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Doing ‘The Dishes’ With Samantha Fawcett

The co-owner / manager of Egg & Co. takes us on a whirlwind tour of her favourite places to eat and drink around Vancouver.
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Doing ‘The Dishes’ With Samantha Fawcett

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 our latest edition of The Dishes we join Samantha Fawcett, co-owner / manager of the Fraserhood’s new Egg & Co., on a culinary tour of Vancouver that’s tailored to her moods and cravings.

Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

Since I’m usually working I’ll always go for our Chicken Karaage & Waffle dish at Egg & Co, but on my day off you can find me going to two spots. The first one would be Tommy’s Cafe for “The Hippy”. While not practicing a vegetarian diet, I just love the pesto tofu scramble with miso gravy. However, it wouldn’t be a successful visit without ordering the Tijuana or Ukrainian perogies. My second stop, especially on the weekend, would be venturing out for dim sum. A must-try would be the sticky rice stuffed chicken wings from Chef Tony.

Egg & Co. 4245 Fraser St. MAP
Tommy's Cafe 1308 Ross Rd. MAP
Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant 101-4600 No.3 Road Richmond, BC MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

Living in North Vancouver, I love walking down to The Lift and snagging a spot on their cute outdoor patio. Sipping on a chai tea latte, reading a book and people watching is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Lift Bakery 101 Lonsdale Ave. MAP

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

If I’m on the go, I’ll stop at Ba-Le Deli & Bakery for a Namwich (Vietnamese sandwich). I would highly recommend getting the #2 or #5! If I have time to sit, especially on a typical rainy Vancouver day, I’ll head into Benkei Noodle Shop for their Akaoni Ramen (the spicier the better).

Ba-Le Deli & Bakery 701 Kingsway MAP
Benkei 545 West Broadway MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

Can’t go wrong with $1 oysters and an extra dirty martini from Rodney’s Oyster House, but if I’m in need of a feast I’ll go to Gyu-Kaku for their unreal grill-it-yourself Japanese barbecue. Their cheap and extra cold Sapporos help wash it all down!

Rodney's Oyster House 1228 Hamilton St. MAP
Gyu-Kaku 888 Nelson St. MAP

What’s for dinner?

Who wants barbecue? I do! Chinatown BBQ it is. Bbq pork, bbq duck, crispy pork. They have got it all! Order some Gai Lan with garlic oil as a side and do not forget the ginger scallion sauce (from the heavens). They also have a fantastic hot lychee herbal tea.

Chinatown BBQ 130 E Pender St. MAP

What’s for dessert?

I’m not the biggest dessert fan, so my go-to is usually bubble tea. I love visiting Xing Fu Tang on Cambie. You can watch them make tapioca pearls while you wait. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea, also on Cambie, has an amazing hot/cold tea selection too.

Xing Fu Tang 3432 Cambie St. MAP
YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea 4020 Cambie St. MAP

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