The Dishes is a new Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.
For this week’s edition of The Dishes, we asked local photographer and Brassneck Brewery fixture Aya Garcia to take us on a delicious tour of her favourite places to eat and drink in Vancouver. Dig in!
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
A slice of the country loaf from Beyond Bread if I’m at home with butter and honey. Although when I have weekend mornings off, I would head to the Alibi Room for brunch. The corned beef hash just melts in your mouth, and of course it just feels real homey and cozy to me.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Federal Store. It’s such a great place to run into friends in the neighbourhood. They serve Bows and Arrows coffee and offer a great selection pastries, as well as non-coffee drinks when I’m in the mood for something else. It’s also the only place I would pay for an Avocado Toast.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
I love having #39 ramen at Harvest on Union St. with a buddy. The broth is hands down my favourite in town.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
I know, I work at Brassneck and it’s probably lame to say Brassneck but it’s a really comfortable and easy spot to have a quick pint of something delicious. Right now that Magician’s Assistant (a dry hopped sour) is just the perfect balance of juicy and tartness for me. I like being able to sit down in the tasting room to have a beer and be able to chat with other customers.
What’s for dinner?
Carp Sushi is one of my favourite places in the city. Yuki always greets me with the biggest smile and is always asking how I’m doing. It’s the type of place I can get something different from the menu every time and not be disappointed. I love the Spam Misubi as well as the smoked salmon and mango roll. The poke bowls are a special treat.
What’s for dessert?
The churros at Los Cuervos. It’s not too sweet plus it come with two dips: dark chocolate and caramel.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Upstairs Campangolo, no doubt. Peter makes those cocktails so good I hardly just get one. I really look forward to going there after a long week of work and getting the Barrel Aged Negroni.