We’ve invited The Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to chill and knock back a burger with a beer. They are now a proud member of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a juicier place to be.
by Andrew Morrison | The best burger I’ve had since Mamie Taylor’s was recently wolfed at The Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive. They invite diners to build their own, and mine was a beast on brioche that was layered with applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, horseradish mayo, iceburg lettuce, tomato, onion, and smoked gouda. It was really well constructed and balanced (if not designed, ahem), and I like that diners get to choose the “doneness”. I also love how they crisp the circumference of the bun so the sauces don’t get all uppity in their soakitude. The modest set of taps (and mason jar pours) magnetise the bar, as do the no-nonsense but wicked friendly staffers. It was my first time in, and aside from all the few loud Edmonton Oilers fans out for their opener (see you in five more years, rookies), I really dug the space, which felt about authentic as it gets for The Drive. The punk rock gig poster wallpaper effect is charming, and as an ancient fan of local band SNFU, I think the branding is spot on. It definitely had me humming away…
The food ain’t bad and the food ain’t good Come with me, I’m on my way
Don’t dare order the “Leper’s foot”
I recommend the “Ass of a farmer’s wife”
Very tender, not too juicy, heavy on the cellulite
To the Cannibal Cafe
Won’t you come to the only place
Where you can be the Special Of The Day
The food ain’t bad and the food ain’t good
Come with me, I’m on my way
1818 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4199 | www.cannibalcafe.ca
1818 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4199 | www.cannibalcafe.ca
Owner: Matt Thompson
General Manager: Jen Temple
Kitchen Manager: Hannah Goodwyn-Fewings
About The Cannibal Cafe
The Cannibal Café is Commercial Drive’s newest restaurant, serving up hand ground beef burgers and authentic milkshakes in a nostalgic, rockin’ diner-esque environment. Inside you’ll find a gorgeous bar, a sleek and clean atmosphere and walls decked out in concert posters from the 90’s heyday of Vancouver indie rock from forgotten venues like The Town Pump and The Hungry Eye.
The Cannibal Cafe grinds 3 cuts of Alberta Beef; Brisket for it’s flavour, Short Rib for it’s rich marbling and Chuck, cause he’s a nice guy. The meat is hand ground daily in house to very specific standards then cooked to your preferred doneness. Open 7 days a week, we are located at 1818 Commercial Drive, serving up the freshest and tastiest burgers to come to this city!
Remember when we posted about Commercial Drive’s awesome Little Nest being forced to shutter at the end of July after their really awesome landlord raised the rent by an fuck you 50%? Well, since D-Day was approaching, we contacted the kid friendly restaurant’s owner, Mary MacIntyre, to get an update on what’s happening. Is Little Nest gone for good? “I actually have some good news,” she says. “We are staying open a little longer.” Why? “I was really encouraged by the overwhelming level of support and so I’ve decided to look for another venue.” And what happens next? ”I will keep the doors open as long as I can until we find a place to move. I am still paying the new rent month to month so I do need to leave our current location as soon as I can.” Our selfish vote is for the DTES or Strathcona proper, but we’ll take it wherever it lands.
We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s new La Mezcaleria to join our GOODS section as an awesome place to spend an evening. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a tastier place to be.
Owners: Marcelo Ramirez Romero
Part owner/manager: Ignacio Arrieta
Consultant chef: Tina Fineza
About La Mezcaleria
La Mezcaleria (mezcal bar) born in 2013 in the heart of east side Vancouver, as the first Mezcaleria in Canada offering the finest hand craft mezcales and cocktails coming out from different regions of Mexico.
We cook our food from traditional Mexican recipes made with local, organic and sustainable products when available; our menu offers botanas (snacks) and tacos that are meant to be shared with friends and family and chased with a sip of mezcal.
What Is Mezcal? Mezcal (also: Mescal or Meskal) is a spirit distilled from mash made out of the steamed hearts of various species of agaves. The word mezcal comes from the Aztec language, the Nahuatl, and means “cooked agave”: mezcalli from metl = agave, ixcalli = cooked. Historically, mezcal is the general term of agave spirits made in Mexico.
by Andrew Morrison | After a lengthy, near-crippling wait for an electrical upgrade, the long anticipated La Mezcaleria (from the good folks at La Taqueria) is set to finally open its doors this evening at 1622 Commercial Drive. Some background:
This time around we can expect an old school Mexican diner and Oaxacan-style Mezcaleria featuring everything from tostadas and enchilidas to cold beer and hard-to-find find Mezcals (consulting chef Tina Fineza is doing the menu). It’s going into the old Wazubees location on The Drive, a lovely old spot with garage frontage, high ceilings, and lots of natural light (much of which is provided by a huge skylight). It’s been near completion for a while now, and by that I mean the kitchen is installed, the floor has been laid with imported gorgeous Guadalajara green tiles and the 55 seats (including 35 at the lengthy bar) are ready for their first bums. “Once we get the electricity we need,” co-owner Marcelo Romero says with a shrug, “we should be ready in 15 days.”
And therein lies the trouble. The space has insufficient electricity, and they’ve been waiting to have it upgraded for nearly nine months. Romero claims – with no small amount of frustration in his voice – that his phone calls to City Hall and BC Hydro aren’t being returned. “The Mayor, he loves our tacos. Maybe I have to go knock on his door? I don’t know.” As it stands today (when these pictures were taken), Romero and his partners don’t even have a clue as to when they’ll get their electrical insufficiency sorted, and while they’re grateful that they have an understanding landlord (they aren’t paying full rent at the moment), the cost is nevertheless crippling since there’s absolutely no revenue coming in.
It was awesome to hear that shortly after the story hit the web, the obstacles to their progress were removed (and there was much rejoicing). I checked in earlier today and got the good word. Tonight’s the night, amigos, and things are looking mighty sharp!
Hot off the presses from our friends at FeastVan:
Fill your bellies (and pint glasses) with a good conscience during FeastVan starting this weekend. Indulge in a specially priced three-course dinner (or two course lunch) between January 18 and February 3 and $1 from every prix fixe dinner sold will go towards the Vancouver Inner City Back Pack Food Program, a rad initiative that helps kids who do not have reliable access to nutritious food by sending them home from school with healthy snacks that help to see them through the weekends.
We’re talking about good restaurants, folks. Au Petit Chavignol, The Acorn, Bao Bei, Campagnolo Roma, The Cascade Room, East of Main, Eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge, El Caminos, Habit, Harvest Community Foods, Les Faux Bourgeois, Nicli Antica Pizzaria, The Parker, Union Bar, and more are on board.
Not only that, but a percentage of the proceeds from every keg of R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter sold at participating FeastVan restaurants will go towards the Back Pack Program and Les Amis du Fromage will be doing the same for every sale of take home macaroni and cheese. Pat’s Pub will do the same for every sale of it’s awesome Pulled Pork or Beef Brisket Sandwich.
No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Diners may simply visit their favourite participating restaurants throughout the 17 days to enjoy the specially priced prix fixe menus. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are appreciated. To make a lunch or dinner reservation, please contact the restaurant directly. Please note that some restaurants do not take reservations.
As we’ve noted before, locals Erin Sinclair and Rob Forbes are busily making a second book to follow up on the success of This Is East Van. The new one is again based on photos submitted by community members keen to share their individual visions of East Vancouver. You can follow their progress on Twitter and Instagram, but we’ve asked them to keep us updated with captioned images, too (without giving too much of the finished product away). Here are the newest 14 shots that they’ve sent our way…
The first 45 people through the doors at Got Craft this Sunday will receive a FREE limited edition, hand-printed Got Craft tote bag stuffed with goods from Got Craft’s many vendors. As far as Swag bags go, this is a prime score. And don’t think it’s going to come easy. Word is that there are people planning to come great distances at ungodly hours in order to make sure that they are one of those first 45. Not sure if you’re made of the stuff it will take to be first to the scene? Don’t worry, there’s one other way to hook up. We have one of the coveted swag bags to give away to a lucky reader who jumps through the following hoops…
1) Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already.
2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: “I’m fixing to win a Got Craft? swag bag via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-d7n
3) Tell us which Got Craft vendor you will make a b-line for once you are through the doors at the Commercial Drive Legion this Sunday in the comments below. The winner will be chosen at random on Saturday.
Got Craft? | Sunday, May 6 | 10am – 5pm | Royal Canadian Legion (2205 Commercial Drive) | $3
From E.D. | Graveley & Woodland | Vancouver, BC | 3:06pm | SHARE YOUR VIEW
We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. Some of our all-time favourite reader submissions below… Read more
Remember the 2011 awesomeness that was THIS IS EAST VAN? The project’s creative directors, Erin Sinclair and Rob Forbes, are busily making a second book, again based on photos submitted by community members who are keen to share their individual visions of East Vancouver. Following the “making of” process on Twitter has been great, but we’ve asked them to keep us updated with images as well (without giving too much of the finished product away). These are the first 14 shots that they’ve sent over, with captions. More to come…
We’ve invited the new Woodland Smokehouse & Commissary on The Drive to join our curated GOODS section as a recommended local business. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a tastier place to live.