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A Celebration Of Craft Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery

Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, the eatery features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall looking into the brewery. Big Rock Urban serves Big Rock’s Signature Series brews, seasonal craft innovations by BC Brewmaster Jody Hammell, as well as a delicious beer inspired menu for brunch, lunch and dinner, with daily happy hour specials.

Brewery tours and a beer store are open 7 days a week.

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Ethiopian Food, Art, and Culture Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant

Authentic Ethiopian spices are used in every dish. Try combination platters with homemade Injera bread and savour a glass of Tej honey wine, the wine Ethiopians believe was used for a toast between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, or a cup of Ethiopian coffee. The coffee beans can be roasted tableside, then brewed and placed in a traditional Jebena for all to enjoy. Harambe is also an art gallery and sells original Ethiopian art.

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Authentic Italian Gelato Mario's Gelati

Mario's Gelati has been serving traditional quality Italian gelato, sorbetto, novelties, cakes and pies with vegan, non-dairy and no-sugar options to Vancouver dessert lovers for over 40 years. The combination of historical family recipes with local BC ingredients make this gelato craft maker a number one choice for frozen treats.

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Train as a Chef with the Best Vancouver Community College (VCC) Culinary Arts

VCC is home to Western Canada’s most acclaimed chef training programs. Engaging chef-instructors train students in all aspects of culinary creations in VCC's state of the art, modern, and professional kitchens while they gain experience in authentic working environments. VCC culinary arts graduates are sought after by the restaurant and hospitality industry in Canada and abroad.

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Soul of South India and Sri Lanka in Vancouver Chutney Villa

Chutney Villa is a restaurant specializing in authentic homemade Tamil and Indian cuisine, delivering an exceptional guest experience with an exemplary menu made from fresh ingredients. Feisty hot curries and quirky cool chutneys accompany all the dishes, which include lamb, chicken, ocean friendly sea food, and a host of vegetarian and vegan fare. A scrumptious Indian vegan brunch is served on weekends.

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Premium Wines and Spirits Coal Harbour Liquor Store

Whether it’s a treat for a special occasion or a favourite to go with dinner, Coal Harbour Liquor Store offers an outstanding collection of domestic and imported wines, spirits and beer, conveniently located in the Coal Harbour area at Bute and Jervis. Join the VIP members club to received exclusive benefits such as discounts on feature products, free delivery, and complimentary entry to seasonal wine tasting events.

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Standout Pizza in Fraserhood Pizza Carano

Centred in the Fraserhood, Carano Pizza makes dinner easy with a standout takeout service, or a cozy dine in experience much like a good friends kitchen party. Fresh and quality ingredients make up the acclaimed, non-traditional, neapolitan-style pizzas alongside refined Italian heritage antipasti.

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Hidden Bagel Gem of North Vancouver Mount Royal Bagel Factory

Authentic Montreal style bagels made the only way: by hand, every day. Each batch is boiled, dipped and baked to perfection in traditional flavours like sesame, poppy, and plain. The popular cinnamon bagel has a dusting of organic cane sugar and cinnamon baked onto the crust and a light chewy centre, best enjoyed with the house-made honey vanilla cream cheese. Come early for best selections or call ahead to order for pickup.

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Fresh, Baja inspired Mexican Cuisine Las Margaritas Restaurant

Serving up Baja inspired Mexican food and drinks for the last 30 years, Las Margaritas has been called a Vancouver institution. Escape from the cold with a hot bowl of Tortilla Soup, or soak up some sun on the patio with a margarita in hand. Now serving brunch on weekends and holidays.

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Your Friendly, Neighbourhood Liquor Store My Liquor Store

The My Liquor Store group includes three of Vancouver’s best private liquor stores: Crosstown, Burrard, and the West End. Each product is selected with care by seasoned experts that specialize in craft beer and boutique wine and spirits. My Liquor Store can accommodate all your beverage needs – including personalized gift baskets and liquor orders for weddings and large parties.

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Indulge in Cocktails and Conversation Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim is Vancouver’s go-to destination for nightly live music and handcrafted cocktails. Take in the sounds of local emerging talent as you slide up to the ultra-sleek RawBar, Vancouver’s first 100% Ocean Wise sushi destination. Linger longer over rave-worthy sushi, champagne and cocktails.

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Vancouver's Culinary Destination Meinhardt Fine Foods

Meinhardt Pacific Centre will satisfy the Urbanites' desire for a home cooked meal on the go. Morning commuters can start their day with fresh locally roasted coffee, gourmet breakfast sandwiches, and gluten-free fresh baked pastries. Lunchtime and dinner are now a culinary adventure with over 36 feet of chef-prepared signature dishes, including a self-serve salad bar, hot bar, fresh soups.

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Home of Aburi Cuisine Miku and Minami

Sister restaurants Miku and Minami have captured the hearts of both local Vancouverites and international travellers alike with their signature mouthwatering flame seared Aburi Sushi. Miku's breathtaking waterfront view and stunning seafood preparations are perfect for any dining occasion, while the Yaletown-situated Minami creates a warm and intimate dining atmosphere through their Aburi specialty appetizers and modern Japanese entrées.

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Vancouver's Original Beer Bistro BierCraft Bistro

Since 2005, BierCraft has been providing Vancouver beer-lovers with an extensive selection of craft and imported beers from around the world, with an emphasis on Belgian styles and craftsmanship. From Commercial Drive to the West Side, enjoy over 100 brews alongside a wide variety of tapas and bistro inspired fare prepared with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.

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Bistro Style With Casual Elegance The Canyon Restaurant

A Pacific Northwest bistro, Canyon offers an extensive boutique wine list and daily menus. Located in Edgemont Village close by to Capilano Suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain, and Park Royal shopping center, the neighbourhood bistro helmed by owner and Chef Scott Kidd focuses on old style favourites and inspired new creations.

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Make Friends with Salad Culver City Salads

Culver City Salads is Vancouver's first plant-based salad truck. Everything is made fresh and in house with the best ingredients, and produce sourced as locally and organic as possible. Providing the city with delicious, healthy, whole, meals and treats while creating the smallest impact, they look forward to feeding you.

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Main Street's Hidden Gem Nomad Restaurant

For whatever the occasion, Nomad has it covered. From celebratory dinners to casual drinks with friends, the chefs and bartenders can ensure a memorable experience. Come for live music on Friday nights, brunch on weekends, and happy hour twice everyday. Proudly BC in everything we do.

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Vancouver’s Go-To Watering Hole Colony

Whether you’re looking for brunch, beer, sports, or trivia – you will be in good company at Colony Bar. With locations in both Mount Pleasant and Kitsilano, Colony is always bustling with neighbourhood locals that appreciate the laidback atmosphere and hand-crafted food and drink menu. Open seven days weekly.

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Bangkok Street Food is Here Bob Likes Thai Food

This isn’t your typical Thai restaurant. A favourite amongst Vancouverites, the casual eatery serves a mouth-watering mix of home-style Thai cooking alongside more experimental dishes. The results are truly wonderful, and filled with the flavours of Thailand. There are two locations on West Broadway and Main Street, and a third will be opening soon in Strathcona Village.

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Prime Grade Perfection Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

With care and respect for classic recipes, and impeccable, professional service, Hy's is steakhouse dining at its finest. Prime Grade steaks, cold martinis and trademark warm hospitality make Hy’s the ultimate destination for important occasions, or enjoying the everyday pleasures of great food and drink in timeless, elegant surroundings. Hy’s continues to set the standard by which all Canadian steakhouses are measured.

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Civilized Debauchery Chambar Restaurant

In a city blessed with an abundance of restaurants, Chambar has earned it's place among the best.The food is exceptional, with a commitment to fresh seasonal produce, Belgian themed with North African influence. Experience stunning cocktails, an extensive Belgian beer list, and an unsuspecting selection of affordable wines.

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Setting the Stage for Food & Atmosphere Homer Street Cafe and Bar

Classic rotisserie chicken is the star here, with a protein-forward menu of mains and daily specials matched by a selection of food-friendly wines. Before or after the game or theatre, stop by for contemporary comfort food executed with style.

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Steam Whistle – Canada’s Pilsner Steam Whistle

Steam Whistle offers the style and flavor of the great Pilsner of Europe, yet is brewed fresh out of our independent, Canadian Brewery. Crafted under the watchful eye of our Czech-born Brewmaster, this golden-coloured Bohemian Pilsner is one of the most challenging styles to make. It is characterized by a floral hoppy aroma, a sweet, full malty character that is balanced by a pleasant bitterness and clean, crisp finish.

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Welcome to the New Farm in 2017 JoieFarm

JoieFarm is a small farm winery located on the beautiful Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley in south central British Columbia, Canada. Joie (zh-wah) – means “joy” in French and it expresses the pleasure that wine and food bring to life.

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River Rock’s Got It All! River Rock Casino

River Rock Casino Resort located in the City of Richmond features over 1,100 slot machines along with table games, a Poker Room, three high-limit rooms and exciting dining options including The Buffet, Tramonto and Curve. The property is complemented by a lavish all-suite 4 Diamond hotel and a 196-room hotel adjacent to the Casino. The state-of-the-art River Rock Show Theatre offers world class entertainment and will be welcoming Melissa Etheridge to the stage on May 5.

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Home of 238 Flavours La Casa Gelato

La Casa Gelato produces the finest gelato, sorbetto, and yogurt found anywhere around the world. With hundreds of flavours to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone inside this gelato wonderland. Frozen treats are made in small batches from special recipes, and use natural ingredients like whole milk, fresh fruits, and pure chocolate. Non-fat, dairy-free, low-fat, and sugar-free options are available.

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Freshest Beer on 4 Wheels Red Truck Beer Company

Found at the Foot of Main street, Red Truck Beer was built on the values of a simpler time. Offering up the kind of service that greets people from across the bar with a genuine smile, and the kind of beer that keeps you coming back for more. With weekly cask nights, growler specials, and 8 hand-built craft beers, there's something for everyone.

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Breaking All The Rules… Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery

Red Card Sports Bar offers a dramatic and stylish setting for those who enjoy a high energy atmosphere but refuse to compromise when it comes to quality and service. Delve into Red Card’s unique pizza menu, fired up in a wood-burning oven or feast on traditional Italian comfort food; along with a wide selection of craft and local beers and enticing cocktails.

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Gastown’s Favourite Sports and Nightlife Bar The Charles Bar

The Charles Bar is located in the historic Woodward’s building at 136 West Cordova. The bar boasts a 9’ HD screen, a buzzing weekend dance party with some of Vancouver’s best DJs, and a vast selection of comfort food, craft beer and cocktails. The Charles Bar is a guaranteed good time for both locals and first time visitors alike.

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Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing is Canada’s first microbrewery, serving up great beer since 1984. With classic brews and seasonal favourites like Lions Winter Ale, they have carved a well-deserved place in Vancouver’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Sample the latest offerings in the taproom, open daily from 12:00 – 8:00 PM.

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Vancouver's First and Original Cold Pressed Juice Bar The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck is Vancouver’s first and original Cold-Pressed Juice Company. Grab a bottle or two from the truck at the corner of Water and Abbott Street in Gastown, the storefront at 28 West 5th Avenue, or order juice online. The bottled cold pressed juice can also be found at over 30 retail partners across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

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Complexity Without Being Complicated Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar

Enticing cocktails, refined wines, eclectic import beers — Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar is downtown Vancouver’s enclave for connoisseurs of wines and spirits seeking a sanctuary that caresses the eye as well as the palate. From the finest charcuterie, to artisan cheeses, hard-to-find wine selections to hand-crafted cocktails, indulge in a cosmopolitan, yet relaxed atmosphere.

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Seriously Good Earnest Ice Cream

Earnest Ice Cream was born from friendship and a shared love of ice cream. Since launching in 2012, their goal has been to create ice cream that expresses their passion for flavour and a business that embodies their values. Visit one of two scoop shops or pick up a pint at a local retailer.

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Experience the Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Poplar Grove

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley as you savour tapas style dishes created with fresh Okanagan ingredients inspired by Mediterranean flavours. The Vanilla Pod wine menu features a selection of the award winning Poplar Grove wines. For special events, Chef Bruno Terroso creates multi course tasting menus.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Legendary Cookware Ming Wo

Originally opened in 1917 in Vancouver's historic Chinatown, Ming Wo has been a source for professional cookware for over 90 years and a Canadian owned and operated company with a tradition of providing superior service and quality products to generations of Vancouver cooks.

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Vancouver's Original Sports Bar Shark Club

Upscale without being pretentious and freshly renovated, Shark Club Vancouver redefines sports bar greatness. Shark Club’s close proximity to Granville Street, fused with pre-game energy from Rogers Arena and BC Place and two 12ft x 7ft screens, puts this legendary downtown sports bar in a league of its own.

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Fresh Local Meets Bistro Cool Tableau Bar Bistro

The Loden hotel houses Tableau Bar Bistro, proudly serving a West Coast spin on traditional French bistro fare. A handsome room welcomes guests for business lunches, patio brunches, and private events.

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Vancouver’s Mediterranean Brunch Café Medina

Café Medina has carved out a niche as an exceptional breakfast, lunch and brunch destination that blends eclectic bistro fare, connoisseur-savvy coffee and the city’s best Belgian waffles. Owner Robbie Kane’s pioneering attitude towards café culture and distinctive brand of enlightened hospitality is an ideal complement for the café’s instantly memorable, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by celebrated chef Deniz Tarakcioglu. Photo credit Scout Magazine.

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Restaurants Abound in Gastown Gastown

With a spectacular amount of culinary options catering to all palettes and tastes, Gastown is the place to dine out. Rich in culture, colour and independence, the historic neighbourhood is alive with unique coffee shops, pubs, bars, deli’s, and restaurants. If there was ever a foodie heaven on earth, this is it.

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Food For Comfort Burgoo Bistro

Comfort food isn’t a trend, it’s what Burgoo does best. No matter the season, a tiny bit of comfort can go a long way to making someone’s day more satisfying. Burgoo’s rustic neighbourhood bistros celebrate old-world countryside cuisine with staples like jambalaya, French onion soup, heartwarming stews, and seasonal rotating menus. A fifth location is set to open in downtown Vancouver on Burrard Street in spring.

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Farm to Pizza Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Watch the show as Rocky Mountain Flatbread chefs handcraft flatbread pizzas, pastas & salads created with ingredients from over 50 local farms. Restaurant features include: House made gluten free options, nut free kitchens, BC VQA wines, craft beers, artisan oven, kids play kitchen & family pizza making evenings.

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Imagine. Taste. Enjoy. The Lazy Gourmet

Since 1979, the Lazy Gourmet has been recognized as Vancouver’s favourite catering company year after year. A full-service business, the company creates, plans and executes food and beverage programs and events for private clients and corporations. With a menu of signature West Coast favourites and seasonal creations, the Lazy Gourmet remains focused on quality food, sustainability, community and the highest level of service.

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Grocery Delivery at its Best SPUD.ca

SPUD.ca offers all the amenities of a traditional grocery store with the added convenience of online shopping. All of SPUD.ca’s products are certified organic, natural, or locally and sustainably made. SPUD.ca believes that getting local, organic food delivered to your door is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to improve health, protect the environment, and support the local community.

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The Grand-daddy of Locavore Dining Bishop's Restaurant

For over 30 years, John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host and led the field in serving food that is organic, produced locally and sustainably. Tucked away on West 4th Avenue in Kits, Bishop’s is a welcoming haven serving up inspired plates crafted by Owner John Bishop and Executive Chef Andrey Durbach in a warm, intimate atmosphere.

Come and experience the origin of superior local cuisine in Vancouver.

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Cozy Yet Elegantly French Bistro Pastis

Vancouver's celebrated French bistro located on West 4th for 17 years, Bistro Pastis has retained its relevance as one of the top French restaurants in the city. Specializing in classic bistro fare, perfectly executed and accompanied by an extensive wine list, guests at Bistro Pastis bask in the warmth of a cozy fireplace and an intimate and authentic French fine dining experience.

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Modern Spanish Tapas In The West End España

España is a cozy and intimate restaurant showcasing flavours and wines from Spain. Chef Neil Taylor produces a tapas style menu using a mix of locally sourced seasonal produce, meats and seafood, and ingredients imported from Spain. The menu changes weekly and specials such as Paella and tortilla change daily. The unpretentious atmosphere and warm ironwood bar invite you to sample some of the many Spanish wines, sherries, beers, and Spanish inspired cocktails.

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World Coffees, Locally Roasted Bean Around the World Coffee

With humble roots in the North Shore, this family owned business imports and roasts the world’s finest coffees. With 24 locations across the lower mainland, each store is unique, but one thing is the same everywhere: their iconic taste.

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How Siena Rediscovered Itself on 12th Avenue Siena

Time has flown by for Siena South Granville owners Rob and Christina Fai, who purchased the Italian-inspired trattoria at 12th and Granville in late-summer of 2016, wasting little time in rejuvenating the soul of the business. With Chef Jessica Howery still celebrating the best of Italy with her own signature touches, Siena added a vibrant brunch and specialized drink list, adding depth to an already formidable wine list that has even long-time guests raving about this restaurant’s latest chapter.

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Spectacular Waterfront Views Dockside Restaurant

Dockside Restaurant offers delicious contemporary West Coast Cuisine in a spectacular Granville Island waterfront setting. Eye-catching views, warm service, and indoor and outdoor settings to suit groups from 2-200 people make Dockside Restaurant a perfect destination for an intimate dinner, corporate gathering, or memorable celebration.

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Where Chocolate and Vancouver Meet Chocolate Arts

For the last 26 years, Chocolate Arts has committed to continually exceeding the wildest dreams of chocolate lovers. Combining a passion for eye-catching, memorable pieces and locally-sourced ingredients, luxury is made approachable. Order custom pieces or indulge in seasonal selections in the café – there’s no chocolate dream that can’t be realized.

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the yellow "g" marks the spot giovane

Follow the big yellow “G” to giovane, Vancouver’s best casual Italian café + eatery serving Stumptown Coffee, daily breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Giovane market is the city’s quintessential one-stop gift-giving boutique, celebrating artisanal items, locally-made goods and sourcing the best of BC and Italy’s finest.

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Live Jazz and Delicious Eats Frankie’s Jazz Club

Frankie’s Jazz Club is Vancouver’s destination for an impeccable Italian dinner-out paired with fantastic live jazz entertainment. Coastal Jazz, the engine behind the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, presents the club’s live music from Thursday to Sunday weekly. Your night is in good hands with every visit to Frankie's Jazz Club!

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The Pizza of Napoli Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is a VPN certified Neapolitan pizzeria located in historic Gastown, nestled between brick walls of the century-old building and juxtaposed against the design of a bright and contemporary interior. While honouring traditions, Nicli Antica Pizzeria's menu highlights the season's freshest, local ingredients alongside a robust beverage program.

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Culinary Delights and First Nations Traditions Salmon 'n' Bannock

Vancouver’s only First Nations restaurant, Salmon n' Bannock specializes in wild fish, free range game meat and of course bannock, baked fresh daily. Using traditional ingredients prepared and presented in a modern way, this casual bistro welcomes everyone as they are. In the spirit of First Nations' traditions, the intention is to provide a gathering place where the focus is on the people and the food.

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