Quick Bite – Taco Shack in Kitsilano

Mmmmm tacos, we all love them. Authentic Mexican, American Tex-Mex and even fast food, it’s hard to beat a taco. There’s a little place in Kits at 1930 Cornwall street between Cypress and Walnut called Taco Shack that leans towards the California style side of the fence. Guess what, it’s good.

Giant burrito!
Giant burrito!

I’ve been to Taco Shack twice in the last 2 weeks and was able to try 3 kinds of tacos and a burrito plus some delicious Mexican cola. The burrito I tried was a HUGE shredded steak burrito on a whole wheat tortilla. Think Taco Del Mar but actually good. Stuffed full of steak, rice, corn salsa and everything else I could see on the menu this burrito is a mess but is totally worth it.

Tacos, so hot right now. Tacos.
Tacos, so hot right now. Tacos.

The tacos are even better. 3 tacos for $8.50 and you’ll leave full, very full. Double corn tortillas so you can fan them out to wrap the generous fillings, fresh ingredients, high quality meats, perfectly seasoned.  I tried steak, pork and chicken and there’s also fish and grilled vegetables to choose from. Delicious.

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Make sure you wash it all down with a Jarritos Mexican Cola which tastes like it’s made with real sugar, what a concept.

I’d point you towards their website/Twitter/Facebook but as far as I can tell they’re off the grid. Kind of unique in today’s super connected world.

Scott

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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.

Quick Bite – Moderne Burger in Kitsilano

Moderne Burger in Kits
Moderne Burger in Kits

Moderne Burger in Kitsilano is a no nonsense burger joint with a great nostalgic feel that isn’t forced or cluttered up with random Elvis and Marilyn Monroe  paraphernalia. They have a small, focused menu that has burgers, BLT’s, grilled cheese, fries, milkshakes, floats and speciality sodas. Their burgers are made fresh daily and have no additives, not even seasoning! The inside of Moderne Burger has a great Art Deco feel and would fit right in under the Empire State building or somewhere similar.

Moderne Steak Burger with bacon and cheese.
Moderne Steak Burger with bacon and cheese

Moderne offers 4 burger choices, Steak, Ground Turkey, Veggie or Wild Salmon fillet, with all the usual additions. The burger is juicy and delicious and doesn’t need seasoning at all. The Bun is light yet substantial and suits the burger very well. The cheese is real cheddar and the bacon is thick cut and high quality. All in all a fantastic burger in every way. The fries are equally as good and are hand cut for every order. I was advised by someone who may have been the owner to arrange my fries in a “deck” to place my burger on so they would soak up the juicy burger drippings. Good advice.

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Next time you find yourself in Kits go check out Moderne Burger.

Twitter – @moderneburger

Facebook – facebook.com/pages/Moderne-Burger

Interwebs – moderneburger.com

Scott.