I'm a NY hounder who will be making my first trip to British Columbia in a few weeks. I'm driving up from Seattle and spending one day and night in Vancouver then eventually driving to Cranbrook for a wedding. I know this is quite a long drive so I'm splitting it up a bit. I'm staying somewhere near Osoyoos (probably in Grand Forks since it seems cheaper than Osoyoos.) I'm also staying a few days at a friend's lake house in an area called Boswell on the Kootenay Lake. Then finally I will be driving down to Spokane to fly back to NY. Whew!
But the point is I am looking for lots of recommendations as to where to eat along the way. I definitely want to try anything that is unique or authentic for British Columbia.
I've done some research on Vancouver restaurants and am thinking of doing an omakase dinner on my one splurge night. Do you think this is a better option than one of the fancy seafood restaurants and the izkayas? I was looking at Tojo's, (seems like it has had mixed reviews of late), Octopus Garden (seems to be the overwhelming favorite), or Ajisai (but it doesn't seem to be the place for omakase). Also, maybe Cafe Medina for breakfast and Go Fish for lunch? Other suggestions? I'm also a big ice cream connoisseur, so am always looking for great places.
Also, please help with places along the way for my drive from Vancouver to Cranbrook. I think I may stop in Osoyoos for some wine and sightseeing unless you recommend somewhere else.
Thanks so much in advance. And I promise a full report upon my return.