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carsonnorth vanSince March 27, 20116 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2 (2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
A Precious Jewel In The Heart Of Deep Cove
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Geographically speaking, the Arms Reach Bistro has the dining experience cornered. As one of, if not the only good restaurant east of Lonsdale, on the North Shore, the ARB serves up excellent food, service, value, and ambiance. Living almost my whole life in Deep Cove, and never dined before at this location, (minus the old Nut Shell) I have frequented this cozy little place several times this past summer. Food quality has always been top notch, service impeccable, value a bit pricey, and the ambiance on the patio during the summer outstanding. Having ordered different items off the menu every time I've visited, I've never had a bad meal. Regarding the prices on the entrees, if you live nearby, the money you would save on gas going elsewhere, is easily recovered with the quality ARB serves up. Weather you're visiting Deep Cove for the day, or are a local, the Arms Reach Bistro will not disappoint.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Stick To The Burgers, Not The Etc.
Submitted Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

As one of my requirements for writing a review at DineHere.ca is to frequent the establishment at least twice, Buddy and I stopped in a few times in the last month to see what all the hype was about. Starting with the burgers, seeing as it's in the restaurants name, they come served with your choice of side, which include, corn niblets, coleslaw, potato salad or baked beans. Although my mushroom/mozza (two dollars extra) burger was tasty, scouring the menu I was shocked to see a $1.50 substitute charge for fries. Now I know the potato harvests yield was dwindling this year, but charging an extra $1.50 for fries is enough to send my Irish cousin fleeing back to his motherland. As forementioned in the reviews title, lets get to the real reason behind this somewhat negative review, the Etc. sampler platter for two. At the same price (39.95) as a similar platter at Memphis Blues, we were expecting to stuff our faces full this particular afternoon, but the portions paled in comparison to what you'd get elsewhere. Razor thin slices of roast beef passed off as brisket, a few jumbo wieners trying to imitate Italian sausages, only two ribs, and BBQ chicken that was as dry as the mojave. The pulled pork and spicy chicken wings were just ok. Only a few dabs of BBQ sauce here and there and no hot sauce or toothpicks(a must with pulled pork) at tableside. Our choice of three sides included a watery bowl of cold corn niblets, tasteless coleslaw(cabbage with a squirt of dressing) and some mushy "baked" brown beans I swear were out of a can. Libby's anyone? Stick to the burgers at Burgers Ect. unless you want to get ripped off and leave hungry, in which you'd order the Etc. sampler platter.

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Fresh Slice1448 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Why Go Anywhere Else? (After a Few Brewskies)
Submitted Monday, April 18, 2011 - 1:11am [Take-out]

Fresh Slice is a revolution in the pizza world. No longer do we have to pay ridiculous Panago, Dominos or Pizza Hut prices, in order to achieve what we want out of a Pizza Pie. I consider myself a pizza affectionato , having wolfed down hundreds of pizza pies in my 40 years of existence. The professional, swift, and courteous manner, in which we were served, was indeed impressive. The price however, was the the real "deal breaker" in this transaction at only $10.49 for a 18" large wheel. I thought I was transformed back into the early 80"s with Billy Idol's, Rebel Yell, playing in the background as I ordered, considering the price I was paying. While mentioning my distaste for the neighbouring prices surrounding the local joint, I was awarded an additional discount. WINNING! Free parmigiano, fresh crushed chili peppers, and hot sauce all on tha house sealed the transaction to my wallets true pleasure. Above all, my bank account thanked me the next morning.! Long live Fresh Slice, or to a greater degree, long live my liver, as this pizza requires a strong one.!!

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East Side Mario's123 Carrie Cates Court, Unit 217, North Vancouver
Hello? Anyone?
Submitted Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

Buddy and I decided to check this place out a few months ago because it was fairly new in the hood and had excellent views of the city. Thursday afternoon around 1:30ish, the place was almost empty. After standing around for a few minutes waiting to be seated and not being acknowledged we decided to seat ourselves. Ten full minutes went by before we were given menus. Fifteen minutes later our drinks finally arrived, and our orders were taken. Nearing 2:15 our lunch was served. We both had the spaghetti and meatballs. While we did eat most, it was nothing to make Chef Boyardee quit his day job over. Just a step above noodles and ketchup actually. My friends pitbull even refused to eat the leftovers. Finishing things up I still couldn't fathom why it took 30 minutes for two plates of spaghetti with meatballs with virtually no one else in the place. Quite a head-shaking experience. Maybe the chef/waitress was out having an extended smoke break. If you do happen to indulge in the all -you-can-eat special it might take awhile for that second or third plate to come around. True story, I had a few friends come in a week before us on a slow day and after waiting nearly 20 minutes with not so much as a smile, got up from the table and left the place. That should have been warning enough. The meal was easy on the wallet though, and they fixed the place up real nice. Great view of the city from the patio for some drinks in the summertime. If there is a next time, I'll probably try the pizza. Earth to East Side Mario's, come in East Side Mario's!

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Boston Pizza88 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver
Now I Remember Why It Was Fifteen Years Between My Last Visit
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Buddy and I stopped in a few weeks ago on a rainy night to this cozy little place to catch the end of the Canucks game. Good atmosphere, great friendly, quick service at decent prices. The volume of the game was a little loud, but that's to be expected. After hoisting a few cold ones my stomach started getting the growlies. Scanning through the menu, I couldn't help but notice the budget friendly choices. My mind was telling me pizza, but my craving was for a steaming hot bowl of fettuccine, smothered in creamy alfredo sauce. Service was again very efficient. My eyes grew with anticipation as the pasta was letting off some steam on its way to our table. I dove right into the meal, but quickly realized something was OFF. Bad cream possibly. I attempted to mask the OFF taste by trying to spice it up with some crushed red chilli flakes. Still extremely bland with a sketchy aroma. No taste at all. Buddy agreed, as he ordered the same. Truthfully, the garlic toast was the real star of this meal. Red flags should have gone up when I saw the waitresses carrying almost half plates of food from other tables back to the kitchen {not to be reheated} but I chalked it up to the humongous portions that were being served. Ambiance was outstanding and see real potential here if you stick to the pizzas and beers. The pasta dishes were only ten dollars, so I guess the old "you get what you pay for" saying applies to these particular dishes. Will probably pop in again, strictly for the pizza and beers though. The framed, autographed picture of Howie Mandel hanging on the wall was a little tacky. Almost laughable. John Ratzenberger where have you gone?

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
How far they've fallen
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Although I had been warned about how poorly our local neighbourhood pub had become, a buddy and I had decided to stop in for Sunday brunch. We thought to ourselves how bad could pub fare be. Our order started with some wings, one "bottle" of Canadian and a caesar. Despite there being only ten other patrons and three waitresses our drinks took nearly ten minutes. My bottle of Canadian turned out to be a pint of draught and my friends caesar had a grey-ish "green" bean which he said smelled fishy. The wings, which this particular pub is somewhat famous for were the best part of the meal. For brunch I had chosen the fish and chips while my friend got the "traditional" eggs benny [ no ingredients given} with a side order of chorizo. The fish and chips was standard, nothing to write my fisherman uncle over on the island about, while my friends eggs benny actually had the chorizo on the english muffin, not ham, under the egg. The chorizo, which looked like a wiener, had been overcooked to the point where it started to curl upwards. When brought to the waitresses attention she graciously offered to fix the problem. This is where our brunch experience got a little stranger. Two minutes later we were brought a side of capicola? Now I'm no expert on the "Traditional Eggs Benny" but I have eaten several thousand bennys from all around the world and have never seen it served with capicola. Alright, let's move on to the hashbrowns. After noticing the less than pleased look on my friends face I asked how the hash was. He offered me a forkfull and I enthusiastically jumped in only to almost chip a tooth on how hard they were. Basically double deep fried week-old pieces of oil filled, rock hard potatos. I would estimate that maybe 10% was edible even to the most hardened diner. Politely discussing our displeasure with the meal our waitress informed us that the benny was free and had a B.S. explantion that they had run out of ham. Highly suspect, seeing that they're are various other menu items that have ham. With a Safeway supermarket less than two miles away it was puzzling. Quite comical really. I would NOT recommend this place to my worst enemy, unless they were curious about, how not to run a business. Decent ambiance, not withstanding the 13" inch television that I had to turn on myself, and disgraceful prices. I'm still coming to terms on why we gave a tip.

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