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

Crab Cakes with a Club Vibe: Lunch at Coast

Eating out on a Tuesday afternoon isn’t usually the most dynamic dining experience.  In downtown Vancouver, midweek lunch tends to bring out the business types, texting with one hand and eating with the other.  In the air, there’s none of the anticipation of the evening or the energy of the weekend.  Throw in some dreary November weather, and it’s a recipe for eating at home.

All of which makes Coast, a new seafood place in the heart of the downtown business district, a little unusual.  When I showed up at 12:30 Tuesday, the restaurant – all two floors – was full, with a line of people waiting inside for a table.

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Crab Cakes with a Club Vibe: Lunch at Coast