Budget to Moderate
Andales. Hearty Mexican and Spanish cuisine is the
specialty of this
casual restaurant in the heart of the people-watching West End.
fajitas are the best in town. 1175 Davie Street.
Atomic Café. For some of the best breakfasts and
sandwiches in town,
you can't beat this upbeat little deli style café, or it's
humorous owner, who'll make you laugh no matter what. Try the rice
crispy squares. They're heaven! 1078 West Pender Street.
The Bon Ton Pastry and Confectionery. At one time (more
years ago) the neighbourhood (theatre row) was upscale. Although
now being gentrified, it's still a bit squalid, although the
punkers are harmless. Since 1926, and for over 60 years in this
the Bon Ton has persisted and has served wonderful lunches of
rolls and ham and cheese. But the reason you mustn't miss the Bon
the very best pastries and cakes in Vancouver. The chocolate cake,
sponge with chocolate butter cream, is a solid 10 out of 10. The
Diplomat cake, 3 layers of puff pastry, with sponge cake, butter
and rum, is so fabulous you'll want to get a large take-out for
There's also a card reader for those who are curious about the
Just a few blocks from the big department stores at 874 Granville
The Bread Garden, a chain of 10 deli-style restaurants
mushroomed out of an original bakery-cafe, offers sophisticated
cafeteria-style ambiance, and pretty good food too. Try the
twists for a jolt of high fat splendor. The muffins are also
are the casserole dishes. Open 24 hours. Bute at Robson Streets,
Denman and Comox Streets, and the original at West 1st at Cypress
Streets. No need for reservations.
The Chef and the Carpenter. If you want to go to a cozy
restaurant which offers low cost French cuisine, here it is.
window seat and relax as the staff pamper you. 1745 Robson Street.
The Chili Club serves reasonably priced Thai food in an
overlooking False Creek across to Granville Island. 1018 Beach
Delany's. If it's Vancouver's best cinnamon buns, oversized
fabulous latte's and friendly ambiance you're after, this is the
outside and watch the world go by. 1105 Denman Street.
Dover Arms. If it's outstanding halibut and chips you're
after, the Dover
Arms pub restaurant is where you'll find it. And it's one of the
around where you can smoke cigarettes. 961 Denman Street.
Hamburger Mary's. From the stick-to-your-ribs Yukon
which will keep you full until dinner, to the terrific burgers and
fries, no matter what you order, you'll like it. The small outdoor
ideal for people watching. 1202 Davie Street. 687-1293.
Le Veggie. $20 will get you a tasty, creative, set menu
for 2 people (that's $10 each) that includes soup, main course and
dessert, all in a wonderful location for people watching. 1096
Noodle Express. Vancouver has many good noodle houses, This
favourite with office workers who line up at noon to cram into
gem. Try the #54 or #57 soups. For $7 you'll get a huge meal in a
seafood, vegetables and noodles, or chicken, vegetables and
brimming in a delightfully "spicy as you want it" broth. The
good too! 747 Thurlow Street.
0-Tooz: The Energie Bar. Not many years ago, "healthy"
that tasted like sawdust, and healthy fast food meant a molasses
Enter O-Tooz. The audience is the downtown health conscious, from
young secretaries, to aging baby boomers running to close stock
They line up for wraps (a whole wheat chapati filled with an
vegetables and salad fixings covered with tasty dressings) rice
(brown rice covered with salad fixings), as well as chilis,
and low fat goodies, all for under $7.00. Eight locations
Centre, 777 Dunsmuir Street; Royal Centre, 1055 West Georgia
and Waterfront Centre, 200 Burrard Street.
Poncho's. Mexican food comes alive in this cozy restaurant.
home made tortilla chips to Mexican favourites like the mouth
enchiladas, it's all divine, at low cost. Weekends if you're
lucky, there's a
low key, unobtrusive mariachi band, beguiling audiences with tales
broken corazons (hearts) . 825 Denman Street. 683-7236.
Quilicum West Coast Native Indian Restaurant. Outstanding
coast Aboriginal cuisine in an atmosphere of quiet warmth. Culling
ingredients from west coast traditions results in a widely
which includes caribou, oolichans, and bannock all served on
traditional wooden dishes. The barbecued salmon is outstanding.
Davie Street. 681-7044.
Richards. If it's Vancouver's best homemade muffins - huge
with chunks of fruit, or hearty soups and sandwiches all at low
served deli style in an old narrow building with high ceilings,
beat this little place in the heart of the financial district. 425
Roscoe's. This tiny, undiscovered pearl serves home
mountain high shrimp sandwiches to full course chicken dinners, at
bottom prices. 1635 Robson Street. 687-0945.
Royal Thai Seafood Restaurant serves authentic Thai food in
elegant location right off Robson Street. The hot and sour soup is
a jolt of
delicate flavours. The curries range from subtle to explosive. 770
Saigon. Gourmet Vietnamese cuisine at bargain prices. Great
curried chicken and combination plates, in a simple setting. 1500
Scoozies. The lunch hour crowd flocks to this tiny spot
which serves a
range of lunch time fare including great pizza and soups. In the
customers crowd the street side tables amidst marvelous displays
produce, all with the traffic rushing by. 808 West Hastings
Ten-Sixty-Six Hastings. In the summer, sit outside if you
can get a
table and watch the business crowd at surrounding tables in this
financial area restaurant. Guy Robertson, Vancouver's most adept
information professional and disaster planner has clinched more
few contracts here. Inside is a clubby atmosphere - and a
slightly dark bar area where they let customers smoke. Great
- try the Tom Turkey Burger or anything with fresh salmon. 1066
Hastings Street. 689-1066.
Thai House. The exotic cuisine of Thailand is served in
Vancouver Restaurant at 4 locations. The downtown one is at 1116
Robson Street. 683-3383.
Tsunami Sushi. Vancouver's only floating sushi bar, offers
quality in the
surfeit of local sushi bars. Owner Gary Nakatsuru, raised in the
Vancouver fishing village of Steveston, was a fisherman before
a restaurateur. His knowledge of fish and its preparation make
restaurant, and its melt-in-your-mouth creations, the place to go.
#238-1025 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC 687-8744.
Vina. A little gourmet Vietnamese restaurant which offers a
full range of
low cost specials from crunchy roll dip, to good soups and
plates. 851 Denman Street, Vancouver. 688-3232.
Chartwell. One of Vancouver's best restaurants combines a
English men's club decor with a menu that offers a full range of
dishes. One of the most creative vegetarian menus in the city.
Seasons Hotel at 791 West Georgia Street. 689-9333.
Le Crocodile, is revered for its quality Franco-Germanic
to perfection in a European atmosphere. 100-909 Burrard Street.
CinCin is a favourite with locals who seek upscale Italian
fare with a
flare. Noodles are made fresh each day, the bread is outstanding
desserts, sublime. Try the crab cakes. 1154 Robson Street.
Diva Restaurant features Pacific Northwest cuisine by award
chef, Michael Noble, a member of Canada's Culinary Olympics Team.
Selected as the Best New Restaurant of 1996 in the Vancouver
Magazine's critic's poll. 645 Howe Street, Vancouver, V6C 2Y9.
Le Gavroche. A popular, romantic restaurant, it's French
attitude. Housed on the second floor of an old house, it's
friendly with impeccable service. The Central Vancouver Librarians
Group still remembers its wonderful party here more than a decade
1616 Alberni Street. 685-3024.
Piccolo Monde Ristorante. Co-owner Michele Geris upholds a
history of four generations in the hotel and restaurant world of
Italy and the Cote D'Azur. Husband and partner George Baugh
4,000 bottle wine cellar that recently received a Wine Spectator
of Excellence. Two Star Michelin chef Stephane Meyer creates
and modern versions of Northern Italian food using fresh local
ingredients. 850 Thurlow Street, Vancouver. 688-1633.
The William Tell in the Georgian Court Hotel offers
continental food as
elegant as the setting. Information Professionals who want to
shouldn't miss the Sunday evening "Farmers" buffet, where a modest
$27.50 will get you an outstanding meal. Reputed to have the best
cellar in town. Make certain you leave room for the dessert
Located in the Georgian Court at 765 Beatty Street. 688-3504.