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Pick-Up Wednesdays

Pick-Up Wednesdays| CHEFS

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Food is love.  If you’re looking to meet a modern-day forager, a creative with a flair for elevating the most basic of ingredients, someone with a zealous hunger for life, you may have an appetite for chefs.  We consulted a few of our in-the-kitchen all-star friends to see where they frequent for a bite, outside of work.  We’re not guaranteeing you’ll find love, but at least you’ll end up with a delicious meal and that’s just as good, right?

11  Bao Down
The masters of Asian-influenced “street food,” Bao Down’s steamed buns and funky, laid-back atmosphere draws in many chefs. They have two locations: Gastown, and Olympic Village.

(Photo/IG/@baodowngastown)
(Photo/IG/@baodowngastown)

10  Timber Vancouver
Chefs hit up Timber Gastropub on Robson St. for many reasons including and not limited to the super Canadian comfort-food focused menu, the beer, and the fact that they’re open late – great post-kitchen shift hangout.

(Photo/IG/@timbervancouver)
(Photo/IG/@timbervancouver)

Ask for Luigi
A tiny eatery in Railtown, Ask for Luigi delivers big-time when it comes to rustic and delicious, hand-made Italian fare.  It’s no surprise it’s a hit amongst chefs.

(Photo/IG/@askforluigi)
(Photo/IG/@askforluigi)

8  Suika
A sure-fire way to impress a chef is with creativity and Suika Japanese Restaurant offers a menu filled with creatively curated bites.

(Photo/http://www.suika-snackbar.com/)
(Photo/http://www.suika-snackbar.com/)

7   Wildebeest
Another thing chefs appreciate? Beautiful plating. Beautifully plated meat-focused dishes? Even better.

(Photo/IG/@wildebeestyvr)
(Photo/IG/@wildebeestyvr)

6   Freebird Chicken Shack
Although this chicken joint is just outside of Vancouver in New Westminster, it’s been featured on multiple Instagram accounts. This Asian-rotisserie fusion restaurant also belongs to the delicious  Maenam, Longtail Kitchen, and Fat Mao Noodles famjam.

(Photo/IG/@freebirdckn)
(Photo/IG/@freebirdckn)

5  Irori Sushi
Irori Sushi on West 4th is the go-to sushi spot for fresh, good quality fish that delivers more on the traditional Japanese style.  The chef’s omakase nigri set is something to behold.

(Photo/IG/@followmyfoodiesnaps)
(Photo/IG/@followmyfoodiesnaps)

4  Fat Mao Noodles
This casual noodle bar does Asian comfort food well, serving up bowlfuls of filling and flavourful noodles in a cool parlour setting.

(Photo/IG/@fatmaonoodles)
(Photo/IG/@fatmaonoodles)

3  Le Marche St. George
As described by one of our chef friends,  Le Marche St. George is a great hangout “for a little R&R.”

(Photo/IG/@lemarchestgeorge)
(Photo/IG/@lemarchestgeorge)

2  Molli Café
The word authentic is attached to the majority of Mexican restaurants in Vancouver but Molli Café on Burrard is truly reminiscent of Mexican street food. A fresh source of inspiration and flavour for many chefs.

(Photo/IG/@cheskazarah)
(Photo/IG/@cheskazarah)

1  Zest Sushi
True to the name, Zest Sushi serves up contemporary Japanese cuisine with full gusto and creativity.  The presentation is impressive and the service is just as good – which after a full day of catering to others, it’s nice to be taken care of while enjoying amazing food.

(Photo/IG/@cheskazarah)
(Photo/IG/@cheskazarah)
Le Marché St. George, Saint George Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Fat Mao Noodles, East Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Wildebeest, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Freebird Chicken Shack, New Westminster, BC, Canada
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Molli Cafe, Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Ask for Luigi Restaurant, Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Zest Japanese Cuisine, West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Irori Sushi, West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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BAO DOWN, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Suika Japanese Restaurant, West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Timber, Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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