Three of my Vancouver correspondent's top restaurant picks:
- Peckinpah Bbq has the best traditional meats I've tasted. The food (if you haven't realised) is BBQ (Carolina Style) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. My favourite thing on the menu is the pulled pork with a side of baked beans. Other good things to know about; they serve some great local craft beers (which compliment the BBQ meats perfectly) and they have a takeout serving area if you feel like stuffing you face in front of the TV.
- The Afghan Horsemen is Canada's first Afghani restaurant which provides and authentic Afghan experience complete with belly dancers! Food is all traditional (middle eastern) style with lots of options for vegetarians, like the delicious lentil stew. There is a dining room where you can sit on the floor (on Persian rugs) to get the full experience but this isn't compulsory and the less adventurous can still enjoy the excellent food sat at a traditional table.
- Chambar is a Belgian style (whatever that means!) restaurant which was recently voted as Vancouver's number 1 place to eat. A bit on the pricey side but worth it for the excellent original food and very nice new premises in an old warehouse (lots of exposed wooden beams and brickwork). If budgets are tight, try the lunch or brunch menus which are well within most people's price range and still excellent quality. I would particularly recommend their own Chambar sausage, spicy and smokey.