Best Chain

Vancouver Magazine - - Restaurant Awards -

1 Cac­tus Club Cafe Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, cac­tus­club­ 2 Joey Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, joeyrestau­ 3 Ta­cofino Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ta­

hon­ourable men­tions Nuba, The Fly­ing Pig

We live in a golden age of chains, in which even small op­er­a­tions are look­ing at ex­pand­ing into mul­ti­ple out­lets—and if they need to look for guid­ance, they can do no bet­ter than this year’s Gold win­ner. There can be no doubt that Cac­tus

Club Cafe’s mix of qual­ity and con­sis­tency has it re­sid­ing at the top of the prof­itabil­ity food chain in any num­ber of Cana­dian cities (Ed­mon­ton, Cal­gary, Toronto), but it’s the home base with its mix of jaw-drop­ping lo­ca­tions (Coal Har­bour, English Bay) and in­no­va­tive cook­ing (Ash Street test kitchen) that de­liv­ers the top spot. Iron­i­cally, much the same could be said about Sil­ver medal­list Joey, which would win this cat­e­gory if it were up against any­one other than Cac­tus. Round­ing out the group is the more lo­cal

Ta­cofino, which added a Miche­lin-starred chef (Ste­fan Hart­mann), and still packs ’em in from down­town to Yale­town to Hast­ings-Sun­rise with a blend of ca­sual Mex­i­can fare that helped rein­vig­o­rate Latin cui­sine in this city.

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