For the 16th year, Georgia Straight readers have shared their secrets in our annual Golden Plate Awards. Below are the results of our 2013 readers' choice survey – conducted online earlier this year – with winners in 158 categories.

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Best mid-price restaurant

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Fable, 1944 W. 4th
  3. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations

Best budget restaurant

  1. White Spot, Various Locations
  2. La Taqueria, Various Locations
  3. Save On Meats, 43 W. Hastings

Best casino for eats

  1. Tramonto at River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd.
  2. Edgewater Casino, 311–750 Pacific Blvd. S.
  3. Grand Villa Casino, 4331 Dominion St., Burnaby

Best view restaurant

  1. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various Locations
  2. Seasons in the Park, 405 West 33rd Avenue (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  3. Cactus Club Cafe, 1790 Beach

Best restaurant interior design

  1. Black + Blue, 1032 Alberni
  2. Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia
  3. Killjoy Barbers, 106–1120 Hamilton

Best restaurant atmosphere

  1. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty
  2. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  3. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  4. Fable, 1944 W. 4th
  5. Clough Club, 212 Abbott

Best restaurant service

  1. Bishop's, 2183 W. 4th
  2. Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia
  3. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  4. Fable, 1944 W. 4th

Most romantic restaurant

  1. Seasons in the Park, 405 West 33rd Avenue (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  2. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty
  3. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville

Best kid-friendly restaurant

  1. White Spot, Various Locations
  2. Little Nest, 1716 Charles
  3. Red Robin, Various Locations

Best place for food on campus

  1. Mahony & Sons Public House, 5990 University Blvd., UBC
  2. The Delly, 6138 Student Union Blvd., UBC
  3. Pie R Squared, 6138 Student Union Boulevard

Best catering company

  1. The Butler Did It Catering, 620 Clark Drive
  2. Lazy Gourmet, 1605 W. 5th
  3. Culinary Capers, 1545 West 3rd Avenue

Best chain restaurant

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Joey Restaurants, Various Locations

Best pre-theatre restaurant

  1. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty
  2. Siena, 1485 W. 12th
  3. Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour

Best restaurant for watching the game

  1. Shark Club, Various Locations
  2. Boston Pizza, Various Locations
  3. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations

Best restaurant for people-watching

  1. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations
  2. Havana, 1212 Commercial
  3. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  4. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations

Best restaurant for hot male servers

  1. Rodney's Oyster House, Various Locations
  2. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  3. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations

Best restaurant for hot female servers

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Joey Restaurants, Various Locations

Best restaurant patio

  1. Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston Street
  2. Tap & Barrel Restaurant, 1 Athletes Way
  3. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations

Best hole in the wall

  1. Hawker's Delight, 4127 Main
  2. The Red Wagon, 2296 E. Hastings
  3. The Narrow Lounge, 1898 Main

Best food truck

  1. Tacofino, Various Locations
  2. Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck, Howe and W. Georgia
  3. Japadog, Various Locations

Best food court

  1. Pacific Centre, 701 West Georgia Street
  2. Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  3. Richmond Centre, 6551 No 3 Rd, Richmond

Best takeout/delivery

  1. The Noodle Box, Various Locations
  2. Panago, Various locations
  3. Hon's Wun-Tun House, Various Locations

Best bakery for pastries

  1. Fratelli Bakery, 1795 Commercial Drive
  2. Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various Locations
  3. Thierry, 1059 Alberni

Best bread bakery

  1. Terra Breads, Various Locations
  2. COBS Bread, Various Locations
  3. Uprising Breads Bakery, Various Locations

Best deli

  1. Oyama Sausage Company, 126 1689 Johnston St., Granville Island
  2. La Grotta Del Formaggio, 1791 Commercial
  3. Santa Barbara Market, 1322 Commercial Dr

Best butcher

  1. Windsor Quality Meats, 4110 Main Street
  2. Save On Meats, 43 W. Hastings
  3. Jackson's Meat and Deli, 2214 West 4th Avenue
  4. Big Lou's Butcher Shop, 269 Powell St

Best grocery store café

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various Locations
  2. Urban Fare, Various Locations
  3. Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville

Best farmers market

  1. Trout Lake Farmers Market
  2. Kitsilano Farmers Market
  3. Granville Island Farmers Market

Best cooking store

  1. Ming Wo, Various locations
  2. The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings
  3. Cookworks, 1548 West Broadway

Best breakfast

  1. Medina Cafe, 556 Beatty
  2. The Red Wagon, 2296 E. Hastings
  3. Sophie's Cosmic Cafe, 2095 W. 4th

Best bagel

  1. Solly's Bagelry, Various Locations
  2. Siegel's Bagels, Various Locations
  3. Benny's Bagels, 2505 W. Broadway

Best brunch

  1. Medina Cafe, 556 Beatty
  2. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  3. Fable, 1944 W. 4th

Best appetizers

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  2. Fable, 1944 W. 4th
  3. Bin 941, 941 Davie

Best burger

  1. Vera's Burger Shack, Various Locations
  2. Romer's Burger Bar, Various Locations
  3. White Spot, Various Locations
  4. Fatburger, Various Locations

Best veggie burger

  1. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th
  2. White Spot, Various Locations
  3. Vera's Burger Shack, Various Locations

Best comfort food

  1. Burgoo, Various Locations
  2. White Spot, Various Locations
  3. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Best pub food

  1. Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall
  2. The Charles Bar, 136 W. Cordova
  3. St. Augustine’s, 2360 Commercial
  4. Yaletown Brewing Company, 1111 Mainland

Best bistro

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Bistro Pastis, 2153 W. 4th
  3. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th

Best diner

  1. Save On Meats, 43 W. Hastings
  2. The Red Wagon, 2296 E. Hastings
  3. Lucy's Eastside Diner, 2708 Main
  4. The Templeton, 1087 Granville

Best tapas

  1. La Bodega Restaurante & Tapas Bar, 1277 Howe
  2. Bin 941, 941 Davie
  3. Espana, 1118 Denman

Best wings

  1. Wings Tap & Grill, Various Locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Phnom Penh Restaurant, 244 E. Georgia
  4. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations

Best barbecue

  1. Memphis Blues Barbeque House, Various Locations
  2. Peckinpah, 2 Water
  3. Re-Up BBQ, 700 Hornby
  4. Hog Shack Cookhouse, 160–3900 Bayview St., Richmond

Best fries

  1. Fritz European Fry House, 718 Davie
  2. McDonald's, Various locations
  3. Belgian Fries, 1885 Commercial

Best poutine

  1. Fritz European Fry House, 718 Davie
  2. La Belle Patate, 1215 Davie
  3. Belgian Fries, 1885 Commercial

Best tacos

  1. La Taqueria, Various Locations
  2. Tacofino, Various Locations
  3. Chronic Tacos, Various Locations

Best fish and chips

  1. Go Fish, Various Locations
  2. Pajo's, Various Locations
  3. C-Lovers Fish & Chips, Various Locations

Best pizza by the slice

  1. Flying Wedge Pizza, Various Locations
  2. Uncle Fatih's Pizza, Various Locations
  3. FreshSlice, Various Locations

Best pizza takeout/delivery

  1. Panago, Various locations
  2. Uncle Fatih's Pizza, Various Locations
  3. Pizzeria Farina, 915 Main

Best nose-to-tail dining

  1. Wildebeest, 120 W. Hastings
  2. Fable, 1944 W. 4th
  3. forage, 1300 Robson

Best steak

  1. Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Various Locations
  2. Hy's Encore, Various Locations
  3. Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, 615 Seymour

Best chicken

  1. Nando's, Various Locations
  2. Swiss Chalet, Various Locations
  3. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations

Best sushi

  1. Tojo's, 1133 W. Broadway
  2. Toshi Sushi, 181 E. 16th
  3. Miku Restaurant, 1055 W. Hastings

Best izakaya

  1. Hapa Izakaya, Various Locations
  2. Guu, Various Locations
  3. Kingyo Izakaya, 871 Denman

Best ramen

  1. Kintaro Ramen, 788 Denman
  2. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, 1690 Robson
  3. Motomachi Shokudo, 740 Denman St

Best noodles

  1. Peaceful Restaurant, Various Locations
  2. The Noodle Box, Various Locations
  3. Legendary Noodle, Various Locations

Best salads

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Best soups

  1. liquids + solids cafe & market, 1530 Venables
  2. Burgoo, Various Locations
  3. The Stock Market, 147-1689 Johnston, Granville Island
  4. Whole Foods Market, Various Locations

Best wraps

  1. WrapZone, Various Locations
  2. Steamrollers, Various Locations
  3. The Pita Pit, 5717 Dalhousie Rd., UBC

Best vegetarian

  1. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th
  2. The Acorn, 3995 Main
  3. The Foundation, 2301 Main

Most vegan-friendly

  1. The Acorn, 3995 Main
  2. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th
  3. Gorilla Food, 101-436 Richards

Best organic

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various Locations
  2. Aphrodite's Organic Cafe & Pie Shop, 3598 W. 4th
  3. OrganicLives, 451 Granville St

Best desserts

  1. Thierry, 1059 Alberni
  2. True Confections, Various Locations
  3. Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various Locations

Best ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt

  1. Mario's Gelati, 88 East 1st Avenue
  2. Bella Gelateria, 1001 W. Cordova
  3. La Casa Gelato, 1033 Venables

Best chocolate shop

  1. Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various Locations
  2. Purdy's, Various locations
  3. Thierry, 1059 Alberni

Best restaurant wine list (b.c.)

  1. Raincity Grill, 1193 Denman
  2. Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley
  3. West, 2881 Granville
  4. Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Best b.c. wine/winery (red)

  1. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 100 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver
  2. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  3. Painted Rock, 400 Smythe Drive, Penticton

Best b.c. wine/winery (white)

  1. JoieFarm Wines, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata
  2. Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls
  3. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver
  4. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna

Best imported wine/winery (red)

  1. Wolf Blass, Australia
  2. J. Lohr, United States
  3. Peter Lehmann, Australia

Best imported wine/winery (white)

  1. Oyster Bay, New Zealand
  2. Kim Crawford, New Zealand
  3. Astrolabe, New Zealand

Best winery/vineyard restaurant

  1. Old Vines Restaurant, 3303 Boucherie Rd., Kelowna
  2. Miradoro, 32830 Tinhorn Creek Rd., Oliver
  3. The Sonora Room, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 100 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver

Best wine bar

  1. Uva Wine Bar, 900 Seymour
  2. Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley
  3. Joey Restaurants, Various Locations
  4. YEW Restaurant + Bar, 791 W. Georgia
  5. Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy

Best restaurant imported beer selection

  1. BierCraft Restaurants, Various Locations
  2. Alibi Room, 157 Alexander
  3. Bitter Tasting Room, 16 W. Hastings Street
  4. Portland Craft, 3835 Main

Best restaurant for cocktails

  1. The Diamond, 6 Powell Street
  2. Pourhouse, 162 Water
  3. L'Abattoir, 217 Carrall
  4. Granville Room, 957 Granville

Best restaurant for drink specials

  1. Metropole, 320 Abbott
  2. Browns Social House, Various Locations
  3. Earls Restaurant, Various Locations

Best restaurant for a stiff drink

  1. Pourhouse, 162 Water
  2. Granville Room, 957 Granville
  3. The Diamond, 6 Powell Street
  4. The Cascade Room, 2616 Main

Best pub

  1. Bimini Public House, 2010 W. 4th
  2. Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall
  3. The Charles Bar, 136 W. Cordova
  4. Ceili's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Various Locations

Best university/college pub/lounge

  1. Mahony & Sons Public House, Various Locations
  2. The Pit Pub, 6138 Student Union Blvd., UBC
  3. Gallery Restaurant & Lounge, 6138 Sub Boulevard, UBC

Best imported beer

  1. Heineken
  2. Stella Artois
  3. Guinness

Best local microbrewery

  1. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright Street
  2. Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 1950 Triumph Street
  3. R&B Brewing Co., 54 East 4th Avenue

Best locally brewed beer

  1. Granville Island Lions Winter Ale
  2. Central City Red Racer IPA
  3. Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears

Best private beer store

  1. Brewery Creek Liquor Store, 3045 Main Street
  2. Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba
  3. Granville Liquor Store, 2658 Granville Street

Best independent coffee shop

  1. 49th Parallel, Various Locations
  2. Revolver, 325 Cambie
  3. Continental Coffee, 1806 Commercial
  4. Elysian Coffee, 590 West Broadway

Best coffee shop (local chain)

  1. JJ Bean, Various Locations
  2. Caffè Artigiano, Various Locations
  3. Bean Around the World, Various Locations
  4. Waves Coffee House, Various locations

Best coffee shop (national chain)

  1. Starbucks
  2. Blenz, Various Locations
  3. Tim Hortons

Best fair trade coffee shop

  1. Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House, Various Locations
  2. Ethical Bean, 1315 Kootenay Street
  3. Salt Spring Coffee, Various Locations

Best restaurant twitter feed

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Granville Room, 957 Granville
  3. Fable, 1944 W. 4th

Best tea house

  1. The Secret Garden Tea Room, 5559 West Blvd.
  2. DAVIDsTEA
  3. The Urban Tea Merchant, Various Locations

Best bubble tea house

  1. Dragon Ball Tea House, 1007 W. King Edward
  2. Bubble World, Various Locations
  3. Bubble Queen, 8888 Odlin Crescent
  4. Pearl Castle, Various Locations

Best wine festival/event

  1. Vancouver International Wine Festival
  2. Okanagan Wine Festival, 1527 Ellis Street, Kelowna
  3. Naramata Bench Wineries Festivals, Penticton

Best neighbourhood for restaurants

  1. Gastown
  2. Main Street, between East 2nd Avenue and East 33rd Avenue
  3. Kitsilano, West 4th Avenue

Best new restaurant

  1. Fable, 1944 W. 4th
  2. Wildebeest, 120 W. Hastings
  3. The Acorn, 3995 Main

Best new restaurant outside of vancouver

  1. The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar, 20178 96th Avenue, Langley
  2. Chomp Vegan Eatery, 7-201 Morrissey Rd., Port Moody
  3. Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria, 6011 Hastings St., Burnaby

Best burnaby restaurant

  1. The Pear Tree Restaurant, 4120 E. Hastings St., Burnaby
  2. Anton's Pasta Bar, 4260 East Hastings St., Burnaby
  3. Horizons, 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
  4. Hart House, 6664 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

Best north shore restaurant

  1. Salmon House on the Hill, 2229 Folkestone Way, West Van
  2. Burgoo, Various Locations
  3. Tomahawk Restaurant, 1550 Philip Ave., N. Van.

Best richmond restaurant

  1. Blue Canoe, 140–3866 Bayview St., Richmond
  2. Kirin Restaurant, 200 Three W. Centre, 7900 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
  3. Hog Shack Cookhouse, 160–3900 Bayview St., Richmond

Best surrey, delta, white rock, langley restaurant

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various Locations
  2. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Giraffe Restaurant, 15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
  4. The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar, 20178 96th Avenue, Langley
  5. Vault Restaurant, 5764 176th St., Cloverdale

Best whistler restaurant

  1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar, 4222 Village Square, Whistler
  2. Bearfoot Bistro, 4121 Village Green, Whistler
  3. Rim Rock Cafe, 2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler

Best african

  1. Simba's Grill, Various Locations
  2. Harambe, 2149 Commercial
  3. Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, 1279 E. Hastings

Best chinese

  1. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, 163 Keefer
  2. Kirin Seafood Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Peaceful Restaurant, Various Locations

Best philippine

  1. Pinpin Restaurant, 6113 Fraser
  2. Goldilocks Bakeshop, Various Locations
  3. Kumare Restaurant and Bakery, 8130 Park Road

Best french

  1. Le Crocodile, 100–909 Burrard
  2. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th
  3. Le Gavroche, 1616 Alberni
  4. Bistro Pastis, 2153 W. 4th

Best german

  1. Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club), 4875 Victoria Drive
  2. La Brasserie, 1091 Davie
  3. Old Bavaria Haus, 233 6th St., New Westminster

Best indian

  1. Vij's, 1480 W. 11th
  2. Maurya Indian Cuisine, 1643 W. Broadway
  3. Palki, Various Locations

Best japanese

  1. Tojo's, 1133 W. Broadway
  2. Miku Restaurant, 1055 W. Hastings
  3. Guu, Various Locations

Best korean

  1. Insadong, 403 North Rd., Coquitlam
  2. Jang Mo Jib, Various Locations
  3. Ma Dang Goul Korean Restaurant, 847 Denman St.

Best latin american

  1. Baru Latino Restaurante, 2535 Alma
  2. La Taqueria, Various Locations
  3. El Camino's, 3250 Main St

Best caribbean

  1. The Reef, Various Locations
  2. Calabash Bistro, 428 Carrall
  3. The Lion’s Den Café and Restaurant, 651 E. 15th Ave.

Best lebanese

  1. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba, Various Locations
  2. Mona's Fine Lebanese Cuisine, 1328 Hornby
  3. Babylon Café, Various Locations
  4. Falafel Maison, Various Locations

Best malaysian

  1. Banana Leaf, Various Locations
  2. Tropika Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Tamarind Hill, Various Locations

Best mexican

  1. Las Margaritas Restaurant y Cantina, 1999 W. 4th
  2. La Taqueria, Various Locations
  3. La Casita, 101 W. Cordova

Best middle eastern

  1. Afghan Horsemen, 202–1833 Anderson
  2. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba, Various Locations
  3. East is East, Various Locations

Best pacific northwest

  1. Bishop's, 2183 W. 4th
  2. Raincity Grill, 1193 Denman
  3. West, 2881 Granville

Best persian

  1. Cazba Restaurant, 132 West 16th Street, North Vancouver
  2. Afghan Horsemen, 202–1833 Anderson
  3. East is East, Various Locations

Best portuguese

  1. Nando's, Various Locations
  2. Portuguese Club of Vancouver, 1144 Commercial Drive
  3. Chefe Daniel Flavours of Portugal, 2268 Kingsway

Best thai

  1. Maenam, 1938 W. 4th
  2. SalaThai Thai Restaurant on Burrard, 102–888 Burrard
  3. Thai House, Various locations

Best singaporean

  1. Tropika Restaurant, Various Locations
  2. Hawker's Delight, 4127 Main
  3. Banana Leaf, Various Locations