I am a bit stumped. I am going on a trip to Vancouver with a group of guy friends who are decidedly not foodies (I need not worry about them reading that assessment on this board, if you catch my drift). The main focus of the trip will be catching up with friends in Vancouver and drinking beer.
The group with whom I will be traveling are VERY budget conscious. I.e. the 35 dollar tasting menu at DB Moderne, which I find to be the steal of the century, would not be an acceptable price point AT ALL for this crew. They are more of a "let's hit the pub" type of guys (and we're not talking about an Irish Heather kind of pub--too expensive!)
I would like to avoid eating total dreck all weekend. It may be unavoidable, as my friends may override any suggestions I make and as we are meeting other like-minded friends in Vancouver who could well steer us in a certain direction.
I do not expect any miracle recommendations, but if anyone can steer me in the direction of a decent pub or pub-style eatery in the downtown core of Vancouver (these are not the type of guys who would travel in the city for food, and we are staying downtown) that is less expensive than the Irish Heather but more palatable than, say, ferry food or Milestones, please let me know. Don't put too much thinking or work into your recs as my ideas may be quashed by group consensus (I am praying that the consensus is not for Milestones, Cactus Club, Subeez or the like).
I was thinking of the Alibi Room because of the great beer selection, but I am not sure that I can get them to wander that far from the downtown core for grub.
I was also thinking of trying to convince them to go to Japadog for lunch (that would be an acceptable budget range for the guys, I think, though they might complain that it is more expensive than the other, more conventional hot dog stands).
Also, any good coffee joints right downtown other than Caffe Artigiano? We have an Artigiano in Victoria now so I'd rather try something new and different. Last time I was in Vancouver it seemed that the other good coffee places were outside of the downtown core (i.e. no JJ Bean right downtown...closest is over toward the downtown east side).