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madeofcarbonVancouverSince March 11, 20132 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.1)
  • Food2 (2)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value1.5 (1.5)
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Bino's Restaurants3312 Kingsway, Vancouver
Sadness in Restaurant Form.
Submitted Monday, March 11, 2013 - 3:23am [Dine in]

I have to admit that I have a small soft spot in my heart for poor venerable Bino's. They have a wonderful staff, prompt and friendly service, and some great specials if you're looking for cheap eats. That said: I cannot in good conscience recommend that even an enemy of mine dine there for anything other than breakfast, and even that gets a little dicey when we're talking about the hashbrowns.

Anyone foolish enough to order the "two cheeseburgers and fries" deal dining for two will quickly get a lesson in economics. The burger patties are of course of the "frozen supermarket" variety, and not even the good ones. We're talking the ones that are about 30% soy filler that taste like the human frailty of the human spirit. This burger of sadness is accompanied with a disaster ration sized portion of fries apparently sourced from "Whatever was on sale at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club". Shoestring? Crinkle? Super? Make a game of it with your dinner companion and try to guess, the winner makes the loser eat the fries.

The rest of the menu is typically depressing diner faire. Oil saturated fish and chips, hobo-quality stew, and nachos made from kraft singles and an undying hatred of the concept of tongues. It's also expensive for what you're getting, so do what any sane person does when they find themselves reaching that point in your life where they're saying "I guess I'll go to Bino's"...order the breakfast.

The breakfast is incredibly inexpensive and tastes decent. Choose the journeyman-quality pancakes over the lovecraftian abberation they call their criminally undercooked shredded hashbrowns and you'll have a passable meal at a great price that leaves enough money to leave a sizable tip to their wonderful staff.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
It's Food at 3am, what more do you want?
Submitted Monday, March 11, 2013 - 2:45am [Delivery]

Let's be honest, nobody ever orders from Gigi's for the food. You order Gigi's because you're 9 beers into a bender or 3 hours into a graveyard shift and nothing's open and the idea of a 7-11 hot dog makes you lose your appetite. The fine proprietors of Gigi's are of course aware of this situation and have come up with a clever scheme of delivering nearly anywhere and charging you literally all your money. Bearing this in mind when you finally throw up your hands and order from them at some god-forsaken hour will save you a great deal of frustration.

The food is nothing to write home about: somewhere between the cheese apparently sourced from a chemical factory and dough that's so fermented you might not want to consider driving for the next hour or so, you're in for a greasy experience barely a notch above a frozen pizza. Should you decide to engage in a number of complex wire transfers with your Swiss bank account and spring for the Greek food, you're in for a slightly better experience where passable roast lamb meets un-fuckupable roasted potatoes and tzatziki that would taste good on anything.

The service? Don't expect any. Gigi's is there to serve your 2am drunkhungrys, not give you a smiling experience. Sometimes things go really bad though, like they take and never deliver your order. Should this happen, make sure you call back before half an hour before closing time, or they will refuse to pick up the phone and you'll have to fend for yourself. You'll curse them, rage, and promise to never order from them again...untill it's 2am and you're hungry again.

All in all, if you manage your expectations, Gigis might just save your evening with edible pizza delivered right to your doorstep, which is more than most chains in this city are willing to do.

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