Thanks so much to everyone in the Vancouver Chowhound community for the great advice you gave us. We have eaten very well while here, thanks to you.
Here's where we ate:
On the way into the city we stopped at the Richmond Public Market. Unfortunately we weren't hungry. But what a wonderful walking around experience.
1st night - Kobe. Groan. One of my son's UBC buddies must have told him to get his parents to take him here. I've done teppanyaki/chop 'em up joints before and they can be kinda fun. And at least the quality of the ingredients is good. The best I can say about this one is that at least my two under 25 sons enjoyed looking at the hot female servers. Very expensive and mediocre, even for teppanyaki. Uninspired, ordinary seafood and meat. Everything seasoned with generic mixed "asian" seasoning. The biggest surprise was how few Caucasian tourist types were there. The place was jammed with Asian folks.
2nd day - after touring UBC, we stopped at Burgoo on West 10th Ave for a quick bite. Excellent soups and a great grilled cheese sandwich.
That night we went to Stella's Tap and Tapas, on Commercial Drive. Great atmosphere and great beer, but we all agreed that the food was a little heavy handed and ordinary. The portions were too big to allow for ordering multiple dishes. Still, the mussels were the largest, plumpest I've seen. Good skirt steak tacos and calamari. I'd go back, but it wasn't special.
3rd day - Granville Market and Go Fish. Go Fish is amazing. Just a little shack serving very fresh local fish to go or at the few outdoor picnic tables. we were lucky - we didn't wait long to place our order. We had a miso based fish chowder with red chiles, a salmon fish taco and a BBQ salmon sandwich, great chips and an amazing sandwich made from Qualicum Beach scallops. Everything was cooked til just done, accompanied by a terrific asian style slaw. Atmosphere is everything and this place has the best view of the harbor. Note to tourists - it's not on the island but just outside, by the fishing boats.
That night we went to Sha Lin Noodle House on Broadway. None of us had ever been to a noodle house, and we loved it. I never realized that noodles, all by themselves, taste good. We had an onion pancake - the weakest part of the meal - not enough onions and a little greasy. Vegetable stuffed dumplings, which were doughy chewy. The group was divided on those. Then dragging noodles with pork and black bean sauce and cut noodles with vegetables in curry. Both of these were extraordinary. Best of all was the $27.00 check, before tip, for the four of us. It was great fun to watch the noodles being made. I'd go back in a minute.
Tonight we're going to Kirin for a major Thanksgiving feast. A report will be posted later.
Once again, thanks to all for your advice. I hope my son stays here for four years so I can have more of those noodles!