Doing ‘The Dishes’ With the Sons of Vancouver

James Lester and Richard Klaus take us on a whirlwind tour of their favourite food and drink spots across the Lower Mainland.
Launch Map

Doing ‘The Dishes’ With the Sons of Vancouver

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.

Photo credit: Katie Huisman

Today for The Dishes we ask James Lester and Richard Klaus, the two enterprising fellas behind the North Shore’s awesome Sons of Vancouver Distillery, to walk us through a delicious day of their choosing…

Sons Of Vancouver Distillery 1431 Crown St. MAP

Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

Richard: Cafe Medina for sure. Those waffles man…too good. We’re obviously having brunch cocktails, so it has to be the 49th Martini (shameless self promotion), maybe followed by a mimosa or two.

James: Oh man, bacon and eggs cooked in a cast iron pan at my house.

Café Medina 780 Richards St. MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

Richard: Moja on Commercial. We share a laneway with Moja’s main digs in North Van, great great coffee and the commercial location has their OG coffee roaster for ‘lab series’ coffees, which are always fun.

James: Moja in North Van. I’m getting a black medium roast drip. Damn it, I want one now!

Moja Coffee 1102 Commercial Dr. MAP

Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?

Richard: Sticking around and getting some Cuban delights at Havana on Commercial. Likely having something where rum is involved as well.

James: Fujiya on Clark, this gem of a Japanese grocery store is my cheap date. Lunch for under five bucks.

Fujiya 912 Clark Dr. MAP
Havana 1212 Commercial Dr. MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

Richard: Venture to Gastown and keep this latin train rolling with a Palomita or two over at La Mezcaleria.

James: I don’t do happy hour. I’ll take a stiff drink at the Diamond.

La Mezcaleria (Gastown) 68 E Cordova St. MAP
The Diamond 6 Powell St. MAP

What’s for dinner?

Richard: I’ll be needing a big fill at this point so we’re going to Meet in Gastown for an Angry Burg and the table is 100% getting a mountain of garlic fries.

James: Indian food. You want the best so we’re going to the source. 86th and 128th Ave in Surrey — Shahi Catering and Sweets House.

Meet in Gastown 12 Water St. MAP
Shahi Catering 12815 85 Ave #104, Surrey, BC MAP

What’s for dessert?

Richard: Heading in home’s general direction, Earnest Ice Cream on Frances. Will for sure try most flavours but inevitably cave and get my usual Salted Caramel and Whiskey Hazelnut combo. If we have a pie for later from The Pie Shoppe we’re getting a pint of the SOV Amaretto to go.

James: Earnest Ice Cream.

Earnest Ice Cream (Frances St.) 1485 Frances St. MAP
The Pie Shoppe 1875 Powell St. MAP

Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?

Richard: Odd Society Spirits bar. I’ll drink anything Chad and Mia are mixing, plus I think they like us enough to put our ice cream in the freezer.

James: Ah, we’re gonna do a little trick I call “Bang Bang”. It’s two cocktails one after another at two different joints. Put your name on the list at the Shameful Tiki and head down to The Acorn, which, in my opinion, is one of the best curated bars in Vancouver. Five seats and a menu and bottle selection that is hunted and pecked to perfection! Now baaaack to the Shameful for a Tar Pit off the secret menu. Bang Bang!

Odd Society Spirits 1725 Powell St. MAP
Acorn 3995 Main St. MAP
Shameful Tiki Room 4362 Main St. MAP

There is 1 comment

  1. We love you too! Made some seriously damn fine Tennessee Tea’s in Tofino this past week with your Amaretto. Knocks your socks off, it’s so damn good! Xxx

9 Places

Sam Shem Does ‘The Dishes’

Pastry chef, artist and avid traveller, Sam Shem, takes the reins for this edition of 'The Dishes'.

8 Places

Eleanor Chow-Waterfall Does ‘The Dishes’

Eleanor Chow-Waterfall, pastry chef and owner of Cadeaux Bakery, leads us around Vancouver on her dream day of eating and drinking...

The Dishes

Chef Damon Campbell Does ‘The Dishes’

10 Places

The Executive Chef at the Fairmont Pacific Rim leads us around Vancouver on his dream day of eating and drinking.

9 Places

Miki Ellis Does ‘The Dishes’

In this edition, the co-owner of Dachi and Ugly Dumpling details her best day of eating and drinking around Vancouver...