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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3)
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  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Liberty Bakery3699 Main Street, Vancouver
Rich treats, but $$
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 4:28pm [Take-out]

Picked up a few treats this afternoon.

The kids had gingerbread cookies. Hubby and I shared a diplomat, a chocolate torte type pastery and a Stockholm. I can't remember what the cookies cost each. The pasteries were $3.75 each.

The pasteries obviously used real butter and were rich, but not quite as tasty as I would have liked. After going to Fratellis (on Commercial Drive), I was also a little put off by the price. Fratellis pasteries cost only $2.05 each.

The servers were only okay. Unsmiling. Rang everything up and then promptly forgot what we ordered, I needed to remind her.

The quality was good - but I wouldn't go out of my way to return.

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Zako's Deli500 W Broadway, #102, Vancouver
teeny little cheese curds
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Still sampling poutine around the city.

Took the fam damily to Zako's. It was pouring rain outside. Too bad we couldn't warm up in the restaurant as the door was propped wide open. It's was cold in there. Brrrrrr!

The floor was wet, the kids were pretending to "ice skate" around the table. We got them to settle down and take a seat. The floor was downright hazardous, I would hate to see someone have a slip and fall.

The server was pleasant and competent - no complaints about the counter service at all.

We ordered 2 large smoked meat sandwiches. One small smoked meat sandwich. One steamie dog and one large poutine. We also had a can of pop, a bottle of ice tea and two chocolate milk. With a two dollar tip (I don't tip on % for counter service) the entire bill came to just under $50.

The sandwiches were okay - the meat was good, but a "large" is simply more meat piled on. Otherwise, it was the same as the small in terms of bread size. It was tasty enough otherwise - but could have been a bit warmer. The slaw was only so-so - I didn't much like the flavour and left it. I also prefer a salty pickle rather than a dilled pickle - but that is more personal taste.

As for the poutine - the chips themselves were okay. The gravy was tasty, but the order could have used another scoop of gravy - we had many dry fries in this order. The cheese curds would have been okay - but they were chopped up!! There were teeny, tiny little cheese curds on the top of our order. Again, would have liked to see some more cheese and they are suppose to be in chunks, not teeny little chopped pieces.

Overall - it would be an okay place for a montreal smoked meat fix. I would go when the weather is a little nicer so I don't freeze in the shop. I wouldn't bother with the large sandwich - stick to the medium. I also wouldn't bother with the poutine - although it COULD have been really good with more gravy and more cheese curds in whole chunks.

We will continue to search for supreme poutine...

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Fratelli Bakery1795 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Excellent Pasteries!
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:49pm [Take-out]

Took the family here for a treat. It was crowded, but I was impressed with how quickly the line moved.

I had a pistachio cake, hubby had a sicilian canoli, and the kids each had a cupcake. The two pasteries were $2.05 each. The cupcakes were just under $3 each.

Each of our pasteries was delicious. Delicately flavouried, obviously using good quality ingredients and expertly made. The texture was PERFECT.

The cupcakes were nicely decorated with both icing and little decorate doo dads. I had a taste of one, again, excellent quality!

The servers were cordial and quick. The value was great as this was comparable to run-of-the-mill bakeries with so-so offerings.

I will return to order a cake for a special occasion or to try some more little pasteries. Mmmmmmm

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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Poutine on a Rainy Day
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I avoided this place due to the so-so reviews on dinehere.ca However, I am trying out different poutine places and noticed that the place was full on a rainy afternoon on Commercial Drive.

In we went.

I ordered a large poutine for the family to share. Hubby had a coffee. I had a tea. The kids had water.

The ladies serving were all polite and competent. The place was clean. The washroom was clean. I noticed a lot of graffiti in the stall - but I think this was encouraged. Sort of a pre internet/message board thing where people share their thoughts. LOL!

The fries were done right - double fried. They were tasty. The cheese curds had some "squeak". The vegetarian gravy was tasty and there was a generous amount. My son (the poutine expert) enjoyed them.

Hubby advised that his coffee was brewed right and tasty (he takes it black so this is important).

I enjoyed our visit and would like to return to try some other items.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Re-reviewed - lost its appeal
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 7:51am [Dine in]

I took my two children here for lunch on Friday. My son had enjoyed this place in the past - but I had noted a steady decline over the last few visits. This last visit prompted me to update my previous good review...

The girl working at the counter seemed completely disinterested in her job. I clearly stated my order. Medium traditional Poutine, 2 montreal smoke meat sandwiches (not platters), one steamie dog - not mustard - ketchup only, and two cokes (cans). She asked for $44. I was a little taken aback. This place was not known for being cheap - but c'mon - a couple of sandwiches, fries/gravy and two pop for almost 45 bucks???? I paid by VISA and had just completed the transaction when she suddenly said, "Oh. I forgot to ring in the steamie dog"

At this time, I asked to see the receipt and asked her to explain the charges. The girl indeed forgot the steamie dog, but somehow managed to charge me for a medium order of chicken poutine. How on earth did she do this. At no time did I say "chicken" in my entire order. Obviously she was not listening to me. She didn't appear to know how to correct the mistake and the other fellow working there also had difficulty correcting it. At least he graciously gave me the difference back in cash. My CORRECT order came to just shy of $38. Still pricey, but within some reason.

I took the cans of pop from the fridge on the side and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. I was impressed with the patience of my children as this was taking waaaaay too long for such a simple order. Finally, the smoked meat sandwiches came out. We started sharing these. My son was anticipating his poutine. Again, we waited. And waited..... Finally, after about 10 minutes - our poutine arrived. For waiting so long - I would have expected this item to be hotter. The gravy was just above warm. The cheese curds were cold. I understand that they are not suppose to be melted - remember - I have been here before and am very familiar with proper poutine - however I don't think they should have been COLD!

We continued to WAIT for my sons hotdog. After another 10 minutes - it came out. It had relish, some sort of vegetable matter and other stuff. My son does not eat ANY of this - he only wants ketchup (which is what I told the girl ringing in the order...). I looked at it, trying to decide whether I could remove the offending condiments, but with the relish all over the steamie - I had to tell the man to bring it back. He said, "I was told all dressed, no mustard."

At this time, I was getting a little annoyed. I told the man that the girl had messed up my order from start to finish. This was NOT what I ordered. He graciously brought us the steamie that we ordered after a minute or so.

Frankly, after this experience, I have no desire to return.

The service was incompetent. The product was poorly executed. The place is cold and the music is too loud. The price is overinflated for what is received.

I will go to Fritz instead or some of the other poutine places on Granvillle or Kaboom Box for our poutine cravings.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Easts, Good Value
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

A friend and I stopped in for a quick lunch the other day at 1:30 PM on a weekday. The place was crowded, but a couple of tables remained. We were seated quickly and served water in mason jars. "Hipsters," I mused :)

We checked out the menu and I quickly decided on sampling four tacos - the Leana Gayle, Stella, Ronny Russel and Connies. My friend had an enchilada in verde sauce.

The tacos were under ten bucks and they were served on soft taco shells and loaded with wonderful goodness. They were both tasty and filling. They were a little milder than I like - but there was hot sauce on the table to add to taste.

I tried a piece of my friends enchilada and found it very tasty and great texture.

The service was casual and pleasant.

The ambiance was also very casual. I liked the children's artwork on the walls. Families with kids were welcome as there is a children's menu.

I would gladly return for a casual, tasty, inexpensive vegetarian meal.

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Karmavore610 Columbia Street, New Westminster, New Westminster
Good vegan burger, but ambiance was strange
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

I have been spending some time in downtown New Westminster and am enjoying trying some of the dining options in the area.

I happened upon this place and decided to try.

It is a strange place. It is a vegan shop, selling books and shoes in the ground level. I did not check out the shoes - but I imagine that there is no animal products used (i.e. leather).

I asked the lady in the shop where the diner was - she said it was down the stairs. Indeed, I ventured down the stairs and was met with a small grocery store selling exclusively vegan products.

At the back was the little diner area. I ordered at the counter, deciding on a vegan burger with gravy. The lady fixed it and brought the burger to a one of the tables. It came with no sides and cost $6.49. The burger was tasty enough (for a vegan option). I also had a peanut "butter" bar for $2.99. It too was tasty.

The woman at the counter was not smiling and didn't take any time to explain that she would bring the item to the small table and that I would pay at the upstairs counter on my way out.

There were some books on veganism available to read while eating. I checked out a cookbook. I had no desire to linger because of the throbbing music playing. It was not relaxing, had no melody or anything. It was loud and annoying. Actually, I couldn't wait to leave to be away from that gawd awful noise.

The burger was good for a vegan burger. However, it wasn't a particularly warm and welcoming environment with slightly uninterested service and terrible ambiance with being amidst a grocery store and the loud, unpleasant music they were playing.

Someone who enjoys a vegan lifestyle and works/goes to school in the area might want to do take out from the place - but I wouldn't go again to dine in.

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Le Saigonnais634 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Good Vietnamese on Columbia Street
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2012 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

Was spending some time in New Westminster and was feeling hungry. I was trying to find a Thai place that I had heard about - maybe this place took it over. Anyway, Vietnamese is another cuisine that I enjoy and decided to try.

The room is large and spacious. It has booths with high backs. I found the room comfortable and clean. I could see into the kitchen at the back on my way to the washroom. It was well separated from the restaurant and the washroom area. It appeared very organized and clean. The washroom was also spotlessly clean.

I ordered the lemongrass pork and spring roll for $8.95. I didn't bother with a beverage because they did not have my favourite drink - preserved lemon with soda. I was offered a tall cold water and a hot cup of tea - which did nicely for a beverage.

The meal came quickly. The spring roll was large and it was one of the best I have ever had. The pork was perfectly flavoured. The vermicelli nicely done and some cucumber and basil to provide a tasty salad which enhanced the whole dish rather than being clumsily added.

The bill came to $10.02 with tax. I left a two dollar tip.

I will gladly return to this place if I am in the area.

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Pizza, but needs service/ambiance need a little tweaking
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Went out on a rare date with hubby and enjoyed an afternoon on the Drive.

Hubby wanted to do Italian and spotted this newish pizza place.

I'll start with the positives.

We just had pizza - and it was very good. The crust was thin, but really nice texture. The server advised that it is a special type of flour imported from Italy and that it was lower gluten, which did not cause a heavy feeling after eating (note the flour is NOT gluten free - celiacs beware) - it is just lower gluten than traditional flour.

The toppings were high quality and very tasty. I had a white sauce on my pizza with four cheeses. I added some uncooked, cured prosciuto (sp?). It was devine. My husband had a pizza with a tomato based sauce - it was very fresh tasting. Excellent. We each enjoyed a glass of wine with our pizza and found the suggested pairings from the menu right on the mark.

The prices for our items were appropropriately priced - no problem with the value.

As for the negatives - I will re-iterate what the previous reviewers pointed out - one of the reasons for dining out is for enjoying a full service experience. I found ordering from the counter a little off-putting. The counter person and the server who brought the food (and did quality checks) were both excellent. I rated "two stars" because this place would work better as a full service restaurant and I would have preferred just to let the server take my order.

The self ordering concept creeps into my rating of ambiance. If the server took my order at the table and the restaurant just had menus to order from rather than the order sheets at the table with a pencil to fill them in - the ambiance would have been better. Other than that - I found the restaurant clean (including the washrooms), but a little too sparse and streamlined. I would have liked a little more in terms of decor (plants, art, etc). It ended up feeling a little too sterile (high end - but not warm and inviting).

I would go again, but I would like it better with full service and a little more decor.

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Church's Chicken2504 Kingsway, Vancouver
poor service, Meh food and poor value
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2012 - 1:36pm [Take-out]

As a teen, my family and I used to enjoy this location. It was good quality (for fast food) and good value.

I went for take out the other day. We were trying to figure out the menu. I saw what looked like a combo with a menu photo showing chicken, fries and two sides for around $21 plus tax. I asked about it and was told that this was for chicken only, and that sides were purchases separately. I have no idea why the menu photo showed the sides so prominently. I thought it was deceiving.

The order taker directed us to the $26.39 option that included a large fries and large gravy. We also ordered a medium cole slaw ($3.25) and wild rice ($2.64) and five jalapeño cheese bombers ($3.47). The whole order came to just $40 including tax.

Church's Chicken used to be known for being deliciously juicy. I found this offering a bit dry. The fries were mushy and the gravy was floury thick. the "medium" sides were tiny. if these were medium, I would hate to see a small!!

I took a look at the website when I logged onto dinehere.ca. I saw another menu entry for 10 pieces of chicken, medium fries and medium gravy for $20.99. Why didn't the counter person pointed that out when I was asking about the menu??? I didn't particularly appreciate paying an extra $6 for extra mushy fries and cheap tasting gravy.

If anyone reading this still enjoys the substandard offering at church's chicken, be aware that there is also a $5 coupon for orders over $25. This way you won't be price gouged the way I was....

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
That was one darned good sandwich!!!
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 7:35pm [Take-out]

Was out and about on Commercial Drive. I had read some great reviews on Dinehere.ca regarding the sandwiches at La Grotta and wanted to try.

First, the sandwich prices are located at the middle of the display case. You chose your bread, your cheese and meat, condiments and extras. Line up to the left for sandwiches and to the right for other deli orders. The prices are based on the type of bread with some extra charge for specific types of meat.

I chose the sub as my bread. I chose the prosciutto (extra $2) as my meat. I had them add the smoked provolone cheese, pesto mayo, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, roasted red peppers, spicy eggplant, green olives, fresh tomato and lettuce. With an Italian canned soda (located in the cooler in the back) the bill came to just over $10.50.

My friend and I took our sandwiches to a grassy spot and enjoyed them picnic style. They were DELICIOIUS. The sodas were a perfect "go with". For the quality received - the value was incredible. Same price as subway - but a million times better!

Please note - there is a couple of small cafe style tables outside - but no other seating. Take your purchases a few blocks to Williams Street and enjoy them as picnic in the summer.


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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great food and ambiance.
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times for some coffee and ice cream, today was the latest visit.

A friend and I each had an ice cream ($3.50 each) and an Americano ($3.50 each). The bill would have come to $14.00, but we used an Entertainment coupon, which stated "50% off one food item with the purchase of a regular item" (or words to that effect). The owner/server gave us a full $5 off, making the total $9.00. Great Deal. I would have still been satisfied with the price at $14 due to the quality received and the overall ambiance. I rated "three stars" based on the price without the coupon - I would have rated it "incredible" with the coupon.

The ambiance is a bit cheesy - but great fun. Lots of statues, marble top cafe style tables. It feels nice to be in there - like a trip to Italy.

I found the service efficient and friendly.

The ice cream is tasty and generously portioned. The americanos had an incredible crema and were hot and delicious.

I would return again and enjoy coffee in such a nice environment.

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Kaboom Box, TheRobson & Granville, Vancouver
Excellent Food Cart Items
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 5:56pm [Take-out]

I tried this place twice, once last summer and again, just recently.

I have had the fish and chips and I have had the oyster po boy and the poutine. All are very good. The batter on the fish is light, not greasy. The chips are thin cut and fried perfectly with not a trace of oil on my fingers or in the container. The poutine was unique with a mushroom gravy and cheddar cheese curds. It was different tasting - but nice.

Service was friendly both times, although a little slower than other food carts - but considering the food is nice and fresh - I don't mind.


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Bel Cafe801 West Georgia, #101, Vancouver
Maple Bacon Macarons
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Went here for a dessert and coffee.

The sign at the front advised to "wait to be seated" - I just proceeded in to check out the counter (where items were displayed behind glass and where I could see the prices listed overhead). I ordered a maple bacon macaron ($2.00), a vanilla bean macaron ($2) and an americano coffee ($2 and change).

The counterperson was friendly and professional.

I sat down and my items were delivered to me.

First, the negative - the Americano wasn't very good. I found it too strong and did not have a creama. When I make an Americano at home - it is more mellow and has a nice creama.

Also, this strong coffee obliterated the delicate taste of the macarons.

However, the macarons themselves were very, very tasty. Probably the best I could expect.

I ended up buying two boxes of the maple bacon for gifts. Which brings me to another negative - the box says "macarons x eight" - however, only seven would fit in. I was only charged for seven, but I had to explain to the recepients that I did not eat one of their macarons nor did the store make a mistake. LOL. They MIGHT want to change the writing on the box and just fill the box with however many will fit and charge accordingly. :)

I would go again, maybe to try another flavour of macaron or maybe try another pastery. However, I would have one of their special blended teas as a go with so that I can enjoy the flavours better.

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Black & Blue1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Outstanding Ambiance and Service - now get the steaks/meat qaulity to match
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 9:44am [Dine in]

Had an early sitting (5:45 PM) before a show.

The room was gorgeous - we were on the upper level overlooking the bar and had a view of the meat cooler (with its glowing himalayan salt wall). High end and modern with linen tablecloth/napkins. Clean and beautiful.

Service was also great. Friendly, professional. My linen napkin accidently dropped on the floor. A passing server noted it and reached down and picked it up. I held out my hand in thanks as I would have just used it. He said, "I'll get you a fresh one" and immediately returned with a pristine napkin. The staff appeared to have a good rapport with each other and I noted good communication between staff throughout our dining experience.

The food however, needs a little tweaking to make this my "go to" steakhouse. The meat entrees weren't quite up to par. Hubby ordered the 10 oz tenderloin for $44.00. This price is a la cart and only includes the meat. I was expecting a much better product. I found the meat a tad dry. There was no bacon wrap to add a bit of flavour and little or no seasoning. I had better tenderloin at Les Faux Bourgeous for much less money.

I had the prime rib (it was an early sitting special, offered before 6:30 PM) it came with ceasar salad, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, seasonal veggies and butter cake for dessert for $42. The meat was good. But not great. It was 10 oz, but a large piece, sliced thin. It didn't have much flavour.

Notwithstanding the meat not being as good as expected, the other elements of the meal were excellent (hence I still rated three stars overall).

Hubby had the Burrata salad. It was made with tomatoes and a wonderful cheese. It was very, very tasty and fair value at $16.00. My ceasar was prepared by the waiter right at the table with fresh ingredients. It was divine. The waiter helped us match our first courses with appropriate wines.

The vegetable/starch portion of my meal were all done just right. The yorkshire pudding was probably the best I have ever had. I only wish that a little au jus or gravy was served with it.

As my husbands tenderloin came a la carte - he ordered the recommended Brussel sprouts. These were excellent. Again, the best we have ever had and a reasonable $7.00.

For dessert, my meal included the Butter Cake. It was okay, although a bit dry. Hubby had the recommended Bananas Foster, agian prepared with fresh ingrediants and flameed right at the table by our server. This was a delightful dish.

Bill (after tax, before tip) came to $185.00 (which included 4 glasses of wine).

I would go again, but I would order the salads and an appy rather than having the steaks/meat. I would enjoy the room and a good quality salad and go elsewhere for my steak.

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Malay Curry House3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
Mmmmmmm Curry Laksa!!
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Felt like getting out of my house again and decided to stay within walking distance. Walked up to Kingsway and Boundary to try out Malay Curry House. This used to be Bowl of Stars (which I enjoyed, per my review on dinehere). Same owners, I believe, but menu was tweaked.

The place is very clean. The waitress both friendly/polite and helpful, answering questions about the different laksa and what they included. She also offered me a choice of hot tea or cold tea (complimentary).

I chose the cold tea - it was served in a large glass with ice. It was sweet and very tasty. I ordered the coconut curry laksa with lamb at $8. I was offered a choice of noodles - I chose the big, udon style ones.

My food came quickly. It was very, very tasty with generous portions of tasty lamb. The curry had the perfect balance of sweetness, richness and spice.

Despite finding it delicious, I was too full to finish it. It was packaged nicely and bagged for me to take home.

The bill, with tax and 20% tip came to $11.00

I will return.

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Vancouver Chinatown Night MarketKeefer Street & Main Street, Vancouver
A Snack at the Chinatown Night Market, 2012
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 10:19am [Dine in]

Felt the need for a snack and to get out of my house for a while at around 8:00 PM. Decided to trek to Chinatown for the China Town Night Market, which started this weekend. I had been to both Richmond and Vancouver's Chinatown last year, so I knew what kind of grub to expect.

One thing about the China Town Night Market is that it is much, much easier to get to by transit. Vulcan Way in Richmond was a transit NIGHTMARE. However, the China Town Market is also much, much smaller. This can be good or bad. If you want to spend an evening - Richmond just has more going for it because if it's size. However, I just wanted to a jaunt and a snack - so China Town just made more sense for this evening.

The south side of Keefer has all the food vendors while the North side has all the goods and wares. I strolled the few blocks and found what I was looking for, curry squid balls ($2.50 for six) and bbq meat skewers (4 for $7).

There are two places that sell skewers - one for the aforementioned price, the other is a little bit more expensive (3 for $7). Sadly, the first place was completely sold out of skewers. I guess with only two places selling them in such a small area - it is pretty easy for people to automatically gravitate toward the better deal. However, they did have curry balls. Six soft, delicately flavoured fish balls with a tasty curry sauce served in a cup with a skewer to eat 'em. Tasty and cheap.

I picked up my skewers at the other place, sampling lamb and beef. I had to wait a few minutes for my beef (as it was still on the grill), the server plopped an extra skewer which had been on the hot plate for me (nice gesture). Both the lamb and beef were very tasty.

Pop is available in cans for $1.50 each. There is also dim sum, grilled squid and some other Asian items. For food stalls - I found they kept the area as clean as possible, wearing gloves when handling food.

Be aware that it is CASH ONLY - bring small bills and loonie/toonies/quarters for ease. Also, be aware that there is two 'Johnny on the Spot" type washrooms at the west part of the street for facilities. I would bring some hand sanitizer...

To get here, you can walk a few blocks from Stadium Skytrain. You can also get off the Skytrain at Main Street and either walk or take a bus if you are nervous walking in the area. Get off close to Keefer and it is just a block more to the west.

I rated the ambiance a little low at two stars because it wasn't as big as Richmond, just not as much to see. Also, I got hit up for change from panhandlers wondering through the area three times. It is just a little sadder than the Richmond Night Market.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Good Budget Eats in Trendy Main Street
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Dined solo this afternoon and decided to check out Hawkers Delight (after seeing all the good reviews).

It's a tiny, hole-in-the-wall type place. Don't try to navigate a stroller or wheelchair in here. Ordered at the counter after perusing the menu on the walls.

Ordered the veggie fritters (2 for $1 and change) and the Laksa ($5 and change). I also had a can of Guava Juice. Self serve water (from large bottles) and tea was available gratis. I ordered at the counter and got change from a $10!!!! Wow!!

My fritters were served straight away and I carried them, with my guava juice to a small table. There was some type of dark sauce (it wasn't soy sauce) and some hot sauce available. A few minutes later, the counterperson brought me my steaming bowl of Laksa.

The fritters were very tasty - with some sort of clear dressing on them. Very yummy and very budget priced. The Laksa was not quite as rich (from coconut milk) as I would like and I needed to spice it up a bit- but still very ,very tasty and quite the bargain with its low price point.

If I was in the area - I would go here again. It is also a neat little place to treat someone to a very casual, inexpensive date - a nice stroll along Main Street and a meal for two could be accomplished for only $20.


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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
Blah Burgers
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Were out and about on Granville Island on the weekend - I had wanted to pick up some goodies at the market, but tables were hard to acquire as people literally ran towards tables as they were vacated. Settled for the Keg.

I will say, I was impressed with the children's menu. We ordered mini burgers for the kids for $8.95. This came with fruit and veggies with dip, fries and two little burgers. It also came with a generous sized "child's" beverage (juice, pop or milk). It was actually a good children's menu with a balance of good stuff (fruit and veggies) with burger and fries.

Our server was friendly.

However, the classic burgers (which were suppose to be prime beef) had a weird texture. It was almost as if it was held together with "meat glue" or some fillers. I have had fresh ground beef and hand formed patties (both at home and at restaurants) - this stuff just wasn't genuine.

The toppings on the classic burger were good quality (nice tomatoes). We ordered mushrooms (extra $0.95) and bacon (extra $0.95). The burgers only came with the mushrooms. We flagged down a server to let her know. She offered to get us some bacon, but the kitchen was a bit slow with our entrees and we would have finished our burgers before we received our forgotten toppings. We opted to have the charge removed from our bill.

The bottled beer was good, it was served in a chilled glass. For a lager - this is okay. I ordered the Margarita and found it tasted strange. It was also the smallest margarita I had ever paid $9.95 for. It was served in a martini glass. I was expecting a tastier and a larger blended drink. $9.95 was waaaay overpriced for this thing.

Ambiance was nothing special. We were seated in the lounge area by a window which overlooked parked cars.

All in all - it was kind of a blah lunch for Granville Island and I don't think I would bother returning.

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Valley Bakery4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good Cakes and Great Service
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 3:22pm [Take-out]

My family has been picking up birthday cakes here over the last 30 years or so. The cakes are good, all purpose crowd pleasers. They aren't too rick and sweet, not too bland. My favourite is the vanilla, with the layer of custard and the buttercream layer and icing. Mmmmmmm.

My husband called ahead today and asked for a 7" cake (feeding 10 people). They said that they had one left, with pink roses on. My seven year old (whose birthday we were celebrating) is pretty relaxed about pink and roses, so my husband went ahead and ordered it.

When he arrived to pick up, the clerk looked at the pink roses and asked my husband if my son had a favourite interest or sport. My son happens to like Thomas the Train and when my husband advised of this - the clerk advised that they could put some Thomas decorations over the roses to make it more custom for a boy's birthday and make it special for my son in particular.

The Thomas decorations were added and the cake looks great.

I really appreciated the quick thinking clerk and her initiative.

Also, as a side note - a friend was recently looking for specialty cakes (Pokemon). She was quoted $80 for a 6 inch cake from a DIFFERENT bakery. She had trouble finding a bakery which would do a themed cake (and would not charge her an arm and a leg). I would recommend Valley Bakery to her as our 7 inch cake (which was made themed for us) was around $25. It is worth a visit to see what they have if needing a cake for a children's party and special order something.

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