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irishgitNew Westminster,Since October 31, 200724 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
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  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Helen's Grill & Restaurant4102 Main, Vancouver
Runs the gamut from average to pretty grim.
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I wasn't expecting much, which is just as well. Went there on the weekend with a couple of friends for a cheap and simple meal. It was cheap, and it was simple, but it wasn't very good. The lambchops I had appeared to have come from "lamb" that had died of senile dementia, and the coffee had a distinct oily metallic flavor. One of my companions said his veal cutlet was ok, while the other didn't bother to finish his porkchops. The service was fine, and the ambiance has the '60's diner down pretty well, although its not exactly clean.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Strictly a squat and gobble buffet
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I'm not a big fan of buffet restaurants at the best of times, but this place sets a new standard of low. The food is bland, uninteresting and over or re-heated. Sure, there's lots of it, but most of it has been sitting too long under a heat lamp. And frankly, selections of "macaroni and cheese" that look suspiciously like Kraft Dinner or baked beans that came out of a Heinz can aren't particularly appealing. If you're into a cheap session of loading up the plate and scarfing down the grub, no matter how poor the quality, this is the place for you, but I'll be giving it a miss from here on out.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill180 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Pretentious, over-priced sports bar with delusions of adequacy
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Despite its reputation, it just isn't a very good bar. At its very best the food is mediocre, and is more often just bad. Think fast-food chain restaurant bad. Service is slow, and generally comes with a fair bit of attitude. The taps are nothing special, heavily dominated by the usual Molson and Labatts products. Hockey nights are packed and loud, which makes the already slow service glacial. I've had a couple of above average experiences here having lunch on a mid-week day, but its generally a place to avoid in the evenings.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Sketchy part of town, but burgers to die for
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

This is literally inside the butcher shop, it has some of the aromas you would expect. Its also in a less than gentrified part of the city, so getting to it isn't for the fastidious or faint of heart. The food, however, is excellent, with large portions and very low priced. Its well worth a visit, as long as you know how to behave and what to avoid in that part of town.

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Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug1033 Granville Street, Vancouver
Very good, and very snug
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

Excellent taps here, and while the food is nothing to rave about, its above average. The service is excellent, particularly at the bar, and the place has a friendly cheerful feel to it. I like the downtown urban eclecticism of it.

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Wally's Burgers2703 Kingsway, Vancouver
Go for the nostalgia more than the food.
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

I have a soft spot for this place, as its one of the last remaining independant drive in burger joints in the Lower Mainland. I'm sad to say, however that the food has steadily gone downhill in the last ten years. The burgers are good, but no longer great, and the oil in the deep-fryer needs to be changed more often to get rid of the slight rancidity in the fries. The biggest change I notice is that the place no longer seems particularly clean. Not that it was ever spotless, that would be expecting a little much for this kind of place, but everything seems coated with a fine layer of grime and grease. I wouldn't recommend against it, but for me, my occasional visits are more to reconnect with my youth than for great drive in food.

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Princeton Pub & Grill, The1901 Powell Street, Vancouver
Blue collar bar, well worth a visit.
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

Although it has a "retro" feel, it isn't really retro. I suspect the decor hasn't changed much in thirty years, which is about the first time I ever set foot in the place. Visited again recently and found it fun, friendly, and with excellent pub food from the attached cafe. Nothing particularly imaginative on the menu, but its good, inexpensive and plentiful. Not a place for the chrome and fern crowd, nor the carefully contrived ambiance of some newer neighborhood pubs. A real place for real people.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Nice view, but otherwise this paddlewheeler misses the boat
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

There's certainly a plus to sitting on their patio in the summer, watching the Fraser roll by. Unfortunately, their food is mediocre to poor, quite possibly because the menu is overlong for a pub. The service is spotty and frequently inattentive, theres a vaguely unclean underlying aroma to the place, and the taps are just average. Come for the view and a quick drink, but pass on the food.

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Frankie G's Boilerhouse Pub305 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Better than average pub food, a little out of the way
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

Food is pretty much basic pub grub, but its well made and presented and tasty. The taps are nothing special, the service is a little lacking, and the overall ambiance is great. It can be more than a little noisy when the Canucks are playing, but on non-game nights its a relaxing enjoyable place.

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Foggy Dew Irish Pub405 North Road, Coquitlam
Suburban Irish wannabee pub. But not bad.
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 10:11am [Dine in]

The only Irish things about it are Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, (along with the usual suspects from Molsens and Labbatts) a bunch of signage and the name. The food is pretty basic pub fare, reasonably well done. I particularly like the Lamb Burger, which is one of the few "unusual" things on the menu. Service is dependable and friendly, and the ambiance is ok.

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Fresgo Inn Restaurant & Bakery10102 King George Highway, Surrey
Its a trough, but its a good trough.
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Huge portions of reasonably good food served in a cafeteria atmosphere. This isn't fine dining or anything close to it, but a place to get fed. If you come with that expectation, its not bad at all, and depending on when you come other customers can provide a Felliniesque atmosphere for your entertainment.

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Closed
Marine Pub and Brewhouse5820 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby
Good Food, indifferent beer
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

For a brew pub, they have one of the least imaginative beer menues I've encountered in any major city. Most of their premise brewed beer is hard to distinguish from a standard Molson's or Labatts product, which seems to me to negate the point of being a brew pub. On the upside the food is excellent, particularly their Sunday brunches with omelettes and waffles. Service can been a little snotty at times. In the summer the deck is an excellent place to hang out.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Order off the menu. Avoid special days
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

In my experience, dining here on a normal day (not mother's day or valentines or any holiday when they do a brunch or buffet) is excellent. Coming on a special day is not. The menu is excellent, superb food and priced accordingly to the kind of restaurant it is. Service is attentive and gracious and the setting is very pretty. My two experiences with "special occasions" has been less appealing, their buffet's mediocre and overpriced.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
Take out, don't eat in.
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Its not really a restaurant, although you can eat there if you choose. It has the same kind of ambiance as your average 7-11 though, so in my opinion you're better off getting their excellent food to go. As others have noted below, the service can tend towards the surly, but the food is superlative.

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Continental Coffee1806 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Excellent coffee and people watching
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

My other favorite coffee spot on the Drive (the other being Calabria). Serves excellent coffee and superlative hot chocalate. The food is ok, but for me the real delight is in the coffee. Quite small and cozy.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great coffee and ice cream...
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

Its one of my favourite places in the city, and I never fail to stop for coffee when I'm on the Drive. Reading some of the negative reviews below makes me chuckle. Personally, I'm not a fan of the chain restaurant, Starbucks et al mentality, and any patron who thinks they should have the right to bring food from another cafe in here is the one with "rudeness" issues. The coffee is great, there's an excellent selection of ice creams. Pastries are above average, and the panini's are just average. The real strength is in the coffee and the people watching. If you want the corporate sterility of Starbucks, go there. There's one right across the street.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
I foine place, to be shure to be shure.....
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Very good food and drink, particularly recommend the lamb stew which just melts. Service is very good, friendly, charming and attentive. It brings back memories of my time spent in Ireland, and is one of the gems of Gastown.

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Big River Brewing Company14200 Entertainment Blvd., #180, Richmond
Excellent beer, mediocre food
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

One of the better brewpubs in Greater Vancouver, it boasts a menu of excellent beer brewed on premise. Unfortunately the food menu doesn't match the beer menu. Food is generally bland, over-priced and uninteresting. Service is excellent and friendly, with a semi-pub ambiance. I wouldn't recommend it for dinner, but for beer and a few appetizers its well above average.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
More pasta than you can eat....
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

The wait to get in can be a irritant, but its generally worth it, with huge (and I do mean huge) servings of delicious pasta. I've never been able to finish a serving, and usually wind up taking at least a third of it home for lunch the next day. Its a loud, crowded and boisterous place, immense fun.

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Jim's Cafe518 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Greasy spoon. Emphasis on the greasy
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

I've been here for breakfast a few times, despite the overwhelming smell of hot grease that welcomes you when you walk in the door. The breakfasts themselves are decent, plentiful and cheap, but beware of ordering any kind of juice (orange, apple, etc.) as you'll find the glass of juice costs almost as much as the bacon, eggs and toast you consumed.

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