Quick bite – Nat’s New York Pizzeria

Pizza is one of those no brainer foods, even bad pizza is pretty good. Every now and then you come across somewhere that does things with pizza that seem crazy but the results are surprisingly good. Nat’s New York Pizzeria has been a Kitsilano institution since 1992 and is a favourite of the local high school lunch crowd. Their pizza is New York style thin(ish) crust pies that are best eaten folded in half. The slices are big, the dough is decent and the ingredients and toppings seem to be of decent quality.

Nat's Pizza

Nat’s usually does a special pizza each day and I happened to be there the day the made a wonderfully unhealthy but obviously amazing mac and cheese pizza with ground beef. This thing weighed about 2.5 pounds and the slice of pepperoni I had along with it was totally unnecessary. The pasta wasn’t dried out as you’d expect it to be after a trip through the oven, the cheese was evenly distributed throughout the pasta and the beef was nestled in a nice layer between the pasta and the light layer of Nat’s own pizza sauce. Was it good? Hell yes. Would I get it again? Absolutely. Should I get it again? Not if I want to live past 40.

Scott.

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Abigail’s Party enters the “Brotherhood of Bacon”

I’ve been to and blogged about Abigail’s Party in Kits before but they get a super special second post. Why you ask? Because there isn’t a better “great food vs. everyday budget” restaurant in the city and because it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. Also my last post had absolutely terrible pictures due to an inferior phone…

Thankfully I have emerged from the dark ages and just in time to add Abigail’s Party to the list of “Brotherhood of Bacon” approved eateries. The dish in question is their Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with house made “tater tots” a nice squash puree and green beans. The meatloaf is amazing, dense, rich, well seasoned and of course wrapped in the world most amazing meat product, smoky salty delicious bacon. The Brotherhood of Bacon, aka Dennis Pang and I, approve this dish. Also anyone else who wants to be in the brotherhood just let us know, we welcome all bacon lovers. The tater tots are great too!

Now what would be the perfect side for this meaty journey to flavor town? Why Mac and Cheese of course! This is the mac and cheese you wish you could make, aged cheddar being the key to it’s sharp, rich goodness. So there you have it, bacon, cheese, tater tots, meat loaf and all done to perfection. Abigail’s Party is the real deal, amazing food, great atmosphere, wonderful service and nothing on the menu over $21… Other restaurants, feel free to take notes. The Steak Frites are out of this world as is their burger.  Head down to 1685 Yew St. and see for yourself.

Scott.

Abigail’s Party

Have you ever gone somewhere, walked in the door and said to yourself “If I owned a restaurant it would be just like this.”? Abigail’s Party oozes cool, it’s small and intimate and has great atmosphere and the food holds up against its visual appeal. Located at 1685 Yew street in Kits, right across the street from the (in)famous Kingshead Pub this little section of Yew street is as cool a block as you will find anywhere in Vancouver.

Being Jersey Shore fans Lyndsey and I had to try the Deep Fried Pickles served with paprika aioli which were as good as Snooki promised they would be. We also tried the Tuna Tartare which was cured in grapefruit and served with avocado and cucumber with sesame wonton crisps. Very light and fresh, I could have eaten a lot more of this dish. Apologies for the picture quality in this post, it’s time for an iPhone, sorry Blackberry, we had a good run.

For our mains we shared the Aged Cheddar Mac and Cheese which was so good I’ve had dreams about it. The aged cheddar was very sharp and kicked what is normally a sad letdown at restaurants in to a winner. Lyndsey had the Herb Crusted Halibut with asparagus, clams and fingerling potatoes in a curry cream sauce. The fish was great judging from the small bite I had. The herb crust was made up of almond, basil, italian parsley, chervil and tarragon.

I had the Steak Frites, a staple of French Cuisine in North America. It consisted of a medium rare flat iron steak from Pemberton Meadows served sliced over triple fried Kennebec fries with an arugula salad. Everything about this dish was great, the steak, the fries, the peppery arugula salad, everything.

I’ve been told that I can be too positive in my reviews, I will say this once, I give praise where praise is due and I’m not in the business of going to eat at restaurants where I have heard others had poor service or bad food. I will always tell you straight up if I enjoyed my experience or if there were areas that needed improvement. Abigail’s Party is the real deal, go there and find out for yourself. Follow them on twitter too, they’re good times.

Scott.