I don't eat seafood, so I wasn't expecting a great deal from Vancouver restaurants when I first got here. Although I don't like how this city closes down at 10:30 every weeknight (from Toronto), there were some pleasant surprises (mostly thanks to chowhound):
1. Feenie's on West Broadway - awesome casual restaurant with an adventurous menu (try the short ribs, the duck or the hamburger - all equally good). The staff are awesome which was good because I am out here alone.
2. Hapa Izakaya on Robson(hope I spelled it right) - fantastic Japanese small plates - there is nothing like it in Toronto (that I know of) - the Kobe beef meatball and bacon wrapped mushrooms were fantastic.
3. The Lennox - nice little pub at Granville/Robson -
great atmosphere to watch a hockey game and throw back a few beers - the irish stew and pulled pork sandwich went down nicely with the beer - although I wouldn't say the food was great.
4. Gotham Steakhouse on Seymour - medium rare filet was fantastic but the fixings (potatoes + bread) were only average). There are so many steakhouses in every city now that I guess I can get picky but it is what it is.
5. Cardero's - since I don't eat seafood, I may be missing the boat on this one. The atmosphere is cool - if you're from out of town you should go for the scenery alone - I had the duck breast which was very good and reasonably priced. If you like seafood, I think you'll find lots here but I can't help.
6. The Keg Caeasar's - although I hate eating at places that we have in abundance in Toronto, there were two occasions where everything in the downtown core was closed and the Keg was the only choice. As always, the Keg delivers a solid 7 out of 10 but never more.
7. Joe Fortes - another seafood emporium although the pork chops I had were quite good. The atmosphere is really interesting and Pacific like. The one table upstairs with the fire place in the middle looked amazing. I highly recommend this place for tourists because it has a Vancouver feel that you won't find too many other places.
8. Ginger 62 (or was it 66?) - got stone drunk at this place with some co-workers so don't remember the food very well. I do remember it was Tapas style and that I ate everything put in front of me so it must have been decent. Good bar scene but this isn't clubhound.com so I'll leave it at that.
9. Earl's on Robson - loved the cocktails but hated the food - reminded me of Milestone's back in Toronto. Definetly worth hitting the patio for snacks and cocktails on a nice day.
10. The boathouse - again, not a seafood eater so I had the burger or something which I won't even comment on since normal people (aka not me) wouldn't go to the Boathouse for a burger. The view of the harbour was awesome.