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ALIBI ROOM Beer Ex­pe­ri­ence, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Trendy spot serves dishes in­spired by the mod­ern English tav­ern. Menu changes sea­son­ally, but the home-made beef burger is al­ways a favourite. En­joy a mar­tini or one of the 44 beers on tap ei­ther up­stairs or down. $-$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 157 Alexan­der St. 604-623-3383. X Map 1: C7


AL PORTO Lo­cated in his­toric Gas­town, this el­e­gant room serves tra­di­tional Ital­ian cui­sine such as veal Mi­lanese, var­i­ous an­tipasto dishes and oven-fired pizza. $$. L (M-F), D (daily). 321 Wa­ter St. 604-683-8376. www. al­ X Map 1: C6


BAO DOWN Asian street food in a fun, funky en­vi­ron­ment. Spe­cial­izes in sev­eral types of bao, an Asian-style taco on a steamed bun. Try the Jaws, with co­conut-crusted cat­fish, kim­chi tar­tar sauce and Thai vinai­grette. Sand­wiches, kim­chi fries and sal­ads, too. Veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions. $. L/D (daily). 12 Pow­ell St. 778-379-3611. X Map 1: C7 Bao Down Gas­tropub + Raw Bar: 115 W. 2nd Ave. 604-620-5226. Map 1: E7


BAUHAUS This award-win­ning res­tau­rant is known for its mod­ern take on Ger­man cui­sine and sea­sonal six-course tast­ing menu. Cut­ting-edge tech­niques and fresh flavours shine in dishes rang­ing from foie gras to schnitzel. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily). 1 W. Cor­dova St. 604-974-1147. www. bauhaus-res­tau­ X Map 1: C7

Re­gional: Up­scale

L’ABAT­TOIR Best Gas­town/Railtown, Van­cou­ver magazine 2017. French-in­flu­enced West Coast fare is served in this rus­tic din­ing room, the site of Van­cou­ver’s first jail. Dishes may in­clude smoked duck breast with black­berry and cab­bage. Sip on cock­tails and in­dulge in deca­dent desserts at the bar. Pri­vate din­ing room avail­able. $$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 217 Car­rall St. 604-568-1701.­bat­ X Map 1: C7


THE LAMPLIGHTER In Gas­town’s Do­min­ion Grand ho­tel since 1899, this event-driven bar is one of Van­cou­ver’s old­est venues. Nightly theme acts in­clude live bands and DJs. Sports events air on 14 TVs. Also fea­tures pool ta­bles and pin­ball. Bar menu avail­able. $. L/D (daily), brunch (SaSu). 92 Wa­ter St. 604-687-4424. www.don­nel­ly­ X Map 1: C7


THE OLD SPAGHETTI FAC­TORY Var­ied, in­ex­pen­sive menu with

nu­mer­ous pasta dishes, chicken and steak. Din­ners in­clude soup or salad, hot bread, cof­fee or tea, and ice cream. $. L/D (daily). 53 Wa­ter St. 604-6841288. X Map 1: C7 50 8th St., New West­min­ster. 604-524-9788. X Map 2: D4 River­port Cen­tre, 110-14200 En­ter­tain­ment Blvd., Rich­mond. 604277-8373. www.oldspaghet­ti­fac­tory .ca X Map 3: E5


ROD­NEY’S OYS­TER HOUSE The oys­ter bar is the fo­cal point in this cozy bricked room. Live crab and lob­ster, mus­sels, clams and home­made chow­ders. $$. L/D (daily). 52 Pow­ell St. 604-685-2005. Par­tial X Map 1: C7 1228 Hamil­ton St. 604-609-0080.­ Par­tial X Map 1: D5


SITAR Spe­cial­ists since 1983 in meat and veg­e­tar­ian dishes of In­dia, such as tandoori, vin­daloo, biriyani, ko­rma and but­ter chicken, in a set­ting of hand­some wood and brick with a large win­dow over­look­ing the street. Drop in or re­serve. $$. L/D (daily). 8 Pow­ell St. 604-687-0049. www.sitar­restau­rant .net X Map 1: C7


STEAM­WORKS BREW­ING CO. A re­turn to tra­di­tional brew­ing meth­ods with­out the use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents. Try the beer soup with roast chicken and veg­eta­bles. Also fea­tures pri­vate rooms for events. $$. L/D (daily). The Land­ing, 375 Wa­ter St. 604-689-2739. www.steam­ X Map 1: C6

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