Let me apologize in advance for starting yet another Vancouver thread. Also I just realized my title doesn't fully address what I ended up posting about :-).
My situation: we will be driving from Seattle to Vancouver in a couple of weeks (on a Saturday). Hope to arrive in Vancouver early afternoon (depending on traffic at the border, I guess), staying at the Hotel Fairmont Vancouver (the older one downtown, not the newer one at the pier). We have a cruise on Sunday. My plan is to dump my rental car by 5:30 so I don't have to pay for overnight parking. I am not sure I want to waste time on a sit-down lunch since we will not have a lot of time for sightseeing but it seems like going to Granville Island might not be a bad idea since it's on the way (although I assume it will be very busy on a Saturday), and then we could eat at one of the places there. Does this sound reasonable? Is there anyplace else en route from Seattle that is worth stopping at for lunch?
For dinner, I would like someplace nice since it happens to be our anniversary, but our kids (19 and 23) will be with us so I don't want it to be that expensive, plus my daughter is a picky eater. Ethnic is kind of iffy (although she did surprise me and liked Malaysian we had outside of DC a couple of years ago). None of us eat pork or shellfish so dim sum isn' t going to work(I know there have been suggestions of that here). Since I will not have the car anymore it would be nice if it were walking distance from the hotel (but I am ok with a several block walk so long as we do not get lost or mugged).
Also is there someplace near the hotel to get some good pastries for breakfast? I actually have 2 free breakfast buffets included with my hotel stay but at $24pp I am not going to pay for it for the other 2 so I need to find someplace for them to get food. I wouldn't eat there if it weren't free since we'll have plenty of food once we get on the ship
Thanks for your help.