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.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
Breakfast and brunch are 2 different things. Let’s start with breakfast. I have a soft spot for all things bread and have the pleasure of working a block away from Nelson the Seagull in Gastown. You’ll often find me there eating avocado on toast (with a poached egg of course) or mowing an herbivore sandwich. I just recently discovered their chocolate chip sourdough…Danger Bay.
If I’m going out for brunch, I’ll make the trek over to Kitsilano to visit those sweet French boys at Au Comptoir. It’s always a toss up between the omelette and the Croque Madame.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Best coffee in Gastown is DiBeppe. Hands down. The staff are all smiles and they indulge me in my attempt to speak Italian when I say my hellos and goodbyes. Sometimes Matthew sneaks around the curtain with a cheeky taste of Lambrusco as I’m downing an espresso. Grazie!
If I’m not pretending to be Italian, I’m visiting Kento and Rika at Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand. You can taste the love in every coffee.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
If I’m in the work hood, I’m heading over to Railtown for some eats at Belgard Kitchen (aka Vancouver Urban Winery). I am obsessed with their creamy tomato soup.
If I’m cruising over to Chinatown, you’ll find me at DD Mau. I love the room. And their chicken wings are out of control.
If I’m in East Van, I’m visiting Doug at DL Chicken. Best. Fried. Chicken. EVER. I just don’t understand how it’s so good. It’s SO GOOD.
And last but certainly not least, I’m heading over to Maenam in Kitsilano. Spicy, sour, salty, sweet. Authentic Thai food by the one and only Angus An. Every dish is an explosion of flavour but I’m ordering the spicy green curry every time.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
I’m usually working during Happy Hour but if I’m late lunching or afternoon indulging on a day off, you’ll often find me at Nightingale. I’m obsessed with their Margherita pizza. And it’s only $12 for Happy Hour! The Somm team always finds me the perfect glass of wine (or 2) to accompany it.
Whose wine list never lets you down?
Chambar’s. They always have an amazing selection by the glass. I can never have just one glass. The room is beautiful. So are the staff. If I’m in Kitsilano, my vino vote is Annalena or Fiore Famiglia.
What’s for dinner?
I’m usually working dinner service so I don’t get out much in the evenings. But when I do get a night off and it’s date night, I’m going to Savio Volpe. The service, the atmosphere, the food. It’s all on point. PG never disappoints.
What’s for dessert?
If I’m not eating ice cream out of my freezer, I want pastries or pie. Beaucoup Bakery is legendary.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Take me to Juice Bar for a glass of vino! I love the hipster natural wine bar vibes — it feels like I’m in Europe. If I want a proper cocktail, I’m heading over to The Diamond. Those cats know how to make a drink. If I’m looking for vinyl while I sip a boozy beverage, I’m heading over to the Keefer Bar. If I’m at my home base in the West End, I’m heading over to the Bayside Lounge. Everyone knows I love the Bayside!