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Restaurant Yugo: Moderately Expensive Japanese Food on Main

After an aborted attempt to visit another restaurant, I eventually wound up at Restaurant Yugo. It wasn’t a total loss because this place has been on my radar for a while now. Located on Main Street between East 26th and East 27th, this spacious restaurant serves up some seriously good (albeit somewhat expensive) Japanese items.
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White Spot (North Road): White Spot Club

This past August 15th, 2018 was Pirate Pak Day at White Spot. This is the day that adults can purchase their famous Pirate Paks and White Spot would donate $2 to the Zajac Ranch for Children… a worthy cause that I’ve raised money for in the past.
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Botanist: Beautifully Crafted Dining Experience

Every now and again, a new restaurant opens up in Vancouver that seems to nail it. When I first saw pics of Botanist (located on the 2nd floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim), I knew this was going to be one of those restaurants. Unfortunately, it’s taken us this long to actually visit.
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Hy’s Steakhouse: Old School Steak House

While The Keg has opened up steakhouses to the mass public in Canada with almost a Earls/Cactus Club-like feel, when you think of old school steakhouses… you’re probably thinking about Hy’s. Filled with old world charm, dark mahogany wood, waiters in monogrammed uniforms, etc… this is the quintessential steakhouse that has over 60 years of history in Canada.
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Top Cantonese Cuisine Restaurant: Winter Melon Soup

Top Cantonese Cuisine Restaurant is located in a cramped little mini mall on the corner of Kingsway and Earles in Vancouver. When we arrived for dinner on a weekend, we were surprised that it wasn’t overly busy (usually not a good sign for a Chinese restaurant).
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Isami Sushi: Assorted Sushi

It’s been a while since I last visited Isami Sushi but I had made a special trip to the Metrotown area so I could try the new Soft Peaks location and figured it’d be a good idea to stop off for some sushi while I was at it. While their address is on Kingsway, this Japanese restaurant is actually located around the corner on McKay Avenue.
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King’s Chinese Cuisine: Not Your Fancy Dim Sum Place

Despite never eating at King’s Chinese Cuisine before, our visit was a bit of a throwback for me… mainly because this place really kicks things old school.
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A&W (South Burnaby): Beyond Meat Burger vs Teen Burger

While I’m not opposed to non-meat burgers per se, I’ve tried many over the years with varying level of success. Generally, the thing that usually turns me off “veggie” burgers is the texture. Recently A&W has been really promoting their “Beyond Meat” burger which they claim is made from 100% plant-based protein. Sounds kinda vague, doesn’t it?
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Cactus Club (Richmond Centre): Nothing New Here

Late last year, Cactus Club opened up in Richmond Centre. This popular chain restaurant (similar to Earls, Milestones, and Joeys) reinvented themselves years ago from the kitschy cow-themed decor to a more stylish offering with waitresses that are garbed in tight black dresses. We recently found a need to head over to Richmond Centre and noticed that they blocked off a section of prime parking spaces so Cactus Club could offer special VIP parking ($6 for Cactus Club patrons or $12 for Richmond Centre shoppers). Something about that just didn’t sit right with me given the already busy parking situation here.
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8 @ Doneras: Middle Eastern in New West

8 @ Doneras is a small little donair shop located on Eighth Street in New Westminster, across from Douglas College and in the same complex as Rong Rong Tea House. I’m often surprised at how good food can be at these little nondescript places.
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Pho Century Fine Vietnamese Cuisine: Solid Viet Food in South Burnaby

Okay, it’s been about 7 years since I last visited Pho Century (geez, I feel old now). Located on the corner of Kingsway and Sperling (and next to Mr. Ho’s Wonton House), I had completely forgotten how the food was like here so I thought I should pay them a revisit.
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Hanamori Sushi: Aburi in Coquitlam

I rarely tread out to the suburbs but I’ve been having difficulty finding new (to me) restaurants around my usual haunts. That’s how I wound up at Hanamori Sushi in Coquitlam. This small sushi restaurant is located in the same mini mall as the Executive Plaza on the north-east corner of North Road and Lougheed Hwy.
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