The Dishes is a repeating 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.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
“If it’s the weekend, the chilaquiles at The Mexican are awesome. I always add the pulled chicken and eggs. That’s enough food to get me through the good part of a day. Otherwise, a slice of bread off any loaf from Livia Sweets, some butter and a fresh pot of coffee at home.”
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
“Close to home, I’m really excited for the new Matchstick Coffee in Yaletown. They have a beautiful, bright space and terrific coffee. If I’m out and about, we should meet at the Federal Store. The people are awesome, the coffee is great, and the off-Main location is perfect.”
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
“Fat Mao in Chinatown is always at the forefront for prime lunches. Killer noodles and restorative broth. Again, everything you need to fuel the rest of your day. I have a hard time choosing between the Khao Soi and the Hot and Sour Pork noodles.”
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
“I don’t really look for deals, so on days off I can be found at Brassneck, sipping a beer while reading a book. It’s a perfect spot on a Monday afternoon at 3pm. If deals are what you’re after, Tocador has daiquiris on feature for happy hour and, well, daiquiris are the best.”
What’s for dinner?
“Burdock & Co.. It’s always a pleasure to visit Andrea, Julie and the rest of the team. A beautiful, seasonal menu, with lots of fascinating dishes and incredible wines to match. For me, they are what makes dining out in Vancouver so special. Andrea’s relationships with farmers and the respect she has for their produce really shows, but the seasonal nature of the menu means it’s impossible to choose just one dish!”
What’s for dessert?
“I’m not much of a sweet tooth post dinner (drink some Barolo Chinato from Cappellano if they have any at Burdock… it’s life changing liquid). But to quote my Opa, “Oh maybe if you have a bit of ice cream…”, you can find me in line at Mister Ice Cream for their Thai Iced Tea ice cream. It’s perfect.”
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
“After a shift? It’s beer and fernet at the Boxcar. On days off, let’s go to Hawksworth. The cocktails and spirit selection are fantastic, and it’s a small, intimate lounge. And, I can always switch to the awesome wine list. I like my options.”