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GotmygroovebackMaple Ridge, B.CSince May 17, 201215 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Big Feast Bistro11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge
Why did I wait so long?
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

Big Feast has been around a while and I've never gone.... I've been missing out! Four of us out for dinner - not much left in ol' Ridge to choose from but haven't been to 2 "new" places yet. Chameleon and Big Feast. We chose Big Feast and were not disappointed! I had a chicken dish in a creamy, lemony sauce with capers and peppercorns - it was delicious! the garlicy mashed potatoes were fabulous too. Wine prices were decent. All our meals were really good, including the gluten-free burger my brother-in-law had, made with a local Zena bun. In fact, we were all very impressed with the 'local' ingredients in this place. Bread, cheese, meat - all local. The atmosphere is 'eclectic' - kinda cool, really. The tables and chairs don't match, it gives it a really homey, comfortable quality. The service was prompt and friendly. The waitress knew the menu well. We did find it a tad warm inside, even with the AC but it was really hot out that day and the sun was beaming in through the big windows. I had a great meal, a great time and I will definitely be back.

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Smile Thai22624 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
Fabulous Thai in Maple Ridge
Submitted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to Smile Thai at least a dozen times and have nothing bad to say about it. The portions are a good size and the food is fantastic. They do take out too - what else is there to say? FINALLY great Thai in Maple Ridge!

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Townhall Maple Ridge207 Street Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge
It's nice to have a good place to go in Ridge
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

We met up with some friends for a bite at the (new) Townhall. This place has been under several names and management but this one is the best yet. The food was good and I was surprised to see families with kids there. Not too loud, patrons, music or television-wise. I highly recommend reservations. We had a head's up to do so and I'm glad we did - the line up at 6:00 on a Friday was down the stairs and when we left at 8:00 it was even longer. We were placed in a room that had a large party in it. I think more people showed up than their reservation was for as the area filled up we found ourselves the ONLY table in that area that wasn't a part of this surprise party. As a result, we were 'elbowed' quite a bit by the party patrons. My sister in law even had somebody lean/sit on the back of her chair! We had to ask them to back off from us - which they did but eventually we found ourselves crowded again. I'm not sure that this was the fault of the restaurant or the girl who took our reservations but it was nonetheless the biggest damper on the evening. The food service was good - fairly fast and prompt considering how busy they were. The food was really good and there was a nice variety from soup/salads to steaks and pizza. The entrees/appies were a good selection too. Next time (there will definitely be a next time), I'll be sure to ask for a table that isn't next to a big party. I highly recommend this place - Maple Ridge has lost some of their 'gems' in the last 2 years and this is a nice place for all ages.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Never again!
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times - usually ordering the same dish "spicy drunken noodle" which is usually pretty good. I would say this place is a 'hit and miss' kind of establishment for food and service. This time I opted for a coconut milk soup that was really delicious, however, I wasn't able to keep it with me for the 2 block walk back to the office.... Once bitten, twice shy. The friend I was with had Pad Thai and said that it tasted like ketchup...

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Mom's Grilled Cheese TruckHowe & West Georgia, Vancouver
Honestly, I don't see what all the hype is about
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:12pm [Take-out]

I tried this Mom's Grilled Cheese lunch truck today for the first time after hearing rave reviews since the 'truck' fad started downtown. I don't get it. It was okay - just that. OK. The tomato soup was ok - I prefer a creamier soup without all the tomato bits in it but it was still just OK. I had a sourdough with swiss. I didn't think anything could ever have too much cheese, but I couldn't finish the sandwich - I was actually starting to feel a bit sick. I'm not 100% sure, but the cheese may have been processed - it had that look to it. The chips in the bottom of the cone were stale too. I'm not ready to write this place off just yet, but I think I'll peruse a bit before returning.

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Vintage Room1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
A wonderful experience
Submitted Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

I went here with my sisters on our last day of visiting together. The atmosphere is quiet and subdued; starting with the furnishings, right up to the level of noise in the place. There were a number of tables occupied but we could easily speak and hear each other. A nice change. I wouldn't have expected to find a restaurant like this here.

We all ordered something different off the menu and were all very pleased with our respective choices. I had a roasted cauliflower soup that was superb. It was done in a turkey broth and reminded me of my mom's turkey dinners with all the trimmings - not bad for soup. Then the surf-turf which was very good: not something I usually order because my husband cooks a better steak than most places, however I was pleasantly surpised.

The service was outstanding: I am always impressed when my water is refilled but I can't recall having it refilled.

We had nice wine, great conversation and a fabulous meal. A really great way to end our limited visit.

If you are looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy a really good meal - this is it. We will definitely be going back.

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Trader's Casual Dining595 Hornby Street, Vancouver
easily forgettable
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch with a colleague. The place was empty - that should have been our first clue. Absolutely average. The only really interesting thing on the menu (polenta fries) that I would have liked to try is no longer offered. If you want a fast meal, as the previous review states, then it's the place to go. There's nobody ahead of you - we easily could have been there for only 20 minutes start to finish. Our waitress was excellent, brought water, followed up, took dirty dishes away fast - all the good things. I think she may be wasted there....All in all, too many choices in the D/T so I doubt we'll bother going back.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill818 Howe Street, Vancouver
in a word "YUM"
Submitted Friday, December 14, 2012 - 1:10pm [Take-out]

I tried this place for lunch today - got a take out of tacos with spicy chicken. Yum! I loved it. Couldn't finish it and was able to share with somebody at work - who also loved it! They don't have a lot of restaurant competition on this block of Howe Street and the place is packed. There was a short line up before they even opened today. Fast, fresh and delicious. I will definitley go back.

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Roxy Burger910 Granville Street, Vancouver
good burger experience
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

We went there for lunch - a little late (just after 1) and the place was just clearing out. Got a booth - the place could use an overhaul but after all, it IS a burger joint! I ordered their Roxy burger and was pleasantly surprised - even without the bun I could barely finish it. The fries tasted like half were re-fried and half were fresh. Perhaps that is due to our arrival time. Decent price - $11.99. All in all, a good, tasty burger. I'd go back for sure. I'd certainly recommend it. I wish I could give it better ratings but it was really good, just not fabulous.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fish and Chips!
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I received by email from the "Glowbal" group notifying me that this restaurant was opening downtown (not sure how I got on THAT list...) I haven't had Fish and Chips in so long! I was dying to go and try their gluten free option.

The restaurant is only a few blocks from my office so I gave it a try.

The place was busy - didn't have a reservation but didn't end up needing one. The decor is interesting - they've used pallets on the walls - not sure if I liked it or not. The place was loud - between the music playing and people trying to talk over the volume of the music playing, it was really noisy. There is also a bell that somebody kept ringing (startled me more than once!). It sort of gave the ambience of the fish market at Pikes in Seattle.

I was greeted and seated immediately. My server came over at once (he stood too close and shook my hand - ack! ; Several others came to see me also and I think the manager..... ) I realize that they are new and just trying to ensure guests have what they need, but perhaps they are focusing too hard on the wrong details???? I asked for water with lemon - got water no lemon.... I ordered the gluten free option of "Fish and Chips" - 2 pieces of halibut ($22.50!) but didn't get any chips - perhaps they weren't gluten free so weren't provided to me but I wasn't made aware if that was the case. I had to ask for them and wasn't told that they were not gluten free..... don't feel sick yet!

Before my meal arrived, I received a complimentary hors d'oeuvre (or canape) - a delightful looking bowl of chowder in a little bun bowl but I told them I couldn't eat it. They immediately took it away and replaced it with a shrimp dish. I didn't have the heart to tell them I didn't like shrimp.... I tried it anyway as it was only going to go to waste now. It tasted like a shrimp in ketchup, solidifying my overall feeling about shrimp.

The Halibut, however, was FANTASTIC. I don't want to complain about the portion size as I didn't walk away hungry but anybody with an appetite bigger than mine would be disappointed. I didn't care for the fries- they tasted like they were coated with something and there was a spice to them I didn't like much.

There was a selection of coleslaws - I had a horseradish one - pretty good.

Overall - noisy, a little crowded (as in the table set up), excellent fish. Will I go back? - I will definitely give it another try but $22.50 is too much for lunch so I'll opt for something else and I'll know the procedure when I go back. I'd recommend it if you really like fresh fish.

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Frogstone Grill, The22932 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
I wanted to try it - so I did
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

I have driven past so many times and finally took my daughter there for lunch last month. The atmosphere was ok - it was lunch after all. Not sure I'd go back for a dinner. They had a gluten-free menu which is helpful, however, they just make note of the gluten free items from the original menu. There were no substitutions like GF bread or pasta to choose from. I had a Thai rice noodle dish that was pretty good. My daughter had a burger that she couldn't finish - actually neither of us could finish. The portions were good. Overall, it was a fine experience, but I've done it now and it's not really calling me back.....

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Buffalo Club20690 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
Good food - good evening
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

Went to the Buffalo Club for the first time in years with a girlfriend last week before the AbraCadabra (Abba Tribute) Show at the Act. We were greeted immediately, seated quickly; our drink orders taken and beverages received. Great Start. My friend was disappointed to see that the menu was different that we had seen online earlier - but that happens and you can't always rely on the online menu. We ordered our food - both our meals were fantastic but not really big portions. We should have ordered an appie and then it would have been perfect. Our waiter was somewhat distracted and slightly absent but overall it was a good experience and I'll definitely go back. I didn't find it too loud, either so I'm wondering if they took the hint...?

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Stackhouse Burger Bar1224 Granville Street, Vancouver
Pretty good burger
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here today - I tried it out after reading an old article in Vancouver Magazine. The burger was pretty good - not a huge fan of chipotle though. The burger was better than the fries - which seemed to me to be from frozen..... Loved the portobello mushroom on the burger - nice touch. Overall - the whole meal left me a bit over-salted (no doubt the pancetta contributed). Anyway - I'd go back just to try the "Kobe" burger which 2 gentlemen at a neighbouring table seemed to be thoroughly enjoying. The waitress brought a bottle of water so I could continue to refill my water glass - I wish more places did that!

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Minstrel Cafe & Bar4638 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna
My new favourite spot in Kelowna
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:24am [Dine in]

I am up in Kelowna about 5-6 times a year and hit at least one restaurant for dinner with each visit.

I was very impressed with Minstrel - there is a huge tree in the back patio that adds to the magic.

The food was fantastic - the service impeccable.

I can hardly wait to go back - my next trip is in October!

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Chop Steakhouse & Bar2125 Enterprise Way, Kelowna
slightly disappointed
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:19am [Dine in]

My sister and I have wanted to go to Chop for a long time. I was up from Vancouver August 11 and we decided to go. We were there at an off time though, and this probably contributed to our disappointing experience. As a result of some plans falling through, we ended up there early - about 5pm and we figured it was too early for a big dinner but neither of us had eaten lunch so we thought maybe we'd just try something light. Even after explaining this to the waitress, she suggested a big steak dinner for each of us, which we declined. We opted for splitting one of the special appies (a frozen sort of lobster salsa with an icy cilantro base) which was ok. I advised that I couldn't eat any gluten, which didn't appear to be a problem at first but there was very little on the menu I could eat. Usually, a place of this calibre will have at least a burger that I can eat (sans bun) but Chop actually adds breadcrumbs to their burgers. I was surprised by this - but whatever, I had the chicken burger without a bun. 2 very little pieces of grilled chicken arrived - it was very so so; a little over cooked served on lettuce. Nothing exciting.
I found the atmosphere quite stunning. I really liked the interior of that place. The music was very loud though. Once the place is fuller, you probably can't have a conversation with anybody.
The service was a bit over-done. We were asked 3 times how our food was - really, the place was empty once would have sufficed. We asked for water and were offered a choice of 'sparkling, spring or tap' - tap was fine (did I get a funny look?), we had wine and our food. The waitress was a bit annoying and wouldn't stop talking and kept interrupting us. Overall, for the money and for the choices of restaurants available in Kelowna - I don't think I'd return but you never know.

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