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Solo dining recs for Victoria

I'll admit I'm more of a lurker on this board, but lately my usual dining partner ( and true love) has been away on business, so I've been going it solo over the last little while. Here are my picks, not based entirely on great food, but definitely on a welcoming ambiance for the lone diner.

Zambri's - Sit at the bar and get great, professional service. Not sure the local flavours? Sampling is encouraged.

Stage - Also has a great bar / eating area. Try a flight of BC wines while sampling local meats and cheeses. Nice, loose vibe about the place.

Pizzeria Primastrada - Cook Street Village location. Not any kind of wait if you're eating solo. Their bar surrounds the open kitchen with a full view of the boys at work prepping and loading their wood burning oven with the pies. Other tasty item on offer as well. Great entertainment if you forget your book.

Choux Choux Charcuterie - I agree with anewton on this one. A very small, two or three table Parisian style lunch spot. Excellent local and french influenced choices.

Hernande'z Cocina - Stuck in a mall hallway between Yates and View Sts, this eccentric take away spot delivers no frills El Salvadorian style street food, made from scratch. Check their website to get a feel for the place first.

And remember - it's halibut and spot prawn season here. Don't miss out !

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Choux Choux Charcuterie
830 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8R, CA

Zambri's
911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

May 16, 2011
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Casual, but decent in Victoria and area?

Hey all...
Going out to eat with visiting in-laws this weekend. Would like to find a decent (non-franchise) restaurant, but nothing too upscale or expensive (they are paying). This cuts out Zambris, Cafe Brio, etc. Stage is definitely not their scene either. Might be a tall order, but does anybody have a few suggestions?
Cheers!

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Zambri's
911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

Cafe Brio
944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA

Dec 09, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Braised Pork Chops and Fennel

Tried this last weekend. Used end chops, one inch thick, bone in from a local source (Vancouver Island). Stuck to the recipe. Worked like a charm. Moist, tender meat, savory sauce and a happy Mrs. Spit Jr. Went very well with another recent Chow recipe - butternut squash couscous.

Oct 22, 2010
spitjr in Recipes

Dry aged, triple AAA beef - can it be found on Van Isle?

Thanks to everyone for the info. I settled on the Village Butcher and wasn't disappointed. Nice logo on the business cards as well. "Dexter" would be proud!

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Village Butcher
2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R1G5, CA

Sep 26, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dry aged, triple AAA beef - can it be found on Van Isle?

Greetings all...
My sweetie's really in the mood for a good steak. I haven't cooked one up in a while because I haven't seen any decent stuff around - maybe I'm missing out on a secret source? Any thoughts would be most welcome. Baby needs her rib eye!

Sep 24, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nelson BC - anything worth checking out?

Hey all. So, here's the scoop on Nelson. The Redfish Grill is no more. A fire brought it down last month. Bought an excellent blueberry pie at the Kootenay Co-Op bakery. They were really happy to answer my questions re; ingredients and techniques. Sage is up for sale, so we declined to visit. Bebo was - ok. I found the atmosphere, at least that night, a little pretentious for my tastes - but the small plates were delicious, fresh and mostly BC sourced. The wine list was small, but inventive. The only other night we ate out was over at a friend's cabin... salmon planked and roasted over a fire. I think the town is going through one of it's occassional commercial turnarounds. It'll be interesting to see what the next year or two may bring.
Cheers.

Sep 01, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Reasonable and tasty eats for a band on tour in BC, especially in Northern BC and Okanagan?

Oh yeah! Taking yer band on the road - lots of fun, yes. Lots of money, not so much. I'd definitely hit this Indian food place. As I remember, it was our only hope of anything green for miles around. Friendly owner - and very sympathetic to our aversion to 'brown food'.

Sep 01, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Canadian Version)

ps - ignore the Blue Moon link above - not the joint I'm talking about.

Aug 31, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Canadian Version)

Ok, I think I know what you're after. I've spent many years 'on the 'road' as they say. I've made it my mission to find these joints along the way. A great way to meet locals and not die of food poisoning. Here's a few to start - more to come (if you want).

Deluxe Diner - Calgary AB - they've got mac & cheese... and pie!
Mary's Diner - Sault Ste. Marie - Good coffee and good food since 1948 - and pie!
Ted's Range Road Diner - (outside of) Meaford, ON - wild game, live music, breaky and, you guessed it - pie! All in a quonset hut in the middle of nowhere.
Mary's Blue Moon Cafe - Sydney, Vancouver Island - crazy Newfoundlander runs it, food is homemade and they have pie! (sensing a pattern here?)
Trellis Cafe - Hubbards, NS - great fish, steaks, homemade bread, fresh (as in theirs) eggs, live music, and a certain wedge shaped, fruit filled desert concoction you might like.
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Cheers.

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Blue Moon Cafe
1724 W 4th, Vancouver, BC V6J1M1, CA

Aug 31, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Rodney's - A must-rec for BC 'hounders

Hey all...
Does anyone know if Rodneys has a decent whiskey selection to go with those fine oysters? I remember the Toronto location doing just fine in that department.
Cheers!

Aug 23, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nelson BC - anything worth checking out?

Hey.. thanks all for the input !
Very familiar with Oso Negro. Like the bakery too. Been hearing some bad news about the All Seasons lately (new owners?). Really missing Kaz as well. This was a fixed price joint that reminded me of eating in rural France or seaside Jamaica. Just lay your money down and wait for the wine and great, local food to roll out. Thinking I may give Bibo a try. A small plates /tapas/ wine bar room that seems popular right now. Will let you know how it goes, if you're interested...

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Oso Negro
, Nelson, BC V1L, CA

Bibo
8316 Main St, Osoyoos, BC V0H1V2, CA

Aug 23, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nelson BC - anything worth checking out?

Hey all...
I'm heading out to Nelson to visit some friends for a few days next week. Anything new happening on the restaurant scene out there? I had a decent experience at Max & Irma's a few years back. Open to anything ...
Cheers!

Aug 19, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pepperoni in Victoria - help! ...need some of the good stuff !

Hey, thanks all. I headed up to the Red Barn and was treated to a sampling of their Bison pepperoni. It was on the mild side, so I opted for the regular, hot stuff. Not bad. Kinda lost it's zing on the pie, though. But - they DID have a good supply of 6 in 1 tomato sauce, which I stocked up on while I was at it. Will drop in at the Italian Market and ask around. The stuff I was using back east was from Brothers Meats & Deli in Dartmouth. Gonna be hard to beat it ...
Cheers!

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Red Barn
751 Vanalman Ave, Victoria, BC V8Z3B8, CA

May 29, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pepperoni in Victoria - help! ...need some of the good stuff !

Hey all,
Gonna make a good old basic NY style pizza this weekend. Any leads on quality pepperoni? It'll be my dough, my sauce, quality cheeses and herbs. I need the good, spicy stuff. BTW - love what the lower sea level and higher humidity is doing for my pizza crusts. Perfection every time.
Cheers!

May 27, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beef, Bison, Lamb - where to get the goods on Van Isle?

Hey all,
Being new to the island, and grateful for this wonderful weather we're having, I'm gettin' the itch to fire up the BBQ. I think some nice dry aged, grass fed beef, or free range drug free bison, or local lamb shanks butterflied. Maybe someone out there can steer (sorry for the bad pun) me in the right direction? Tried the grocery chains, a few local butchers - no luck so far. I mean, I'm all for planking a wild salmon or grilling the incredibly fresh and tasty halibut steaks they sell everywhere but sometimes a man's gotta have his meat.
Cheers!

May 06, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Victoria, B.C. - Best Burger Within Close Walking Distance of the Empress Hotel

I'm just a newbie, but if I were you I'd hike a little further over to the Fernwood Inn and grab yourself one of their fine burgers. Best burger secret in town. Cool little neighbourhood, good beers on tap as well.

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Fernwood Inn
1302 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC V8R1S1, CA

Apr 27, 2010
spitjr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)