Another year, another event to look forward to in Vancouver. Back in 2001, it all started with an idea to create a fixed-price menu dining experience and was devised by a group of food and wine enthusiasts in partnership with Tourism Vancouver. Restaurants were quick to jump on board and since then, Dine Out has become Canada’s largest food and drink festival.
Jump forward to today, the festival brings together hundreds of chefs and restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and suppliers and more for 17 days of dining, food-forward events and experiences designed to give local and visiting culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city.
Here are some restaurants that will get your taste-buds going:
7 Urban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton St
6 Mamie Taylor’s
251 E. Georgia Street
Mamie Taylor’s is a modern American restaurant specializing in imaginative comfort food and an amazing cocktail list. They also have taxidermy (eek). For only two days (January 23 and 24th) , they are bringing back their annual Low Country Pig Roast.
Tickets for this 19+ event are $62.35 per person (includes the three-course pig roast, a welcome cocktail, all taxes, gratuities and ticketing fees) and are available via the Dine Out Vancouver website.
5 Homer Street Cafe
898 Homer Street
Homer St. Cafe and Bar is presenting a three-course menu showcasing the most popular dishes made, and as always, with the freshest local ingredients. The menu is $40 per person (not including drinks). The option for wine pairing is available by the bottle (starting at $48 to $55) and by the glass (starting at $10 to $12).
4 Avocado Bay Restaurant & Lounge
Unit 203 – 1184 Denman St.
Canada’s first avocado eatery and guacamole-house. Avocado Bay Offers vegan and gluten free items as well as guacamole’s, daily fresh ceviche, classic Mexican and Mexican fusion food items, with fresh made margaritas and smoothies.
3 Mak N Ming
1629 Yew Street
Named as Canada’s fourth best “new” restaurant in 2017, this Japanese and Italian-inspired culinary treat, is participating in their first Dine Out experience. Their menu is simple, but has some must try’s on their menu (hello handmaid ramen). Make sure to book your reservations before they book up.
39 Smithe Street
It’s not all about the fancy bars and slot machines, Parq Vancouver has now welcomed 1886 – a very upscale Chinese established, located on the third floor of the casino. If you’re looking for authentic Chinese dishes – like Peking duck, make sure to come check out this newcomer.
1 La Mezcaleria
68 East Cordova Street
We are never disappointed when we hear of a new Mexican spot hitting Vancouver, especially in Gastown. If you have a hankering for Mexican food with a flair, make sure to check them out (they are on the pricer end but it’s SO worth it). The corn truffle mushrooms are delectable, as well as their scallops.
For reservations, please visit the Dine Out Vancouver website or call (604) 428-299.
By Freelance Writer and Lifestyle Blogger: Samantha Lenz