Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver 2011–what have you tried?

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Did you know that last year around September, I kept checking the Vancouver Magazine website because that was the month during which they had released the 2008 and 2009 Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver lists. It would happen that when I was so diligent, it was the year they skipped.

This year, at least at this time, I do not call Vancouver home but I will be back and so I am still eager to tear apart the 2011 list that I pounced on as soon as my friend, Alfred Pang, tweeted about it!

As usual, what I’ve tried is bolded and there isn’t much this year–it seems to me that they’ve gone more upscale and less accessible. What I will be able to try is italicized.

  1. Jungle Pork Curry – Hawksworth
  2. Goat Cheese & Fig Salad – Rocky Mountain Flatbread
  3. Octopus with Pesto – Cin Cin
  4. Kobe Burger – Stackhouse Burger
  5. Celery Root Linguine – Raincity Grill
  6. Frosted Flake Pancakes – Jethro’s Fine Pub
  7. Himalayan Pink Salt CaramelsPurdy’s
  8. Dinner Rolls – Beyond Bread
  9. Spicy Miso Chowder – Sushi Q
  10. Chocolate Banana Cake – Ganache Patisserie
  11. Pork Cheek Terrine – Refuel
  12. Pear Rosemary Jazz – Benton Brothers Fine Cheese
  13. Green Walnut with Grappa Preserves – Vista d’Oro
  14. Raspberry Cardamom Jelly – Edible Canada (Granville Island)
  15. Castelvetrano Olives – Whole Foods
  16. Singapore Pork Jerky – BKH Jerky
  17. Lemon Meringue Pie – Acme Cafe
  18. Tea Leaf Salad – Bo Laksa King
  19. Sweet & Sour Eggplant – Ensemble
  20. Korean Fried Chicken – Zabu Chicken
  21. Taro Slush – Dragon Ball Tea House
  22. Heirloom Tomatoes – Whole Foods
  23. Single Malt Gelato – Bella Gelateria
  24. Chicken Sandwich – La Brasserie
  25. Veal Shank – Tableau
  26. Coconut Fro-Yo – Pinkberry
  27. Prawn & Papaya Salad – Le Do
  28. Beef Tartare – Bao Bei
  29. Punjabi Amuse-Bouche – Vij’s
  30. Slapjack Chowder – Rodney’s Oyster House (had this at Rodney’s in Toronto… it counts, right?)
  31. Orange Fritter – Union Market
  32. Oxtail Soup – En Restaurant
  33. Halibut Gnocchi – Cioppino’s
  34. Risotto Cakes – Finest at Sea
  35. Pulled Pork Pancakes – Red Wagon Cafe
  36. Poached Egg with Summer Truffle – L’Abattoir
  37. Sawmill Bay Oysters – Maenam
  38. Beddis Blue – Les Amis du Fromage
  39. Horseradish Monterey – Benton Brothers Fine Cheese
  40. Alpindon – Les Amis du Fromage
  41. Fried Wild Rice with Bacon and Crab – Red Star
  42. Banana Daquiri – L’Abattoir
  43. Bianca Pizza – Nicli Antica
  44. Northern Divine Sustainable Caviar – C Restaurant
  45. Fried Chicken – L.A. Chicken
  46. Bourbon-Infused Maple Syrup – Old Faithful
  47. Roasted Garlic Country Bread – Fieldstone Artisan Breads
  48. Taiwanese Pancakes – Wang’s Taiwan Beef Noodle House (I’ve had the “pancakes” and been to the restaurant but haven’t had the pancakes at Wang’s.)
  49. Hotel Georgia House Cocktail – Hawksworth
  50. Bistecca Fiorentina – La Buca
  51. Silver Sage Chardonnay
  52. Pistachio MacaronThierry
  53. Box Sushi – Toshi Sushi
  54. Red Racer
  55. Phillips Hoperation Tripel Cross
  56. Fat Tug – Driftwood Beer
  57. Tuna with Melon – Guu Garden
  58. Power Shandy – Astoria Hotel
  59. Halibut Tacos – Feastro Food Truck
  60. Cranberry Raisin Ginger Loaf – Purebread
  61. Muesli – The Dish
  62. Vitello Tonnato Sandwich – La Ghianda
  63. Toroniku Miso RamenHokkaido Santouka Ramen
  64. Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich – Meat & Bread
  65. Butterscotch Pudding – Cafeteria
  66. Japanese Slider – ShuRaku
  67. Lavender Chocolate – Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France
  68. Wildflower Honey – Fairmont Waterfront
  69. Tamago – Dan
  70. Grilled Pita – Nu
  71. Deep-Fried Oreos – The Fair at PNE
  72. Buddha’s HandWhole Foods
  73. BS Rose
  74. Corn Dog – Peckinpah
  75. Blackberry Ice CreamThe Udder Guys (Whole Foods)
  76. Smoked Meat Sandwich – C’est Bon! Zako’s Deli
  77. Bolo Bau (Pineapple Bun)Lido
  78. Barbecued Salmon – Yellowhead Market
  79. Nettle & Spot Prawn Ravioli – Campagnolo
  80. Pumpkin Spice Doughnut – Joey’s
  81. Spicy Avocado Rolls – Ki
  82. Sour Beer – The Alibi Room
  83. Pain au ChocolatFaubourg (Pain au chocolat is just a fancy word for croissant? I’ve had that. And I’ve been to Faubourg.)
  84. Smoked Beef Tongue – Big Lou’s Butcher Shop
  85. Chicken & Waffles – Two Chefs and a Table
  86. The Anaconda – The Factory
  87. Chicken Karage – Kingyo (Had chicken karaage in many places and visited Kingyo once.)
  88. Bresaola Pizza – The Bibo
  89. Louis d’Or Cheese – Les Amis du Fromage
  90. Creamy Hot & Sour Soup – Mango Thai
  91. Thousand Chili Chicken – Peaceful Restaurant (I don’t know if I would ever try this dish but have been to Peaceful many times, love the Shandong noodles and potato rolls there.)
  92. Grand Marnier Souffle – Le Crocodile
  93. Croque Madame – Petit Chavignol
  94. Dungeness Crab Cake – The Shore Club
  95. Lychee-Basil Lemonade – Roaming Dragon Food Truck
  96. Coconut Drink – The Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Hotel
  97. Fresh Berry Sundae – Emma Lea Farms
  98. Nachos – Jericho Sailing Centre
  99. Potato Tornados – Richmond Night Market
  100. Sweet Cherry Tarts – Tartine Bread and Pies
  101. Smoothie (banana blended with Medjool dates, almond butter, raw cacao, raw maca, soy milk) – The Juice Truck
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4 Comments

  1. Sand says:

    Great stuff.I’d like to rnmmcoeed checking out things like sausages. What do you think?

  2. What an interesting list of entrees. Nettle and spot prawn ravioli– so Northwest. I had one failed experiment cooking with nettles and haven’t tried again since. But I know I will try again sometime: it’s free, foraged, and abundant. But must bring gloves. Lychee-basil lemonade– that sounds really good. Raspberry cardamon jelly– yes. Beef tongue or fried oreo cookie- never!

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