Mike and I were able to take a little food adventure on our weekend in Vancouver. Thanks to my friend over at Trip Styler we had a great list of places to check out as soon as we got to town. We are lucky enough to have a kid who is an adventurous eater and used to us sticking a variety of foods in front of him. No restaurant was off limits. Here are a few of our favorite finds, all Dek approved.
Revolver Coffee 325 Cambie Street (coffee roaster) A hip coffee shop in Gastown that serves up a mean hot chocolate, offers steamed or cold milk for kids, and has a coffee selection even the most discerning of drinkers can appreciate. Pull up a table or a patch of floor, catch up with some friends and enjoy the fun atmosphere. There is no kids play area, so if you have antsy little ones in tow you can always get your beverage to go and stroll the streets of this thriving neighborhood.
De Dutch locations on Oak Street and Robson Street (Dutch) Ever heard of pannekoeken? It’s a Dutch pancake that falls somewhere between a crepe and an American standard pancake, but it takes up a full plate (and then some.) You can order a pannekoeken with savory or sweet filling. My favorite was the pear and maple pannekoeken. Dek enjoyed a bowl of oatmeal with milk and raisins, while Mike dug into his French toast with gusto.
Meat & Bread 370 Cambie Street, Gastown (artisan sandwiches and soups) This thriving lunch spot takes no reservations and is first come first serve for seating. Get there as close to opening (11am) as possible. By noon this place will be packed. Do yourself a favor and get the Porchetta sandwich and a grilled cheese. Kids will love the cutting boards their meals are served on. If you are craving something sweet be sure to save room for the Bacon Maple ice cream sandwich.
Granville Island No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a stop at Granville’s public market. A delicious smorgasbord of food features fresh fish, dumplings, cheese, cured meats, caramel delights and so much more. If you can’t find something here that will satisfy everyone in your family than you won’t find it anywhere.
Nook 781 Denman Street Vancouver at Robson St. (Italian) Don’t be intimidated by the size of this little restaurant at the top of Robson Street. It may not look kid friendly but the staff is ready to accommodate as soon as you walk in the door. They even have high chairs for your little one. An appetizer of meatballs is the perfect kid’s meal along with any of their pizzas. The wine list will mellow harried moms after a long day, allowing them to enjoy their meal of linguine pesto with sun-dried tomatoes. Any place that has buffalo mozzarella and cured meat on the menu is OK by me.
Kamei Royale 1030 W.Georgia St., 2nd fl., enter on Burrard St. next to Tiffany’s (Sushi) This somewhat hard to find location boast a huge menu any family member will love. Semi-private booths let kids wander a little bit without disturbing other dinners. Pregnant women will rejoice over the smoked salmon sushi options. Dek and I fought over the last bite of Dungeness crab and noodle salad in vinegar. Mike savored the many unagi rolls on the menu. The yam fries were a huge hit at the table as always.
Bella Gelateria 1001 West Cordova Street at Burrard (Gelato) I never thought I would find a salted caramel gelato better than the one at Gelatiamo in Seattle. Well I did in Vancouver and it was heaven. Go on a weeknight after dinner when it isn’t as crowded as the weekend. You will have more time to sample some of their more decadent and imaginative flavors, like Rooibos, Macha Tea, Blood Orange and Granny Apple and Pear. The staff is more than willing to let you taste test a little of each one, especially when there is no long line up behind you.
For more restaurant recommendations head over to the Vancouver, BC page. Let me know if I missed any of your favorites.