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Sobo's New Digs -- Tofino

fmed | Jun 10, 200811:16 AM

Pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/gustibus....

Whenever I tell my kids that we are going to Tofino, it isn't the beach or the forests that they think of first...they both yell: "Sobo!" in unison.

To me, the evolution of Sobo embodies the maturation of the Tofino food scene. Chef Lisa Ahier and hubby Artie Ahier made a lifestyle choice to move to Tofino from their former home of Texas. They started Sobo in a purple lunch truck in a parking lot. A few years ago they moved to the cafe at the Botanical Gardens. Then this past year they moved again...this time to an expansive, bright space right downtown Tofino.

The past couple of years, we ate at Sobo for at least two meals a day. To me, Sobo "gets it." They serve healthy food at an exceptional value. We always go for the same dishes - their fish tacos in a fruit salsa and their now world famous Polenta Fries. This time around, they had fresh oysters on special...so oysters for lunch as well. Why not?! I also noticed that they took extra care with the presentation of many of the dishes I say coming out of the kitchen. Their soba noodles used to have a rustic presentation....It now has a architectural look to it - a tower of soba with a flurry of garnish.

As much we love going to Sobo, I'm also very happy that we now have many more dining options. Still...next year when we are in Tofino, Sobo will definitely be one of our first stops.

Pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/gustibus....

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