Hello Chowhounds, I wanted to post these recs from our recent day trip to Vancouver in July. I had searched for some places on here before we went but we didn't go to any of them. Here is where we ended up going (all in Gastown):
La Casita Mexicana (www.lacasita.ca)
Someone had recommended Jules' Bistro nearby and as we were on our way there, a torrential downpour started. We were standing on the street at a red light when I saw what looked like a local businessman in a suit sitting in his car with the window rolled down. I asked if he knew Jules' Bistro and he didn't, then the light changed and I quickly saw La Casita right in front of us across the street. I pointed and said, "what about that place?". He recommended it, so we tried it and were very pleasantly surprised. Good, cheap, seemingly-authentic Mexican. Fresh ingredients, and everything was prepared well. To boot, the Colombians were playing in the World Cup that afternoon and they had big screens showing the game. There was a table full of enthusastic Colombians all dressed in their jerseys and it was a fun way to spend our lunch during the rainstorm.
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters (timbertraincoffeeroasters.com)
After lunch we walked up the same street as La Casita, which is Cordova St., and popped in to this place for some delicous, 'artisanal' coffee, in a simple, pretty, modern space. Another welcome surprise. Recommended - from someone who appreciates good coffee.
The Flying Pig (www.theflyingpigvancouver.com)
This is another restaurant that we passed as we were looking for a place to eat lunch. It's on the main drag in Gastown, located on a corner. We did not eat here but it was packed and the barbecue smells coming from the restaurant were delicious. Plus the local guy I had spoken to in the car (mentioned above) also recommended this place, so I just wanted to mention it here.
I hope this is helpful to someone reading these boards. I have received such great info from CH over the years so I always like to pay it forward whenever I can.