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finickyfinniganNew WestminsterSince September 15, 200620 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Couzie's on Carnarvon817A Carnarvon Street, New Westminster
New fave for weekend breakfast
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

So, for those of you who knew Couzie's on Belmont Street (we didn't), this is where they have moved to, and we couldn't be happier about the addition to our neighborhood (used to be the divey little hole called Teresa Mae Cafe, but the whole place is much improved). While the Market is (STILL!) under renovations, the Quay area is limited in its selection of little cafes to have breakfast, brunch or a sandwich. This place is great, very reasonably priced and the food on our first visit was awesome. They have a selection of Benny variations, of which my husband tried the special of the day, a "Gizzard's" which was a traditional Benny on their house-made focaccia. He raved. I had a breakfast pannini with a side of hashbrowns. All yum. Our two year old had a buttered (very fresh) English muffin and a (huge) fruit dish. Anyway, the food was all really good, coffee was hot and fresh. The girls were very friendly. Oh, and the food came in like five minutes, which was probably because there were few customers, but we definitely hope it will pick up and become a popular favorite in the 'hood. In other words, eat here!!!

PS: They have a nice big patio with lots of comfy seating too. Great place for lounging and reading the paper on a sunny day.

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Zellers Family Restaurant4567 Lougheed Hwy, #300, Burnaby
Come on, now.
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

Don't expect to go into the Zellers diner and have a culinary experience, okay? Don't order eggs benny at a place unless it's "famous" for it's bennies. That would be like ordering sushi at McDonald's or something. We went in for a quick breakfast while shopping for bargains at the old "Zed" and we found the service and food to be just what we were looking for. Good. Basic. Classic. Actually, I was surprised that they had a whole-grain pancake option, which I like for my young daughter, but no one else has. Our server was really friendly, actually, and we tipped more than we usually would in a place like that. Anyway, if you want to set the bar high, go somewhere else and eat. If you're looking for a family standard, the Z Restaurant is a good option.

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Amelia Cafe538 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good n' cheap.
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

I like a good, cheap breakfast on the weekends, and this place ranks among the best of this type in New Westminster. Plus, the server was uber-friendly, and there were a lot of different food choices. If you're afraid of a divey little place, don't bother going in, but if you don't mind, head on in and enjoy the greasy goodness.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
Good, possibly getting better.
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have eaten here several times because we are New Westers and it's really close to home, but we always said things like "The burgers are okay, but red Robin's is just as good, and cheaper," or "We wouldn't even bother if it weren't for the coupon." But the last couple of times our meals have been really great. And although their servers lack really outgoing personalities, they are always pretty prompt and don't roll their eyes at the antics of our 1 and a half year old. I'd call them family friendly. Anyway, there's a coupon almost every other week in the Record, and we'd never go without it, but that's fine. It's a good option for a burger and a beer for everyone (kids incl.)!

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Angelina's960 Quayside Drive, #115, New Westminster
For a better breakfast.
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

We like el cheapo breakfast on the weekends, but every once in awhile, you want something with a little bit of character, something not so greasy, and something right in your neighborhood. Angelina's offers an alternative to the Ihops and Whitespots that tend to dominate Sunday brunch in New West. They have excellent Pannekoek (as good as or better than DeDutch) and their family friendly atmosphere is awesome. You are always greeted with a smile and treated like you're special. They have good lunches too! We love it.

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Pantry Restaurant, The425 6th Street, New Westminster
Now I know why it took me so long . . .
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Despite terrible reviews from a neighbor, we decided to bite the bullet, take a coupon and try out the pantry one evening for dinner. We tend to go for dinner pretty early now that we have a toddler because by the time you sit down and order and get your food, it's near the kid's dinnertime, so we were there promptly at 5:00. It wasn't extremely busy, but there were a few tables. We also tend to be pretty relaxed, but I think the fact that everyone around us was complaining, and the really terrible lighting/ambiance made us start to get a little antsy. Our service didn't seem to be too bad until after our cold dinner was delivered, and then we didn't see the waitress in forever. We had ordered a beer before the food arrived and it didn't come with the food, and then it just got worse. Our kid didn't even get offered the milk or ice cream that was supposed to come with the meal, and we sat with our plates of half eaten food (it was tasteless and boring) sitting in front of us for about 25 minutes before we got a chance to flag the waitress and get our bill. The owner/manager was full of apologies as we paid even though we didn't even open our mouths to complain . . . we just figured we'd never return. But even for those that did complain, he didn't offer a coupon or free meal, he just said sorry. It was kind of lame.

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Hayashi Sushi78 10th St, #106, New Westminster
Decent neighborhood sushi.
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

The staff were friendly and the sushi tasted great. I believe they do have a wild salmon option, which I didn't bother with at the time because we only ordered one piece of sashimi with salmon on it. We got take out, so we didn't get a whole ambiance picture, but it looked like a nice clean little place. A solid first experience.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
The Spice of Life!
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

Interesting cuisine can be hard to find in New Westminster. Yes, there are a few good places to eat, but it seems like nothing is really new, and no one really tries very hard . . . with the exception of Tamarind Hill on 6th. This place is warm and inviting, with an exciting menu full of tasty, spicy Malaysian dishes. It is authentic & delicious. It was a bit on the pricey side, but there was enough for leftovers, so we thought it a value. The service was impressive, and they treated us warmly . . . we went in with our five month old and they didn't even blink, so I'd also call it family friendly. My husband and I both agree we will dine there again! Keep up the good work.

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Jamesons Newport Restaurant215 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Wrong night for us
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

My husband and I made the mistake of dining here on our 1st Year wedding anniversary, so I hope things get better with age! We were looking for some place to go that was different, off the beaten path and of course, special. We were first recommended by a friend, then we checked their website, and dinehere, and due to the good reviews and the great sounding menu, we booked our table. There wasn't really a need to book, as it was not packed, but something about the acoustics in that place . . . the other reviewer was right, it was tooooo loud. It didn't seem like they were understaffed, since there was hardly anyone there, but somehow the service was incredibly slow (though, admittedly, our server was pretty friendly). We ordered off the specials menu, just because it sounded so good (steak and lobster tail), and everything on the menu pointed to "culinary delight," but we were sadly disappointed in the gristley meat and overcooked shellfish. I have never seen my husband not finish a steak in any restaurant actually, and he left half of it uneaten here. The service got even slower, but we wanted to stay for dessert because we had gifts to exchange and that was the plan, so we ordered cheesecake. It was, how shall I say it, "meh". The waitress did take a martini off our final bill because my husband was unhappy with the steak, but overall, the experience still left us wishing we had spent our special night just about anywhere else. If the prices were lower and there were televisions playing the sports event of the moment, I would have been satisfied, but Jamesons tries to play itself like its a gourmet restaurant and it's not.

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Pen Cafe, The319 Governors Court, #101, New Westminster
Cool hidden gem.
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

Went here for breakfast for the first time a few days ago. My husband and I have lived in New West for a couple of years, and we used to ride our bikes by the sign on East Columbia street announcing The Pen's existence, and always commented that we should try. Well, we finally bit the bullet, and we were quite pleased.

This place is inside the old Gatehouse for the B.C. Penitentiary. That's just cool. It has a pretty standard menu of American favorites, good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have friendly, quick, hardworking staff, and the breakfast was reasonably priced, tasty and fast (I recommend the belgian waffles; my husband has "had better bennies"). Good coffee too.

We'll be back now that we know it's such a great little place.

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Burger Burger340 Sixth Street, #4, New Westminster
Good Burger Joint
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

I'll add to the other reviews here and say, instead of going to McDonald's or BK, get your burger here if you live in New West. It's a friendly little burger joint where they make homemade burgers with fresh buns, fresh toppings, and real fries, and you can get a combo (with pop) for about the same price as the above fast food places. The decor is a little divey, but whatever. The food was really good and fast.

They also have other menu selections like sandwiches, soup and I think breakfast, but I can't comment on these (except to note the prices were low), since I haven't tried.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Wonder why this place is so dead.
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for the first time for dinner on a Saturday night, and when we walked in we were almost tempted to turn tail and leave before the waitress saw us. There wasn't another single soul in there. Not usually a good sign.

As luck would have it, we were too slow, and the waitress was over in a flash, so we just stayed. I have to say, I wonder why there was no one else in there. The food was pretty good, if a tad overpriced, and we couldn't complain about the service or how fast the food was because it was both fast and great.

Before we left, another couple did come in and sat down, but I think these guys need to do some advertising, hire a musician or renovate to get the customers curious about old Aldo's.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Meh.
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for dinner on a Saturday night. We called ahead to see if we should make a reservation, and it was recommended, so we did. When we got there at 8:00 pm (on the nose, at our reserved time), another couple walked in just ahead of us, announced that they'd had a reservation for 7:30 pm. We told the hostess we were reserved for 8:00, but the other couple was seated ahead of us. That was the first problem we encountered.

After waiting ten minutes for our table, we waited ten more minutes at our table before our drink orders were taken. The other couple were already drinking and ordering by this time. My husband and I wondered if we'd make it to the show we were planning to see.

The food wasn't bad. I mean, it was edible. Maybe German cuisine just isn't right for us, but we found it to be heavy, salty and overdone. Plus the food also took a long time. The garlic bread was kind of crap. It was a good thing we were hungry.

At the end of the meal, we asked for the bill, and handed over our coupon (we are Entertainment Book people, and find this is a great way to discover new restaurants). The server returned and hadn't taken off our discount. More waiting.

Anyway, like I said, the food was okay, and it was busy, but the service was still pretty slow (our waitress walked past us a number of times before even saying she'd be right with us), and the food was not our "cup of tea" so I kind of doubt we'll go back.

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
I guess I have to tone it down.
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 10:43am [Dine in]

I submitted a review for this restaurant yesterday, and it was removed. I can understand that because I was livid and used a lot of harsh words. But I still think my opinion should be heard, so here is a revised version. I used to eat at Budgies all the time, but I won't be eating here again. Not because the food is bad, but because the people who work there are always totally rude (see below review, and you will know exactly how I have felt). I am tired of these main street hipsters and their bad attitude. From now on I will go to Taco Del Mar when I want a burrito. I used to support this business because it was small, local and grass roots. But if you happen to wander in here and you get treated poorly, don't say I didn't warn you. Also, I have been served in the summer time by the girl with the ultra hairy pits, and even though that's not my bag, and I think it's kind of gross, that didn't detract me. I will say, however, that the same girl was pretty rude to me, and I'm a really nice person. I tip pretty big (most of the time if I have the cash). But I have never been in there when the staff wasn't rude. The last straw was yesterday when I walked there from my workplace (Main & Terminal) for a yummy burrito, stood in line for ten minutes, and the girl behind the counter looked right past me and asked the guy behind me in line what he wanted. Like, what was I doing there? I just walked out, and I will NEVER go back. These workers (who are probably part owners too) are worse than the Soup Nazi when it comes to service. They just don't give a shit. Well, I don't give that much of a shit about where I get a burrito either. They're not so good that I don't care about being treated poorly. Seriously, they're just burritos. They're big, but so are the mondo burritos as TDM. Whatever. Never again.

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Kasuga Sushi Japanese Restaurant521 6th Ave, New Westminster
Alaska Roll
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2007 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

I am writing this review upon my recent decision only to eat sushi when it's really worth it, not just whenever you happen by a sushi place. I've had too much mediocre sushi, and the place closest to home is no good at all. But, as I live in New Westminster, I'm glad there is a place that's not too far from my front door to have pretty good sushi from time to time. I really like this place. Their Alaska roll is my favourite, but most of it is good, fresh tasting stuff, and I have no complaints about the service. Also, if you ask, they do have wild salmon, which a lot of places don't offer. I'm glad this place exists in New West because you need a good standard for those times when you just NEED to eat sushi.

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
Try this place in the off-season!
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2007 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I don't usually go into restaurants when I'm in White Rock during the summer because they're just too packed, but my husband reserved a table here for my birthday (it was highly recommended by friends), and we drove out in the autumn evening for a wonderful celebratory meal. The food was outstanding (note that it is Tapas, so just get a bunch of things and share; you will not be disappointed in anything). The Famous Bruschetta is entirely deserving of it's title, and the service was friendly and attentive. The place was packed, but they seated us at the bar first in order to prepare a better table at the window (otherwise we'd have been sitting amongst a big birthday party group). Ambience was cozy and warm, and we enjoyed the wine and martinis. Very cool place for anytime or a celebration.

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Brooklyn Tap & Grill250 Columbia Street, New Westminster
I wish, I wish . . .
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Oh how I wish! The Brooklyn is one of the few bars in New Westminster that could be so much better. It's right there on Columbia Street with that fantastic patio and wonderful view! Close to everything downtown New West! Total potential for greatness! However, the management clearly sucks because all of the service staff suck. I know, it's harsh. But I can't count the number of times that the Loud Lady Bartender has treated me like a piece of garbage while I'm up getting drinks BECAUSE the crummy waitresses haven't been around for hours. And that's on a slow night! Actually, they usually perform slightly better when it's busy, but it's barely noticeable cuz when that happens, they're understaffed. And their attitudes! Sheesh! And I KNOW the owner is in there like 80% of the time just hangin' around. I guess it doesn't matter to him if the customer's are unhappy as long as the wait staff "look hot" wink, wink.

The unfortunate truth . . . I will go there again because the location is good. And the food is usually decent. Dang.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Adding Sentiments (Once good, sucks now)
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

My first apartment in Vancouver was a block away from the Whip. It used to be the kind of place I could go and hang out by myself, have a beer at the bar or coffee on the patio. The service was at least somewhat friendly, and they had good nosh.
Now the place is a hipster nightmare, with a snotty attitude and a crummy menu selection. My skin crawls when I go in there because the servers all seem like they would rather be doing something else (I'm sure they're all "artists" in their own minds), and it takes them forever to perform standards like greeting, seating and serving. I don't ask for much. Honestly, I don't. If the food was good and the service was "meh", I'd forgive. If the atmosphere was comfortable with a friendly staff, and the cheap food was par, I'd pop in from time to time. But these guys don't stack up in any area that makes them worth saying a nice thing about the place. I don't even consider getting takeout from them anymore.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Too Bad More People Don't Hang Here
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

I like the Paddlewheeler for location, food, service, beer prices and patio. It's just too bad more hip-cats don't hang out here because the atmosphere can be so lame. I guess that's something for management to think about. Anyway, if you are gonna try something here, I recommend the Salmon Salad with Wasabi dressing. One of my girlfriends called it "an anomalie," but I think most of the food is pretty good. This salad, however, I have to say is phenomenal.

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
A Nice Place to eat Downtown
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

As a resident of New Westminster, I feel it my duty to let those new and old about the good places I find to eat. I really like this restaurant. It's a hip little (actually it turns out to have a big back room) place right on Columbia, downhill from the Skytrain Station (Columbia). The food was really tasty, trendy fare, and the service was friendly. They have live music (jazz, blues etc) many nights, and the beer was pretty cheap. I will eat here again!

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