We’ve invited the new Campagnolo ROMA on East Hastings to join our GOODS section as a recommended local restaurant that is well worth checking out. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be publishing their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of Scout, and hope you’ll take this chance to get to know them a little better…
by Andrew Morrison | Brad Miller’s Red Wagon opened yesterday, way out on East Hastings. It’s an unpretentious little spot that still retains the signage of the “Le Do” Vietnamese restaurant it replaced, and my first pass was a very good one. I had a soft-bunned, surprisingly spiced pulled pork sandwich layered with cooling coleslaw that really satisfied, and stole a cheddar perogy littered with crisp bacon shards and moistened with sour cream from a friend. The decor is minimal, which I like, and the service prompt and friendly, which I like even more. I’m a sucker for a good lunch counter, and this one is awesome. I love how deep it is; almost like a desk! Dig it. Yet another tidy score for the east side. For more details on the place including the menu and loads of photos, click after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | Restaurant veteran Brad Miller, who cut his teeth at Au Petit Chavignol, West and Bistro Pastis, is on the verge of going solo with The Red Wagon, a new 35 seat diner serving breakfast and lunch (and possibly dinner) in the old King’s Cafe location at 2296 East Hastings (at Nanaimo). It will be, as he describes it, “a joint”. Full stop. I take that as meaning super casual. As for the food, he says we can expect “down home cooking”: sandwiches, good burgers, salads and such – stuff that is “approachable and reflective of the neighbourhood.” Opening day is slated for later in October.
Job listing from Scout supporter Au Petit Chavignol
Au Petit Chavignol is looking for a Head Chef to oversee daily operations of the restaurant. We are a small 36 restaurant with a focus on wine and cheese. We are located on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Au Petit Chavignol
After the leap you’ll find a full calendar of edible and drinkable events from east side gem Au Petit Chavignol, including wine and cheese matching seminars, regionally-inspired dinners, a Port tasting, and more. Om-nom-nom… Read more
Au Petit Chavignol is now a proud member supporter of Scout Magazine. We will be publishing their news and releases on our front page, and hosting an individual page for them on our list of recommended restaurants. Scroll below for a taste or visit their Scout page here:
845 East Hastings St. (Between Hawkes and Campbell)
Vancouver, BC V6A 1L9 | MAP
Open from 5 pm Thur-Mon (7 days a week beginning this Fall)
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Proprietors: Alice Spurrell, Allison Spurrell, Joe Chaput
Fromager: Joe Chaput
General Manager: Annette Rawlinson
Chef: Brad Miller
About Au Petit Chavignol
In March of 2009, Alice and Allison Spurrell, owners of les amis du FROMAGE, along with Joe Chaput, opened the doors to Au Petit Chavignol, a 36 seat cheese and wine bar located at 845 East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s historic Strathcona neighbourhood, next to their newest location of les amis du FROMAGE. Opening to rave reviews, the restaurant has been a great success and a welcome addition to the les amis du FROMAGE family.
Au Petit Chavignol is a cheese-centric restaurant, with additional hot and cold selections including fresh seasonal salads, fondue, raclette, tartiflette, croque monsieur and other cheese based specialties. We make everything fresh daily and in-house. We offer the best selection of cheeses along with local artisan and house made charcuterie.
Whether you desire something small to nibble on before or after an event, or perhaps a full meal, Fromager Joe Chaput and Chef Brad Miller are sure you will leave satisfied. Come and EAT, DRINK and EXPLORE with us.
We offer several wines by the glass and bottle, along with bottled and draught beer. Our reserve wine list is made up of wines that vary from familiar to the obscure; to cheese friendly favourites and our favourite varietal…Riesling. Several of the “by the bottle” wines can be ordered by the glass if you commit to ordering at least two glasses.
Although the restaurant is currently only open five nights a week, we plan to have the restaurant open seven nights a week starting sometime in early September 2009.
Metro News – Anya Levykh- July 17, 2009
Metro News – Anya Levykh- April 16, 2009
Globe & Mail – Alexandra Gill – April 15, 2009
Vancouver Sun – Mia Stainsby – April 02, 2009
Full Bodied – March 23, 2009
PINQ – March 23, 2009
Vancouver Courier – Tim Pawsey – March 20, 2009
Martini Boys – Cassandra Anderton – March 20, 2009
Vitamin V Daily – March 18, 2009
Vancouver Magazine – March 18, 2009
I had to go and review a completely different restaurant for the paper tonight but I couldn’t help but also take a long-looked-forward-to tour of the brand new Au Petit Chavignol, a wine, cheese and charcuterie bar umbilically tied and allied to the almost finished Les Amis du Fromage location next door. Check it for yourselves at 843/845 East Hastings. So nice to see it busy out of the gate.
Propped up and already deeply cut, the Fermin Jamon Iberico de Bellota ham on the hoof did seduce in a most irregular, Rape of the Lapiths sort of way, but my betrothed belly could only afford a beer before elsewhere, a tart tongue lash of Blanche de Chambly.
Scout contributor Owen Lightly – solo star of one of my favourite local blogs, Butter on the Endive – was out front in his whites, knife busily slicing meat and splicing cheese. That’s him pictured on the left (above) next to Joe Chaput, local Lord of the Cheese and Salami Bossman. If you’ve never met Joe, he is oft-mistaken for a Bhuddist super ninja – David Carradine style – head shaved and armed with gouda and brie (when he works a wheel of cheddar his hands make wap wap sounds like a kung fu superstar). Anyway, lots of the people were there looking good under the flattering glow of a cool bar set up. The menu looked savoury and simple, and the wine list read like poetry. Great beers, too.
Regular readers might recall that I popped in for a recce while it was still very much in its embryonic stage, a mess of dust and tools and imaginings courtesy of designer John Shields. See the video above. I also took pics that day, which might prove interesting for the many before-and-after fetishists among us…
My sleeve drained and appetite sufficiently primed, it was then off to work proper. Break legs, fellas.
Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines, and a proud board member of the Chef’s Table Society of BC. He lives and works by the beach in Vancouver.