Takeout review: The Pie Hole (Kitsilano)

The Pie Hole is a local chain of boutique bakeries that produce small batch artisan pies. The Kitsilano location opened in spring 2019, on West 4th Avenue, off Burrard, adjacent the PetroCan station. They have a range of sweet and savory pie offerings (including vegan and gluten free options). I picked up a slice of…

Takeout review: Downlow Chicken Shack

I first heard about Downlow Chicken during the 2018 Italian Days. While walking along the north end of Commercial, I saw a lineup outside this new chicken place. Downlow was doing a “soft” opening, serving just their chicken sandwiches. I was curious, but at the time, had already eaten lunch, and didn’t feel inclined to…

Takeout review: AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

On a warm sunny weekend, while wandering about main and broadway, I saw someone walking down the munching on a slice of takeout pizza. I asked where he bought it, and he pointed to AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint. AJ’s is New York style pizza place on West Broadway, across the street from Kingsgate Shopping Center….

Takeout review: Hon’s Wonton House Olympic Village

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t bother posting a review of Hon’s. It’s not really “blog worthy” because it’s been around for over 40 years and hasn’t changed much during that time. That said, I’ve blogged about Cheesecake Etc and it’s kinda the same deal. So WTH, I’ll do it. This was the new location on West 2nd…

Takeout review: The Fried Chicken Works in Lonsdale Quay

So while visiting North Vancouver we wandered through the Lonsdale Quay market and stopped for lunch in the food court.  There was a small fried chicken place inside. The operation appears to be run by korean family.  They made conventional fried chicken, plus a number of flavored variations (teriyaki, soy, korean spicy, garlic, etc). We…

Takeout review: Dominique Ansel Bakery Ginza

Prior to a spring holiday in Tokyo Japan, while researching things to do and places to go, I noticed that Dominique Ansel (of New York City “Cronut” fame) had not one, but TWO bakeries in Tokyo. So when we stopped to do some shopping in the Ginza District, I had to seek out his bakery…

Takeout review: Stretch Roman Pizza Co

On a cool weekend we stopped in Gastown to visit Stretch Roman Pizza Company on Abbott Street. They have a fairly extensive menu of pizza toppings and combinations. They also have salads and paninis on the menu. But we were here for the pizza. As a roman pizza place, the front counter features about a dozen…

Takeout review: King Chicken

During my daily commute, I pass by this unassuming little fried chicken joint on East Broadway and Rupert called King Chicken. So on a lazy Friday evening, I decided to grab some takeout, rather than go home to cook. It’s a small family run place, apparently only open for a few months.  It’s a curios place,…

Takeout review: Straight outta Brooklyn Pizzeria

While downtown on a rainy weekend, I decided to grab a slice of Pizza from Brooklyn. This New York style pizzeria is on the south end of Robson street, across from the entrance to the Public Library. There were four varieties of pizza pie available, and I went with the classic Pepperoni. This is a…

Take out review: Cafe Loyal

Cafe Loyal is a small hong kong style cafe in a small strip mall on the corner of Bridgeport road and Number 5 road in East Richmond. Cafe Loyal is a cross a hong kong cafe and a shopping center food court establishment.   This place serves the kind of cuisine that is typical of…

Takeout review: R & H Chinese Food

During a day of boxing day shopping at Lansdowne Shopping Center, we decided to grab lunch at out a Shanghainese place in the mall food court. A place like “R & H Chinese Food” would look completely ordinary in an asian mall like Aberdeen or Parker Place, but it stands out in Lansdowne. We placed…

Takeout review: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

As the second part of the “Eatin’ in Surrey” sojourn, since trips to Surrey are a rarity for me, I had to make a side trip to the one and only Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location in the greater Vancouver area. There was a time (10 years ago) when we would make day trips to Seattle…