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Christina Cottell Does ‘The Dishes’

In the latest edition of The Dishes, the restaurateur who gave us Dixies and Gringo takes us around town to her favourite spots.
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Christina Cottell Does ‘The Dishes’

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 Christina Cottell, co-owner of Dixies and Gringo, to take us on a personal culinary tour of Vancouver…

Gringo 27 Blood Alley Square MAP
Dixie's Authentic Texas BBQ (Closed) 337 E. Hastings St. MAP

Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

I’m really not a big breakfast or morning person, and the thought of waiting in line for eggs makes me cranky, so I’ll either just make a quick omelette at home, or skip it all together. I’ll openly admit that if the night before was spicy, I’ll Uber a McD’s Sausage McMuffin combo. There, I said it. If a hair o’ the dog is required, Blarney Stone has a perfectly decent all-day breaky.

Blarney Stone 216 Carrall St. MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

Milano or Di Beppe. The little Amaretto biscuits are addictive. Milano always has perfect morning music and good wifi for laptoppery.

Milano Coffee (Gastown) 36 Powell St. MAP
Di Beppe 8 West Cordova St. MAP

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

This depends heavily on the schedule of the day, but I’m a Guinness drinker, so the fish tacos at Rodney’s or the ABCLT sandwich at Blarney Stone are highly probable. For fancy business meets or celebratory day time fun, Jules Bistro for Steak Frites or a Croque Madame.

For simple comfort and value, half block from my place is Gain Wah on Keefer. Best childhood-memory-inducing Chinese and a crispy cold Tsing Tao. Neon poster board specials, local characters galore, cash only!

Rodney's Oyster House (Gastown) 52 Powell St. MAP
Jules Bistro 216 Abbott St. MAP
Gain Wah 218 Keefer St. MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

You got Guinness? You got me. Rodney’s, Irish Heather, Blarney Stone. Maybe one stop, maybe all…

Irish Heather Shebeen 248 East Georgia St. MAP

Whose wine list never lets you down?

The Sardine Can, for what glass of wine isn’t made better by the loving abuse of Ben and Michel? Pidgin, also, for solid fun new bits to try and commiseration with Brandon.

The Sardine Can (Closed) 26 Powell St. MAP

What’s for dinner?

See all of the above, but for old school dinner dates, Mackenzie Room for everything, Hy’s for meats, or Autostrada (Pender) for perfect pasta.

The Mackenzie Room 415 Powell St. MAP
Hy's Steakhouse 637 Hornby Street MAP
Autostrada (Downtown) 350 West Pender St. MAP

What’s for dessert?

I rarely eat dessert, but a sticky something at The Sardine Can happens on occasion. If you have Pineau Charentes on your list, DM me. I will cross the city for it.

Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?

Pidgin. Proper gin martini and morning-saving rice bowls for snacks…or Clough Club for GnTs and a seriously kickass burger, plus live tunes and Joey’s Maritime grin. Then maybe a sneaky 2am Guinny at Blarney…maybe.

PiDGiN 350 Carrall St. MAP
Clough Club 212 Abbott St. MAP

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