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 whirlwind crawl with Shoel Davidson, who is not only the Co-owner/Operator of Dixie’s BBQ and Gringo, but also the Founder/President of the excellent Mind The Bar Foundation, a long-overdue resource for those in the trade suffering depression, anxiety, addiction and workplace harassment.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day! I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up eating almost an entire family-size box of cereal every morning or because when you work in the restaurant industry you rarely have time-off to enjoy dinner. I typically don’t leave the house without eating breakfast. I’ll literally polish off an entire jar of Adam’s unsalted crunchy peanut butter once a week. No joke. Brunch-wise, I’m loving Richard’s new Chewie’s Biscuits spot out in Kits. On the weekends, the Nomad breakfast with all the extra meat add-ons at Nomad is a must, and the clotted cream scone at L’Abattoir might actually be a gift from heaven.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
I’ve had to wean myself off the amount of coffee I was drinking these past few years. But my go-to is an almond milk latte with a thumbprint jam cookie at The Birds & The Beets or Matt’s new Hunnybee spot.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
I go visit Adam & Zack over at The Tuck Shoppe on Union St. at least once a week for one of their deli sandwiches. They’re probably some of the nicest, most welcoming guys I’ve ever met. And it’s the perfect little industry hiding spot so you never know who you’ll run into there. If I can muster the courage to brave the downtown chaos Motomachi Shokudo is my little happy place for a big bowl of ramen, side of kimchi and a bottle of cold Sapporo.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
I’ve never really been a Vancouver Happy Hour fan but probably The Blarney Stone for a pint of Guinness and because there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll find my business partner (Christina Cottell) there. Otherwise, Pidgin — no question — for late-night happy hour!
What’s for dinner?
In my books The Mackenzie Room has been without question the best restaurant in the city since the day they opened. What Chef Sean Reeves creates in that kitchen is nothing short of magical, and their “I Want It All” is a must. Otherwise it’s Suika, where I probably spend more time at than my own home (and where I immediately take anybody who hasn’t been).
What’s for dessert?
I definitely have a sweet tooth but don’t regularly indulge. That said if I’m going to get all wired up on sugar I typically go for broke with an affogato at Di Beppe.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
These days I’m generally home before the ‘late-night’ kicks in. But if I know I can sleep in the next day. For sure What’s Up? Hot Dog! for a Hanzai hot dog and tall can of Ol’ Mil’. Pidgin (because see above), Clough Club for old times’ sake, or The Bayside Lounge for old old times’ sake.