Submitted Monday, August 15, 2011 - 2:46pm [Dine in]
Wow, where do I even begin with writing a review on this delightful little jem of a cafe in the heart of Steveston village?
As my friend and I were walking along in Steveston, we noticed a couple indulging in a decadent meal outside of what appeared to be a small coffee house. We couldn't tell if they were in love with each other or with the food. My friend looked to me and said, "This could be good!", so we decided to enter into the cafe and check it out. We were overwhelmed with the variety of foods that were available, from panini wraps to sweet treats. We ended up choosing the special of the day, which was the grilled tuna sandwich with a salad. We grabbed our drinks and waited outside for our meal. A few minutes later, our server arrived with our sandwiches. We thanked her, and then we quickly began to dig in. The sandwich was nothing short of a seafood symphony in our mouths, with the toasted whole grain bread as the trumpet, the caramelized onions as the violin, and the tuna as the saxophone played by Kenny G. We could not believe how good our lunch turned to be. It was all we wanted. After we finished, we returned our plates inside and thanked the owner, who I could tell knew that her meal had satisfied us. As we left, my friend whispered into my ear, "I can't wait to go back...".
Bean & Beyond to me is a perfect example of fine Steveston cuisine. For anyone who is planning on opening a cafe, I highly recommend using this wonderful place as a template on how your shop should be like.
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Submitted Monday, August 15, 2011 - 2:17pm [Dine in]
It was a lovely, sunny summer day. I went out for lunch with a dear friend. Afterwards we decided we needed to nourish a sweet toothed craving. Upon arrival at the Steveston Bakery (if you want to call it that at all), we noticed the poor lighting conditions and the unhappy employees that stood soul-lessly behind the counter. The display resembled an antique museum filled with old, dusty crumbling bits and pieces of baked goods. I gave the bakery the benefit of the doubt and took a few cookies to go. With which the girl at the counter replied "yeah, ok". My friend and I each took a bite of our cookies and both agreed that they were flavourless, dry, and poorly crafted. I, myself, am no baker, but I can assure even the toughest food critic that my homemade cookies would exceed those of the "cookies" we had from the bakery. A disappointment to Steveston. I do not recommend this place to anyone. Although, the soup may be delicious, the baked goods are just plain awful.
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