Tugboat Annie's Pub offers great food and drink specials daily. You can sit and watch the eagles chase the seagulls across the Fraser river.
I would never have come here myself, it's so incredibly out of the way for most of my travels. Fortunately, I was pointed here by some colleague.
Surprise, surprise, the whole ambience is actually quite nice. Really. Think waterfront dining (or near as you can get hereabouts). The waitress was really friendly and helpful, food came out at a reasonable time. Since it was a business lunch, most of us had burgers & soups and the like.
Presentation was good, for pub food (well, how much can you present a burger???). The soup du jour was quite surprising ... delicious stuff, not the usual super-salty swill that I get at a "pub-like" restaurant. Likewise the burgers and salad were well done, good flavour without overloading on the salt and sauce.
I agree with the previous esteemed reviewer, I'd give it a good recommendation. Don't know if I'd make the trip out here. I mean honestly, it is still "pub grub". It's really quite out of the way for most people. However, if I did happen to be in the area, this would be a definite stop.
Mrs. C and I went with some friends to the pub to enjoy a little waterfront exposure and have some dinner and drinks. It was a very positive experience. The restaurant level of the pub was not crowded for a Saturday around dinner time. We started with the crab and cream cheese appy which was quite good, and some onion rings which were also tasty. For mains, I had a California club with a Caesar, and everyone else in the group had the $10.95 steak and prawns with various potato options. The food was quite cheap for pub food and the quality was above average. Portion sizes were generous. The server was efficient and friendly, so no complaints there.
We also had a selection of drinks. Pints were on special and quite reasonable. Others in the group had soft drinks which were fine, too. The whole place was clean and modern, and everything including the w/c was tidy. That is unusual in a pub...
The best part was the view from the patio. It was a tranquil scene overlooking the water. Except for the odd cigar smoker, the experience was great. I am already planning a return visit before summer slips away.
Went to Tugboat Annie's for lunch on Thursday. Arrived by 12:30, and the joint was jumpin'...
We were able to score a recently-vacated table near the front window, and our server acknowledged us immediately (her hands full of dirty dishes...!!) Our drinks came promptly, and she took our orders right away. For someone who was literally jogging to keep up with the crowd, she was VERY pleasant indeed.
Hubby ordered a sirloin burger, which he pronounced excellent. I ordered the steak sandwich - rare - and was not as impressed. The steak was overdone, and the garlic bread was just barely garlic. Fries were a bit limp, as if they had sat on the plate for a while.
OK, so overall, a satisfactory experience. It IS a pub, after all.... Location and service were outstanding. We'd go back if we were in the area.
Well, that first review painted a sad picture of this place. I was here about 10 years ago and it was pretty fantastic. Maybe because of the waitress that was there, Pam, on the last day she worked there. Anyway, found that the Queensborough Bridge was jammed up so backed up and decided to vist Tugboat again, on a Thursday evening, 7 PM.
The upstairs formal part was vacant but the bar and the outside smoking area were jammed full. Found a table way in the back away from some of the louder tables. The 2 waitresses were overwhelmed with the crowd but mentioned, "I'll get to you as soon as I can". Not really assuring but then she did stop by about 5 min later and took our drink and dinner orders.
She tried to drop some rye drinks on our table, but we said, No, it was white wine... Oops, and a minute later we had our wine. Funny, no wine cooler bucket like the guy at the bar got...
Then the clam chouder. It was incredibly good. Often a restaurant will fill the bowl with potatoe chunks and a little clam, just the opposite here, a puree of clam, veggies and sause. Delightful. The waitress was showing us some more attention.
Then the grilled chicken breast for me, chicken wings for her. Both very well done. She ate about 8 or 9 wings and we took 6 home. We had ordered a dozen, love the math.
The table was cleared, took our money and we left. There were a few less people in the pub at that time, so the service was just fine. If you want a boistrous and entertaining time, this would be great. In our situation, the place was fine. I would imagine that "Lindsay", the last year waitress, has gone on...