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canthaveitallWestVanSince October 27, 20065 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service2 (1.8)
  • Value1 (1)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
I'll take Chef Boyardee Anyday!
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I remember as a teen, the Spaghetti Factory was the place to be. My mouth would water just thinking of it! I'm a huge pasta fan & I believe you can't really wreck the sauce - or can you? Apparently it can be done! The Spaghetti Factory ain't what it used to be!

One year ago we visited the one in Victoria. When our pasta came, the sauce looked kinda funky. Somebody accidentally spilled the basil was my opinion. But it wasn't just the color, it was the TASTE too. I really thought it was just me, but as I looked over at my dinner companions I noticed they were salting, peppering & dumping the cheese on like I was doing, trying to get some sort of flavor out of it! I never use salt, and believe me I was using it! What was going on here? I figured it to be a bad day in the kitchen and left it at that.

One year later back in Gastown, we sit down for dinner. AND there was that damn sauce again, same color, same tasteless sauce!!! Coincidence? Can't be. To my dismay, there it was! What is going on here?

So after complaining on facebook, I got the same "yuk, yeah I know" response from other fb users and then, I got the real story from someone who delivers the sauce [ yep you heard me "he DELIVERS the sauce"]. This driver works in the food delivery service industry. Uh huh, now I know why the Spaghetti Factory restaurant on Vancouver Island has the same sauce as one on the mainland!

So it wasn't a bad day for the cook after all ~ it was a bad judgement from the franchise (?) owners! Please don't waste your time and hard earned money on CANNED SAUCE. Fresh is the only way to go! No more Spaghetti Factory for us, the word "FACTORY" is the biggest clue!

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, October 27, 2006 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

My sister first introduced me to Nick's awhile back, and my mouth waters everytime she calls to invite me to Nick's for lunch. When I mention the restaurant to people, they say we've been going there for years! Where have I been? My favorite is the Pork chops and spaghetti. I've had the steak too, and if I could have it all, I would. Plus dessert too! The portions are generous, go hungry and you won't be disappointed. The decor is original and it shouldn't be changed. If you are looking for fancy this isn't it, but the food is worth every bit.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Hello? Can I get some help here?
Submitted Friday, October 27, 2006 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

The service people who work here are deaf aren't they? If the food wasn't so damn good, I would never come back. I'll put up with rude servers to enjoy the food from Marcello's. Poor service = no TIP from me. To the owners of Marcello's, please teach your servers some manners, or tell them to go work some where else!

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Moxie's Classic Grill180 West Georgia, Vancouver
Poor Service = No TIP
Submitted Friday, October 27, 2006 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Like the previous review, we (5) went to Moxie's just before a concert, we arrived well in advance (2.5 hours before) so that we could sit down and enjoy our meal without a rush. Another group of people at the next table were also going to the same concert. At first our drinks came swiftly, but something happened in between the drinks and the main course - have no idea - 2 hours & several complaints later, one of the dishes arrived. It was a chicken dish but missing the sauce! It went back to the kitchen, and returned missing the chicken! But hey the sauce was there! Back to the kitchen. Then a couple more the plates arrived, again screwed up. Only 15 minutes to chow down. Forget it, the dinner was a loss. The people next to us, hadn't even got ANY of their meals whatsoever! The manager was called to come to sort this all out, and he looked as lost as the waiter did. No time to argue, both tables got up and walked out. Over to the Gwen Stafani concert that made the evening all worth while. Hopefully it changed, it really wasn't the waiter's fault - someone in the kitchen was having a very bad day. But that is no excuse for poor service. Poor service = no tip.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
simply over-rated
Submitted Friday, October 27, 2006 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I've lived in North Van all my life and have visited the Tomahawk sporadically over the years - prob once per year. But the last few times have been extremely disappointing to say the least. I don't like the greasy spoon style breakfasts - but fingers crossed - I tried again. Same ol' dish: huge, greasy & unappealing. Never again, I said. But then some friends wanted to try it & away we went. I ordered one of their burgers (fries were great) but gee could they at least get the water off the lettuce? I really don't like a soaked bun and I imagine no one else does either. YUK. Another year passes, and I find myself back again. I order a burger dish, fries are great - but that old soaking wet bun was still there! The decor hasn't changed - some of the native work is original, but that artwork on the wall? Awful, tacky & obviously not done by the local rez. Come on Chuck, your father's restaurant has been around for years, if you want to keep it going - make some serious decor changes (I love native work: original pieces, not art made as if by paint-by-number. This should bring the restaurant into the real world and not the tacky one! And the cobwebs? Gotta wipe them off too.

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