Last summer I spent a little over a week with a friend in BC. We spent a couple of nights in Whistler, one night in Victoria, and 5 in Vancouver.
My husband and I (we're in our early 30's) are going back (well, I'm going back--he's making his first trip to BC) to cheer on my 25 year old sister in the Vancouver marathon. We will be there 4/27-5/5.
Our first two nights will be spent in Whistler. The day we arrive we'll be flying in from the east cost of the US, after waking up uber-early for our 7am flight + layover, etc. So we'd like suggestions for somewhere casual, reasonably priced, but delicious. Our second night I already made a reservation at Bearfoot Bistro as it was my favorite meal our entire trip (the caribou was to die for!). We'll also do breakfast at Ciao-Thyme one of the days as that was quite tasty last time as well. Would appreciate additional breakfast and lunch suggestions from local chowhounders.
The next 6 nights we're staying at the Westin Grand in Vancouver. We're already planning on hitting the Izakayas on Robson street one night (liked Hapa last time, wasn't impressed with Gyoza King, but didn't get to try Kingyo or Guu with Garlic, and would take other suggestions as well), dinner at Chambar, and would like to get back to Vij's as my husband loves Indian food. Last trip we went to Tojo's and while the fish was very fresh, I'm not sure I need to make a return visit as I still felt hungry after spending some decent money. Also liked Salt for an afternoon snack and would like to go back there. Didn't have any memorable breakfasts, but liked going to Granville Island for a picnic style lunch, and another favorite meal of the trip was One Fish Two Fish in Victoria, so will definitely grab lunch at Go Fish on Granville Island this time around. And hope to get back to Chinatown as well for some tasty dim sum...not sure which restaurant we went to last time but would take rec's in this department as well (don't want to go out to Richmond for this, although would consider stopping for great dim sum en route from YVR to Whistler, if this would make sense and as long as the places serve dim sum all day--our flight gets in at 1pm and we have to get baggage, go through customs, pick up the rental car, etc. So I guess share any of these suggestions as well).
What other suggestions do you have? In particular I'd like to make a reservation for dinner the day after the marathon somewhere that can take my sister, who really loves chicken and beef, but isn't a fan of seafood (she's pretty picky). My husband and I are more adventurous eaters and would gladly entertain other suggestions for meals. Would appreciate some more moderately-priced finds, or any other stand-outs that are must-trys.
As far as activities, we're planning on walking and/or biking through Stanley Park at least a couple of times (including visiting the aquarium), shopping on Robson and Granville Island, and potentially visiting Grouse and/or the Capilano bridge (two things I didn't do on the last trip). Other foodie-worthy destinations would be appreciated.
Sorry for the lengthy request, and thanks in advance for your suggestions!
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA
1508 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C2, CA