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Y Sushi: Unremarkable Japanese on Edmonds

Ok, so I’ve held off on visiting Y Sushi for a very long time. Why? Well, I’ve heard many mixed reviews of the place and, to be honest, life is too short for bad sushi.
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Queen’s Cafe by Eighteen Chefs: How Long Will it Last?

The corner of Kingsway and Salisbury in Burnaby seems like the perpetual Bermuda Triangle for restaurants… it never seems like any restaurant can make a go of it in this location.
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Cactus Club (Station Square): Disappointing Service

You know, I remember back in the day when Cactus Club was known for their cow-themeed decor… seems like those days are long gone now (probably for the best). You just have to look at their recently opened location in Station Square. You can tell that they must have spent a lot of moolah here. That being said, I can’t say that I was very impressed by our visit.
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Twisted Taphouse and Kitchen: Perogies and Fish Tacos

Generally speaking, I avoid eating at bars for a number of reasons. However, I found myself at Twisted Taphouse and Kitchen one day in late August and decided to give them a try. I believe this place used to be called “Oliver Twist” (the attached liquor store is still called “Oliver Twist”) but the bar changed names a while ago.
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Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot (Burnaby): Tasty Individual Hot Pots in Burnaby

Novembers in Vancouver means cold and stormy weather. And nothing feels better during this time of year than having a big, boiling, hot pot in front of you that’s filled to the brim with meats and veggies. Cue our visit to Gokudo Shabu Shabu at their new location near Metrotown.
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Peppers Grill: Mexican and BBQ Fusion

Peppers Grill is a newish take-out spot located at the corner of Edmonds and Canada Way in Burnaby that specializes in BBQ and Mexican food. While there are a few seats here where you can dine-in, everything seems to be geared towards take-out orders and they’ll still serve your dine-in order in take-out containers complete with pre-packaged disposable utensils and napkins. In today’s age, I would expect a bit more concern with the environment (they don’t even recycle the pop cans that you buy here – everything just goes in the trash).
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Marutama Ra-men (Metrotown): Super Duper Busy

If you’re a ramen lover in Vancouver, you’ve probably heard of Marutama Ra-men. This iconic chain founded in Japan back in 2001 has spread across the globe and is known for their signature creamy chicken broth with aosa seaweed. Recently, they opened up a new location near Metrotown (in the former Ramen Raijin spot on Kingsway) and I visited during their soft opening.
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White Lotus Cafe: Busy Hidden Gem

Okay, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you probably know that I’m not really inclined to wait in long lines for restaurants. I usually pre-plan and look up when places are busy to avoid those hours. Unfortunately, Google’s not always that accurate (I probably shouldn’t say that out loud… I can hear the black helicopters hovering nearby as I type this).
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The Boss Restaurant: Somewhat Sad HK Style Cafe

The Boss Restaurant, located in Metropolis, has been around for a number of years and is still quite busy serving up popular HK-style cafe items. Recently, they underwent a renovation which made things a bit brighter with more glass so we decided to pop in for a visit.
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Mr. Greek Donair Shop: Donairs, Donairs, Donairs

Back in August, I came across Mr. Greek Donair Shop, located next to the Save on Foods on the upper level of Highgate Mall. Unless you frequent this area, it’s easy to miss because you can’t see it from the street level.
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Ramie’s Greek Restaurant: Moussaka and Ouzo Mushroom Chicken

Ramie’s Greek Restaurant is a well-established restaurant on Kingsway that we’ve visited on a number of occasions. Usually, we wind up ordering one of their special platters for take-out (really a good option if you’re looking to try a bunch of different items). However, we came here for dine-in service in September for an impromptu date night.
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Lualu Kitchen: Dumplings and Noodles

Recently, I noticed that a new restaurant opened up on Edmonds Street called Lualu Kitchen. The interior is a bit spartan but clean and they use outdoor patio furniture chairs inside.
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