Although I'm new to Nanaimo, I already know that there are a few amazing restaraunts. Gina's is an authentic Mexican restaraunt perched perilously atop a hill looking over downtown Nanaimo. You can't miss it, it's bright, neon pink. Be expected to wait on the weekend. And don't forget to try the salsa! The next is The Acme Food Company. This restaraunt is relitively new to Nanaimo. Now please don't prejudge and think new means trendy. This restaraunt is located in downtown Nanaimo, and anyone who has ever been here knows that there is nothing trendy about downtown. If you want trendy, you head north, plain and simple. The Acme Food Company seves up an amazing pasta bar. You have your choice of pasta, sauce and an array of ingredients to go in it. They vary from roasted garlic, to artichoke hearts and chorizo sausage. It also comes with your choice of a chicken or a prawn skewer on top for no additional charge and comes with foccacia bread and a balsamic/olive oil dipping plate. This is all for $10.95. The martini's there all come with fresh fruit in the glass, so if you order a blackberry martini, you'll get fresh blackberries in it (duh). And man do they taste good after being soaked in the martini!