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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Sun Fresh Bakery House245 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Big buns
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 11:24am [Dine in]

I have come here many times since my mom brought me here for the first time at their old location down the street. The layout is self-serving (think the bakery at T&T), where buns are individually wrapped in cellophane and stacked on food trays for your choosing. The buns are fresh and vastly larger than most other chinese bakeries, with a decently proportionate amount of filling. All the popular items are gone quickly during the day so if you want any sort of selection to choose from come early or otherwise you'll be relegated to having your pick of the lone, smushed up BBQ pork bun or the plain garlic buns.

Great value considering the size and comparable quality. Not too many places where a buck or two tops up your belly.

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Blenz Coffee935 Denman Street, Vancouver
Moon over my tea
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

As a night owl and one who gets by with little sleep, I am an evening-late night regular here and have spent many a nights here talking it up with friends until sunrise, or just a quick grab and go. There aren't many tangible differences compared to any other coffee spot but an aura seems to surround this location that keeps me coming back. Maybe it's the colourful people that wander in during the overnight hours, or the familiar sounds of the blenders pulsing through the shop as the barista mixes drinks. It's not a particular clean place, actually it can get pretty dirty, and that lone unisex washroom can rival (and likely supercede) a chinese restaurant counterpart, but it does what it does consistently.

I've taken a particular liking to the shaken hojicha (green) ice tea, usually with no syrup, though I've ventured out into the London Fogs, Chais, Royal Tea or Strawberry Tea Lattes, Iced Mochas and a somewhat daring Macha Latte on ocassions where routine takes a back seat. They are consistently made and are much easier on the sweet, leaving more focus on the intended flavours in the drinks, and not a dessert in a cup. The baked goods are the passable, "mostly for viewing" type though I've seen them rotate the window display food regularly.

The people running the show are all regular people, from top to bottom. The owners are a young, endearing Korean couple holding the stable, both amiable and without an ounce of insolence. They hire a lot of students, which while I was talking to one of the owners, mentioned they thought it would be a good idea to help out the local Korean students in town going to school. All the employees I've encountered have been friendly and courteous, with a casualness they exude as young adults.

It really is just another franchise coffee spot, but comparing the major players in the game, this one takes a half, perhaps full step above the pack.

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Lian Hong Chinese Bakery6400 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Not quite the same
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:10am [Dine in]

This place started out as a small bakery/hot dish takeout place. It was the only one in the area of Fraser Street so businss became brisk and eventually it took over the space next door too and expanded with a sit down area, also selling various frozen items.

The variety of hot dishes are your basics, the chow meins, the fried rices, sweet and sour pork, etc. I really liked their rock salt spicy deep fried squid. Large tender pieces with a light batter. The buns have consistently been good up until recently. The hot dishes have changed and are not quite as good. My beloved squid was reduced to them using only baby tentacle pieces now, hardly worth a glance. The buns now all of a sudden have shrunk down to an unremarkable size, while prices remained the same. Recession buns.

Service depends on who you get. In the past, the asian lady owner (nowadays covered with poorly chosen eye shadow and lipstick) would cram the styrofoam containers up to the brim, but it's been years since that happened and now that she has built up a steady customer base, she levelled off those fish balls or what have you so that no pieces of food would exceed the height of the container rim. As more business came in, that woman became more of a snot too. Whether ordering or asking a question, try to deal with the other employees there instead, the saving grace.

A couple of other bakeries have sprung up in the area giving this place a run for it's money. Watch out for the lady owner, she might be wielding a rolling pin.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Finally, unpretentious Mexican eats
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:45am [Dine in]

I really didn't know what I wanted for dinner so after some agonizing decision making the gf and I decided to stay close by and headed here. I've been pretty disappointed by the availability of authentic sytle Mexican food in town and how terrible the "tex-mex for locals" variety have been so I made sure I came in here with no expections. Totally unfounded.

It wasn't busy so we were seated immediately after being greeted (which turned out to be one of the owners). We were immediately served complimentary tortilla chips in a small, plain disposable paper plate while we decided what to get. Too hard to choose since everything looked fantastic. Finally, the girlfriend chose the Mole entree while I ordered the Sarape. A brief wait and we were already eating. Our warm tortillas that came with our meals were served in a wicker basket, a nice touch. My Sarape was a mix of cheese, green peppers, onions and longaniza sausage, among other ingredients. Absolutely delicious. Great blend of flavours and with a tiny hint of spiciness. My gf's entree was also good, with the mole sauce hinting us with its chocolate undertones. The tortilla chips looked homemade since many pieces appeared oil soaked; they probably make them in batches. Portions are deceiving, and fill you up a lot faster than you think.

Service wasn't a sore point but it's not delivered like our western influcenced counterparts. The staff are very friendly (I noticed them explaining some of the menu choices to a few tables) but they didn't follow up with our meal until they cleared our plates - didn't bother me, though just so you know. Other than that tiny oversight, the service would parallel a typical restaurant with good service.

The restaurant is dressed up similarly like their food, with homemade touches all around, including the wall with all the framed media clippings of the restaurant, the colourful art paper cutouts hanging across the ceiling, a Mama Cata dedication on the long wall and a salsa/condiment bar on the mirroring wall. I will also state that the restaurant was amazingly clean, especially the floor tiles.

Clearly, the food they serve here is priority, made and presented in a simple manner. Think comfort food. Everything else from the service to the decor are executed without the forced tawdry seen elsewhere.

The food isn't by any means elegant, just good, no frills, tasty homestyle Mexican grub. Will return. Highly recommended.

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Pita Feast123 Carrie Cates Court, #144, North Vancouver
Quick pick
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:10am [Dine in]

I deliberated whether I should run the distance and skip lunch, but alas I found it hard to not get anything considering my surroundings. After pacing back and forth I finally decided I wanted a donair wrap. I ordered the beef donair and waited patiently as they fired up the kitchen. A brief wait and before I knew it I was on my 2nd bite before I remembered I should share a bite with the gf. The beef was nicely seasoned and thinly shredded though it resembled the meat you'd find at a fast food chain place. Nice fresh mix of vegetables balanced the meat, all housed in a lightly warmed pita.

Can't say the service was above and beyond..it is your basic food court experience and did the job.

A good alternative to the rice and noodles or the burgers and fries that stand everywhere.

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Crepe Escape123 Carrie Cates Court, #133, North Vancouver
Crepe on the go
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Dropped by Lonsdale Quay over the weekend and stopped by the food court for a quick bite. I had the girlfriend choose and she decided on a savoury concoction of spinach, cheese and chicken. Simple ingredients and easy to make it was hard to screw it up. The crepe was nice and fluffy and the cheese melted well over the shredded chicken. They used just the right amount of baby spinach leaves which didn't leave it's strong raw understones over the rest of the ingredients.

Though a fast food court derivative, it look a good 10-12 minutes to make the crepe, which I found to be slow considering the little labour involved. Any lunch rush and they would be swamped.

They also offer ice cream and drinks. In an open food court setting, there's not much more I could say.

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Section 31039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Loud music, abnoxious clientele: the lounge prerequisite
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

A friend wanted to get together Friday night to grab some eats and drinks. Most sit in establishments require waiting but I suppose we lucked out at getting a table immediately here.

We filled the night with order after order of cocktails, highballs, beers and straight shots, with some food mixed in to soak up the alcohol we consumed. While the food was standardized and somewhat showy food it was prepared well and tasted good (Tenderloin Tips and the Baked Brie), the yam fries were horrid, served so limp it mind as well should've been a yam mash instead. The flatbread was overpowered by the parmaesan in a tube. A few of the drinks ordered were rather watered down and the 7up and ginger ale we ordered in between drinks was just carbonated water with a lime wedge for garnish.

Our main waitress was personable and friendly, definitely working us for a bigger tip, but she did forget the glasses of waters we asked for a few times, though never forgetting the alcohol. Food took a long time to come out, fine in this environment but would be unacceptable at a restaurant. There were a few of the other staff members neglecting other tables, preferring to getting casual with the other lounge patrons with some form of seismic body convulsions they would call dancing. We were satisified enough with the service overall.

This has all the insignias of the typical lounge, with the dark and dim setting underscored by the bright neon lighting, the token and out of place "n e r d" sign over the bar (which I couldn't figure out if it was an abbreviation or just artistic significance), the loud prattle of the 30 somethings trying way too hard to be a 20 something all over, and the terrible local techno and fast food playlist music played via Macbook, which incidently got worse and louder at the same time as the night wore on. Even the DJ eventually wandered off his post to chit-chat with his familiars by the bar.

In all accounts this is what a lounge in these neck of the woods looks and smells like. Something about the vibe here rubbed me the wrong way, though maybe one would have to be in the mood for this.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Not overwhelmed, but left satisfied
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

This was the restaurant of choice for a birthday celebrating friend. Having driven through Kingsway so many times who knew a restaurant facing a main road could be so inconspicuous?

We were in for the Korean BBQ and accompanying sides. The pickled vegetables were particularly enjoyable. Our first couple of rounds of grilling meats were nicely marinated though subsequent orders came out bland, likely the dressing too watered down. The always delicious seafood pancake was again undeniably good, though the overpowering greasiness took over a bit too much of the taste. Maybe they should consider adding a side of napkins to sop up the oil that wasn't lucky enough to be absorbed by the pancake. The soup was ok though more appropriate as a stomach filler.

It was busy so the service was stretching itself through our visit. Still, the staff seemingly handled our rowdy crowd with fair ease.

You get the expected Korean BBQ styling so no surprises. It's loud all around, but not obnoxious. Another expectation you can count on is a change of clothes when you leave. This restaurant runs with the crowd, so all in all, we left happy.

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Success Seafood Restaurant8130 Park Road, Richmond
Success in frugality
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Being the dim sum menace that I am, I've come here a few times for their early morning special as a tag along.

Prices certainly do not break the bank and the quality of their dishes are decent for what you're paying. The menu isn't large by any means but offer all the commonly ordered items. I do find their chicken feet to be more sweet than savoury.

Service is par so you can expect at least minimal service from the staff. Little money is spent on the decor so the savings are passed to the customers, or so I think. The restaurant is about as exciting as linoleum flooring.

They have busy spurts during certain hours so some waiting can be expected. Again, another (cheaper) option among dozens in Richmond.

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Lucky Tao Restaurant8077 Alexandra Road, 101, Richmond
Care to wait?
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

The summons for early morning dim sum was calling one weekend so a friend called everybody to round up the troops. Anyone who was willing to fall out of bed and drive out to Richmond would likely come out with a happy, and full stomach.

We had about a dozen friends fill the seats for the early bird special. Reservations were made and still, we had to wait, and the wait was interminable. Total wait time was roughly 40 minutes, all of us taking turns being cramped inside the lobby area and the throws of the parking lot while other hungry patrons smoked their way through the wait. We hurried ourselves on the order sheet before the regular prices came out. In the nick of time! Mostly the regular dim sum lineup plus a few, somewhat more exclusive dishes like the Boon Tong Gao (shark-fin dumpling in soup). Dishes came hot off the press and were rather tasty amidst all the waiting. Couldn't find a complaint about our dishes.

The service was revolting even after we were seated. Nearly impossible to flag down a server for some extra chopsticks or condiments. We had to ask to get our teapots refilled. We should've considered the self-service approach. The staff was clearly inept at handling an overly busy restaurant.

The place looked laboured and worn out. On our visit it really felt like the restaurant exceeded maximum capacity - we were literally an arm's length away from neighbouring tables. Maybe they needed that many occupants to keep the walls from caving in. Who knows? Yelling was appropriate.

The food was good (perhaps early bird special prices good), but I'm less than heroic and would prefer to dine in a more comfortable, less stressful setting.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Dining in the dark
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

This location is somewhat hidden off the main road but a quick save from a friend and before we knew it, we were being seated and hungrily combing through the menu.

We went with the usual dishes you'd find at every Thai restaurant. The satays were again a disappointing starter with subpar flavour and dry, almost chalky texture. The rest of the dishes were a much better showing, particularly the Green Beef Curry and the Tom Yum Gai - better here compared to the other locations. Based on the food, the prices still feel a touch expensive, even for Thai.

Service was passable but kitchen speed was abysmal. It was a rather quiet dinner service that evening so we were surprised it took that long for our orders to come out. Waitresses are friendly, however.

Ambience was dark and dreary. I think all of us would've welcomed a large party to liven up the place. I think all of us consciously made an effort to keep the silence to align with the mood in the restaurant.

Can't say I'm swayed to come back or to avoid it completely, but it certainly doesn't stand out.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes4567 Lougheed Highway, #56, Burnaby
Lacking in more ways than one..
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 3:39am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I missed the breakfast menu at McDonalds so instead we ended up driving up to Brentwood Mall to take on some comforting breakfast food before we walk it off through the mall.

Sunday mornings at an establishment like this means long waits, though we only loitered for about 10 minutes before we got a booth. We weren't ready to order the first time the waitress came over, however she seemed to disappear for a while before she came back to take our orders, the girlfriend ordering the Mushroom & Spinach Omelette and I the Breakfast Sampler. It's nearly impossible to screw up frozen reconstituted meat entrails and shreadded potatoes, so my meal was a filling and tasty first meal of the day. My gf's omelette was a large mash of coarsely chopped fresh (meaning uncooked) mushrooms, onions and spinach leaves smothered with hollandaise. Bland all the way through it certainly did not deliver. You could've had the omelette swimming in Heinz it would've made little difference. Her pancakes I'd say were the best part of the meal. Portions were ample.

Service is brisk. The waitresses paced back and forth wearing down the carpets in the aisles, though we felt invisible among what seemed like many regulars nearby. No one followed up with our meal, and our waitress only came back to ask if I wanted a refill on my soda (unlimited, but at $3.19, expensive unless you can drink at least 2 glasses).

This place was so busy it felt like diners came from afar to dine here. Like with many restaurants with a wide variety of choices, there are some hits and misses on the menu. IHOP's image seems to edge them over the competition, though I would be tempted to say their competition offers somewhat better. That, or this location is not representative of the IHOP experience.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
The AYCE standard
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

It's been about 2yrs or so since I've had all-you-can-eat sushi, and months going since I had sushi. I could've done without eating late but a hungry friend and gf pressured me in. Thought we would give this restaurant a try considering the late night.

It wasn't particularly busy when we walked through at around 10:30pm on a Sunday. We were seated immediately and picked out all the common AYCE dishes. The dishes came out quick and all the hot dishes came out hot, and all the cold dishes came out cold. Other than the 2 wings where the meat looked like it had suffered some prior freezer burn and tasted "old" and the bland peanut sauce for the Go-Mae, it was fine from chopstick to stomach. The teapot was refilled several times though it was tepid rather than hot.

Contrary to many prior reviews I thought the service was satisfactory. There were waitresses continually walking back and forth clearing out our empty dishes. They named every dish that came to the table and set it down nicely. Polite too with what looked to be the female manager, who told us to take our time after giving us the bill.

The decor is typical where it would leave you mildly bored.

Decent enough, though from all indications, it's probably better to dine here when it isn't busy.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
From butcher to belly, the simple, classic burger reigns
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 3:13am [Dine in]

After reading several heart string articles in the paper about the possible demise of this landmark, I wanted to make sure I sampled it before the inevitable. Last I heard, still no buyers so the March 14th closing date would mark the end of this half century old meat market.

Made my way here for the burger, based on the reviews, not excluding the blessing from Anthony Bourdain. Ordered the mushroom, bacon and cheese. It had the usual fixings and came with fries on the side. It was a double patty made fresh. A roughly 6-8 minute wait and I was on my way. I loved the toasted sesame bun, as it pocketed all the innards. The patties were juicy and thick with just the right amount of greasiness. Great balance of everything, while none of the ingredients overpowered each other. No nonsense, just a simple, classic approach. I'd say a contender for one of the best burgers in the city, especially with it's simplicity. Incredibly filling too as I split my meal. The fries were passable, though fresh cut skin on. Likely would've been much better if I didn't let it sit in the takeout container. For both freshness, quality and portion, I felt it was great value at $6.50 taxes in.

Service is akin to a diner. The staff were friendly with smiles all around.

The place isn't much to look at these days, with the big yellow sign, the 3 u-shaped counters and permanently secured vinyl stools. It faces the open grills along with a mish mash of kitchen items thrown on top, next to and underneath the countertops. However it's pretty clean and the smell of previously cooked meals linger aromatically in the air. It's a time capsule back to the yesteryears. The quiet whispers from the butcher shop up front felt like the employees and customers alike were prepared to say goodbye.

Come back one last time to pay homage before the doors close.

Farewall Save On. I bid you adieu.

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Maxim's Restaurant257 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Unadorned and spartan
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:29am [Dine in]

Came here for a mid-afternoon top up. Until recently I had no idea there was a restaurant upstairs the popular namesake.

Quickly seated the smallish menu was under the lexan of each tables. I had a hard time choosing but ended up with the Shanghai Chow Mein and a Chicken Congee to share, and a Cold Milk Tea for the lady. The chow mein was the better of the two, with a good dark colour and perfectly cooked broad noodles. They are skimp with the meats and vegetables in both dishes. The beef, mushrooms and cabbage are sparce in the noodles while the congee had small pieces of chicken scattered throughout. I did like the addition of an egg stirred into the congee as well as the sesame oil drizzled on top. Portions are on the smaller end.

Prices lean on the less frugal, for example, the Milk Tea was $3 while soda comes in close to $2.

Service was prompt with waitresses running back and forth between the aisles.

Tired decor but kept reasonably clean. The vinyl seating in our booth was worn through and mended with packing tape though I suppose it fulfills it's purpose.

Seems like a lot of regulars come here since a lot of the waitresses knew the patrons. Can't really see the appeal beyond the name. Probably not worth coming back, considering what's around the area.

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Jade Dynasty Restaurant137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
All day dim sum galore
Submitted Friday, February 27, 2009 - 4:07am [Dine in]

The reviews here swayed me enough to try this restaurant out for dim sum. Accoridng to the signage outside, they serve dim sum all day (9pm close), a nice find considering how few of these exist in town.

The gf and I stumbled in at around 2pm. We were greeted nicely and sent to a table of our choosing. It's order form variety and the waitress included a separate lunch menu in addition to a supplementary menu complete with images for those unfamilar with certain dim sum dishes. Decent amount of choices to choose from. We ticked off 4 dishes, all usuals, including steamed Shanghai Dumplings (Siu Long Bao). All dishes came out hot. The shrimp dumplings were average size but fresh with plump shrimps and had a perfectly cooked, firm skin that wasn't mushy. The spring rolls were crispy with a tiny hint of garlic and the Beef Rice Roll was enormous in size and I liked the single sprig of bok choy on the side. The shanghai dumplings were steamed instead of the typical fried version and were juicy, though the outside was a touch doughy at the top creases and a bit smaller in size.

We came in after 11am so prices were definitely more expensive. Dim sum dishes ranged from $3.70-$4.20 between 11am to 4pm just so you know. I would assume that dim sum after 4pm would have a smaller menu selection. Best bet for bang for your buck? Come before 11.

Waitresses are quick, efficient and stop by your table often. Most (if not all) it seems have a good grasp of english which is a rarer sight, and are friendly and helpful, as I witnessed a couple of times during our tea time with other english speaking patrons.

The decor is comfortably worn in, very casual, right down to the disposable plastic table liners.

Though more expensive, having reasonably good dim sum available in the evening is a very good thing.

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Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant8500 Alexandra Road, #100, Richmond
Chinese comfort, for the stomach and wallet
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Dropped by on Saturday night for a late dinner. We were seated quickly once we entered. Fairly similar layout as the previous restaurant (Golden Award) which existed here, with all new decor, in a sleek, trendy ebony colour theme.

Extensive menu choices, as one would find at any typical HK cafe. My friend went with the 2 choice combo, a fish filet and pork chop while my girlfriend and I shared the 3 choice combo: breaded pork chop, grilled chicken chop and minute steak. The standard soup (your choice of tomato or cream), rice, sauce and drink to accompany. The 3 of us also decided to share a plate of Mushroom and Chicken Yee Mein. The combos were a tasty surprise and decidely better than typical. The pork chop was panko breaded and fairly juicy while the grilled chicken chop (misnomer since it looked and tasted pan fried) had a nice amount of flavour and tenderness. I liked that they were easy on the corn starch and tenderizer on the minute steak and wasn't particularly gummy tasting at all. The cream soup was actually decent. Normally a watery, flavourless rue it had bits of vegetables and shreadded chicken mixed in. Portions were gracious, even the bowl of rice included was packed down into a larger than usual bowl. Only unusual thing was that they didn't include a small side of steamed vegetables, be they 2-3 pieces usually. That's ok. The yee mein needed more seasoning, a touch bland but could easily be corrected by throwing some soy sauce on it. The obligatory iced lemon tea was a must and went down great with the meal.

Prices were thrifty. The 3 choice combo coming in at a touch over $9, it's great value, considering the $1 difference between an extra piece of meat, go for the 3 and share.

Service was quick as was kitchen speed. Waitresses are polite, top up your tea and handle english well. We sat there for at least another hour after they cleared our plates and didn't rush us at all, even continued to come over to top up our tea.

This was the old location of Golden Award so diehard followers would've been a great market to pick up after, and I'm sure many agree this new restaurant is definitely a winner.

Open until 3am 7 days a week, it's marking itself apart among many similar eateries within that area. Recommended.

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Breka Bakery and Cafe6533 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Good, with some hits and misses
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:10am [Dine in]

This neighbourhood bakery and cafe took over another popular bakery, and it picked a great location to open up shop. Other than the monopoly across the street, Fraser Street needed something more fitting, true to the area, and finally they have it.

It has all the common baked goods you'd find at other cafes but it has a much better selection, with sandwiches, wraps, small meals, cakes and even freshly made breads available. I've only managed to wrangle in a few choices, in the end leaving me mixed at times, and happy at others. I've only had the bottled sodas and Cold Iced Mocha here which I found to be pretty good, without being overly sweetened.

Many of their tables fill up fast (inside and the few outside) so I exclusively grab and go.

Servers are usually your token university student types who have yet to be nutured enough in dealing with all kinds of people but they are friendly, prompt and genuinely intent on making sure your you're satisfied. No corporate trite here.

Unique enough to be popular, glad to see it seems to be prospering well. I'm all for supporting local business and I will continue to do so here.

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Bob's Submarine Sandwiches6390 No. 3 Rd, #2, Richmond
Your greasyspoon sub post
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:32am [Dine in]

The girlfriend and I meandered here for a late day fill. Cravings for something greasy felt right for a quiet Monday afternoon.

This restaurant is basic. They take your order and you find a place to sit a la cafeteria style. Takeout patrons like to loiter around the counter. There's a booth for flatware, condiments and the help yourself fridges for your drinks. The space isn't much to look at, with uncleared tables around and cases of beverages stacked in view.

There's a variety of hot and cold subs to choose from, we ordered the footlong Super Sub to share, fries and a soda. Wait time was about 10 minutes so we soaked in our surroundings. When our order was called over, from afar it looked typical, but by the time it was in our hands it was staggering in size! Warm, soft hoagie good to soak up all the greasy juices held together the double steak, capicollo, pepperoni, double mozzarella, grilled mushrooms and onions along with the token tomatoes, shreaded lettuce and light dressing. What a mess, but it hit the spot with a wallop! The steak sliced thin made for easy consumption and had good body. The capicollo and pepperoni was unusually mild tasting and the capicollo had a texture and taste more aligned to bologna than a cross between ham and salami. Don't look at these as gourmet subs. It's homestyle greatness served on the street. The fries came unseasoned and were fairly vanilla. There are breakfast sandwiches, burgers even fried chicken combos for other choices.

The staff are friendly especially the owner couple. They are pleasant and run the shop like a mom and pop would, smiles included.

The definition of street food is here. Come once, come twice, come again!

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop701 Kingsway, #21, Vancouver
Great Banh Mi
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 3:34am [Dine in]

Grabbed a quick mid afternoon bite here on the weekend. Picked up the grilled pork sub. Delicious. Crusty bread with a nice soft center. Great balance of sweet, savoury and fresh all rolled into one. The meat seemed reheated though I wouldn't have a problem with it if they didn't say it was grilled.

Inexpensive pick me up, they also have drinks, desserts, various snacks (including Vietnamese Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf) and cold cuts to make your own subs.

Run like a production line you line up, pick off the wall, wait and pay. Counter staff are quick and are too busy to start a conversation with.

It's not much to look at with some seating available but seems most (if not all) come for takeout.

Another great substitute to Quiznos or Subway, at nearly half the price.

Recommend.

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