Restaurant review: Burger Lounge

During my vacation in southern California, I wandered past this small burger place on a street corner in San Diego’s Little Italy.  This is actually a San Diego based chain of restaurants. One of the stumbling blocks with vacationing alone is finding a place where I feel comfortable dining by myself.  So I tend toward…

Restaurant Review: Johnnie’s Pastrami

During a day trip to Los Angeles to visit a friend from my high school days, we stopped for lunch at Johnnie’s Pastrami in Culver City. This is a retro dinner serving classic burgers, sandwiches, chili, onion rings, fries, and pastrami and beef dip sandwiches.  And when I say retro, I do mean retro.  The…

Restaurant review: Napizza

During a late summer vacation to San Diego, I arrived at my hotel in Little Italy in the early afternoon.   After checking in and settling into my room, I took a walk around the immediate neighborhood and spotted a small corner pizza-by-the-slice place and went in. Napizza is a small California pizza chain with counter…

Restaurant Review: Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar

On a sunny weekend afternoon, we stopped for brunch at Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar in North Vancouver, in the shipyards adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay. Upon arrival, we had to wait several minutes just to get the attention of a maitre d’ or server.  I was tempted to leave get something to eat at…

Restaurant Review: Top Gun J & C restaurant

The family went out to dinner at the Top Gun J & C restaurant (on McKim Way, off Garden City Road).  The motivation was to try someplace new (we tend to stick with our reliable favorites).  This time, because Top Gun was voted Diner’s Choice Best Cantonese Restaurant in the annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. We arrived on…

Restaurant review: Lombardo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Before the numerous “authentic” Neapolitan pizza joints arrived in Vancouver, the best pizza places in town were (arguably) Lombardo’s and Marcello’s on Commercial Drive.    Lombardo’s is inside the Il Mercato shopping center on the corner of Commerical and East 1st Avenue. Lombardo’s isn’t certified neapolitan, but it’s pretty close, and darn good. We started with…

Restaurant review: Haiyi Seafood Restaurant

We went to the Haiyi Seafood Restaurant in the Riley Park area of Main Street for dinner with the extended family. Previously, this was the Golden Harvest Restaurant, and appears to be the same ownership and management as before, but renovated and re-branded. We ordered a set menu which started with the Winter Melon Soup…

Restaurant review: Georges Taverna

On a cool sunny weekend, we went out to Gerry Point park in Steveston for the Ship to Shore festival. We wandered the fair ground concessions and food truck and found nothing of interest. So we meandered into Steveston, but found every fish & chip place in the neighbourhood was packed with a lengthy wait…

Restaurant Review: Kalvin’s Szechuan Restaurant

After a weekened movie, we decided to grab dinner at Kalvin’s Szechuan Restaurant on Victoria Drive. In spite of “Szechuan” in the restaurant’s name, this is not really Szechuan restaurant.  The menu offers dishes that span not just Szechuan region, but also Shanghainese and Taiwanese cuisine. It’s tiny little place, has less than a dozen…

Restaurant review: Thai Cuisine By Montri

On a windy rainy Friday, we decided to go to Montri in Kitsilano.  This is Montri’s third go around in Vancouver, he previously had a restaurant at Broadway and Alma from the mid 90s to 2006, before retiring.  Be apparently he wasn’t ready to retire and opened his new place at West Broadway and Trafalgar….

Restaurant review: Joe Pizza

Joe Pizza is a new pizza joint in Gastown, on the corner of Carral and Cordova, where Rainier Provisions previously called home. It’s a gorgeous space that pays homage to it’s heritage as the ground floor of the Rainier Hotel in the early 20th century.  It was inexpensive lodging for the myriad seasonal industrial laborers that…

Restaurant review: Asahi Grill

For one of the last nights of my winter vacation, I met with my cousin, and his best friend at the Asahi Grill in the Kaakako neighborhood. This is very much a no-frills place, producing simple “local” cuisine.  To be clear, “local cuisine” in hawaii is a fusion of polynesian, chinese, japanese, korean, philipino and portuguese…