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hotdogboyVancouverSince November 5, 200420 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Pho Phuong Hong20306 Dewdney Trunk Rd, #106, Maple Ridge
great spot for pho
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

we went for dinner with our 5 year old daughter and baby and had a quick, tasty dinner. our daughter had the chicken and rice which was a HUGE order for a child and was over priced at $9 but our beef pho was great and only $7.50. i would recommend it for a great spot for pho in maple ridge.

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Boston Pizza19800 Lougheed Hwy, #510, Pitt Meadows
Bad food and bad service
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

This was one of my worst restaurant experiences ever. We ordered kids meals which came well after the adults meals. Service was slow and the food bad. I ordered a medium steak sandwich that came well done and was too salty to even attempt to eat. I will never come back here or to any Boston Pizza again.

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La Trattoria22214 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge
Wheres The Tip?
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I cannot explain how disappointed I was with this restaurant. Upon reading reviews we figured it was time to try after passing by so frequently. 4 of us made arrangements for a baby sitter and set reservations for 8:00pm. When we arrived the restaurant was full and our table wasn’t ready we were greeted by a friendly bus person that helped to get our table ready “Kind of”.

We were seated and offered menus and that was it. It took close to 20 minutes from sitting down and only after making eye contact and waving over the server to come and offer us water. We all decided on what to order for appetizer and waited another 15 minutes after again calling over the server to order drinks. We finally got napkins after asking when our appetizers arrived.
After close to 1hour at the restaurant no bread and still no appetizer. It became a joke to our table as the server would fly by without making eye contact and depart on the other side of the restaurant. Finally we asked the bus person if we had offended anyone? She said no and that she would tell our server, I guess she did cause he eventually showed.

Food – My appetizer was burnt but I was starving so ate the prawns anyhow and didn’t complain. The kitchen should catch black prawns on a plate but because I ate them I didn’t complain. The flavour of my meal was decent but the smoked chicken and artichoke that was supposed to be a part of it was nonexistent. When the server came for a quality check I told him as much and said that it was just “ok”. He asked if I wanted something else but figured I would cut my losses and maybe just have another drink and some more bread. The others in my party were fairly happy with their meals.

Service – “Up there” as the worst service I have ever had at any establishment. They were busy yes, but late on a Saturday night should be their bread and butter. Once we complained the service became curt and really not very authentic. The waiter continually used “pardon my reach” as he stood in one place and served, offered drinks, and cleared the table reaching right across us to the other side. He also cleared half the table then came back about 5 minutes later and cleared the other side. We felt so strong about the service that we left NO TIP. I dare to say that we should probably not show our faces there to eat again....

Value – The bill for 4 people with drinks was 164.00. I do not find this outrageous but the food was certainly nothing above average and the service left me feeling like they owed me money for wasting most of my night.

Ambiance - I quite enjoyed the restaurant. I consider it quaint and fairly comfortable with decent decorations and murals. The lighting was just right and our table had no problem conversing amongst ourselves. The washrooms were not in good order and fairly cramped with no soap and hand towels littering the floor. But it was relatively clean.

Overall a very disappointing experience for two couples that planned for baby sitters, and made arrangements to get out without the kids. We have now visited both the Italian restaurants that I know about in Maple Ridge and will not be returning to either. I dare to say that I will also not recommend and discourage people from visiting either. I have spoke to others who enjoy this restaurant but from my experience I just cannot understand why.

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Paliotti's Ristorante Italiano12018 Edge St, Maple Ridge
Next Candidate for Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Was given a gift certificate for this restaurant and after reading the reviews posted here I was hesitant. We figure it was an opportunity to get away from the baby and have a meal that wasn't going to cost us an arm and a leg.

The restaurant was packed when we arrived at 7:30 but we were seated promptly by a pleasant hostess. From the time we sat down things went downhill.

We ordered our drinks and waited about 10 minutes for them to arrive (oh well). We ordered the Italian salad starter that was just a mess in a bowl. Over powered with balsamic vinegar with mushy lettuce, skimpy serving of cheese, and artichoke hearts that dated back to 1973.

I ordered tortellini with tomato sauce and meatballs. On a suggestion by a friend to keep it simple. Approximately 40 minutes later the server came to me and said they were out of meatballs and suggested Italian sausage would be a good replacement. I went with the suggestion.

The food arrived approximately 50 minutes after we ordered and 30 minutes after we finished our salad. The pasta was underwhelming and found the sauce very watery with poor flavor. The Italian sausage that was suggested was cut into small pieces and burnt on the outside.

We skipped dessert and instead decided to have a couple more drinks.

Service - The servers seemed to be trying hard but were constantly apologizing to our table and the tables around us for slowness and not having menu items available. All the staff seemed nice enough, with clean well groomed appearance.

Value - The portions were reasonable but I would have been quite disappointed if I had to pay full price for what I received. The drinks were fine and not stingy which I appreciate but for the food and experience I just don't find much value here.

The ambiance is serious '70s in my opinion, to me the whole place looked run down and in serious need of an update from top to bottom. The menus were way to big and virtually every item either had the price crossed out or a sticker over top of the previous price (time to print some new menus)

Nearing the end of our experience a customer got into an argument regarding how long they had to wait with the main waitress. They argued back and forth for a good 5 minutes standing right by our table with the waitress in essence telling the customer he was wrong. I found that this argument pretty much mirrored our experience.

I would not recommend this restaurant until they give themselves an overhaul front to back top to bottom. When exiting and returning to our car i looked in the back kitchen and this together with my general experience solidified that we will never return.

Gordon Ramsey - This place needs you bad!

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Long House with a view!
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Visited the Salmon House last night in West Van for a small company xmas party. The restaurant was beautiful with a real native flare. Reminded me a lot of the native long house at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. I could imagine how popular this would be with the tourists and bus groups.

We felt welcome when we walked through the door and with no wait were escorted to our table. Our server was attentive and classy with just the right mix of service and quality checks yet not pushy or overbearing. The menu was fairly small but a nice range of tastes and combinations to offer something for everyone 4 adults and 2 kids with some non seafood eaters..

While it was a stormy, nasty night I could only imagine the view over the city would be breath taking. The prices were very reasonable considering we all had appys, mains, and drinks.

My Plus(s) - Due to water contamination concerns they served mineral water out of bottles and warm drinks yet at the end of the meal they took them off the bill.

My Negative(s) - Due to water contamination concerns they didn't have any ice. I like my scotch with just one ice cube but they weren't able to comply. I suggested they run across to the gas station to buy a couple bags.

Over all a really nice experience, good food, good atmosphere, good friends. We will return for that special mean some time.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Here's the beef Y'all
Submitted Monday, June 12, 2006 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I have been passing this place for the last few months and finally had the chance to get in for some BBQ. The staff was friendly and very welcoming as we entered. Reminds me a little of some of the BBQ places I recently visited in the South. I had pulled pork which was out of this world and brisket which was good but in my opinion could have been tenderer. They mix their brisket with onions and mushrooms which isn't to my liking. I would prefer thicker cut brisket with the option to add toppings like raw onions and jalapenos. The setting is casual but comfortable and I am sure could be a lot of fun with a group of friends. Generally I found this place enjoyable and will go back and try something else next time. Obviously I need to try one of their Burgers.

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East Side Mario's2929 Barnet Hwy, #1050, Coquitlam
Can I speak to Mario Please!
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

So disappointing that I will not return.

We ordered a wide selection of dishes and really all of them were awful except the bucket of salad and the bread. The chicken dish that I orderd was palatable but way too salty and too spicy for my taste yet we were starving so all shared my plate. The service was decent but I think the server got slammed, we never even got a quality check or drink refills. When we complained the Manager was attentive to us and corrected the problem financially but she didn't encourage us to come back and admitted that it wasn't a stellar night for the restaurant. This place is about bulk and it is obvious from the clientelle as you look around.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
Konsistent Keg
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

Well if you have been to the keg you know the keg. I love the bread so much that I tend to fill up on it before my meal comes. I am a Prime Rib Fan and while it can be a little hit and miss on the amount of fat per cut it is always tasty and pretty much always cooked to my liking.

The service is always semi casual but to be expected from a streak house like this. The server we had was a career "kegger" and did a decent job. The prices while reasonable are not inexpensive when you start drinking the Keg size ceasers etc.

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New management
Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge903 Davie St, Vancouver
Intimate spot
Submitted Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 1:36am [Dine in]

Lickerish is a interesting spot right in the heart of the Davie strip, not hard to miss. A unique menu offers a little something for everyone. We sampled a variety from the tapas menu that was nicely presented and reasonably priced. The service was prompt and seemed to match our personalities and expectations. An intimate atmosphere that is trendy with out being pretensious. Next time I will try taking the wife instead of going with two other guys. Overall a good experience especially when someone else picks up the bill.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Location Location Location
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I went here and had an excellent meal. The restaurant itself is beautiful with an incredible view of the city. The manager was so friendly and actually bought us a drink. The waitress that I had was a little casual for my liking and wanted to hang out and tell us stories. The restaurant was packed with Japanese tourists when I was there that left half there food on their plate....

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Balthazar Restaurant Hideaway1215 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Cool Tunes Good Eats
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

This is a cool spot tucked away in one of the best neighbourhoods in Vancouver. You could pass this place and just think it is another of the exclusive Vancouver properties. I have been there in the party mode a couple of times and enjoyed myself. Had some good drinks and some solid appetizers. I did find that as the night progresses it can get kind of crowded and hot but generally it is a good spot to go with friends for drinks, snacks, and dancing.

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Kitto Japanese House833 Granville Street, Vancouver
IN & OUT
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Now this place has been doing booming business ever since I have been in Vancouver. The service is excellent while rushed but they never leave you waiting long. I would say the food quality is excellent and they have a grea lunch or dinner combination menu. I really enjoy Kitto when I am in the mood for Japanese.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Wheres the Beer Specials
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

The Yaletown brewing company I guess is one of the first of it's kind in my neck of the woods at least. If you catch it at the right time it can be a lot of fun although there beer is never on special. I have been on a number of occasions and mostly it is consistent both in service and food quality. I don't want to rate it outstanding but it is really a good place to eat and drink it you can afford it. During the old .Com days this was the place to meet and mingle with the up and comers in the industry....

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Come on it's a Dirty Diner
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

Well you have to know what to expect when you walk in this place. I have been there a couple of times for breakfast and the special night out with the wife. This place brings back memories of going out for lunch/dinner with my grandpa and being able to order what ever I wanted Chocolate milkshake and grill cheese sandwich. 30 years later I order the same thing and really it tastes exactly the same and my memories from my youth. Over all I say well done, big sentimental feeling here

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Where's the Vera
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

I assume that Vera would roll over in her grave if she saw how this place was running not to mention the food quality.I love the concept and agree the taste of the burgers themselves are good not great but good. I would agree with another reviewer that they need to "up" the quality in certain areas and also agree with the creating a standard burger to work off of. Generally I find it hard to believe that someone rates this place a 5 but to each their own! What can I say I am hotdogboy if it was Vera's HotDog Hut it may be a different story!

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Seriously Italian
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

All around this was a great experience, excellent top notch friendly service. An extensive wine list that was a little over priced but lots of quality to choose from. The Chef/Sommielier visited our table often and ensured quality. The owner as well spent time with our table making sure that we were happy in an old school Italian way. The food was excellent with a good menu, although it was hard to read. Over all a great experience and certainly left quite satisfied.

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Inferno Bar & Grill1208 Granville Street, Vancouver
The Price Is Right
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

This cool spot is about 3 months old. The drink special sign caught our attention as we were walking by $2.25 for HighBalls. This is a neat restaurant with a VIP room, display kitchen and friendly staff. Did not try the food but they are expecting a new menu shortly that should help add to the overall feel of the place.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
To Meat or not to Meat
Submitted Saturday, November 6, 2004 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

Memphis Blues, BBQ at it's best. This is the type of place that you need to go with close friends, I would not recommend for your first date experience. The BBQ was excellent, meat perfectly prepared and in abundance. The beans well what can I say about the beans. Service was extreamly casual and almost gruff but I think this is what diners expect from this popular hole in the wall. Only 37 seats in restaurant so seating is tight so tight in fact I ate without a plate with my jacket on my lap. Over all a fun experience shared with good company.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Sea Food in YaleTown
Submitted Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

When you think of a Yaletown restaurant this fits the image perfect. Trendy looking but a little stark and when I was there too much light for dinner time. The menu was creative and food quality very good and tasty. When exploring the wine list 3 of the 4 bottles were not in stock not very happy about that!

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
So this is Fine Dining
Submitted Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

One of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The food is an art form but not pretentious, leaves you feeling satisfied both in your belly and in your wallet. The wine list and service quality is second to none.

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