Vancouver's rich mix of immigrants means that the city offers a wide variety of ethnic cuisine, and, as you'd expect from its coastal location, it also has some exceptional seafood restaurants. But there's much more to the restaurant scene -- see our recommendations below for a taste.
Granville Island runs the gamut in terms of where and what to eat. This culinary hot spot is popular with residents and tourists alike. Enjoy lunch on the waterfront at Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Company, featuring a seafood-focused menu, along with its own microbrewery. The Granville Island Public Market is a great spot to pick up the makings of a picnic lunch to eat outside by the water.
For an inexpensive breakfast in North Vancouver, the Eighties Restaurant serves up hearty portions of traditional favorites like Bennies (eggs Benedict) and pan-fried potatoes, or the No. 1, which includes two eggs cooked any style, four strips of bacon, potatoes and toast. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner.
The unique Salmon n' Bannock is inspired by the culinary traditions of the region's First Nations people, with entrees featuring not only salmon but also elk, bison and boar. Homemade bannock (an unleavened bread) is served with main dishes.
Because this popular restaurant doesn't take reservations, you're almost guaranteed to wait in line -- but locals agree that the creative Indian fusion dishes at Vij's are worth the wait. The menu changes seasonally, but might include such offerings as Rajasthani-style spicy goat with vegetables or grilled sablefish in tomato-yogurt broth.
For a picnic, head to the food emporium Urban Fare for supplies. (There are multiple locations around the city, including Yaletown and Coal Harbour.) Choose from more than 100 cheeses, an olive bar, fresh caviar, an extensive deli and organic produce. Or sit in the licensed cafe and sip wine while you watch patrons squeeze tomatoes.
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse has been around for decades. The menu boasts more than a dozen varieties of fresh oyster, as well as steaks that have all been aged at least 28 days. The rotating blue plate lunch specials are a great deal. Visitors looking for a splurge at dinnertime can try the seafood tower on ice that includes a sampler of lobster, clams, scallops, mussels, tuna crudo and -- of course -- local oysters (great for sharing).
Vancouver has tons of good Japanese restaurants, but our favorite is Miku, located on the waterfront near Canada Place. In addition to a la carte sushi, nigiri and sashami options, you can also try a special Kaiseki meal, which involves a series of courses beautifully presented on plateware from Japan.
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