Dining in Vancouver

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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Potatoe1 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:18 pm

Topper wrote:Spud, it wasn't a destination, it was a stop over. All I wanted was a relaxed pace to my meal, the service I received was poor for even pub standard. If you are going to charge premium prices, then you damn well better put effort into training your staff.


Yeah I agree, Kamloops however has a special place in my heart (right next to cleaning up dog crap) given I have spent a lot of time there visiting.

I would consider the food not being terrible to be a big success.

Rics is one of the better places up there, and you're right, it sucks.

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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Strangelove » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:36 pm

Potatoe1 wrote:Kamloops however has a special place in my heart (right next to cleaning up dog crap)


There's dog crap in your heart?? :(
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:18 pm

I've never minded Kamloops. The thing I like about the place is the industrial base, but more variety than PG or Billy's Puddle (funny, when I worked at Princeton, someone said that when Princeton grows up, it wants to be William's Lake). I fucking hate the strip mall town of Kelowna.

Yes the dining sucks in 'loops, but the town I live in has two pubs for your dining pleasure. I worked out of 'Loops in the early '80's, Tex/Mex at the Chile Chapter at the foot of the bridge over to N Kam, Minos for Greek food on Tranquille. We just ate where ever the waitresses were hottest.

Last year I was there for Stuper Bowl and a had great dinner at a tiny little Indian joint in a N Kam strip mall by a BCLB Store. I thought about going there, but I really did not want to drive anywhere.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Eddy Punch Clock » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:25 pm

Topper wrote:Yes the dining sucks in 'loops, but the town I live in has two pubs for your dining pleasure. I worked out of 'Loops in the early '80's, Tex/Mex at the Chile Chapter at the foot of the bridge over to N Kam, Minos for Greek food on Tranquille. We just ate where ever the waitresses were hottest.


Back in the day did you even notice when your hot waitress started clearing your plate of undercooked carrots while your fork and knife were still at the 4 and 8 o'clock position?
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:58 am

Winking at her and asking for extra oil on our salads was the only connection between our waitress and the food on the table that we noticed.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby LotusBlossom » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:41 am

Speaking of Ric's Grill, I went into the one in Calgary a few months back and I was not impressed. My friend was really high on going to that place, but needless to say, I wish we went to Joey's in Eau Claire. It's a completely overpriced joint, which is probably why I avoid the one in Whistler like the plague.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:05 am

Next time you are in Calgary, I highly recommend Charcut

http://www.charcut.com/

The Mortadella.....oooohhhhh......
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:25 am

Topper wrote:Next time you are in Calgary, I highly recommend Charcut

http://www.charcut.com/

The Mortadella.....oooohhhhh......

I thought that name sounded familiar...Connie's restaurant (from Top Chef)

On the show she certainly knew how to handle a piece of meat.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:52 am

Connie, is friend of friend, He's a regular there as he works around the corner from the restaurant. He and I went for an evening of damage a year and a half ago.

It is really a style of cooking and service I enjoy. We sat at the kitchen bar and chatted with the kitchen staff.

The Vancouver comparables would be Salt and Memphis Blues, but Char Cut takes the best of both and elevates them. they also have one hell of a beer and wine selection to pair with the meal.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Eddy Punch Clock » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:56 am

Topper wrote:Connie, is friend of friend,


Maybe she can pull some strings and get you on Top Chef Canada 2. 8-)
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:00 pm

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my league
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby LotusBlossom » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:19 pm

Topper wrote:...

The Vancouver comparables would be Salt and Memphis Blues, but Char Cut takes the best of both and elevates them. they also have one hell of a beer and wine selection to pair with the meal.


Ok thank you for the tip. I'm definitely going to have to make it a dinner stop when I am in Calgary next month for work.

I LOVE Salt and Memphis Blues is pretty damn good as well.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:23 pm

Topper wrote:The Vancouver comparables would be Salt and Memphis Blues, but Char Cut takes the best of both and elevates them

The menu looks great.

Sort of sounds a bit like a better version of Refuel as well.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Blob Mckenzie » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:51 pm

Topper wrote:I've never minded Kamloops.


Me neither. Not to highjack the thread but ouside of Kelowna or Victoria I'd take Kamloops over places like Nanaimo, Abottsford, Cambell River, PG etc... when comparing cities of similar size. Loops has some great golf courses that are half the price of some of the goat farms they call courses on the wet coast, and it doesn't piss down rain 250 days a year.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby dhabums » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:22 pm

Blob Mckenzie wrote:
Topper wrote:I've never minded Kamloops.


Me neither. Not to highjack the thread but ouside of Kelowna or Victoria I'd take Kamloops over places like Nanaimo, Abottsford, Cambell River, PG etc... when comparing cities of similar size. Loops has some great golf courses that are half the price of some of the goat farms they call courses on the wet coast, and it doesn't piss down rain 250 days a year.


Now that's some high praise for Kamloops!
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