Top 5 Restaurants in Vancouver: Barbecue Evangelist Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk's Guide
Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk loves to cook outdoors, whether it's grilling, planking, or Southern-style barbecue. He's the author of three bestselling cookbooks, including his latest, Barbecue Secrets DELUXE! and was named one of America's greatest grillers by Food and Wine magazine.
Along with master sauce maker Denzel Sandberg, he co-founded Ronnie & Denzel's NATURAL CHAMPIONS BBQ, makers of award-winning gourmet barbecue sauces and Perfect Pulled Pork. Every summer Ronnie shares barbecue tips and recipes as a regular guest on CKNW and hosts his own show on the internet the Barbecue Secrets podcast. Ron operates out of his "Fortress of Smokitude" in North Vancouver.
Westview Oriental Restaurant, #108-2609 Westview Drive, North Vancouver
"With its anachronistic name and strip mall location, you wouldn't think Westview Oriental Restaurant would offer much more than average fare," says Ronnie, "but I think it's one of the finest Chinese kitchens in all of Vancouver." The menu includes some unusual Hong-Kong style dishes you don't find at other places and you can order sublime dim sum a la cart. Ronnie especially likes the Pumpkin with Golden Walnut and says "you've gotta try the Beef Brisket with Rice Roll Hot Pot."
Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine, 1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Rio Brazilian Steak House, 689 Denman Street
Ronnie's final choice is "heaven for meat lovers". "There's a good menu", he says, "but I recommend the fixed price, all-you-can-eat Rodizio -- Brazilian-style barbecue that's presented on giant skewers by roaming gauchos who slice it right at your table." Ronnie is a fan of the "insanely delicious beef sirloin, pork shoulder, leg of lamb, chicken thighs and sausages, all grilled on a rotisserie and perfectly seasoned with sea salt. There's also a big fresh salad bar and hot food buffet that includes tasty traditional dishes like black bean stew and real pork cracklings. Come with an appetite. You'll leave in a meat coma!"