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veggiegourmetKits, VancouverSince February 9, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2 (2)


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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Count me in!
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

Lot of mixed reviews here, and I think one person said it's hit or miss with the wait-time, service, music, etc. so I'll second that. Food is great, if you like comfort Italian food and cheap, good eats.

I don't really know what "authentic" Italian food tastes like and I'll bet a lot of people who complain Anton's isn't authentic don't know either. I've tried a lot of their dishes and liked all of them. I've only gone for lunch and haven't had to wait more than five minutes. Our servers have always been friendly and courteous, no stuck-up ones, and yes, they seem to be mostly on the attractive side, for whatever that counts.

As far as good and inexpensive Italian goes, Anton's is my favorite and the left-overs taste even better the next day.

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Malone's Bar & Grill2210 Cornwall Ave., Vancouver
From bad to worse.
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

As the previous reviewer said, the only thing Malone's has going for it is the patio. With such prime real estate people go to Malone's on a nice day to sit on the patio and look at the view, even if all else about Malone's is sub-standard.

And I admit to being one of those people until today, when I discovered that Malone's is under "new" management and these individuals care even less than before about quality and atmosphere. One of the best martinis I've had in Vancouver, the "Red Shoes" is off the list, and the replacements are all sweet, blue, or both, or the latest trendy espresso martini.

My favorite veggie meal, a super-fun Malone's grilled-cheese, with sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions on sourdough bread with a side of fries, gone as well. The menu now, at least for a vegetarian, is totally un-enticing. We ordered the Yam fries (how original, hey?) and they tasted like chicken. Yuck.

The music was so loud that my friend and I couldn't even have a conversation and this was before 6:30 pm, so it wasn't "club" time. We both wanted pear ciders and were told by our server, who was obviously new and inexperienced (so not her fault) they they had one left so we would have to fight over it. So I not only didn't get my Red Shoes, but had to steal the pear cider from my friend, who then decided to be brave and order the pomegranate (these ciders are all made by Growers). His was disgusting and artificial. And to top it off, we were charged for three drinks when we only had two, neither of which I wanted, and one of which was gross.

So, this is my rant (yes, I recognize it for what it is) and I will still go back for a beer on the patio, but the "new" management should be aware that making this place less classy than it was (which was barely) is really disappointing. I mean have your wet t-shirt contests late-night, but at least offer something for us who like the view (of the beach not the servers) at happy hour that has a bit of thought and quality put into it.

The end.

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El Taco738 Davie Street, #3, Vancouver
Great place for a quick authentic meal
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I am always looking for good Mexican food, which has been surprisingly challenging in Vancouver (whereas Seattle is abound with great Mexican places). I always walk by this place and have now stopped in a few times. Both times I enjoyed my meal (quesadillas were the last thing I ordered) and last time I was there just for a beer but the manager(owner?) lady was there and she was so nice and cheerful that she cheered up my rainy, dreary day. I really like that they have a salsa bar, and that everyone who works there is actually Mexican, and the food is authentic and seems made with care. The ambiance is not much better than a cafeteria, and there's not much space (so don't have your b-day party here) but for a "stop in and have a bite" place I really like it!

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Famous Warehouse, The989 Granville Street, Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I thought this place looked interesting and I love the name because it's so random. The ambiance at first seems fun, until you notice the peanut shells all over the floor, and when my server arrived with our menus, mine had a big chunk of food stuck on it, which I didn't notice right away and got all over my hands. I then turned around and looked at the small shelf behind our corner booth and there was dust, crumpled up bits of paper and fuzzies. We had ordered by this time, so I went ahead and ate my veggie quesadilla, which was ok, but I was totally creeped out by how disgusting everything was and wondered what was really in my food. In all fairness, I really liked our server, and when I told her about the menu she said she'd take care of it right away, and she also asked how we liked our food. I don't like all the signs, though, saying we have to eat to drink there. At this point I don't want to eat there! So, long story short, I won't be back.

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