Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Spots in Vancouver

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Wondering where to get turkey and all the fixings in Vancouver this Thanksgiving?  These five restaurants promise diners Thanksgiving bliss without having to spend all day in the kitchen.

  • West: Traditional holiday flavours meet contemporary West Coast cuisine at this Vancouver fine dining institution.  The Turkey Tasting Menu is a five-course feast that can be accompanied by wine pairings.  Start with a Lytton pear salad with Farmhouse Castle blue cheese.  Then move onto the spiced turkey consomme, followed by braised turkey leg cannelloni with black truffles.  The main course is butter poached turkey breast with Yukon Gold potato puree.  And top it all off with pumpkin flan, caramelized pears and orange chiffon.  Oct. 5-Oct. 8; $68.
  • Bacchus: The swanky dining room at downtown’s Wedgewood Hotel is famous for its lavish Thanksgiving spread.  The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner Menu offers up the best of the local harvest.  Start with roasted corn and lobster veloute or organic arugula and baby spinach salad with poached pear and crumbled blue cheese.  The main course is roast free-run turkey with cranberry compote, apple and chestnut stuffing and chive-whipped potatoes.  For dessert, save room for the spiced pumpkin tart with cinnamon ice cream.  Oct. 7-Oct. 8; $55.  Continue reading:
    Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Spots in Vancouver

Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

Dungeness Crab Cake

Stay with me on this one.  Two Vancouver restaurants are being featured in the upcoming finale of Top Chef: Texas.  Top Chef is the hit reality cooking show on Bravo, where chefs face off in a series of culinary challenges.  This season – judged by Emeril Lagasse, among others – is set in Texas and focuses on southern cuisine like pit BBQ and chili.

But the final episodes have been filmed right here in Vancouver.  The finale is set in two very popular restaurants on Alberni Street: Black+Blue and Coast. Catch it when it airs March 12 at 6 p.m. on Food Network Canada (or Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. if you get Bravo USA) – or head down to ritzy Alberni Street yourself for a first-hand look at the featured restaurants.

Black+Blue is a brand-new, upscale steakhouse that’s already winning acclaim for having the best steaks in town.  Continue reading:
Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

Helpful Guide to Best Restaurants in Vancouver

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre—Restaurant Food

Here’s the dilemma:  You’ve just arrived in Vancouver and want to sample the city’s acclaimed cuisine.  But how do you find the best restaurants? Do you trust your guidebook?  Do you do a quick Internet search?  Do you quiz the concierge at your hotel?

Maybe.  But there’s a better way, and her name is Mia Stainsby.  Stainsby is the food critic for the Vancouver Sun.  And she recently published an article called Metro’s 20 best restaurants.  Read it; study it; memorize it.  It’s like a concise little cheat sheet for understanding the best of Vancouver cuisine.

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Helpful Guide to Best Restaurants in Vancouver

The “New” Goldfish: Goldfish Seafood & Chops

Yaletown's Goldfish Seafood & Chops. Photo: Dana Lynch

For most Vancouverites, Yaletown’s Goldfish restaurant needs no introduction. Owned by renowned Vancouver restaurateur Bud Kanke and the sister-restaurant of the famous Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Goldfish has long been a local favourite, inspiring a loyal following both in Yaletown and across the Lower Mainland. I’ve met people from Burnaby to Delta that travel to Vancouver just to dine at Goldfish.

Still, Goldfish didn’t achieve its accolades and popularity by resting on its laurels. Always dynamic, the restaurant upped the ante last month by renaming itself Goldfish Seafood & Chops (formerly Goldfish Pacific Kitchen) and revitalizing its menu and identity by focusing on strong, clean flavours, simple and perfectly-prepared seafood, and gorgeous meats.

Don’t worry: the beloved Braised Beef Short Ribs are still there—along with other signature dishes—but now you can pair your favourites with an array of new seafood options, from Goldfish’s premium oysters to the famous Joe Fortes Seafood Tower.

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The “New” Goldfish: Goldfish Seafood & Chops

Fresh, Wild and Local: Where to find Vancouver’s best seafood

Emperor Scallop Burger w/ Lime Mayo & Crispy Onion Ring @ Go Fish

Every day during the summer months, downtown Vancouver’s Fishermen’s Wharf is crowded with boats unloading tuna, salmon, crabs, prawns and more: almost all of it caught locally.  So where does the catch of the day end up?  Continue reading:
Fresh, Wild and Local: Where to find Vancouver’s best seafood