Plant-based eatery opens third location in Vancouver: Meet in Yaletown

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      The search for plant-based and gluten-free meals in the Yaletown area recently got a new option for diners of all stripes.

      The veggie-happy Meet in Yaletown opened in February at 1165 Mainland Street (in the former location of Hub Restaurant, which closed in October 2017).

      The 3,000-square-foot space, which seats just under 100 people, will be boosted by a patio gearing up to open within the next few weeks and will seat up to approximately 50 people.

      Co-owner Jason Antony told the Georgia Straight by phone that about 90 percent of the Yaletown menu is similar to their other locations.

      While featured dishes are different at each location, what particularly sets the Yaletown spot apart from the others is that the bar takes up about 20 percent of the space, Antony said. Consquently, he explained that there'll be more emphasis on the beverage menu in Yaletown, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

      While the comfort-food eatery is particularly known for its burgers and fries, Antony pointed out that the menu offers numerous other health-oriented options, including a range of rice bowls and salads such as an organic quinoa and roasted yam salad or the Seoul bowl, with kimchi, nori (seaweed), organic brown rice, and more.

      Something for brunch fans to take note of: at the moment, Antony said, weekend brunches haven't been as busy as their other locations, which usually have lineups, so it's easier to grab a seat at this location. (That'll change as word gets out so don't tell anyone.)

      The first Meet restaurant 4288 Main Street dates back to its opening in 2013, and was followed by the Gastown location, which made its debut in February 2016.

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