Best Latin

Vancouver Magazine - - Restaurant Awards -

1 Molli Café 1225 Bur­rard St., mol­li­ 2 El Santo 680 Columbia St., New West­min­ster, el­ 3 Fayuca 1009 Hamil­ton St.,

hon­ourable men­tions Ca­cao, Los Cuer­vos

Look­ing at this list, it’s amaz­ing to think that even a few years ago it was com­mon to hear the whine: “We have no good Mex­i­can in No Fun City.” Qual­ity has never been a prob­lem with Gold Medal win­ner Molli

Café— the Satur­day-only lamb con­sommé is leg­endary, and they cre­ate lit­tle low-key taco mir­a­cles daily—but their lo­ca­tion on atough-to-ac­cess sec­tion of Bur­rard has plagued them since day one (and they’ve noted they’ll likely be clos­ing shop soon). The lo­ca­tion of our Sil­ver medal­list, El Santo, is New West, and while that might have been ahin­drance in years past, these days the Royal City’s food scene is hop­ping (thanks mostly to El Santo’s great mix of cock­tails and ca­sual Mex­i­can made with top-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents). And our third-place fin­isher—the new­comer Fayuca— is the most am­bi­tious of them all, with an in­tense fo­cus on Mex­ico’s hereto­fore lo­cally un­known cui­sine from the north Pa­cific coast.

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