There are a lot of restaurants in Vancouver, so your choices are pretty much unlimited. That said, the vast majority of dining establishments fit neatly into one of the following boxes: crazy expensive, chain with no soul, or crappy hole in the wall (not to be confused with the amazing hole in the wall which does exist).
Because I don’t eat out that often I’m pretty picky, and one of my all times favourites, that’s expanded to four locations now, is Burgoo. It’s one of those places that’s perfect for a cool or rainy Vancouver day and when you open the menu you can’t decide what to eat because you want to try everything.
I checked out their newish Kitsilano location last weekend and was instantly warmed the minute I walked in the door. You feel like you’ve been transported to a rustic lodge somewhere in the Alps; it’s very Chamonix. The menu features soups, salads, fondues, and burgoos (or stews) from all over the world and it changes seasonally. It’s comfort food at it’s best! Not only is the quality of the food outstanding, but the prices are totally reasonable (by Vancouver standards).
Their wine list includes a lot of good value bottles (prices range from $28-$44), and their main courses start at $10 for their amazing French onion soup, and go up to $18 for the beef bourguignon. But for me the piece de resistance is their fondue. They have three kinds (brie, gruyere/emmental, and stout and cheddar) all equally amazing.
So for $80 including tax and tip my friend and I had a lovely dinner after the David Cup. She had the French onion soup, I had their seasonal greens, and we shared the brie fondue and a bottle of Cypress Grove cab sav (from J Lohr’s Cypress Vineyard). Money well spent in my mind. So if you haven’t been to Burgoo yet, make a point of going. And if you’re visiting Vancouver put it on your hit list, because it’s representative of the honest to goodness, non-superficial side of Vancouver’s dining scene.