A Quickie

Western Living - - TRAVEL &LEISURE TOFINO -

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.

Re­al­ity Bites

THE OR­DER Duck con­fit pizza and crazy choco­late brown­ies are flavour dy­na­mite.

Lo­cal Hero

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.

An Orig­i­nal

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.

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