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 with Joe Chaput and Allison Spurrell of cheese heaven Les Amis du Fromage for a whirlwind crawl of their favourite food and drink spots across Vancouver. Buckle up and bring your appetites!
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
Joe: S2 Café. It’s right across from our East Van shop so if I’m running late and didn’t eat at home they’ve got me covered with a simple sausage and eggs with hash browns.
Allison: Usually the only day I eat breakfast or brunch is Sunday. If Joe and I are out doing chores we might stop by Hawksworth for a bite in the bar. I love their house cured salmon and I can have a delicious cocktail too!
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Joe: I don’t really drink either. I’d meet you at The Garden across the street from our Hastings store. Check out their cakes on Instagram. Delicious.
Allison: If I’m lucky and have an appointment during work time, Chocolate Arts is right around the corner from our Kits store. One of Greg’s “Romeo” blackberry chocolates with an espresso is an amazing combo.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
Joe: Time permitting, a little take-out from Fujiya. I’m a fan of the chicken karaage.
Allison: I love to have Pho for lunch on my day off. I have a lot of favourite spots, but I often go to Thai Hang 2 on the corner of Kingsway and Victoria. Great broth and lots of sliced jalapenos to add for extra heat.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
Joe: Mamie Taylor’s. I’ve been partial to Boulevardiers for years, but now it’s a Sazerac, ½ rye, ½ brandy. Good stuff.
Allison: I’m usually still at work during happy hour, but I’m happy whenever I’m having a drink after work, if that counts. Once in a while I’ll crash Joe’s drinks at Mamie’s, but that only counts if happy hour is at 7:30!
What’s for dinner?
Joe: Alvin Garden. Their level of heat and spice is euphoric. Julienne potatoes with chilies and garlic, cumin beef, pork with chilies. It’s all good.
Allison: This is an easy one. The Pear Tree. Their table d’hôte menu is a steal.
What’s for dessert?
Joe: I like to get a little something sweet from Chez Christophe for my day off. Try the double-baked maple croissant or the caramel éclair.
Allison: I love Brad’s “Financier” at Wagon Rouge. The smell of the brown butter will make you happy no matter what.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Joe: It depends on how late you mean, but Hawksworth is great. One of the most memorable drinks I’ve ever had there was a Sazerac made with 18yr old rye.
Allison: Sadly, my late night is quite a bit earlier than it used to be. I love to go sit at the bar at l’Abattoir and ponder the comings and goings of Gastown. Always great people-watching there.