Six food and dining events
Patriotism with a Side of Pancakes
From 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Canada Day (July 1), you can fuel up for Granville Island’s celebration with a pancake-and-bacon breakfast at Dockside Restaurant (1253 Johnston Street). A dollar from the $8 meal benefits Canuck Place. As well, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 1 through 4, the Lobster Man (1807 Mast Tower Road) will be barbecuing whole Atlantic lobsters ($16) and dishing up lobster rolls ($8).
Salmon Run in Steveston
On Thursday (July 1), Steveston celebrates Canada Day with the 65th annual Steveston Salmon Festival. The fish start coming off the alderwood grills at 11 a.m. and will be sold until they’re gone. A six-ounce piece of wild sockeye, salad, and a bun costs $14. Proceeds go to building an educational community garden at Steveston Community Centre.
Join the Cafeteria Line
Vancouver’s newest East Side eatery, Cafeteria (2702 Main Street), is the latest offering from chef Andrey Durbach and wine guy Chris Stewart (La Buca, Pied-í -Terre). On the ever-changing blackboard menu? Globetrotting comfort food. Offerings to date include chicken schnitzel, duck confit, and pot-au-feu ($16.75 to $19), plus fruit crumble and butterscotch pudding ($6).
New Burger in Town
Named after co-owner and executive chef Jim Romer, Romer’s Burger Bar is now open in the old Pinky’s Steakhouse space (1873 West 4th Avenue). Burgers ($9 to $12) are made from all-natural beef or free-run chicken; add on your choice of fries ($3 for a topping of sea salt to $7 for poutine), with extras like house-made bacon mayo (60 cents). The restaurant is filled with big red-leather booths, flatscreen TVs, and a U-shaped bar with all-local brews. It’s open every day from lunch time to midnight.
Far From Crummy
Sweet, petite Crème de la Crumb bakeshop, newly opened at 466 Granville Street, is fast gaining a reputation for its great scones. Try pear, coconut, and vanilla bean scones or apple cheddar scones ($2.75), or plump cinnamon buns with vanilla bean icing ($3.25). Toothsome sandwiches ($6.75) include pan-seared salmon, arugula, and garlic aioli, and turkey and havarti with fig jam.
Sunday Barbecue Blues
Brunch has nothing on the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel’s live jazz and blues barbecue Sundays. Swan into the lobby lounge (1038 Canada Place) or grab a patio table, and dive into a buffet laden with pulled pork, home-baked bread, baked beans, greens, coleslaw, potato salad, and caramel-sauced grilled pineapple. It costs $24 per person and happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday until Labour Day.