Chef Edie Steensma Does ‘The Dishes’

We pry the cook from the kitchen at the new location of Autostrada and tag along for a delicious day of good food and drink.
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Chef Edie Steensma Does ‘The Dishes’

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.

For this edition of The Dishes, we tag along on a food and drink crawl with chef Edie Steensma of the newly minted Autostrada Osteria on West Pender Street.

Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

I don’t always eat breakfast but when I do it’s at Me + Crepe on Pender. It’s close to work and they do awesome Chinese crepes; my go to is the HK bbq duck with spicy sauce. They also do a pretty boss one with kewpie mayo and hot dogs.

Me + Crepe 589 W Pender St. MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

For caffeine I like to go to Small Victories on Granville. They make a great cappuccino and a mean tea latte.


Small Victory (Granville) 3070 Granville St. MAP

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

For sure I’m going to Au Petit Cafè on Main Street for a banh mi. The way to go is the #1 with housemade ham, sausage and hot peppers.

Au Petit Cafe 4851 Main St. MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

On a day off there’s nothing I love more than that 4pm pint. I like to go to The Devil’s Elbow on Beatty. They have great beers and my favourite cocktail, “The Cameron House.” I also love Electric Bicycle Brewing on East 4th for tasty beers, and they are always playing some good tunes for the full afternoon drinking experience.

Devil's Elbow Ale & Smokehouse 562 Beatty St. MAP
Electric Bicycle Brewing 20 East 4th Ave MAP

What’s for dinner?

For dinner I’m going to Phnom Penh in Chinatown. I’m eating the #46 hot and sour soup with prawns; the #68 green papaya salad; and the #71 butter beef. Or I’m going to Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club) on Victoria Drive and ordering goulash and jagerschnitzel with spaetzle, cabbage and a stein of Krombacher Pils. This place rules. I highly recommend it if you like to eat food that is good.

Phnom Penh 244 E Georgia St. MAP
Alpen Club 4875 Victoria Dr. MAP

Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?

Lucky lager is a cocktail, right? The Score on Davie, or I’ll go to the Brickhouse on Main.

Score on Davie 1262 Davie St. MAP
Brickhouse, The 730 Main St. MAP

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