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The Endless MealVancouver (downtown)Cooking . Eating . SharingWeb siteSince October 31, 2011Favourite List (2)2 Reviews
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3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Awesome eats on Granville Island
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Sustainability, ethical and local might be today's buzz words, but they're a way of life for Edible Canada. Situated in the heart of Granville Island, this culinary tour and local gourmet retail store has added a restaurant to their quickly expanding business. With a small takeout window, summertime patio seating and upscale yet casual indoor dining, Edible is a welcome addition to the Vancouver food scene. Restaurant manager, Shannon Secours, tells me that their kitchen sources 70% of the food from BC and 20% from the rest of Canada. The remaining 10% is for all those impossible to grown in Canada but oh so hard to live without foods; think limes, coconut, mangoes and coffee.

Their Market Inspired Seafood Soup ($8/$11) was one of the best coconut based seafood soups I've tried. The brick-red coloured soup is as rich and aromatic as truffle infused olive oil, as smooth as silk and nearly as thick as cream. Piled high with local side strip prawns, mussels, clams and line-caught pacific cod, the large portion of this soup can easily be eaten as a lunch.

My lunch partner ordered the Roasted North Arm Farm Baby Beet Salad ($8). The bites I stole off her plate were the perfect contrast to my rich and heavy soup. This salad is light and fresh.The line of baby beets, down the side of a long plate, were both earthy and sweet while the mustard added a little bite. If for some reason you've never had goat cheese and beets together, you should, they were meant for each other.

Being warned that there was no way a person could eat both a bowl of the soup and Edible's oyster sandwich, I shared the sandwich with a friend. I'm glad I did. I could barely waddle out of the restaurant afterwards.
While I was hoping Edible would knock Go Fish's oyster 'po boy out of their long standing 1st place status, I'm sad to say they did not. They have joined Kaboom Box in joint second place for Best Oyster Sandwich in Vancouver. It's okay to have 2 second place winners if I just can't decide which I like best, right?

Breaded in crispy corn meal and deep fried in duck fat, the oysters in this Oyster Sandwich ($10) are not for the faint of heart. The crispy yet juicy oysters (so juicy that I got an armful of oyster juice after my first bite) sit atop thick layer of chorizo sausage relish. The crusty baguette made the sandwich just a touch too dry for my own taste, but I really like messy, saucy sandwiches. The side of Asian slaw was slightly creamy and heavy on the sesame Asian flavours. It was a refreshing change to the traditional mayonnaise forward coleslaws.

Some things just sound too good to turn down, even when you know you should. After I swore I couldn't possibly eat another bite, I was told about Edible's Maple Bacon Caesar. I repeat, Maple Bacon Caesar! I knew right then that there wasn't a chance I'd be able to walk out the door without trying one. I love maple, I love bacon and I love caesars. I feel slightly ashamed at not having come up with this combination on my own. While the caesar itself was fairly typical it came with two pieces of crispy maple bacon, and a stick of celery. I've always lamented the passing of the celery stick in my caesars. Now I can have a celery stick AND 2 pieces of bacon. I'm sold.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great for Brunch
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Waiting in line for 45 minutes for brunch at an out of the way (for a downtowner) diner can only mean one of two things: a) this place is a total score, or b) this place has been over hyped.

The Red Wagon Cafe is a quaint, no frills diner on the corner of Hastings and Garden Drive, one block West of Naniamo. Self described as "a neighbourhood joint", this place clearly caters to the low-key East Van crowd. The unpretentious, mom and pop decor make it a great option for a lazy afternoon, weekend brunch.

With pork belly clearly on my brain, I couldn't make up my mind between the Crisp Pork Belly Sandwich: with pickled vegetables, jalepeno, cilantro, and mayo on a baguette with chips ($10.50) or the Crisp Pork Belly Confit: pork belly, two eggs, homefries, griddled tomatoes, salsa verde, hollandaise and toast (11.25). Luckily for me I didn't have to use my Sunday afternoon brain to decide; the sandwich is only available during the week.

The two thick pieces of pork belly were melt-in-your-mouth buttery, crispy on the one side and deliciously fatty on the other. Both sat atop a half a roasted tomato that helped cut the richness of the pork belly between bites. The eggs were covered in a mildly spicy salsa verde and the home fried potatoes drizzled in a tiny bit hollandaise. Before going I had read a few reviews that found the potatoes bland. They were right, the potatoes did not have much flavour, but a little table salt fixed that quickly.

My trusted brunch partner, Adam, ordered the Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels maple syrup ($12.50). While I personally find pancakes too heavy to make an entire meal out of, I could definitely see myself ordering these, perhaps to share, next time. The Jack Daniels gave these hardy pancakes a serious boozy edge while the pulled pork added a richness and toned down the starchiness of the thick, fluffy pancakes.

It wasn't until we were paying our bill that we noticed a handwritten sign on the wall above our table advertising $5 mimosas, caesars or Red Wagon (boozy) lemonade. I'll definitely be seeing a charge for a mimosa (or two) on my bill next time.

I have a particular fondness for hole-in-the-wall joints, and this place is no exception. The only thing that might deter me from going back was the long wait to get it. This might just be the perfect place to keep up your sleeve for a mid-week breakfast or lunch.

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