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Driving from Seattle to Coquitlam, BC

Coquitlam is kind of the land of chain establishments, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Joey's up on Lougheed, Milestones and Earls are BC chains that are pretty good casual dining. I would reccomend Pasta Polo, handmade pasta, interesting menu, cheaper at lunch but still pretty cheap at dinner. If you want to stop on the way, Bombay Bhel on Hastings in Burnaby has lovely Indian. For a nice view, the Westwoon Platuea Golf Club has a pretty decent and reasonably priced menu, that is up from Coquitlam Centre. T and T supermarket has loads of cheap and good sushi and take away dim sum- honestly I think its just as good as anywhere and convenient .for lunch if you want that to be a "skimp." Hope this helps a bit.

Jul 02, 2008
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Lolita;s , Cobre or Tequila Kitchen in Vancouver?

Trying to go for the best modern mex. for a friend's birthday. Looking for best value, best food, ambience is somewhat important too. Ive narrowed it down to the three, cant find prices for TK though. The other 2 are in my price range. If anyone who has been to any of these can tell me ehat was good, whichh theyd pick, that would be sincerely appreciated!

The proverbial question -poutine and bagels(but in Quebec City)

Hi there,

I will be in Quebec City, staying at Chateau Frontenac in a few days and am looking to have one of the "things I must try (perhaps only once) before I die" crossed off my list- poutine. i seached this board but most reccomendations were for montreal and I wont be there. Is Chez Ashton the best or it more a matter of convenience with so many locations. Also looking for good bagels and breakfast places.

Thanks so much!

May 24, 2008
Meghan in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cheap-yet amazing-food in Portland, Oregon?

I fell in love with Pambiche the last time I was in portland. Went there twice and had no issue with the wait- well worth it! Highly, highly reccomended cuban/ latin american place that is pretty darn cheap and has great atmosphere. Trust me on this one!

Feb 26, 2008
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Chinese Take-Out Recs from Maple Ridge to Burnaby

We have a tradition of having people over for the Oscars and having Chinese take out for the past ten years or so. I only really have chinese once a year, with the occasional dim sum lunch in Richmond. Becuase everything changes in a year, i am always questioning what the best restaurant for your pretty much standard chinese is. I dont want to drive to Vancouver or Richmind, so i am hpping someone has a favorite they wouldnt mind sharing with me in the Tri cities area, or even Burnaby or Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows. I know Kiran is great but its a bit too high end for my budget. Looking for quality ingredients, doesnt have to be too exotic- help please!

Thanks!
megan

Trader Joes in Bellingham?

Well, I must confess to being one of the obsessive health concious TJ people- they have lots of frozen stuff that fits within my diet. The pita bread, organic tortillas, indian relish, and turkey/ chicken burgers are great! Granvolle Island is good, but I have an addiction to arugula, and TJ has it consistently, whereas its rather inconsistant and pretty expensive here.

Sep 14, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Trader Joes in Bellingham?

Hoping someone local can fill me in on the situation- I was told it would be late September. Has anyone heard anything? Does it look done? I live in Vancouver and cannot wait till i dont have to drive all the way to Everett for my TJ staples!

Thanks!

Sep 12, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Vancouver this weekend. Help!

Went to Saltaire in West Van last week and am very enthused about my experience there- honestly I was not expecting great things as the view and atmosphere were way too nice, the food couldn't possible continue this lucky streak. Happily I was dead wrong- we ahred the best brie and pear pizza. I had the seafood stew (its an appaetizer, 12 $) and it was huge and one of the better cipappino type dish I have had. Really, really good and half the price of what I ahve had at the Cannery and the Fish House. Others with me had the roast chicken and a prawn dish- all were exceptional. Seriously- its been one of the best meals I have had in a long time so if you are able to venture out to west van and its not pouring, the view and the food are pretty darn good value.

Portland Report- many "ups" and one very big "down"

I thought Long Beach and area had lots of options- we ate in Long Beach proper, Ilwaco, Oysterville, but even faryher up the peninsula towards Ocean Shores there are great places too that we will check out next time.

While we loved 42nd street, and heard they do a great brunch, we had our hearts set on "The Ark" but it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (the 2 days we were there!) Supposed to have great seafood, local ingredients, I think they grown their own produce too. Similar problem with our second choice, the Beach House (or is it Beach Inn?)- both would be my personal reccomendations if they are open speaking from a menu and what I heard around town point of view rather than personal experience. the Beach house is right on the water.We had drinks and purused the menu at the Shelbourne Inn, probably the fanciest place in town, but they have an adjacent pub that looked pretty good too- we heard from people that stayed next to us that they have an incredible burger.
We had a great breakfast at "Laurie's"- my short stack of marionberry pancakes was excellent and too much to finish and I am a pancake fan and very pricky- most places dissapoint but this did not.
The Bakery right on the main street is just so fun and old school- they have these things called "sailor jacks" for 75 cents and if they have them, try it!
Of course, Astoria is less than half an hour away too to complicate things- they have some good places too- and a Danish bakery that is pretty great as well (can you tell I am a bit of a carb fan?)

Hope you have a great time!

Aug 26, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Portland Report- many "ups" and one very big "down"

Just returned from Oregon Coast/ Portland Trip and wanted to add my two cents on what was an excellent food based trip (really, isn't that the main focus of any trip?)

The Ups: Technically not Oregon, but we spent some time in Long Beach Wa, and had wonderful seseme crusted oysters at The Port Bistro and a very good dinner at the charming 42nd Street Cafe. The highlight was the Cottage Bakery though- contrasted with the high prices of coastal bakeries (although they are very high quality!) it was lots of fun.
In Manzanita Bread and Ocean did not dissapoint, and with so many placers being closed on Tuesdays, we had a great picnic on the beach with the excellent grocery store.
Wayfarer in Cannon Beach was decent but not that memorable, we'll book the 3 course at the Stephanie Inn that sounded amazing next time.

In Portland we were thrilled with our meal at Pambiche, well worth the hour long wait, great empanadas, and have plans to really try and save room for those amazing looking and sounding desserts. I am regretting missing out on those even now.
We also had good meals at Meriwether's and Besaws (stayed near NW23rd). Best part was finally making it to the Saturday Farmer's market at the University- wow! It sure leaves ours here in vancouver for dead I am sad to say. Enjoying the heirloom tomatoes and fingerling potatos and even lemon cucombers now!

The "downs"
WILDWOOD- pretty dissapointing service, not that great food. I am always weary of a place that drown s everything in olive oil, and my grilled squash starter was drowning in it, even after I requested that they go light on it as i can't handle excessive fat. It was a hard menu to find something light and healthy on, and the waiter was sure not willing to help out. A few, but not all of the problems we encountered were:
-arriving at 6, noticing crab cakes on the 5-7 menu, and it being very difficult to order them as a starter with our dinners as we were sitting 2 feet from the lounge, even though its the same kitchen and the price was pretty consistent with the diner menu starters.
-my companion's duck was very fatty, granted its not the leanest meat was this was unusual.
-my salad consisted of inediblly stale hazelnuts
This was all manageble- the real issue and thing that runied the meal was the waiter. We watched as he was out and out rude to two pensioners who were asking for advice on the cheapest glass of wine. With us, I had requested 2 appetizers to be brought instead of a main, he brought them as appetizers. When I politley asked that they be brought with my companion's meals as I has arranged, he got very defensive and said I had never said that. He then walked away and slammed the menu he was holding down on a service table- no exageration it was this completely agressive slam, before picking up my plates and walking over to the kitchen where he pretty much threw those down too. I get that everyone has off nights but I am a pretty easy going diner and this was supposed to be our "splurge" dinner. We had much better service at the budget conscious Pambiche!
Has anyone else had similar experiences here? Needless to say, we will try Lucy's Table or maybe paley's Place for our splurge worthy dining next time.
All in all, we continue to be impressed with the range of organic produce available and the foodie mecca that is Portland!

Aug 25, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Bellingham eats?

I go to belingham a lot and have really enjoyed the Pepper Sisters, more contemporary mexican food, in downtown area. They give this comlimentary fried bread that is excellent and they have good chalkboard specials. there is a couple of Burrito places that are excellent as well in downtown- Taco Loco being the one I go to. The last time I was there I had lunch at "Big Fat Fish Co" and it was not worth it! But the Boundry Bay Brewing Co. is extremely cheap and good values as well and its across from the Farmer's market! They have burgers, great soups and salads, fish tacos, ect. all under 10 bucks.

Aug 09, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Deciding between a couple places in portland- help please!

Always like to try new places when I visit one of my favorite cities. I am on a student budget so i usually eat cheap, thanks to this board! This time I want to splurge for a special dinner with my traveling comapnions, but special for us is around the 15-25 entree range, not too much more. I have always wanted to try Wildwood, but also have heard good things about Paley's Place, Lucy's Table- anyone who has ben to these please advice which was your favorite, or if I should go elsewhere. I haven't been to PDX in a year, so there may be some new places? Looking for well prepared, interesting food, not your run of the mill stuff, particularily seafood, and good atmosphere,

Thanks!
meghan

Jul 27, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Burritos in Vancouver

What about Las Margaritas? I am not a big fan of that type of Cal-Mex but they are quite popular, and their food is full of cheese and beans that probably have lard- I would think it would be fairly straightfoward to show it up! If it is takout you prefer, thean "Red Burrito" has a huge following- although I like to beleive that they are somewhat healthy!

Victoria for 3 days: Where Should I Eat?

The Oceanpointe is lovely....try to ask for one of the top floors so you get the best view! The seafood restaurant (Lure) is very good at the hotel and would be a good choice for the gruop- also the Marina Restaurant at Oak Bay is very good. They have a wonderful sushi/ raw menu as well as an extensive, predominantly seafood menu. Oak Harbour is a bit of a drive but really worth it...its nice to get an ocean view as well as the Harbour views in the city- not more than a 10 minute taxi away. I had the cioppini there last time and it was very good.
my personal Victoria favorite is Ferris Oyster Bar- and I am not adventurous enough for oysters! Menu is excellent, everything is great, but make a reservation or you will wait a long time! You can walk to it from the Delta. Lastly, Pagliaachhi'a is a bot more casual Italian place, also extremely popular, fun menu and really great food. Maybe not the best place fro the group dinner though as its pretty noisy but if you get time its wirth checking out. I hope this helps. i am a Vancouver resident but i go to Victoria 5 or 6 times a year so if you ned any other suggestions just let me know!

Hope you have a great time,
Meghan

Group dinner in Bellevue near Hyatt?

I was in Bellevue in Januray and alao stayed at the Hyatt- if you are in there Regency room floor make sure you go for the comp. appie hour! There are a lot of chain restaurants around Bellevue Suqaure- The Cheesecake factory, an upscale Mexican grill type place. We had dinner at Manzana Grill just down the street and it was really good- I'd reccomend it for a group as there are lots of choices, big booths and half price happy hour. you can check the menu out online. Of course, Cheesecake Factory has the most ridiculous amount of choice but then you can eat that sort of stuff anywhere. Hop[e this helps!
meghan

Feb 19, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Casino Buffets in the PNW

I've been to Vegas and must admit that I like going to Vegas buffets- they are fun and where else can you indulge without guilt? So I am always on the lookout for similiar here. id reccomend The Mill's seafood buffet- went on a trip last summer to Oregon and it was excellent. i may have been there on a particularily good night but the quality of the food and selection was better than when I went to Vegas a onth later. Thats the only one Ive been to in Oregon. in Washington the Tulalip casino is as Vegas as you can get in Pac. NW. the buffet is decent with a counter where they hand scoop ice cream and huge area- it was also good. Farther North the Skagit casino has a really good buffet that is small but decent as well. if you ever venture into BC the Riverrock casino in Richmond is new, has a view of the water, good food (12.95 lunch, around 18 for dinner i think) and smoke free!

Hope this helps,
meghan

Jan 18, 2007
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Bellevue Breakfast

We'll be staying in Bellevue for a brief post holiday trip next week which is a first. Usually when in the Seattle area we enjoy the cheaper hotels in Renton or Lynnwood but this time thought we;d give Bellevue a try. For the most part we will probably dine in city center, but am wondering what is a good home style type of breakfast in the Bellevue area. I am a pancake fiend so Ive narrowed down choices to Chace's pancake corral or the Original pancake house in Kirkland, both of which ive never been to and both of which Ive heard mixed reviews on. Have been burned by bad breakfasts before- anyone got any reccomondations? Any dinner reccomendations for area, or any tips i general is also welcome! Never been to Bellevue before so I am desperate!

thanks and Happy new year to all chowhounds!
meghan

Dec 31, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Good Bakeries in British Columbia - Lower Mainland

Hi there,

I am not sure specifically about a chocolate cake (I would love to know the best place in lower mainland for this as that is my last meal food, hands down!) but the Italian bakery in Newport village (Port moody) does amazing cakes- really decadent and lovely. Also, Bread and Buns factory up near Austin Avenue in Coquitlam is quite good too. Good Luck!

Dinner suggestions Tukwila/Renton/Seatac

This is somewhat embarassing but Ive stayed in Renton many times and my reccomendations are not exactly chowhound league places. Here goes- both Ive enjoyed very much!
1. Zoopa- across from Southcenter mall in Tukwila. Its a salad/soup/pasta buffet that is always really good and really cheap. If you join their club online they will usually send you a coupon too. Honestly, its better than it sounds. Spotlessly clean and their brownies are the best. The soups and salads are more decent than your typical buffet place.

2. Bahama Breeze- I ate at this chain type place the last time and was pleasantly suyrprised. Had some sort of chicken dish that came with roasted plantains and it was excellent. I had the half portion that was more than enough and it was under 9.00$. Its this cavernous type of place but its fun and there arent a lot of options in the area. Claimjumper's is reliable too. Hope this helps!

meghan

Oct 18, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

visiting son at Seattle University

The university area has great food that i never seem to check out because I inevitably stuff myself silly at Agua Verde- you simply must try it! Cheap, cheap (even cheaper at lunch) and really different mexican food with a great salsa bar. I can't go to Seattle without stopping by. Its down on the water, tiny little place, lines are common but woth it! You have to go!

Oct 07, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Grand Canyon Dining Memories- need those!

Ooops...keep mixing up my directions! We are staying in Tusayan, South Rim...thanks for the input on El Tovar!

Sep 10, 2006
Meghan in Southwest

Grand Canyon Dining Memories- need those!

There will be eight of us venturing into the North Rim one week from today (Sunday) and it seems as if dining around Tusayan offers limited choices. Im hoping someone can tell me what the best of those choices are! Ive looked through many guide books and know about the diferent lodge dining rooms in the park that are ok (El Torav, Bright Angel) as well as the hotel dining rooms in Tusayan (Canyon Star, the one at the Best western). Im wondering if there are some more recent options that may not be so well known? Anyone been recently and can reccomend? Or what is the best of the well knowns?

The second request i have is for breakfast/ lunch spots on the route between the GC and Las Vegas. Not fine dining but diner or just really good. Any/ all suggestions greatly appreictaed!

thanks!
Meghan

Sep 10, 2006
Meghan in Southwest

Sunday lunch/brunch in Vancouver?

I went to the Pan Pacific many years ago for their brunch and it was very good- across the street Herons also does a nice brunch for around the same price I beleive.Griffins at the Hotel Vancouver is also good- at least the time I went, again this was a few years ago. they are 35.00 If you are loking for something less pricey and still want to go the buffet route, steamworks in gastown does one for 18.99. http://www.steamworks.com/wv_promotio...

Milestones is always a reliable choice and if you want more gourmet, Provence with its 2 locations is wonderful..
http://www.provencevancouver.com/medi...

hope you have a great brunch!
Meghan

Las Vegas Buffet

How does one go about getting coupons on the net? I always thought they were only available at the casino- whole new thing I'm learning!

Sep 04, 2006
Meghan in Southwest

Regent Buffet in Las Vegas?

Hopefully someone can help me with this one...will be in Vegas in two weeks and we are planning on going to one or two buffets. I read a review that was a couple years old on the buffet at the regent casino/ resort in Summerlin. When I looked into it, all that came up was the ramport buffet in Summerlin which does not seem to be nearly the same class as what was reviewed at the Regent. We are renting a car so off strip was a possibility. Does anyone know if the Regent exists and still does a buffet? If not, any suggestions for a really good quality buffet with lots opf seafood? (Have done the Bellagio, Rio, Spice Market and Mandalay Bay on past visits)

Thanks very much!

Meghan

Sep 03, 2006
Meghan in Southwest

Salvador Mali's?

I went to the southwest location when in Portland two week's ago and it was great! We have wanted to go the last 2 times we were in Portland but missed out and it was worth the wait! teh tamales were good and the coconut rice that comes as a side is excellent. Fun, cheap, not gourmet but decent. You would think that a city the size of Vancouver would have something similar but sadly no. I love Portland dining! Also ate at Nicholas' (wonderful!) Papa Hayden (lesss than wonderful- seafood in salad was off but desert lived up to expectations)and the Cameo Cafe (also good. Thats my rant about the great options in portland- wonderful city with so many great options!

Sep 02, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Vancouver eats?

t might be a bit repetitive with the seafood, but I really like Aqua Riva near the Pan Pacific for the great seafood, they have a whole rottiserrie menu as well with excellent meats and pizzas. They are fairly cheap at lunch, dinner would be in the same range as a Kettle of Fish. In the Georgia Strait they often have 2 for one coupons. Salmon House on the Hill, if you have a car, would be another good choice as they have an amazing view and have this whole promotion on now, appie, entree and dessert (your choice) for 30.00 as they are celebrating 30th anniversary. other places:
Vij"s for indian
saltaire
provence marinaside
Milestone's, a local chain, is a safe bet for any meal, English Bay one being the most well know.

Hope this helps,
meghan

Roadtrip pit-stop ideas-from Vancouver to Ashland close to I5

Will be drivinbg to asland next week from Vancouver, BC and need a few suggestions as to breakfast or lunch stops,not too expensive and not too lengthy. No other guidelines, we are just not wanting to resort to the usual mcdonalds drive thru whcih is what usually happens when we dont have any plans and don't know the area.

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Amazing grocery stores in portland-searching for a particular one

Thanks for the help everyone. I now have more to check out as well which is both good and bad- bad because I always et frustated with the produce and such (also at the farmer's markets in both portland and seattle!) that i can't take back with me across the border! Thank you all so much for the suggestions!
meghan

Aug 04, 2006
Meghan in Pacific Northwest

Looking for the best and cheapest....please help!

Wow- these are some great suggestions..thank you all so much. I have eaten at Gold Mountain before and it was great and also at L'oserio, but that was at least 5 years ago so i am glad it is still great. Robert-thanks espcially for the BerkleyBowl link- never heard of it before as I havent done Berkley but that place looks amazing!

Thank you for the excellent suggestions- much appreciated!

Aug 02, 2006
Meghan in San Francisco Bay Area