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brunchgirlEast VanSince August 3, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Oh. My. God. Best french onion soup ever. Tasty, cheesy, oniony goodness.

I agree with some of the other posts here that the service was a bit slow but very friendly. Would be nice to see them pick up the pace a bit. The night I went we had no other plans after so I didn't really care but if I was trying to get somewhere else after my meal, I might have been a bit more bothered about it.

I loved the atmosphere and didn't find it "boring" like someone else said. I appreciate the lack of over-the-top hipster decor that Main Street can sometimes strive for and instead, matched the comfort food on the menu with a warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. On a cold and wet winter day, I'd love to hole up in here and visit with friends over hot yummy food.

The prices are a bit dear but not crazy. I wouldn't come here multiple times in a week because my wallet and my waist would pay for it. But as tasty treat in a cozy atmosphere, I'll be back!

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Cafe Deux Soleils2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Good east side eatery
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I regularly go to Cafe Deux. I try to avoid it at peak times on weekends because it gets so busy but if you go a bit earlier or later in the day on weekends, it's pretty good. I usually get the tofu scram or one of the egg dishes. The portions are generous and they're tasty. The self-serve setup means you usually get your food pretty fast.

I don't have kids myself but I love that it's kid-friendly -- not easy to find. It's also a great place in the evening with great local talent from music to slam poetry. A fun place to stop by for something different.

I do wish the coffee cups were a bit larger and, like some other people on this site, feel that the hygiene could be stepped up a notch. There's sort of an overall stickiness on the tables, benches, floors, etc. Could use a good cleaning. But I've never felt sick after eating there and it's sort of what I expect from the Drive.

I love this place as a standard on Commercial. And if it's too busy you can head up the road to try Bandidas at 12th or any number of other places north of Cafe Deux.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Don't do it
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 12:24am [Dine in]

Wow. What a disappointment. Great location. Great view. Horrible food. Horrible service.

That pretty much says it all. I live in Vancouver and have been to Steamworks a number of times but usually for a few beers and some appetizers. It's always been average but not great.

Recently I've had client meetings in the area a few times and my clients have suggested Steamworks. Wow. What a mistake. Rude servers. Slow service. Disappointing food (quality, portions, preparation, you name it). Expensive for what you get.

The last time I was there I expressed my dissatisfaction, very politely and calmly, to my server and she couldn't care less. She made no effort to address any concerns about the food or service. I then wrote an email to the restaurant expressing my dissatisfaction. Surprise, surprise - no response.

I won't be going here again. There are a lot of great restaurants in this same price point downtown and I would much rather give my future business to them.

Hit up Cardero's if you're in the area. MUCH better.

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Roundel Cafe2465 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 12:04am [Dine in]

I hit the Roundel once in a while but I'd definitely hit it more often if they fixed a few things. First, let me say this. The food is yummy! And once you get a seat, it generally comes pretty fast. The prices aren't a great deal but it feels like the ingredients are quality so I don't mind paying a decent price. I hope the employees are making a decent wage as well though. Now, on to the fixes...

1) The booths are super wobbly and when you move, the people in the booth behind you get disturbed, and vice versa. Surely fixing these can't be that hard. If it is, then they should be replaced with tables. If you have a choice, don't sit at a booth. Which leads me to...

2) The counter seats are REALLY uncomfortable. Not nearly enough leg room. I've come to eat before and if the counter seats were the only ones available, I've gone elsewhere. I don't mind sitting at a counter, I actually like it. But not in those seats. Again, if you have a choice, sit at a table.

3) I don't know how to say this without sounding bitchy, and I'm not trying to sound bitchy, but... There's a middle-aged woman with short salt and pepper hair who works there (45-55 yrs?) and she's just downright scary. Sometimes she can be nice. Sometimes she can be the devil reincarnate, actually snapping and almost yelling at customers. Wowza. Seriously, service is the wrong industry for you. VERY WRONG. If I see she's working, I go elsewhere now. She scares me and I don't need to be scared when I'm just trying to go out for a decent meal.

Also, some of the other wait staff are pretty darn casual. Some of them are also great, and really friendly. I like the casual feel of this diner. And casual is good, but some of them seem to take it a bit too far on the side of casual. It's still the service industry. "Service" being the key term.

It's too bad, because these are all easy, inexpensive fixes and they would kick the overall service and feel of the Roundel up a good couple of notches. And I'd definitely eat there more often. But if you hit it on a good day, avoid the salt and pepper haired server, and get to sit at a table, it's worth the visit!

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