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Georgia Straight Best List


Yeah I have been lazy… but busy as well.

And being on a tight budget and living a very mundane life doesn’t really allow me with many opportunities to blog about my dining out experience.

Anyhow, I came across this list… the city’s best… apparently… so I will keep it here for my future reference.  Altough since they are “readers’ choice” so… I won’t provide that much credibility on authenticity and quality of food etc.  (For example, Darchin for Persian food… ummm… no…)

Note: I crossed out the places I have been…

Readers’ choices

 
 

These winners were selected by readers in an on-line survey conducted earlier this year. To view a winner’s details, click on a question.

Neighbourhoods

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Best North Shore Restaurant (well I don’t get to North Shore much)

1. The Salmon House

2. Burgoo

3. La Régalade

3. Fraîche

Best Neighbourhood for Restaurants

1. Gastown

2. Mount Pleasant – Main Street

2. Kitsilano

3. Yaletown (Yay!!!)

Best Pacific Northwest

1. Raincity Grill

2. West

3. Bishop’s

Best Whistler Restaurant

1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar

2. Bearfoot Bistro

3. RimRock Cafe

Best Japanese

1. Tojo’s

2. Guu

2. Toshi Sushi

3. Shota Sushi & Grill

Best Continental

1. Chambar Restaurant

2. Griffins

3. La Brasserie

Best Spanish

1. La Bodega Restaurante & Tapas Bar

2. Cafe Barcelona

3. Pepitas

Best Mediterranean

1. Provence

2. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba

3. Tapenade Bistro

Best French

1. Le Crocodile

2. Le Gavroche

3. Les Faux Bourgeois

Best African

1. Nyala African Cuisine

1. Simba’s Grill

2. Harambe

3. Red Sea Cafe

Best New West Side Restaurant

1. Jethro’s Fine Grub

2. Romer’s Burger Bar

3. Nook

Best Persian

1. Yaas Bazaar

2. Darchin Restaurant

2. Kashcool Restaurant

3. Cazba

Best Eastern European/Russian

1. Ukrainian Village Restaurant

2. Transylvania Flavour

3. Danube European Restaurant

Best Burnaby Restaurant

1. The Pear Tree Restaurant

2. Anton’s Pasta House

3. Hart House

3. Horizons

Best Thai

1. SalaThai Thai Restaurant on Burrard

1. Maenam

2. Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

2. Thai House Restaurant

3. Bob Likes Thai Food

3. Green Basil Thai Restaurant

Best Mexican

1. Las Margaritas

2. La Taqueria

2. Dona Cata Mexican Food

3. Don Guacamole’s

3. Bandidas Taqueria

Best Greek

1. Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna

2. Maria’s Taverna

2. Kalamata

3. Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant

3. Kisamos

Best Indian

1. Vij’s

2. Maurya Indian Cuisine

2. Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant

3. Palki

3. All India Sweets & Restaurant

Best New Westminster, Tri-Cities or Maple Ridge

1. The Boathouse Restaurant

2. Lava Dining & Lounge

3. Chada Thai

3. Kefi Greek Kouzina

Best Italian

1. Cioppino’s and Cioppino’s Enoteca

2. Italian Kitchen

3. La Quercia

3. La Terrazza

Best New East Side Restaurant

1. Cafeteria

2. The Red Wagon

3. Lucy’s Eastside Diner

Best Philippine

1. Pinpin Restaurant

2. Goldilocks Bakeshop

3. Cucina Manila

3. Kumare Restaurant + Bakery

Best Richmond Restaurant

1. Tapenade Bistro

2. Blue Canoe

3. Kirin Seafood Restaurant

Best New Downtown Restaurant

1. L’Abattoir

2. Meat & Bread

3. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

3. Oru

Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver

1. Lava Dining & Lounge

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Blue Canoe

3. Hell Pizza

Best Korean

1. Jang Mo Jib

2. Insadong

3. Seoul House Royal Korean Restaurant

Best Vietnamese

1. Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant

2. Phnom Penh Restaurant

3. Vina Vietnamese Cuisine

Best Surrey, Delta, White Rock, and Langley Restaurant

1. Uli’s Restaurant

2. Giraffe Restaurant

2. Olive Garden

3. La Belle Auberge

Best Middle Eastern

1. Afghan Horsemen

2. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba

3. East is East

Best Chinese

1. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

2. Kirin Seafood Restaurant

3. Szechuan Chongqing

Best Southeast Asian

1. Banana Leaf

2. Tropika Restaurant

3. Phnom Penh Restaurant

Best Latin American

1. Cobre Nuevo Latino Cuisine

2. Baru Latino Restaurante

3. Havana

Gastronomy

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Best Pre-Theatre Restaurant

1. Chambar Restaurant

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Cibo Trattoria

3. Vij’s

Best Restaurant Overall

1. Chambar Restaurant (hmm really??)

2. Vij’s

3. Tapenade Bistro

3. Blue Water Café + Raw Bar

Best Restaurant Service

1. Bishop’s

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. West

Best Restaurant for People-Watching

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Havana

3. The Boathouse Restaurant

Best Place for Food on Campus

1. The Delly

2. Pita Pit

2. Tim Horton’s

3. Pie R Squard

3. Sage Bistro

Best Hotel Restaurant

1. Griffins

1. MARKET by Jean-Georges

2. YEW Restaurant + Bar

3. Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

3. Diva at the Met

Best Casino for Eats

1. River Rock Casino Resort

2. Starlight Casino

2. Grand Villa Casino

3. Edgewater Casino

Most Romantic Restaurant

1. Le Gavroche

2. Seasons in the Park

3. Teahouse in Stanley Park

3. Chambar Restaurant

Best Restaurant for Hot Male Servers

1. Rodney’s Oyster House

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Earls

Best Eatery with Live Entertainment

1. O’Doul’s

2. Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club

3. The Libra Room

3. The Naam Restaurant

Best Restaurant Atmosphere

1. Earls

2. Chambar Restaurant

3. Uli’s Restaurant

3. Vij’s

Best Restaurant for Hot Female Servers

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Earls

3. Joeys

Best Catering Company

1. Butler Did It Catering

2. Culinary Capers

3. Lazy Gourmet

Best Pre-Game Restaurant

1. Shark Club

2. Chambar Restaurant

3. Cactus Club Cafe

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

1. Bishop’s

2. West

3. Le Crocodile

Best Chain Restaurant

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Earls

3. Milestones

3. White Spot

Best View Restaurant

1. Seasons in the Park

2. The Salmon House

3. Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant

3. The Boathouse Restaurant

Best Restaurant for Watching the Game

1. Shark Club

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Earls

Best Mid-Price Restaurant

1. Earls

2. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Milestones

3. Keg Steakhouse & Bar

3. Les Faux Bourgeois

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

1. White Spot

2. McDonald’s

3. Red Robin

3. Little Nest

Best Budget Restaurant

1. White Spot

2. Bon’s Off Broadway

3. Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna

Specialties

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Best Organic

1. Capers Whole Foods Market

2. Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop

3. OrganicLives

3. The Naam Restaurant

Best Fries

1. Fritz European Fry House

2. McDonald’s

3. Belgian Fries

Best Breakfast

1. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

2. Medina Cafe

3. Bon’s Off Broadway

Best Noodles

1. The Noodle Box

2. Legendary Noodle

3. Kintaro Ramen

3. Peaceful Restaurant

Best Hamburger

1. Vera’s Burger Shack

2. White Spot

3. Romer’s Burger Bar

Best Sandwiches

1. Meat & Bread

2. Subway

3. Finch’s Tea & Coffee House

3. La Grotta Del Formaggio

Best Desserts

1. True Confections

2. Thomas Haas Patisserie Chocolate Café

3. Death by Chocolate

Best Chicken

1. Nando’s

2. Swiss Chalet

3. KFC

Best Tapas

1. Bin 941 / 942

1. La Bodega Restaurante & Tapas Bar

2. Guu

3. Tapenade Bistro

Best Vegetarian

1. The Naam Restaurant

2. The Foundation

3. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba

Best Tacos

1. La Taqueria

2. Chronic Tacos

3. Dona Cata Mexican Food

Best Brunch

1. Medina Cafe

2. Milestones

3. Jethro’s Fine Grub

Best Pizza

1. Flying Wedge Pizza

2. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

3. Uncle Fatih’s Pizza

3. Steveston Pizza

Best Veggie Burger

1. The Naam Restaurant

2. Vera’s Burger Shack

3. White Spot

Best Ice Cream / Gelato / Frozen Yogurt

1. Mario’s Gelati

2. Bella Gelateria

3. La Casa Gelato

Most Vegan-Friendly

1. The Naam Restaurant

2. Gorilla Food

3. The Foundation

3. Radha Yoga & Eatery

Best Sushi

1. Tojo’s

2. Toshi Sushi

3. The Eatery

Best Fish And Chips

1. Go Fish

2. Pajo’s

3. Mr Pickwick’s Seafood Bistro Restaurant

Best Appetizers

1. Bin 941 / 942

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Earls

3. Milestones

Best Pub Food

1. Irish Heather Gastropub

2. The Lamplighter Public House

2. Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub

3. Yagger’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

Best Chocolate Shop

1. Thomas Haas Patisserie Chocolate Café

2. Purdy’s

3. Mink, a Chocolate Café

Best Izakaya

1. Hapa Izakaya

2. Guu

3. Kingyo Izakaya

Best Dim Sum

1. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

2. Kirin Seafood Restaurant

3. Floata Seafood Restaurant

Best Seafood

1. Blue Water Café + Raw Bar

2. COAST Restaurant

2. The Fish House in Stanley Park

3. The Boathouse Restaurant

3. C Restaurant

Best Fish/Shellfish

1. Blue Water Café + Raw Bar

2. C Restaurant

2. Rodney’s Oyster House

3. COAST Restaurant

Best Soups

1. Burgoo

2. Stock Market

3. The Soup Meister

Best Wings

1. Wings Tap & Grill

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Earls

Best Ramen

1. Kintaro Ramen

2. Benkei Noodle Shop

3. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Best Salads

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Milestones

3. Capers Whole Foods Market

Best Steak

1. Keg Steakhouse & Bar

2. Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

3. Hy’s Encore

Best Wraps

1. WrapZone

2. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba

3.

Entertainment

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Best Butcher

1. Windsor Quality Meats

2. Jackson’s Meats & Deli

3. Rio Friendly Meats

Best Restaurant Patio

1. The Boathouse Restaurant

2. Bridges Seafood Restaurant

3. Cactus Club Cafe

Best All You Can Eat

1. Shabusen Yakiniku House

2. Tanpopo Japanese Restaurant

3. Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant

Best Restaurant to “Seal the Deal”

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Chambar Restaurant

3. Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Best Restaurant to Have Sex In (I don’t even know what this means and how it works!)

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Chill Winston

3. Milestones

Best Specialty Cheese Store

1. Les Amis du Fromage

2. Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

3. La Grotta Del Formaggio

Best Restaurant In Which to Hang Out On a Rainy Day

1. Burgoo

2. The Naam Restaurant

3. The Sandbar

3. Uli’s Restaurant

Best Hole in the Wall

1. Bon’s Off Broadway

2. Hawker’s Delight

3. La Taqueria

Best Restaurant For a First Date With Somebody You Met Online

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Milestones

3. Starbuck’s

Best Pastry Bakery

1. Thomas Haas Patisserie Chocolate Café

1. Fratelli Authentic Italian Bakery

2. Notte’s Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery

3. Butter Baked Goods

Best Restaurant Washroom

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2. Joeys

3. Moxie’s Classic Grill

Best Grocery Store Café

1. Capers Whole Foods Market

2. Urban Fare

3. Meinhardt Fine Foods

Best Street Food Vendor

1. Japa Dog

2. Re-Up BBQ

3. Roaming Dragon

Best Restaurant to Flirt In

1. Earls

2. Cactus Club Cafe

3. Chambar Restaurant

3. Bin 941 / Bin 942

Best Bread Bakery

1. Terra Breads

2. Cobs Bread

3. Uprising Breads Bakery

Best Restaurant for a 3 a.m. Meal

1. The Naam Restaurant

2. Denny’s Restaurant

3. Lucy’s Eastside Diner

Best Cooking Store

1. Ming Wo

2. Cookworks

3. The Gourmet Warehouse

Best Food Court

1. Metropolis at Metrotown

2. Pacific Centre

3. Aberdeen Centre Food Court

Best Deli

1. Oyama Sausage Co.

2. La Grotta Del Formaggio

3. Santa Barbara Market

Best Restaurant to Cure a Hangover

1. Denny’s Restaurant

2. Bon’s Off Broadway

3. McDonald’s

Best Restaurant In Which to Hang Out On a Sunny Day

1. The Boathouse Restaurant

2. Bridges Seafood Restaurant

3. Cactus Club Cafe

Best Place to Learn to Cook

1. The Dirty Apron Cooking School

2. Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts

2. Vancouver Community College

3. Cookworks

Best Takeout / Delivery

1. Thai Away Home

2. Flying Wedge Pizza

2. Panago

3. Megabite Pizza

3. Szechuan Chongqing

Drinks

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Best Imported Beer

1. Heineken

2. Stella Artois

3. Guinness

Best Bar Lounge

1. 900 West Lounge

2. Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

2. The Diamond

3. Granville Room

Best Restaurant Wine List (B.C.)

1. Raincity Grill

2. Tapenade Bistro

3. Salt Tasting Room

3. West

Best Tea House

1. The Secret Garden Tea Room

2. Shaktea

3. Pekoe Tea Lounge

Best B.C. Beer brewed outside Vancouver

1. Phillips Blue Buck Ale

1. Kokanee

2. Okanagan Springs Pale Ale

3. Whistler Beer

Best Restaurant for Drink Specials

1. The Cascade Room

1. Granville Room

2. The Cambie

2. Browns Social House

3. Milestones

Best Restaurant for a Stiff Drink

1. The Diamond

2. Pourhouse

3. Yagger’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

Best Imported Wine/Winery (Red)

1. J. Lohr

1. Peter Lehmann

2. Yellow Tail

3. Penfolds

Best Food Festival/Event

1. EAT Vancouver

2. Greek Food Festival

3. Feast of Fields

Best Chain Coffee Shop

1. Starbucks

2. JJ Bean

3. Caffè Artigiano

Best Microbrewery Local

1. Granville Island Brewing

2. Central City Brewing (Red Racer)

3. R&B Brewing Co.

Best Restaurant Imported Beer Selection

1. BierCraft Tap & Tapas Bar

2. Alibi Room

3. Uli’s Restaurant

3. Chambar Restaurant

Best B.C. Wine/Winery (Red)

1. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

2. Mission Hill Family Estate

3. Road 13 Vineyards

Best Bubble Tea House

1. Dragon Ball Tea House

2. Bubble World

3. Pearl Castle

Best Pub

1. Irish Heather Gastropub

2. St. Augustine’s

3. Yagger’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

Best Imported Wine/Winery (White)

1. Kim Crawford

2. Oyster Bay

3. Cono Sur

Best Locally Brewed Beer

1. Granville Island Lions Winter Ale

2. Granville Island Brockton IPA

2. Stanley Park Amber (Hell’s Gate Brewing)

3. Red Racer IPA (Central City Brewpub)

Best B.C. Wine/Winery (White)

1. JoieFarm Wines

2. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

3. Mission Hill Family Estate

Best Wine Festival/Event

1. Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

2. Okanagan Wine Festival

3. Whistler Cornucopia

3. Naramata Bench Wineries Festivals

Best Canadian Brewery Outside B.C.

1. Big Rock

2. Unibroue

2. Alexander Keith’s

3. Steam Whistle Brewing

3. Sleeman’s

Best Brewpub Restaurant

1. Yaletown Brewing Company

2. Steamworks Brewing Company

3. Granville Island Brewing Taproom

Best Winery/Vineyard Restaurant

1. Mission Hill Family Estate

2. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

3. Quails’ Gate

Best Independent Coffee Shop

1. Continental Coffee

2. 49th Parallel

2. Elysian Coffee

3. Wicked Cafe

Best Restaurant B.C. Beer Selection

1. Alibi Room

2. St. Augustine’s

3. BierCraft Tap & Tapas Bar

3. Uli’s Restaurant

Best Restaurant Wine List (Imported)

1. La Terrazza

2. Cioppino’s and Cioppino’s Enoteca

3. Tapenade Bistro

3. Salt Tasting Room

Best B.C. Brewery Outside Vancouver

1. Okanagan Springs

2. Phillips

3. Driftwood Brewing Company

Best University/College Pub/Lounge

1. The Pit Pub

2. Koerner Library

3. Mahoney and Sons, UBC

Best Wine Bar

1. Uva Wine Bar

2. Salt Tasting Room

3. Bin 941 / 942

Best Coffee Shop with Wireless Internet

1. Waves

2. Starbucks

3. Blenz Coffee Shop

Best Restaurant for Cocktails

1. The Diamond

2. The Cascade Room

3. Pourhouse

Best Canadian Beer brewed outside B.C.

1. Alexander Keith’s

2. Steam Whistle

3. Unibroue Fin du Monde

3. St. Ambroise

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