Dear fellow Hounds,
I'm in the process of planning my honeymoon in British Columbia. I've spent hours searching through this board and I need some help narrowing down my choices.
I love all types of food, though I tend to prefer more casual, mid-priced options to frou-frou gourmet. I'm really excited about experiencing Pacific Northwestern cuisine.
I'm fairly strict about where my meat comes from. Happily, Victoria appears to share San Francisco's passion for the organic movement. Please let me know if there's any place on this list that doesn't follow the sustainable/local/ethical mantra.
-Zambri's (anyone know where I can find a sample menu?)
-Penny Farthing OR Spinnaker's (I want to have one night of fine pub food and beer. Which of these should I go to and why?)
-Niche OR The Superior (Which would you prefer? Also, small plates menus can be misleading. How much can I expect to spend? I have a reasonable, but not enormous, appetite)
-The Rosemeade OR ... (I want one no-holds-barred splurge night. The Rosemeade looks great. Is there a better place to consider? I'm kind of ambivalent about Sooke Harbour House - I love the concept, but the sample menu doesn't excite me and I've read some lukewarm reviews)
-Camille's OR Cafe Brio OR Brasserie L'Ecole (all three seem to fill the role of good food at reasonable prices. Which should I choose? Should I choose more than one?)
-Smoken Bones OR Fifth St Bar and Grill OR Neither (The prices are attractive. How is the food?)
-The Oceanside Patio at Aterevida
-Red Fish Blue Fish
-Riverwalk Cafe (en route to Tofino)
-Am I missing an essential fish shack?
-I am intrigued by Choux Choux Charcuterie, Pig, and Cafe Vieux Montreal. However, I can't locate any info on where the source there meats. Does anyone know?
-Also, is there a dinner spot listed above that I should try for lunch or brunch instead? Niche's brunch looks particularly promising.
-Any essential spots that I'm missing?
-Any good places to eat on Salt Spring Island?
-Any farmers' markets worth visiting?
-Any good spots for picnic supplies?
Thanks in advance for your help. If any of you visit SF, I will gladly return the favor.