in the new food court in Metrotown - it's actually pretty nice surroundings. Lots of seating and natural light, though it's noisy.

One of the few highlights at Metrotown.

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Urban Rush Cafe & Catering1040 Denman Street, Vancouver
Passable
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I met up with a couple of friends for an afternoon bite. We had decided to head over the Milestones before deciding to just stop by here instead and save the patio lounging for another day.

I didn't take specific notice but there is a bar that occupies the other half of the space. The half we went to had the usual cafe picks: sandwiches, reheatable meals and pastries. All of us decided on the paninis and bottled sodas. The sandwiches were pretty subpar, comparable to the stuff you'd find at the gas station or your corner store. The toasted ciabatta was crusty and dry, like breadcrumbs. Luckily there was enough mayo to soften up the inside otherwise it would've made my throat raw. Decent amount of chicken pieces in my chicken club, though the bacon was stringy and not crisp. The other choices available didn't look much better.

This establishment is entirely self-service. It's also on Denman street, where there are plenty of other better options for a sandwich type meal (donair, shawarma). The bread makes the sandwich, and the bread they use here doesn't seem to keep well. I'd rather get the sandwiches at the 7-11 across the street. This is a near last resort option.

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Phoenix Fast Food1689 Johnston St, #111, Vancouver
Keep the food, toss the name
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 3:33am [Dine in]

I wandered into the public market one afternoon looking for a quite bite. Normally a food court surrounding will have me walking back and forth deciding on what to get since rarely does something ever stand out. After short deliberation the donair looked good.

The wait was roughly 5-7 minutes as they cooked and assembled my wrap on the spot. Fresh iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, dressing and marinated beef slices in a warm pita; you can't go wrong. The beef was nicely seasoned and the wrap was tightly wound up and kept all the fixings at bay.

Food court kiosk setting so the service is pretty self explainatory. One staff member ran everything until a few more hungry people behind me started lining up, then another staff member appeared.

While this is not exactly the food of champions it's fresh, speedy and inexpensive. And even though it's Granville Island, it's a better choice compared so some of the other offerings from their neighbours.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Simplicity a winner
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

The gf decided on takeout pizza and ordered a couple larges: Caprese and Salsiccia. We spent most of the 20 minutes it would take to wait strolling down the Drive to see if nearby Fratelli was still open..not.

Nice thin crust, good dose of black char, and a fair amount of chewiness to it to be best eaten right out of the oven in my opinion to avoid gnawing at the crust. The toppings complimented the thin base and I liked how they coarsely chopped the sausage on our "meat" pizza. The sauce was very subtle and did not take away from the rest of the ingredients.

Can't comment on service though I did come here before trying to dine in and that was a disaster in itself which ended up in me leaving. They do the best they could with the decor - an outdoor feel indoors I suppose, though I would probably never dine in here, as seating is limited and during the dinner rush expect to wait, long.

Pretty expensive pizza so I'll leave it up to others to decide on it's value. It's not the most expensive thin crust pizza I've had in town and it's about as good so I can't argue with the tastebuds, though the wallet and stomach probably wouldn't agree.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Once, twice..but thrice?
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 5:27am [Dine in]

OK, so I recently came here twice within a week. First time with a friend for a late lunch, and most recently with my girlfriend since I wanted at least one of us to try the breakfast.

We ended up getting the later menu, with fewer selections. My deluxe burger was your standard, good and that's it. Fries were indeed excellent, with a great crisp exterior. My gf's eggs benny was borderline bland and soggy. No taste of feta. The home fries were partially burnt, however it did taste better than it looked (not saying much, by the way), with what tasted like seasoning salt as the flavouring agent. The onions were the burnt black culprit scattered throughout, I guess it's easier to combine all ingredients at once than to throw in the onions half way through cooking that hash. My rueben I previously had was alright, though the sauerkraut tasted a bit off. The slice of keylime pie was gargantuan in size and could easily feed 3, wasn't my thing after barely making a dent. Didn't like the sprinkle of granulated sugar on top, and the crust was so-so.

We had a perky and upbeat waitress first go around, but our recent visit yielded much less enthusiasm. It took a few minutes before someone finally noticed us to seat us down - mostly empty restaurant by the way. Cold shoulder rest of the way, though we did get one checkup. Zombie-like, almost sullen demeanor with this bunch. I miss the waitress we had during the first visit.

Ambience? Bad taste maybe but hardly pretentious. Either way I didn't really care for it so think of it as a free art exhibition while you wait, since you'd probably have to pay to see that kind of stuff anywhere else in this city.

While I find the non-breakfast items markedly better the food here is decidely average. You do get a 2 for 1 deal here, meal and an art expo, and that doesn't even include the sad clown impersonations.

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Backstage Lounge, The1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Backstage in the backseat
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 4:38am [Dine in]

We came here mostly as a backup since we wanted to ring in a friend's birthday without having to hop elsewhere once dinner was finished. The website was enough affirmation that this was a sound decision.

Drinks flowed and as did the food..somewhat. The menu is small though what was available for choosing hardly stood out. Wings, poutine, yam fries, brie - basic preparation eats. Their special "filone" bread that accompanied the brie was no better in taste than your day old rye crostini. The roasted red pepper pesto to top off your toast points tasted like it came out of a jar and I felt was a poor pairing choice. When the yam fries are the best dish of the lot, it tells you something.

Service was slow. Drinks took as long to come as our food. Oddly enough, our server checked up on us more frequently as the night wore on, and when her shift was coming to an end. The save would be for our server. She was friendly, personable and comfortable. She teased her mental retention skills every time, and each time it broke down on her when we started calling out more than 2 items. I found it comical, as she stumbled out her pencil and wrinkled piece of paper.

Good looking pub, but we came on the wrong night. We were seated in a seperate area off the main room which I felt was perfect. They had live music that night, turns out it was Russian music. Not many with a broad enough liking to music would enjoy those particular tunes. And when your own waitress tell us we came on the worst night possible, fair warning..Again, great save by the management for seating us away from the music, crowd and noise.

I believe they have a lot of different bands coming through so I suppose this would either be the place to be...to avoid..

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Roxy Burger910 Granville Street, Vancouver
Surprise, surprise
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 3:10am [Dine in]

Our group of 4 ended the weekend here, late night - kicking back a few before the Monday morning blues came. I've balked on this place before and only here due to the wee hours. Rather a surprised find.

It's pub atmosphere, through and through. The lone waitress and bartender were burning the midnight oil with cowboy hats and a soul full of energy. Rock (later turning to country) music at a comfortable volume made for audible (non-yelling) conversations at the table.

We ordered a round of Sleemans, tequila and Jaeger shots and gin on the rocks, alongside an order of yam fries and poutine. Drinks came fast but the food came slow, though everyone who was still coming in were here mostly for drinks. The food was solid, if not ordinary, and came hot.

Lots of regulars here, and I can see why. Considering its location and proximity to rowdiness (we had lots of glimpses pass by the window during our wind down), I'm actually pleasantly surprised of the contrasting demeanor inside here. Comfortable seating with lots of elbow room, daily specials and decent pub grub, open extra late with the friendly atmosphere to boot.

Roxy Burger is a place for the rest of the people on Granville.

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
When a good goes bad
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Dropped by for a late sugar fix. Figured we would pass on the Robson location this time around. Quite the difference, and not exactly in a good way.

My friend ordered the tiramisu and cinammon mocha while the girlfriend and I shared the pannacotta and the same cinammon mocha. The pannacotta was the better of the two, but lacked the creaminess normally found. The cinammon mocha was chalky and was found to be a wasted choice. Scoop sizes were beyond dwarfism - just a hair bigger than a golf ball, though with faux quality like that, who'd want more? But wait..there's more! Increased prices for a scoop of their concoctions.

Same colour scheme like other Mondos, but this one echoes the calls of what happens when the staff don't care. It's a bit drab, dirty and there were annoying little nats hovering over us while we were forcibly enjoying our frozen delights. The lone standing, half-dying foliage at the end of one of the tables was purely ornamental, as was the individual vases with wilted flowers sitting at each table.

We stayed in due to the inclement weather, but the 2 staff there looked more than ready to leave. Little reason to come back here.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1759 West Broadway, Vancouver
A dime a dozen
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:01am [Dine in]

Figured it would be nice to soak in some local atmosphere on playoff game night and to make the most of a wet late afternoon. Customers were sparsely scattered about but nearly all were in front of a tv screen, so we obviously followed suit.

We picked off a few items on the appetizer list, with the wings and the yam fries being the highlights for our hungry stomachs. The salt and pepper wings were the favourite of mine and would have hesitation in ordering on a regular basis. The mosaic dip was mostly overpowered with a cream cheese taste (or so they claimed it to be goat cheese). Alcoholic drinks were nicely mixed though the Clamato in my gf's Caesar was watered down a touch.

Service was good - a little slow overall with the one woman show going on but I really couldn't blame her. The save for the service rating would have had to be when I ordered a Gin Fizz, which she did mix it well, but she immediately asked me if I wanted it to be re-done before I gave her the thumbs up on the drink.

Like any systematic chain restaurant, you can count on them spending the money on the appearance. Lots of tvs around but if you're looking for hi definition look elsewhere. Overall, it ranks within its peers.

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Correli's Restaurant3900 Bayview, #160, Richmond
Hello, can we get some service here?
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Galavanting our way into Steveston, a few friends and I trotted on by for some Greek after another Greek eatery nearby had far too long a wait time than we were willing to put up with. We waited for about 10 minutes here before being seated but considering how conspicuous the front of room was we stood there for a good 5 minutes before any staff approached us. Sign of things to come.

My friends across the table ordered their separate souvlaki entrees while my buddy next to me and I ordered the behemoth Greek Dinner for 2, which consisted of a dabble of garlic prawns, chicken souvlaki, lamb chops and spanakopita. We forgave the fact that it took about 15 minutes for the staff to realize that we were ready order, and they took our orders before offering any water, but part ways into our meal and still no water in sight or any request to order drinks? Very unprofessional. We had different staff members take turns on our table, with the original waitress seemingly unwilling to come over as we tried to flag her down to order some liquids to go with our meal, since we felt that we had to pay for drinks to get a staff member to stop by our table. Instead, she gestured to another waiter to take our drink order, by now half way through our meal, while he was busy bussing other tables with empty plates in hand. The complimentary bread came midway through the last entree (ours) and by then the bread has lost it's interest. No follow ups on our meal, and by the end of it, we still hadn't received our waters, though our drinks finally did come. The service quality and speed is quite the deception and abhor, the staff looking like they're really busy, but are really doing nothing except putting on a spectacle. I would prefer them just to stand around, so at least I don't have to decipher who is putting on a show and who is actually serving customers. We are all generally quick diners and could easily be out in a hour or so even with slow service, but it took a good 2 hours to leave here. The food was good, but we weren't willing to put up with the sideshow.

Shame, since it is quite the quaint little restaurant, worthy for a date place.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Strictly value conscious eating
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

It was again one of those late evening meals where no one could decide so we unanimously decided on another AYCE option, this time in the heart of the city. We were seated and were quickly going through the menu. The AYCE menu was split up into either a menu a or b list, us choosing the later, and as usual all the regular, if not commonly ordered dishes were picked. Dishes arrived quickly and hot but immediately we knew a second round was needed - portions are bite size and perfectly suited for petite mouths.

The food itself was not exciting; piddling quality though while palatable it's mostly intended for filling bellys. Presentation was an oversight, the Crunchy Roll in particular looking like someone had deconstructed the roll with their fingers before being served. The Goma Ae which I thought was missing it's key ingredient turned out they had tossed it in black sesame paste instead - pretty good. The imitation crab in the California Rolls were not familiarly shredded up, instead long rolls wrapped up (like what you'd find in the supermarket) though it tasted the same as any other. The salmon sashimi looked unfamiliar to me with its bloodshot red in colour, either a different type of salmon was used, the fish's diet was rich in something or the salmon was artificially coloured. No bother, but that was what stood out in an otherwise decent meal.

Service was quick and precise despite having to order off the AYCE menu through the server - no pencil and order list here. No missed orders but we did get a few more portions than we asked for - OK. Tea is refilled promptly with a quick gesture. Our main server for the night was friendly.

The restaurant is uncomfortably stuffy with the somewhat open kitchen and the frying oil fumes swimming through the room. It looked drab but you do sit far away from the next table, and on clear nights you might even get a table with a decent view of the street.

Based on the reviews I thought we were in for a somewhat better experience, but in the end it's par with other many Japanese AYCE places in the city.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
Identity crisis
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 2:50am [Dine in]

It was guys night out on Monday - a couple of friends and I dropped in for a late night meal. There were only few occupied tables and the waitress sweeping up the floor seated us at a dirty booth with leftover food missiles on the vinyl surfaces.

We ordered the shared platter and 2 varieties of wings totalling two pounds. The standalone wings were decent at best with the meat being a little tough though I favoured the dry rub over the sweet wings. The platter resembled and tasted like something largely assembled from various frozen food delights. The dry ribs looked particularly unappetizing, looking like little coiled up, day old in the sun dog matter and tasting like cheap chinese take out honey garlic spareribs. The token slices of cucumber were soft..We ordered the Bobby Wings, hot wings that were suppose to hurt, and it did. But the taste was all pain, with a charming sour turning to bitter aftertaste. The sodas we ordered were all flat and a subsequent order of ice tea and lemonade came to the table tepid; our server informing us that they had run out of ice. You can never have enough ice, they thought otherwise. Prices are suspiciously inexpensive, so I question how much of the food was actually prepared.

Service was slow. While the waitresses were friendly, they disappeared in the kitchen for long periods. The food and drinks took a while to come out, our drinks coming out north of the thermometer, while our food came out like it had been sitting under the heatlamps. Our waitress informed us nearing the end of the meal that her shift was finishing and she was going to turn in our bill - just so we know. Same waitress later on my way to the washroom hanging out at the booth by the kitchen with the other staff winding down their night while noshing.

The menu is all over the place, from wings to sandwiches to even souvlaki - they even have a kids menu. There is a mash of bar, club and trendy highlights throughout, with a variety of mismatched colours top to bottom - make up your mind! Lots of big tvs throughout the room, however everything else seemed like an afterthought, or castaway items purchased from a Yaletown clearance sale.

It tries to do too much, and ends up offering little. Forget it.

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Boonie's BBQ & Soul Food6150 176th Street, Surrey
Comfort food never tasted so good
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 5:46am [Dine in]

After learning that Boonie's was closing on Friday as a catering company is taking over the space, I immediately summoned a small herd of accomplices to come along with me to finally try it out.

My friend ended up ordering a second order of the pulled pork sandwich and seasoned fries, with a cornbread muffin after devouring the his first order. My gf and I shared the large dinner and a pulled pork sandwich ourselves. The ribs were fantastic - the fall off the bone kind you always hear, and not too lean. Perfect amount of sauce that was sweet, a little tangy and a touch smokey. The pulled pork sandwich was melt in your mouth good, lots of moist pork just enough sauce with a soft bun toasted on the inside, and with a small lather of condiments and some shredded cabbage. The leafy collards, which went great with the meal were cooked well with a nice tang to it, while the mac and cheese, like all the other dishes, were definitely of homestyle character without the orange colour you'd normally see. The cornbread muffin? I ended up eating the whole thing myself and should've ordered another. Portions are sumptuous, and we were filled up to our eyes when we left, without feeling gross - the same kind of feeling when you eat those glorious home cooked holiday dinners. Prices are excellent and considering similar prices elsewhere yields a much different, and lesser quality plate and how much more it would cost to replicate it at home and the time needed to cook it I'd rather spend my money on someone else's cooking.

Cafeteria style so they take your order and give you a number slip. Nevertheless, the staff are your southern hospitality bred, with owner Boonie regularly pacing in and out from the kitchen to the tables, either serving up orders, bringing orders to tables, or cleaning up empty plates while chatting it up with all the customers and checking up on them. Another staff member came out a couple of times during our meal to check up on everyone eating and topping up their waters. Considering you don't even need to leave a tip, the service was well beyond expectations.

The space isn't going to win any awards, but it's clean, with comfortable padded chairs, a small tv, and even a small area for kids to spend their energy. Flatware, condiments and water is all self-serve at the counter. Their cutlery could be cleaned a little better (some hard waterspotting etched in) but that's about all there to nitpick.

This is southern home-cooked, comfort food at it's best. It's not suppose to be fancy - one truly has to appreciate this kind of food; honest eats without pretension. Can't wait until Boonie opens up his own place. Can't miss.

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Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine509 Main Street, Vancouver
Good pho in unfamiliar surroundings
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I had always assumed this was a chinese restaurant, but perhaps I should've read the signage first before making those assumptions. It turned out to be a good place for pho. Girlfriend and I came in for a late lunch during another Sunday eating out and was surprised at what we came into; a pho place like looked nothing like a vietnamese restaurant. It was neat and tidy, without any of the usual visual cues of a pho place. The menu is large and unfamiliar of a pho menu, as it included stirfrys. My gf's well done beef flank was well received as was my combination meat. I couldn't remember the last time I ordered a small since I found the quantity of meat in my bowl lacking a bit, though tasty. Good broth though I did feel a little bit thirsty afterwards. Our spring rolls were crispy and a regular, and welcoming side dish. Drinks are expensive, notably the lemon coke, which cost an extra $1.50 for a few thin slices.

Service was good; we even had a staff member (manager/owner?) come by our table to apologize for having sold out of the vietnamese subs, a nice gesture and completely understandable even without apology. He later checked up on us which is again unusual for this type of eats.

Overall a pleasant experience. We'll be back.

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Tipper Restaurant & Review Room, The2066 Kingsway, Vancouver
The underdog tugging on the heartstrings
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

My gf, main dining companion took to here over the weekend. I've driven past this restaurant frequently as it is on my route to the office and it looked worthy of atleast a try. Though a late evening dinner they were still open, and we were seated immediately as the place was not busy at all. The menu is on the small side but there should be something for everyone.

My gf's Penne Tip with chicken was a cut above the rest. It had an excellent, flavourful cream sauce with a quiet, simmering heat that eases itself into your tastebuds. Perfect amount of sauteed mushrooms and peppers, with lots of chicken chunks mixed in. The slices of avocado on the top was an added touch which I felt worked well. My steak sandwich was ordered medium rare, and actually came medium rare. Good cut, nicely seasoned, moist and tender. The fresh cut steak fries on the side were a nice golden brown. My only quibble would be my overseasoned fries.

There only seemed to be one staff working the floor, but he was very attentive and friendly. He checked up on us regularly and made sure my pop was refilled as I was particularly thirsty that evening. The styling cues really work well for the restaurant, though maybe not for the area. There was a lot of local art on the walls without looking out of place nor trendy and there's even a bar area complete with tv alongside the comfortable booths.

It seems that the area might not be ready for a restaurant like this yet but I could be wrong. Glad to know that the few people inside the restaurant wasn't a precursor of the food or the staff. Good local eatery worthy of future visits. Recommend.

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