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Ital­ian ASK FOR LUIGI Ital­ian, Where to Dine Awards 2017. The small, sim­ple menu at this Ital­ian haunt matches the small, cozy space. Made-in-house pasta and an­tipasti dishes are on the menu, served in a wood-pan­elled and checker-tiled room. Ro­tat­ing wine list. $$. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 305 Alexan­der St. 604-4282544. www.ask­for­ Map 1: C8

Chi­nese BAO BEI CHI­NESE BRASSERIE Best Chi­na­town, Van­cou­ver magazine since 2014. This vin­tage-in­spired res­tau­rant of­fers up tra­di­tional Chi­nese food with a twist, in­clud­ing man­tou, a steamed bun filled with braised short rib, pick­led cu­cum­ber, peanuts and hoisin. $-$$. D (daily). 163 Keefer St. 604-688-0876. Map 1: C7

Ca­sual JUKE FRIED CHICKEN This trendy Chi­na­town eatery serves ex­tracrispy, gluten-free fried chicken, along with ribs, sal­ads and side dishes like bis­cuits, pork and peanut slaw, and the smoth­ered dirty fries. Dine in, take out or have it de­liv­ered. $. L/D (daily). 182 Keefer St. 604-336-5853. www. juke­fried­ X Map 1: C7

Fu­sion KISSA TANTO Best New Res­tau­rant, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Best Pan-Asian and Best New De­sign, Van­cou­ver magazine 2017. Tucked away on the sec­ond floor, this Chi­na­town gem de­liv­ers a mod­ern menu of Ja­panese-Ital­ian fu­sion in a glam­orously retro set­ting that re­calls the jazz bars of yes­ter­year. In­ven­tive cock­tails, plus sake, wine and lo­cal beer. $$-$$$. D (Tu-Sa). 263 E. Pen­der St. 778-379-8078. www.kissa­tanto .com Map 1: C8

Veg­e­tar­ian VIR­TU­OUS PIE Plant­based pizza and ice cream served in a mod­ern ex­posed-brick space makes for an en­joy­able and, of course, vir­tu­ous ex­pe­ri­ence. In­dulge in creative ve­gan op­tions like Stranger Wings, topped with spicy buf­falo cauliflower and nut cheese, fol­lowed by a sea­son­ally in­spired dairy-free scoop. $. L/D (daily). 583 Main St. 604-620-0060. www.vir­tu­ous­ X Map 1: C7

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