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dockside restaurant brewing company vancouver diningVancouver'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.

How to Find the Best Restaurants on the Road

Granville Island runs the gamut in terms of where and what to eat. This culinary hotspot is popular with residents and tourists alike. Enjoy lunch on the waterfront at Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Company, featuring a seafood-based menu, along with its own microbrewery. Try the Alder Bay Honey Lager, made with real B.C. honey. 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.

Stanley Park has numerous concessions selling the old standbys -- hot dogs, hamburgers, and fish and chips. But for a nicer sit-down meal, the Fish House is your best bet, offering dishes like salmon risotto and grilled halibut. You can even pick up a bottle of lobster oil here to take home -- it makes a delicious dip for bread.

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. Ghee, cheeses and yogurt are made on the premises daily.

For a picnic, head to the food emporium Urban Fare in Yaletown for supplies. 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 owners claim to serve 50 kinds of fresh seafood and have their own oyster bar. The rotating blue plate lunch specials are a great deal. Visitors looking for a splurge at dinnertime can try the three-tier seafood tower on ice that includes a sampler of crab, shrimp, lobster, clams, scallops, mussels, sockeye salmon and -- of course -- local oysters (great for sharing).

For casual Chinese cuisine, including dim sum, Hon's Wun-Tun House is a large cafeteria-style restaurant with an open-concept kitchen. It is popular with families and casual diners for its low prices and generous portions.
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