Hello all! I'm planning a trip to your fair city some time in August to celebrate my first wedding anniversary. I know absolutely nothing about Vancouver and I was there nearly 20 years ago with my folks. I only remember a wonderful Chinese outdoor market where we brought fresh lychees for our drive out to Banff.
I know the generic "Where do I go?! Plan my trip!" questions can be annoying, but I'm going to have to start with a fairly generic one:
Where would a 'Hound stay to be near good chow?
I'm looking at the Hampton Inn & Suites (111 Robson Street), which seems to have quite a bit near walking distance.
The other thing is I'm looking for is a variety of off-the-top-of-your-head recommendations. We'll have a car and are willing to travel for interesting chow. What is Vancouver known for? For instance, I'd tell anyone visiting San Diego that they should to try some non-Americanized Mexican food and sample awesome craft beers.
Things we might be interested in:
-Craft Beers (The Alibi Room looks awesome)/good beer or wine bars that are not complete meat markets
-Chinese food (especially Cantonese)
-Any other ethnic cuisine that Vancouver is known or not-so-well-known for (example: San Diego has a fairly large Ethiopian population and it's not obvious to a lot of casual tourist research)
-Street food (I will look at this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705131 more closely to see where the carts are located)
-Fine dining, Vancouver-style (probably at least one meal for the anniversary shindig)
-Farmers' Markets and any permanent markets that are great to wander through
-Restaurants and other food businesses focusing on locally sourced products
-Bakeries and/or dessert places
-Anything uniquely Vancouver (doesn't matter if it's street food, fast food, or expensive)
Things we're not likely to be interested in:
Thank you! I'll have more specific questions as my research progresses. And, of course, there will be a full post-trip report.
Edited to add: Found this thread... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693772 ... was already thinking of Vij's or Rangoli because of the No Reservations episode. Unless someone wants to tell me they're overrated, then we'll probably stop by.
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