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Vancouver Observer Restaurant Power Rankings makes its debut

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 4.  L’Abattoir, 217 Carrall Street


A flawlessly executed menu that is rooted in things you really want to eat.  L’Abattoir pays close attention to the details in the cooking and the service is excellent.  A top-notch cocktail bar is the cherry on top of Vancouver’s best post-fine dining restaurant.

5. Alibi Room, 157 Alexander Street

The Alibi Room is the only place the panel can think of that fills up 10 minutes after opening on a Monday night.  It is the spiritual home of the craft beer tidal wave sweeping Vancouver. Go there for the lovingly curated beer list that changes as kegs and casks are emptied. 

6. PiDGiN, 350 Carrall St


Now that the protesters are largely gone, the focus of conversation around PiDGIN can turn to the food.  We’d like to see them stretch their wings and open up a little more, but what the panel has tasted there so far is amazing. 

7. HK BBQ Master, 4651 #3 Road, Richmond

Photo by My Secret Eden

There is no better example of Hong Kong barbeque in western Canada than the appropriately-named HK B.B.Q. Master.  Tucked underneath the evil opposite of creative home cooking (the Richmond SuperStore), you’ll find beautifully lacquered pork belly, BBQ duck and the best Chinese sweet pork char siu sausage for miles.

8. Nine Dishes, 960 Kingsway

Nine Dishes gets it’s name from the number of dishes that appear on each of 4 different menus.  The highlights are cumin lamb and Szechuan peppercorn sausages accompanied by $2 beers served until 1 am. Stop in after a night of drinking and go home cumin-scented and happy.

9. Acorn, 3995 Main Street 


Vancouver has seen more than its share of terrible vegetarian restaurants. Fortunately Acorn is not among them. Despite a menu composed almost entirely of raw, vegan and gluten-free dishes, Acorn manages to turn out lovely, inspired food. Easily Vancouver’s finest vegetarian restaurant. 

10. Don’t Argue Pizzeria, 3240 Main Street

The newly opened Don’t Argue Pizzeria is still finding it’s legs but all the ingredients for success are there.  They have a proper pizza oven, they know how to get a good char without burning the pie and they aren’t trying to be a pizza “experience”.  Don't Argue is a solid neighbourhood pizzeria and the only place in town where you can buy top notch pizza by the slice.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Vancouver Observer Restaurant Power Rankings!

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