Owners Artie and Lisa ran the original Tofino food truck over 10 years ago, but now have had comfortable indoor roots for some time at Sobo. These two are heroes to Tofino: they’re community-driven, über-regional and cook what they want, how they want it. 311 Neill St., sobo.ca Owners Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong set up this original Tacofino truck in the summer of 2009. Everything is rock solid. You can throw a dart at the menu and you’ll hit something awesome. The only problem is eating it too often. 1184 Pacific Rim Hwy., tacofino.com THE ORDER Pork gringas, you are my nemesis.
THE ORDER Duck confit pizza and crazy chocolate brownies are flavour dynamite.
The loss of his original restaurant to a major fire not too long ago didn’t slow owner Francois Pilon down. Hank’s has hit the ground running with renewed energy. It’s a big barbecue, bourbon and beer temple done with care and focus. Ob- scure artisanal craft beers are expertly chosen and not to be missed. 1576 Imperial Ln., Ucluelet THE ORDER Anything with a rib.
Crazy Ron is a legend on the West Coast (search “Crazy Ron” on YouTube for video proof). His Tough City Sushi Bar rivals any found this side of Chicago. Get the real deal on Mondays when it’s locals’ night and the place goes off. 350 Main St., toughcity.com THE ORDER Whatever Ron tells you to eat.
The Double Whammy
The one-two punch of coffee at the Tofitian and ice cream at Chocolate Tofino is a staple experience. The covered patio at the Tofitian is a mishmash of colourful locals throughout the day and the coffee is amazing. Before or after, head to Chocolate Tofino. I have been hard pressed to find better ice cream anywhere in B.C.—watch the weekly nervous breakdowns when people arrive on Sunday (the only day they are closed). 1180 Pacific Rim Hwy., tofitian.com, chocolatetofino.com THE ORDER Hedgehog ice cream.