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godfreydowntownSince July 7, 200722 Reviews
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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Subeez: Pleeze
Submitted Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

Went here for snacks and drinks as the on-line cocktails menu looked decent.

Ordered four drinks. Three of the four were not delivered as advertised...because they lacked the ingredients to make them as listed. Instead of asking us if this was OK, they were delivered with that explanation. No discount.

We ordered nachos with chicken (which are ludicrously overpriced, as is the side of guacamole that consists of about a tablespoonful of bland mush that tasted old).

The chicken was limp and microwaved. The nachos had maybe a handful of the advertised array of toppings and vegetables and scads of unmelted shredded cheese everywhere.

The waitress was nice and prompt, but clearly this place is being run on a shoestring by someone who could care less about the actual food or drinks - probably just looking to capitalize on the name. Well, don't patronise the place. It's terrible.

Also, it was hotter inside than it was outside. Didn't even have the ceiling fans on. Gross.

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Connie's Cookhouse2135 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Cookhouse or Outhouse
Submitted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:31pm [Delivery]

I ordered takeout from Connie's after a long day on the trails. I figured no one can screw up chow mein and deep fried wonton, but boy howdy - was I mistaken.

The chow mein was simply crunchy noodles (tepid - uncooked...?) covered by a mess of tasteless, odorless chunks of white, grey and green things - some gristle, some mush - all basted in a thick, viscous clear slime. Without a doubt the most disgusting thing I have ever paid to eat.

The wonton were enormous sheets of over-fried phyllo with a miniature ball of grey gristle ensconced deep within. Inside the takeout bag was an enormous styrofoam container full of bright red molasses or something. It looked like vampire puke.

Just an utterly foul and nauseating food encounter. I threw the entire meal in the dumpster - I didn't even want it sullying my garbage can. I will probably never eat "Chinese" food again (I mean what usually passes for Chinese food in North America).

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Local Public Eatery2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Not so local, hates locals actually
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:24am [Dine in]

This place is *actually* not for locals. I live two blocks away, and in the last five times I have attempted to go to Local, there has been a 20-40 minute plus wait. Not game-day, not dinner-time, not the weekend - we are talking 8:00 pm on a weekday night when all the hockey is done and there's nothing left, and it's raining.

Who's waiting to be seated? Two gross leathery 40-something female blondes and a three-piece-suited corporate douche on his phone with a faux-hawk, and his cronies flocking, all of them grey haired and fat. In the booths? Frat boys and at least two large families with multiple children. In a pub. The hostess? Visibly rolls her eyes when we ask if there are seats at the bar.

We loved this place when it wasn't totally happening. The food was pricey but decent, the service good, although the clientele was lame at times (loud and stupid). Looks like the clientele told their friends. I'm really sad this place is the go-to place in Kits now. It had so much potential to be a local gem. Now it's trendy for the suburbanites (who work downtown or go to UBC).It's the safe go-to patio place for the Cactus Club crowd from Surrey to eat at when they're in the real city. We used to be able to depend on the Keg, the Boathouse, Moxies, Milestones and Earls to defend us from these colossal losers. But they've come over the bridge and discovered Local. I really miss last October. I doubt I will ever be able to walk in and sit down in this establishment again.

Still, how about allowing patrons to jump the line if you can prove proof of nearby residence, with ID? What does "Local" even mean? You guys suck and so do your formulaic patrons. There is nothing local whatsoever about this place and you should be ashamed of yourselves for taking the name without providing some form of reinforcing the fact.

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Sunset Grill2204 York Avenue, Vancouver
Set Down
Submitted Friday, January 6, 2012 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

We've been living in Kits for almost five years and it's a great neighborhood, except for the sub-average food. To eat well you pretty much have to go downtown. There's lots of expensive places to eat that don't deliver value, and cheap places that serve bad food.

For old-fashioned diner food we always went to Sophies where the food is good and priced well, but the decor is terrible and there are no TVs. No real drink menu. I would always walk past the Sunset Grill menu posted on Yew, but it looked like a King's Head-style pub sorta menu, and the King's Head is terrible. Anyway, recently I stopped in. I was totally mistaken.

The restaurant is plastered with TVs, so you can watch NFL on a Sunday morning or eat dinner and catch the first period of the Canucks game. Otherwise it is clean and spacious.

The food was good. I rated it "outstanding" but that's relative - outstanding for Kits, and not overpriced. I was really impressed with my Denver omelette: spilling with ham, not greasy and enormous. Their sandwiches are good too. Nice range of menu items. Also, a variety of really good drink specials rounds out the value with a full bar.

Service was so-so, but I overheard a waitress tell another waitress that a regular who'd just left "never tips". Once we actually chatted a little with the waitress the service suddenly got better. So be nice, folks.

Yeah, anyway I will be eating here a lot from now on. In the three times I've been here, I have not sighted one child. Not being the hip new local joint I guess all the hipster mommies and daddies turn up their noses. Woo-hoo!

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Salty Tongue Cafe213 Carrall St, Vancouver
Bing, we have a winner
Submitted Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

I don't know where the other reviewers went, but this place is good. I suspect that we as a city are suffering a little from the nouveaux-riche syndrome. This is especially evident in Kits and on Davie, where horrendous and despicable restaurants make a killing fleecing dupes in Lululemon out of their money every week because they don't know good food from a bag of organic oats strapped to their face, while chain restaurants rake in cash with mediocre fare and faux-gourmet fare. Meanwhile neat little specialty sandwich shops that cater exactly to your liking - you can build any sandwich you like and choose your bread (like it says in big letters) - is derided because of a lack for anything approaching sophistication in this city's enormous and immensely uncultured middle class.

Never mind, this place is the real deal. The bread is hand-made, the sandwiches are hand-made, all the ingredients are made in-house (including condiments) and the ingredients are fresh. The turkey-bacon sandwich I have returned a half-dozen times for is fantastic: thickly piled turkey, cranberry sauce compote (I think), fresh greens, home-made chips on the side...and I usually indulge in the vegan soup. The potato-leek was phenomenal.

It's brightly lit, the chef brings your the food him/herself, and the communal table is a nice change from booths and stools - I have had a couple friendly impromptu conversations already. In Vancouver!

If you can't appreciate the finer things in life, feel free to visit your local Subway instead. You know what, the sandwiches there are the same price, except they're twice as big and totally and utterly tasteless, nutritionally unredeemable cylinders of industrially processed pseudo-food!

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not for breakfast, OK for dinner
Submitted Monday, August 15, 2011 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

I eat here about twice a month as it is affordable food and the portions are so big I rarely finish my plate. You get exactly what it says on the menu and the food arrives fresh and quickly more often than not.

The other day I had a tuna sandwich. For $10 I received a sandwich that was over three inches in height, loaded with fresh veggies and cold tuna that was easily less than 10% mayo. The fries were golden and very fresh - piping hot. The chicken burger is also good. For $12 you get a whole chicken breast. Food is basic fare, no frills, but I emphasize: fresh.

Breakfast and brunch are not that great, though their organic oatmeal is very good. The traditional brunch foods tend to have weird ingredients mixed in, or arrive with strange sides like beans. They don't allow substitutions and are really anal about seating "the full party" only. Meanwhile half of their four-tops have only two people at them.

The service, as you might have guessed, is mediocre. Whatever, if a waitress wants to be condescending I just tip 10%. It's not like they bother to remember you. Also, who would want to wait tables in Pee-Wee Herman's hoarding mother's basement? Because that is what it looks like in there, but I'll be darned if I bother going to Romer's or Brown's or Hell's Kitchen and pay twice the price for twice the wait, half the food and if I'm lucky, about the same level of service for a little bit of eye candy and, well, sane decor.

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Dougiedog Hot Dog Joint1011 Granville Street, Vancouver
Nauseating
Submitted Monday, August 15, 2011 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

Went here for a quick bite at around 6:30 on Saturday before a show downtown, as a treat. I only generally eat a smokie or a dog while camping which is rare enough. Ordered a pair of "West Enders" which we didn't realize were a whopping $10 each - yes, for a hot dog. The sign said tomatoes, green onions, cheddar and mayo. While that sounds appetizing, what arrived was an absolutely massive bun with a thin, greyish-pink weiner hidden deep inside that appeared to have been boiled. The cheddar was clumped and tasteless and the whole thing was absolutely drenched in mayonnaise. A few tiny chopped pieces of tomato were sprinkled here and there. I had two bites and basically felt sick to my stomach from the slick, tasteless mayo.

What I was expecting was a nice grilled hot dog a la the many hot dog carts that litter the sidewalks of the city (from which I will never eat, if only because not one of them are accompanied by a handwashing station).

This was the worst hotdog I have ever had, and that's after a childhood full of boiled weiners on dry buns with mustard and ketchup.

And no A/C and absolutely no room in the place, packed shoulder to shoulder with sweaty cross-eyed weirdos. Ugh, what can I expect, I suppose, for eating on Granville Street?

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Party of None
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

We live just around the corner, and we decided to try it out as it seemed like a nice place once we poked our heads in.

I wasn't too terribly hungry, but even so, the tiny menu seemed a bit odd. It really is small. I do love a good Nicoise salad (emphasis "good) so I ordered that with tuna. I think it was $18 so I had high hopes. My wife ordered the burger described below with fries. Our drinks came in a hurry (the drink list is full of those syrupy concoctions with unpronounceable liquers and words like "muddled" - can we please bring back the old school drinks - please? My kingdom for a greyhound made with white grapefruit juice).

Anyhoo, our food took so, so incredibly long to come. My wife wouldn't let me say anything so I stewed and my expectations grew. The place was empty when we showed up so there was no excuse to wait over 20 minutes for two very simple dishes. When it finally showed up (sans explanation or apology) the salad was limp and overdressed in a vinegary dressing of very little substance. I counted five little olives and three asparagus spears and three wrinkled chunks of grainy tomato (ew). There was a fair sized chunk of tuna but it was overcooked. Overall it was a meagre portion for the price, let alone quality and flavor. The burger was nothing to write home about, just your typical burger that a dozen other places do just as well for half the price. The fries were good. There was nothing about either dish that suggested any particular lengthy process of any kind was required. From the other reviews, it seems like the kitchen is just really slow.

The music was way too loud. Thankfully the people beside us asked them to turn it down and they did. The tables are too close together and overall the place is really dark, like nightclub dark.

And lo and behold, to cap the night, two smug-looking parents dressed in beach clothes towing two mewling rugrats show up and order the a la carte macaroni for their kids, while the kids whined and fought and shrieked and were generally ignored by the parents who were nose deep in two giant pints of beer. I won't go on another rant about kids in Kits restaurants...but they stepped out of a car: i.e., they could have gone anywhere. AND they were both drinking. If you're just going to feed your kids garbage, i.e. salty fat and carbs (a la carte macaroni and cheese)...go to McDonalds!!! And hit the cold beer and wine store on the way home.

So yeah, Local is better for food and drinks but it's often really, really busy and filled with googly-eyed suburban morons with popped collars, flip-flops, sunglasses on the backs of their necks and bad sunburns who think they're on Rodeo Drive.

Bistro Pastis is probably the best alternative, and it is a million times better in all respects, although a tad more expensive (it's so worth it. Go there right now).

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King's Head, The1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
Drink early or face the wrath
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 1:42am [Dine in]

We went here with friends the other night for a little food and some drinks. Had a couple mediocre appetizers, typical pub fare, kind of gross. The service was OK until the 1pm closing, which surprised us originally. 1pm? There was no indication this "pub" closed early. So the waitress informed us at about 12:55 that they were closing. Fine, we ordered another round as we were on round two and enjoying some good catch-up conversation. At 1:05 am, just after we received our final round and finishing our tab, the waitress appeared and commanded us to finish our drinks. Her exact words: "Closing time people! Finish up and get out!"

Which she repeated with growing frustration at two minute intervals until we left our final round unfinished so as not to further enrage her, despite the fact that the bar was still full of drinking patrons. We had already left a good tip and could not fathom why we were suddenly being treated like drunken morons, despite the fact that we were only on our third round and were having a quiet conversation.

The bar itself is too loud (ambient music-wise, and the cover band was terrible- Counting Crows: really?), the bathrooms were filthy and tiny, and the furniture is rickety at best. We shared a back rest with the booth behind us which rocked back and forth at about a 45-degree angle whenever anyone sat down. We had to agree with the other party not to lean on it since drinks were being spilled.

I hate to be this petty, but aside from the fact that I will never visit again, Local (one block north) has much more polite and about a million times more attractive waitresses (and better food and drink, even if it is too expensive for a bar). Our waitress at the King's Head (July 23, 2011) was a toady, grumpy blond who should not have been wearing the black yoga tights she elected to wear that night. She served us the one other time we visited, and she was just as grumpy and unsightly. Hopefully she reads this and considers another profession.

In conclusion, never ever go to King's Head, which is a horrible bar. Go to Local or Hapa Izakaya if you really, really need a drink, if you are on Kits Beach and you have nowhere else to go. But frankly, this is not really a neighborhood to enjoy a night out on the town. There are no good pubs in Kits, trust me on that one.

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Hapa Izakaya1516 Yew St, Vancouver
Hapless Izakaya
Submitted Monday, July 18, 2011 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I've been here twice, just moved into the relative neighborhood from elsewhere in Kits and I am "meh" when it comes to the place so far. Both times I have visited the restaurant there have been crying babies. This is so lame I can't even put it into words. When I go to a hip local restaurant with young chic staff and a predictable mix of fauxhawked, sandaled and v-necked youth on the patio drinking beer...the last thing I expect when I have to sit down inside (due to a wait for the patio and my rumbling stomach) is screaming babies. There are family oriented restaurants in the dozens in Kitsilano. Why do you have to lug your shrieking brats to a haven for adults to relax and enjoy good food and cocktails?

Anyway...the service really really needs to be addressed here. Servers do not appear to have tables. Everyone serves everyone. We had three or four different servers both times we came here. The problem with this is that there were several instances of immense delay between courses and cocktails, as well as when we wanted to leave. Nonetheless, patrons on the patio received constant attention from several waitresses while we went over fifteen minutes without a server in our section of four tables, for example. Our food was quick in some instances but severely delayed in others with no explanation. We discovered that standing and flagging servers got us quicker service but that is ridiculous. They need a better system.

The food is fresh, delicious and well priced. We tried several rolls, edamame, bulgogi, some sushi, some sashimi, anyway a good cross section of the menu, and everything was well presented, delicious and fresh. It was not timely and the food came at odd intervals. The maki (rolls) took absolutely forever to arrive but they were delicious, and we ordered the real crab roll which was $11 or $12 so we were ready to wait. It was worth it. The beer and cocktails are priced just within the umbrella of "are you kidding me?"

This Japanese izakaya might seem expensive, but in the end, the quality of the food, presentation and taste far outstrip any other Japanese takeout restaurant or sit-down restaurant in the vicinity. All I have to say is, please improve your small table service (I have been to the Robson location with a huge party and received excellent service, but it is the two-top that makes or breaks the restaurant as everyone knows).

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Roam elsewhere
Submitted Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I went here once for a chicken burger and it took so long I vowed never to come back. Well, the nice watermelon martini, garlic fries (so-so fries with actual freshly chopped garlic on them) and the temptation for a gourmet burger lured me back. I was disappointed.

I ordered one of the beef burgers and my wife ordered a veggie burger with a shared side of garlic fries. Nowhere to be seen on the new menu were the martinis I had once perused. We ordered a couple of drinks which took awhile to arrive. Then we waited almost 20 minutes for our food, and our drinks stood empty on the table. The water we requested never came. Now, I don't mind waiting for food - especially when the server comes along and says "sorry for the delay" or some such and replenishes the drinks or gets me more water. Or, better yet, brings my fries early for something to munch on. They can do this, all extra menu items are a la carte (that idiotic option so many non-haute cuisine restaurants choose nowadays).

Our food was delivered by an indifferent server who ignored my remark about the long wait and also did not heed our request for water. Our fries arrived a few minutes after the burgers (not cool). The buns were dry and shiny, the unfortunate recipients of the scorched, shiny egg-white shellacking so ludicrously popular in Kits nowadays, since it dries out the bun and just makes it look weird. My beef pattie was dry and mealy. The cheese was thin. My wife's veggie burger was dull to the taste and so perfectly formed I suspect it was purchased in the frozen goods section of a local grocery store. With our burgers also came an unhealthy looking pickled pepper and a single, bloated lime green olive on the side. How about a nice slice of Polish pickle or a couple of fresh beefsteak tomato wedges like a sane person would enjoy?

The garlic fries were good but the french fries are weird - they seem like they are battered, or over-cooked. Either that or they use potatoes not suited for the deep-fryer. The lone kudos (yes, that is a singular noun) goes to the abundance of fresh chopped garlic in the garlic fries.

To add insult to food-injury, the table seated next to us received their fries early and were told that there may be a wait for their burgers, by the same waitress who took our order! We were polite, chatty...made no substitutions or untoward comments...cannot fathom the disparity in service. I suspect there was a disparity in the tip.

I really, really wish In 'N' Out would open a chain in our city. I can't believe anyone has the audacity to charge more than $4 for a burger of that quality along with terrible service. For what it's worth, I dared to order a prime rib burger at Boston Pizza the last time I was visiting family in the suburbs. It was frankly delicious, and cheaper to boot. That's shameful.

White Spot is the far better option, the one on Cornwall has yam fries too, every type of burger imaginable, the service is prompt, polite and efficient, and the burgers are juicy and tasty.

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2198 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A basic staple with a monumental side of condescension
Submitted Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 2:23pm [Take-out]

This place is hilarious, in the tragicomic sense. The coffee is in the french press style, as opposed to drip, which results (imo) in a grainy texture and weak taste. However, it will put a substantial dent in your budget as it is priced roughly the same by volume as printer cartridge ink. The servers were curt and disdainful. When I had the audacity to ask the cashier if the dark coffee was organic one of them interrupted to say "all coffee is organic". Hmm. When I asked her what she meant, she repeated herself and walked away.

I bought a muffin that looked good but tasted like it was baked some time in the paleolithic. Now I know better than to eat Starbuck's pastries, for example, but after this experience I can recommend you this: get your pastries (on 4th) at Take 5, then buy your coffee - real, drip coffee - at Starbucks. Then, go home to enjoy.

Why? For god's sake, parents: leave your gargantuan baby joggers outside. It is impossible to navigate a coffee shop in this neighborhood. Better yet, leave your dogs and babies at home. Two crying babies inside and a giant dog taking a colossal dump on the sidewalk outside are somewhat detrimental to a simple weekend morning coffee break.

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G Sports Bar & Grill1208 Granville Street, Vancouver
Geepers
Submitted Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I've been to G a few times, but never to eat. The first and last time I ate there was during a playoffs game (Blackhawks first round). My wife and I got there early and there were still a few seats left but the place filled up fast, so I figured they must be doing something right.

They recently upgraded their menu, but the food is still the same orangey-brown pub fare my buddies ventured to eat the few times I'd been there before. I had an extremely overcooked chicken burger and the number of yam fries it came with were barely in the double digits. Two weeks later and I still regret eating this meal. The food is ludicrously overpriced for both quantity and quality. Seriously, if you are stuck here watching a game at suppertime, leave between periods and grab a hotdog, donair or a slice of pizza.

The service is OK. If you know the waitress or bartender, it appears, the service is phenomenal, so much so that he or she will sit with your table for long stretches during the game while heads swivel at every other table with empty glasses everywhere. Not mine though. When I stopped the waitress - who was apparently going to walk past our table for the third time - she gave me a really dirty look, and our drinks took about ten minutes to arrive after that. Inexcusable.

And no one asked me how my food was. After dinner I ordered a caesar which was a good deal at 5.99 for a double, but it came with this squalid, limp, soggy, skeezy grean bean in it, as well as a dwarfish wedge of mummified lime that was almost comically devoid of any liquid whatsoever. I was promised "spicy" and I got something that tasted like cold tomato soup. You really, really really really really need to know how to make a proper caesar if you operate a drinking establishment. Again, inexcusable.

The only good thing about the place? The AV. There are tvs everywhere, and the sound is good. That said, my living room tv is also HD, also has superb sound, and I make a way, way, way better caesar.

Word to the wise: do not under any circumstances get sucked into buying tickets in their raffle draws. They oversell them like mad and they draw way less prizes than they promise. Also the prizes are mostly gift certificates to the over-priced restaurant next door. And I'm sure the money does not go to orphans or the food bank or anything like that.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Mediocre Sums It Up
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

Went here for my wife's birthday (she wanted Italian, it was close). The one thing I will say for them is that they were able to seat us quickly, but only because they had a big table free for about 90 minutes (there were tons of people waiting in pairs or fours).

Our server was borderline hostile. I did not get the attitude as we were friendly, ordered drinks and appetizers right away, and didn't ask for any explanations or substitutions. Just your garden variety guests, but he was terse at best and cold, offering no hello, no rundown of the specials. Never said "pardon me" when he couldn't hear us over the extremely obnoxiously loud music, just a "WHAT?" until he got the gist. Get over yourself, you're a waiter.

The drinks were overpriced but the limoncello pitcher dealie was good. Food was OK. I hate a la carte, since the entree costs the same with or without it no matter where you go, but it's never that much better. So I ordered the veal and the potatoes on the side, and the potatoes were lukewarm and undercooked, while my veal had this nasty vinegary sauce all over it and some of those "field greens" that look like weeds on the side.

Almost everybody else ordered the Kobe meatballs. They tasted OK but my goodness the portions are small. I know Italian people - small portions are not in the vocabulary. Anyway, we hightailed it out of there, but only after waiting ten odd minutes for the bill after our plates were cleared. What does it take to get your bill, or at least to get offered your bill in a timely manner? When plates are cleared the server should be right there asking for dessert orders, if none, then offer the bill.

I didn't tip the guy. I don't tip jerks. And I'll never be back.

Again, I say again: the chain restaurants (earls, Moxies, Cactus Club) do a far, far better job of treating you like you're a customer, for a lower price and better quality food (including pastas) served hot and fast. Why do I keep throwing away my money on these snobby Kitsilano wannabe nouveau-riche dives?

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Love It!
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

There are so many sub-par, over-priced tourist/yuppie traps in Kitsilano, so maybe that makes a decent place seem way better than it should, but I don't care. This Earls is literally my favorite overall restaurant in the neighborhood. I've been here so much the waitresses recognize us now.

Incidentally, I'm a food snob, I love French cuisine and I regularly eat and cook Asian, Mexican and other foods. But Earls specializes in regular North American fare with a slight gourmet/fusion twist and it's always good. Skip the anti-corporate lecture and just enjoy a good meal.

The food is always lightning fast and piping hot (if it's supposed to be). If they screw up, which is rare, they redo it and discount your meal even when you don't complain. Once they served a chicken sandwich with mayo to my wife, who had requested no mayo. She pointed it out with a smile and the server quickly rushed it back. A brand new sandwich arrived minutes later. The manager came over and apologized. We were stunned. Respect, efficiency and good service? We didn't know what to do with ourselves and almost broke into tears.

The food is quite good. Real snobs will turn up their nose, but the key here is flavor and dependability, and Earls provides both. The chicken and brie ciabatta is my favorite, but their pastas are good, steaks are decent and the appetizers are great, especially their calamari.

Drinks are also good. We like their martinis, although they've gotten a tad too fancy over the past couple years.

Price-wise it's also good. I'm a cheapskate, but compare their menu from two years ago - prices are basically the same. The drinks are a tad too pricey for me.

The service, as said, is impeccable. We never fail to have fun, have a laugh with the delightful waitresses and enjoy top-notch hospitality from beginning to end.

Whoever manages this branch deserves a pat on the back.

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Browns Socialhouse2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
More Like Antisocial
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

We went here one rainy Sunday morning for this phenomenal sandwich we'd heard about (the egg, bacon, avocado etc on sourdough).

I had just picked up a coffee at Starbucks because we hadn't planned on brunch, but my wife quickly changed her mind when she remembered the rave review as we walked by.

I explained this to the hostess (bringing in outside food is an understandable no-no, but I figured I had a good excuse). She was fine with it. The waiter, however, snidely asked, "can I get you anything to drink? Coffee, perhaps?" With a look of derision on his face, as if the presence of my cup of coffee had wounded him emotional.

Naturally we saw our sandwiches sit under the heat lamps for a good ten minutes with our waiter nowhere to be seen. That was after they took twenty minutes to appear in an otherwise dead restaurant. It's possible that the extremely loud techno music scared the other customers away.

When our sandwiches arrived (dropped off eventually by the hostess), the eggs were cooked fully through. Even a rudimentary chef like myself knows this particular sandwich requires a soft yolk which when broken sort of melts through the sandwich for added texture and flavor. We also had to scrape off about six ounces of this disgusting ketchup/mayo combination that smelled like an unwashed horse.

After this meal and its accompanying inedible, rock-hard hash browns and some sorry looking orange slices, with nary a return visit from our Aussie waiter (maybe he was undergoing emergency therapy for the emotional blow I dealt him)...we actually had to pay at the bar because no one took our plates, brought the bill or asked how the food was.

It was just one meal, but I think this review combined with the rest all pretty much add up to the same thing: don't eat here.

Alternatives: the always friendly and delicious Earls on Broadway...Moxies is OK too.

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Mazuya Sushi2355 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Best Sushi in Kitsilano
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Cheap, fast, delicious. My wife and I eat here once a week now. They have a good selection with neat house rolls that arrive just as advertised. Ordered the real crab dragon roll and it was superb, also decorated like a dragon with big slices of salmon, mackerel and lots of other goodies.

The fish is very fresh as are the other ingredients. Tried the agedashi tofu and miso soup, both were hot and tasty.

Very reasonably priced. Unless you want an izakaya restaurant, you can skip the other Japanese restaurants in the area. Mazuya looks like just another little sushi cafe but it is head and shoulders above its competition. Eating in is nice as the service is friendly and prompt and they play nice music.

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Practical Joke
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

So we ordered two burgers, a veggie burger and a chicken burger, a small fries and two drinks. The total came to $26.

Yes, $26 for a small fast-food order.

"Fast" food, that is. It took over 15 minutes for the fry cook to plonk down two lukewarm meals and the saddest basket of over-cooked french fries I have ever seen. The person who took our orders was sullen and didn't even say hi.

My veggie burger was dry and tasteless, and they screwed up both orders (forgetting onions on mine and pickles on my wife's "customizable" burger). The ingredients were fresh, though.

Overall this place was such a monumental rip-off I figured it had to be a practical joke. I really have to quit getting suckered by all these stupid trendy Kitsilano locales.

note: White Spot is one block down, way cheaper, much faster, and far tastier. Sophies on 4th isn't bad either. V

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Bon Means "Good" in French
Submitted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

We went here with another couple to try it. We ordered the dumplings, a couple bibimbaps (you can choose the meat so we got two), beef ribs, a barbecue beef dish, seafood pancake...and maybe another dish - can't remember.

Along with these came a free side of rice with the ribs, some miso soup and the usual assortment of side dishes (marinated bean sprouts, marinated potato cubes, kimchi - of course - seaweed salad and green salad. An impressive array of free food). All of the free/side dishes were fresh, delicious, and/or hot (if they should be hot, like rice).

The other dishes were perfect, they arrived steaming and quickly. The only thing we didn't like was the thick portion of fat on the ribs. Otherwise they were flavorful and cooked to perfection. We stuffed ourselves. Yum.

The service was great. Once, as my friend asked me several times for hot sauce from the table (I was stuffing my face and not paying attention), the waitress came from across the restaurant to hand her the hot sauce. It was cute. Both hostesses/waitresses were prompt, attentive and very sweet. The hostess asked us several times if we were OK, which was nice.

The one criticism I had was the big screen TV playing a Korean food show - it showed crabs being chopped up, an octopus being chopped up - it was unappetizing for us. A music channel would be better.

Anyway, I definitely recommend it. I can't wait to go back for Korean BBQ.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Boring Noodles With a Hefty Dash of Condescension
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

OK, so you serve fast food (that's not too fast - I've waited 20 minutes for a simple order of fried rice).

Second, you charge a heck of a lot of money for it. Good portions, but really - I could go to Earls and spend the same on an entree, not really fast food.

Your servers serve with smug, half-lidded or bored expressions and have even rolled their eyes on occasion when I've asked for extra this or that.

OK, I can go to Pizza Hut next door and I get a) a smile, b) a nickname (usually buddy but once I got called "chief" - awesome) and faster, not to mention far cheaper food. Is it healthier? No. Is it as tasty. Easily.

I've had rice, noodles and curry at the Noodle Box. For some reason I'm always drawn back, kind of like a whipped dog will always return to its abusive owner I guess. Everything tastes the same - no joke. There is no real flavor other than the fresh sprouts and the sort of hot spice. The chicken comes in one gargantuan, overcooked lump and the tofu is always burnt yet mushy. The pork is microscopic. Vegetables are scanty.

In short: boooo! Get some pho or vermicelli down the street on Burrard at the little Vietnamese place by Starbucks, which rules. Literally half the price.

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