Don’t get your hopes up, this isn’t Oprah and you’re not getting these things for free so don’t look under your chair because all that’s there is your feet. I thought that I would share a few of my favorite places around the lower mainland to eat, drink and have a good time, sounds good right?
Best place to hear curse words and eat a huge sandwich
La Charcuterie Delicatessen The biggest sandwich in town and it costs less than $10. There’s also Salam the owner, aka the Sandwich Nazi. He will make you laugh uncomfortable laughter and will put whatever he wants on your sandwich, and you will like it.
My favorite place to get a coffee
Michi Waffle and Espresso Bar This is the best coffee in Vancouver in my ever so humble opinion. Hand crafted coffee using top quality beans and made by people who know what they’re doing. Plus they have awesome waffles!!!
Favorite place to buy beer
Central City Brewing Co. Liquor Store. Located steps from the Surrey Central Skytrain Station they have a HUGE selection of craft beer from all around the world and a pretty impressive wine selection as well. The pub it’s attached to is pretty good too! Extra bonus points for carrying my favorite beer, Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
Favorite place to drink beer
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Located inside Waterfront station Rogue is both convenient and awesome. The craft beer selection here is great with delicious on tap goodies like Crannog Backhand of God Stout and Elysian Brewing Avatar Jasmine IPA. The food is also pretty good and it’s proximity to transit also makes Rogue my Favorite Place To Get Loaded Downtown.
The Keg Yaletown. Say what you will about the proliferation of chain restaurants in the once super hip Yaletown, the patio at The Keg is by far the coolest patio in Vancouver. Stunning views made even more beautiful at night backed up by decent steaks. The beverage situation could use some attention though as there’s really nothing outstanding about the drink menu.
Favorite place to eat meat
Hog Shack Cookhouse. Burnt ends, Brisket, pulled pork, smoked Spam and the occasional test dish from Chef John make this Steveston BBQ hot spot a personal favorite of mine on many levels. The fact that owners Allan and John are awesome guys is a bonus. There’s also the Flatline Challenge and awesome craft beer plus great events with the Beerthirst crew that keep me coming back for more.
Favorite place to eat a sandwich
Benton Brothers Fine Cheese. There are few things less common in the world than the humble sandwich but when made with love it can be so much more than just a sandwich. Benton Brothers sandwich’s are toasted fresh with high quality cheese and meats and are a treat that I don’t get to have as often as I’d like. Benton Brothers is also my favorite place to buy cheese. You really should go.
Favorite place to not eat meat
Nuba. Yes there’s meat on the menu at Nuba but the best thing there is Najib’s Special, a marinated Cauliflower dish that is so good I could probably give up meat for a week or 2 if someone promised me I could eat at Nuba whenever I wanted to. Get it as a meal with hummus, chickpeas and some pita bread.
Favorite place to people watch
The Coal Harbour Seawall. If you ever have the chance, grab your lunch and head down to Harbourside Park and just watch and listen. people talk about the funniest things while they’re out for their lunchtime walk/run with coworkers/friends. There’s also some people who run really funny, they don’t seem to know what to do with their arms. Guaranteed smile.
Favorite building in Vancouver
The Sun Tower. This building is cool, not just on the outside. I’ve been inside the green dome and it’s like an evil genius headquarters, I want to live there.