April 10, 2011

Snapshot Tour of Vancouver Food & Drink Spots

It's been a while since I've done a full restaurant review though, of course, I have still been eating and drinking my way around Vancouver. So in this edition of iPhone Snapshots, I've decided to feature a few of the places I've been in the past few weeks.

Not gonna lie... I was getting pretty hungry as I wrote this post!

La Petite France

There are a few French bistros and bakeries in my neighbourhood that I've been meaning to try out so thankfully I was able to drag my friend Lara along for the ride.

La Petite France has a rather small menu but there are some good choices on it. I decided on a classic ham and cheese croissant and side salad. Yum!

Their baked goods also looked delicious (does anyone love fruit tartes as much as I do?), so I've decided I need to go back again soon for an "afternoon treat."

Address: 2655 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC

Guilt and Company
What's better than a couple drinks over board games? A bar that offers drinks, board games, live music, and a giant Jenga!

I've got to say, Guilt and Company has really upped the ante on the whole "bar" experience. They have an extensive drink list as well as a "games menu" where patrons can pick from a whole range of board and card games.

My friends and I decided to pair our drinks with a game of Life: The Rockstar Edition and it was a total throwback to my elementary school years. I really need to start playing board games more often - they're so much fun!

Address: 1 Alexander Street (Gastown), Vancouver, BC
Website: http://www.guiltandcompany.com/

StackHouse Burger Bar

StackHouse is one of the new burger joints in town and I'd actually been watching the whole restaurant come together as I bussed home from downtown every week.

Once it finally opened, I was dying to check it out. After all, the interior intrigued me... very "minimalist-cool"... think: glass, mirrors, high tables, and white stools.

The burgers are also all made with local prime rib (with the exception of the non-beef burgers, of course!) and are served on brioche buns. I had the pancetta burger which was super yummy. They're not cheap (mine was $14) but are well worth the price. Definitely planning on going back again soon.

Address: 1224 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Website: http://www.stackhouseburgerbar.com/

The Alibi Room
The Alibi Room is a great bar on the outskirts of Gastown which refers to itself as a "modern tavern." I can see where they're going with this description... there are lots of long tables and chairs, as well as other types of seating. I really like the overall feel of the place.

There is also a huge menu of beers from around the world. My bf and friends ordered a few different kinds of beer, which I'm told were delicious. I, however, am not a beer drinker, so I opted for the Pimms cooler. Kind of like a mojito with a twist - refreshing and delicious!

Unfortunately I wasn't hungry on this visit so didn't order anything off the food menu. I want to go back and try something though because I saw a few dishes that looked and smelled mouth-watering.

Address: 157 Alexander Street (Gastown), Vancouver, BC
Website: http://www.alibi.ca/

The Secret Garden Tea Company

What's classier than Sunday afternoon high tea? Every year, my friend has her birthday party at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale, which is the cutest little tea room ever!

I love the Creamy Earl Grey tea the best (though there is an extensive list of teas to choose from), and always look forward to the tiers of food they serve along with it.

This time around there were mini croissants filled with roast beef and roasted red peppers, Albacore tunu salad biscuits, egg salad pinwheels, scones with jam and Devonshire cream (my fave), lemon tarts, apple crumbles, and more. Of course, High Tea is quite pricy (~$34) but it's worth it every once in a while for the experience.

Address: 5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver, BC
Website: http://www.secretgardentea.com/


  1. i've wanted to try the secret garden tea party since i first heard about it! glad to know it's worth the trip :)

  2. Nice post about it, thanks for sharing!

  3. thank you for posting this!! I'm planning on going to Vancouver soon so am going to bookmark this! Everything looks so yummy. I love french bakeries! :)

  4. @Dani The Secret Garden Tea Company is definitely worth it... I am majorly craving their scones right now...

    @Moniek you're welcome :)

    @Tiffany Oh yay, you're coming to Vancouver!! There is so much great food here, you will not be disappointed!

  5. Oh I loooove lunch and afternoon tea!! Richard and I did one last November and it was so fun and we were beyond stuffed afterward, haha.

    And the board game cafe, YES! There's a place in Toronto near Bloor and Bathurst with the same concept that Richard and I are planning on trying sometime soon, eee.

  6. The Guilt place sounds interesting; I've been wondering if we have any board game cafes here in Vancouver! I also love the high tea at Secret Garden - though I totally couldn't sleep after I went, haha. Have you tried afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel? It's pricier but a fun splurge :)

  7. that burger looks delicious!!! i'd like to visit vancouver some day.
    btw love your miu miu wallet below! xx

  8. @Deb Seriously, why didn't people think of adding board games to bars a long time ago?

    @PD I haven't tried the Fairmont yet though I should add that to my list. I also want to have high tea at the Empress in Victoria ;)

    @cryskay yes, come to Vancouver! And thank you - I love Miu Miu <3

  9. I love the Secret Garden! It is a bit pricey for everyday food, but as an occasional treat it can't be beat.

  10. Hi Alison! (I spelled your name correctly with one L this time. Sorry!)

    I love the Secret Garden! My favorite would be the Raspberry loaf and sugar topped scones paired with devon cream and jam. Yum!


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