My family is coming to Vancouver for five days and I'm looking for some recommendations and info. I've been reading the past posts, so as to ask more specific questions and not just another general what to eat. We'll be staying in the West End, our favorite restaurants at home (Chicago) are ethnic storefronts, though of course we are looking in Vancouver for local specialities. But any place with seafood needs to have enough options to keep one non-seafood family member happy. And we might spend $50 a person one night, but generally our budget is lower (and we're not really the white tablecloth and crystal sorts anyway).
Here's what I'm thinking so far--
Vij's: we love Indian, though we get a lot of it in Chicago. But it sounds like Vij's is something special and we should go there. Yes? (and how do you pronounce the name?)
Go Fish: for sure we will get to the Granville Island market, and we ate ourselves silly on fish and chips in Victoria a couple of years ago. This seems to be the place that is mentioned the most.
Guu with Garlic: the rest of my family thinks they don't like Japanese because they can't get used to the idea of raw fish. Can I take them to Guu and they will find something good to eat, or is it mainly sushi? To me it sounds fabulous!
Salmon: The one seafood we can all agree on. Where to eat it?
Fresh cooked crabs: bought these at Pike Place Market in Seattle and took it back to the hotel room, incredibly memorable meal. Can we do this in Vancouver, and where to get the crabs?
Green Lettuce: this was mentioned as Indian Chinese, sounds interesting, has anyone been there?
Chinatown, dim sum would be great, where, and/or anything else? The Chinatown Market, is there good street food there, or a resto?
Anywhere to get the best fresh baguettes in the West End? When we were in Montreal, our breakfast everyday was cheese and baguettes, and if we could repeat this, we'd be very pleased. (Sadly, no truly great baguettes anywhere near our house in Chicago. Why, god, why?) I saw the posts about the great cheese store (on the north shore? I bookmarked the post) we have a fridge in our room, so we can buy cheese, just need the bread...
And lastly, I hesitate to ask, but for a son who went to McGill and is pining for poutine, is there any good poutine in Vancouver? Or do they ban it west of Quebec?
Many thanks for any thoughts and insights on any part of this! (and don't hesitate to suggest ideas I haven't thought of) We're really looking forward to the city!