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Good places in Vancouver

My friends and I are going to Vancouver in March for our spring break and because we are such food nerds, we are going to start planning our meals now. There are four of us and we are seniors in college, so we don't have a ton of money. We're willing to splurge once or twice, but splurging for us would be spending $15-20 on an entree. Sorry to sound annoying, but no chain restaurants please.

We have a car, so we aren't limiting ourselves to one particular area. But if it's helpful, we are staying in a hotel on Granville & Davie

These are a few of the things were are looking for... If you could include some idea of what the place is like and serves, that would be much appreciated

1) Sushi

2) Izakayas - It would be a plus if it served takoyaki and/or okonomiyaki.

3) Wine bars - We liked Salt. Not something stuffy or with glasses starting at $10 or something.

4) Indian

5) Pub - Preferably some place that has good food and brews their own beer. Or some place that offers a large and diverse selection of beers.

6) Brunch - Something greasy spoon.

Feb 11, 2009
mcquarjk in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good places in Vancouver

My friends and I are going to Vancouver in March for our spring break and because we are such food nerds, we want to start planning where we eat already. There are four of us and we are seniors in college, so we don't have a ton of money. We're willing to splurge once or twice, but splurging for us would be spending $15-20 on an entree. Sorry to sound annoying, but no chain restaurants please.

We have a car, so we aren't limiting ourselves to one particular area. But if it's helpful, we are staying in a hotel on Granville & Davie

These are a few of the things were are looking for... If you could include some idea of what the place is like and serves, that would be much appreciated

1) Sushi

2) Izakayas - It would be a plus if it served takoyaki and/or okonomiyaki.

3) Wine bars - We liked Salt. Not something stuffy or with glasses starting at $10 or something.

4) Indian

5) Pub - Preferably some place that has good food and brews their own beer. Or some place that offers a large and diverse selection of beers.

6) Brunch - Something greasy spoon.

Feb 11, 2009
mcquarjk in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What are your go to spots? SEA

Nice Occasion restaurants:
Restaurant Zoe
Poppy
Shiro's
Monsoon

Friday or Saturday date:
Jak's
Pink Door
Pam's Kitchen

Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
Pair
Thaiger Room
La Casa del Mojito

Brunch Spots:
The Shanty Cafe
5 Spot
Baranof

Feb 03, 2009
mcquarjk in Pacific Northwest

Looking for local specialities or just plain good places to eat in Seattle

While you're in Pike Place, try the Mac & Cheese at Beecher's. It's the BEST and quite the local celebrity.

Jan 21, 2009
mcquarjk in Pacific Northwest

Walla Walla Restaurants

As a local and a member of the WW wine community, these are my suggestions...
First off, DO NO EAT AT 26 BRIX. Yes, they have reopened, but I've eaten there three times and each time I had a problem with either the service and/or the food. It's really overrated.
These are the places I prefer,
Breakfast: Clarette's (15 S Touchet St) - Basic breakfast food. Try the pumpkin pancakes.
Colville St. Patisserie (40 S Colville St) - This place is great for either breakfast or dessert. I especially like the croissants with herbed goat cheese.

Lunch: Luscious by Nature (33 S Colville St) - Decent prices, nice local wine list, sandwiches, wraps, salads. They try to use fresh and local ingredients.
Iceburg Drive-In (9th St) - Cheap eats. I'd compare their burgers to Kidd Valley in Seattle. Try the onion rings because they're made with Walla Walla sweet onions. The shakes are tasty too.
Salumiere Cesario (20 N 2nd Ave) - This isn't a sit-down place, but if you're planning on going wine tasting you can stop here early in the day and get bread, cheese, and salami to take out tasting with you. He's got a great selection, you can check out what he's got here. http://www.salumierecesario.com/produ...

Dinner: Creektown Cafe (1129 S 2nd Ave) - Every time my parents come to visit they want to eat at Creektown. The food is consistantly great, the wine selection is local and always changing, and the desserts are tasty (leave room!
)Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen (125 W Alder) - Make sure to get a reservation, their space is small (they have an open kitchen) and they are always busy (locals love it too!). Their menu is always changing but they use local, organic products and usually have Moroccan, Mediterranean, and North African style food.
Whoopemup Hollow Cafe (125 Main St, Waitsburg) - You'll have to drive about 20 minutes east of Walla Walla to go here, but it's definitely worth it. Southern Creole style food. GREAT wine selections, fun atmosphere. Hit up Jim German bar while you're there, he'll cut the prosciutto at the table for you! Amazing drinks too, nice space.
Brasserie Four (4 E Main St) - I've only have drinks and appetizers here, but I had a great time and have heard that dinner is just as great. Much more low key and delicious French food than 26 Brix and the service was fantastic.

Everyone suggests Whitehouse Crawford and I do love it there, but if you're looking for something a little bit more special and unique in Walla Walla, I'd try one of the suggestions above. But if you do go to Whitehouse, the crispy fried sweet onions are not to be missed.

On a side note (not that you asked), wineries not to be missed are Walla Walla Vintners, Five Star, Reininger, Seven Hills, Tamarack, Va Piano, and Tertulia.

Jan 21, 2009
mcquarjk in Pacific Northwest

Sushi near Wonder Ballroom

My friends and I are traveling down to Portland on Friday to see The Walkmen and Beach House at the Wonder Ballroom and I'm looking for suggestions for great sushi places nearby. If you could included a little about the atmosphere, price, menu, and beer selection that would be helpful too. Thanks!

Jan 21, 2009
mcquarjk in Pacific Northwest

Hitachino Ales in Seattle?

Does anyone know of a place in Seattle where I can buy the Japanese brand 'Hitachino' ales? Specific locations would be much appreciated!

Dec 02, 2008
mcquarjk in Pacific Northwest