Doing ‘The Dishes’ With Marcelo Ramirez

The co-owner behind La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop takes us on a whirlwind tour of his favourite places to eat and drink.
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Doing ‘The Dishes’ With Marcelo Ramirez

The Dishes 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 our latest edition of The Dishes we ask Marcelo Ramirez, the hard-working co-owner of La Taqueria, to take us on personal culinary tour of Vancouver…


Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

For breakfast I typically have something light at home, green tea from Treasure Green Tea Company and a smoothie. However, If I were to go out for brunch, especially on the weekends, I would go to Cindy’s Palace for amazing dim sum. It is a hidden gem in East Van.

Cindy's Palace 1796 Nanaimo St. MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

Nemesis on Hastings. They have good pastries and a solid coffee program.

Nemesis 302 W Hastings St. MAP

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

My go-to spot is La Taqueria, where the tacos are always good and right below the office. I also enjoy going for lunch at Fable Diner; their duck pancake and rosti are both very good.

La Taqueria (Yukon St.) 2450 Yukon St. MAP
Fable Diner 151 E. Broadway MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

Well, I am normally working during happy hour. I like a good cold beer from 33 Acres to decompress; If I am around home I usually go to Boxcar.

33 Acres Brewing Co. 15 West 8th Ave. MAP
Boxcar 923 Main St. MAP

What’s for dinner?

I live in Chinatown, so Kissa Tanto is always a good option. Also Phnom Penh for hot & sour soup and spare ribs.

Kissa Tanto 263 East Pender St. MAP
Phnom Penh 244 E Georgia St. MAP

What’s for dessert?

Another cocktail at Bao Bei and sometimes a slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream from The Pie Hole in East Van.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 163 Keefer St. MAP
The Pie Hole 3497 Fraser St. MAP

Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?

Somewhere in the neighbourhood. Let’s go to The Keefer Bar or Campagnolo Upstairs.

Keefer Bar 135 Keefer St MAP
Campagnolo Upstairs 1020 Main St. MAP

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