Category Archives: Casual – burgers and stuff

Bows & Arrows: Tartines and Lamb Ribs

I’m really behind in my blog posts… after recently hearing that Bows & Arrows had sold and plans to close down after this Sunday’s brunch service, I figured I should push this post up while they’re still open. I actually visited back in mid-April after having wanted to try this place for a number of months.
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Kelly O’Bryan’s Restaurant: Average Bar Food

Back in the day, the iconic former CPR station located at the convergence of Front and Columbia streets in New Westminster used to be home of The Keg. That is, until The Keg closed these doors in 2013. For years, it sat idly by until recently a new tenant, Kelly O’Bryan’s, decided to call this place home. Interestingly, the founders of Kelly O’Bryan’s worked in The Keg at this location back in the 70’s.
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White Spot (Bridgeport): Dry and Overcooked Eggs

As someone who was born in Vancouver, I have fond memories of White Spot… especially their pirate paks. As I got older, I started to appreciate their legendary burgers and other casual dishes like chicken pot pie and fish and chips. However, over the last 15 years or so, I’ve noticed a decline in their food. Nothing too serious but noticeable enough that I often lament about how their coleslaw used to taste better or their hamburgers used to be juicier.
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Shake Shack (Chiyoda): Tokyo 2017

Okay, it might seem strange that our first visit to Shake Shack is in Japan. This New York based hamburger chain started out as a simple food cart back in 2004 but has expanded to over 100 locations around the world (and yet none in Vancouver).
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Village Taphouse: Mac and Cheese

While summer has officially come and gone in Vancouver, we stopped by the Village Taphouse in West Vancouver after a fun hike around Lighthouse Park on the last sunny day of September. I suppose it made architectural sense since there’s a large lighthouse right outside this pub located in the heart of the Village at Park Royal.
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Earls (Lougheed): Bridge Park

I’ve always thought that the Earls located on Lougheed Hwy in Burnaby was in a strange spot. It seems to be stuck in a little nook that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. I guess that’s why it never seems busy when we visit. Either that, or we’re fortunate to avoid the rush.
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Red Robin (Coquitlam): Bottomless Fries and Root Beer Floats

I’ve mentioned previously on a number of posts… there was a time when Red Robin was the place to go if you wanted to find “gourmet” burgers. Now, “gourmet” typically meant anything other than a regular cheeseburger and it was also a few decades before all of the newer burger joints started opening up. Still, Red Robin, services a fairly broad demographic looking for a family-friendly atmosphere at relatively fair prices.
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TR Fire Grill (Hawaii 2017): Shrimp and “Grits” and Shrimp Tacos

On our last day in Waikiki, we found a new spot for lunch on the corner of Kuhio Ave and Walina Street (across the street from the International Marketplace) called TR Fire Grill.
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M.A.C. 24/7 (Hawaii 2017): Ahi Poke Stack and Eleven-Spiced Chicken Wings

One of the drawbacks of flying into Hawaii late at night is that many of the popular restaurants in Waikiki are closed by the time you clear customs, pick up your luggage, and finally get picked up by your shuttle from the airport (yes, I’m talking about you SpeediShuttle – you should really change your name).
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IT Char Burger: Have You Got IT?

Have you got IT?
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Kamini’s Corner Cafe: Quick Eats, Muted Flavours

It’s hard to believe that my last visit to this small but cute cafe, located on 12th Street in New Westminster, was 4 years ago. Back then, it was known as Amber’s Choice Cafe and I had fond memories of the sandwiches and soups that I had here.
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McDonald’s – Bunkyō (Tokyo 2016): Breakfast

It’s hard to believe but the Land of the Rising Sun had their first taste of the Golden Arches back in 1971 when a McDonald’s opened in Ginza. Since then, McDonald’s has grown to become a staple in Japan. Staying near the Suidōbashi Station during our trip to Japan meant that it was easy to grab a quick breakfast at this particular McDonald’s located across from Tokyo Dome and on the outer portion of the Kanda River Aqueduct.
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