Resto roundup: Bows X Arrows, Lucky Taco, Poke Time, Trees Organic Coffee

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      Here are some more new eateries to check out, including coffee shops, a poké place, and a cantina, as well as a list of other recent openings and closings.

      Hitting the spot

      While Victoria's Silk Road Tea shop opened recently in Vancouver, a Victoria coffee shop is similarly expanding to this side of the Strait of Georgia.

      Bows X Arrows Café

      Bows X Arrows Café officially opened in East Vancouver on August 5 at 4149 Fraser Street.

      Bows X Arrows Café

      As craft coffee roasters, the company offers beans from Bolivia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Kenya, as well as coffee equipment, such as aeropresses and filters.  

      Bows X Arrows Café

      But the new East Van location also serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

      The menu consists of shared or small plates like organic chicken liver pate with cherry gastrique and seeded crackers; pork coppa with black kale, herbs, and chickpeas; and tartines such as smoked ham hock or pickled herring.

      Trees, please

      Speaking of coffee, after quite a wait, Trees Organic Coffee and Roasting House is opening its fifth location in the Fairview neighbourhood.

      The new spot is located at 1598 West Broadway at Fir Street.

      Trees Organic Coffee

      As its name indicates, the local chain serves organic coffees, as well as a range of teas.

      Trees Organic Coffee

      But dessert lovers may know them best for their delectable selection of cheesecakes, which span the range from mocha or key lime to monthly featured specials.

      Meanwhile, its location at the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) closed earlier this year on March 25.

      Time for tacos

      While Tacofino opened its third location in July in Yaletown at 1025 Mainland Street, there's also a new taco spot to take note of in Kitsilano.

      Lucky Taco

      After a year in business, the seafood restaurant Supermarine has relaunched as the casual and colourful cantina Lucky Taco at 1685 Yew Street near Kitsilano Beach in July.

      The 36-seat hangout offers gluten-free tortillas options such as baja pescado (cod tempura), barbacoa (braised beef with salsa verde), and al pastor (braised pork with adobo rub).

      Lucky Taco

      Snacking items include chili-glazed chicken wings, tuna poké, and corn on the cob.

      An extensive drink menu covers everything from margaritas and tequila cocktails to beer and wine.

      And time for poke

      Downtown poké fans (no relation to the insanely popular Pokémon Go craze) will be pleased to know that Poké Time had its soft opening on July 30 at 1258 Robson Street.

      Poké Time

      The casual spot, which has only a few seats at a counter, offers build-your-own-bowl options.

      Customers can choose their protein (tuna, salmon, and more) along with various toppings and sauces.   

      Poké Time

      Also on the menu are burrito-style poké, which look like large, uncut maki rolls.

      All waffled out

      After opening on August 29, 2015, Waffle Frenzy closed down less than a year into operations.

      Waffle Frenzy

      Its menu offered almost everything imaginable from the wild and wonderful world of waffles: Belgian waffles, waffle sandwiches with chicken or roast beef, dessert waffles with various fruits, waffle fries, and even a waffle donut, it seems it didn't create the frenzy it was hoping for.

      Waffle Frenzy

      Alas, it closed earlier this year at 420 Richards Street.

      And the eats go on…

      Here are a few other openings and closings we've recently covered:

      JUKE Fried Chicken opened in Chinatown 

      Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods opened a third location in Olympic Village

      Elements Diner, with an interntional menu, opened on July 15 in Yaletown

      • the indigenous two-spirit-run Darryl's Coffee and Native Art Shop closed at 945 Davie Street, at the edge of the West End, on July 15

      Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen opened a pop-up deli on July 18 

      • Gastown's Secret Location closed on July 31

      • social activist gathering spot Heartwood Café is closing on August 15

      • luxury Chinese restaurant Mott 32 will open in the controversial Trump Tower in the fall

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