Top 5 Restaurants in Vancouver: Alexandra Brigham's Guide
Alexandra Brigham, the General Manager of Eternal Abundance, an all-vegan, organic grocery store and restaurant on Commercial Drive, got her start apprenticing on an organic farm in the Okanagan Valley.
Armed with a degree in conservation biology and lots of contacts in the organic farming community, she began volunteering at farmers markets in Vancouver. That led her to start volunteering at Eternal Abundance in 2011 and she has worked her way up from there.
In addition to a loyal group of local regulars, Eternal Abundance enjoys regular visits from people all over Vancouver who aren't vegan but are looking for healthy, fresh organic food. Brigham has helped shape it into one of The Drive's best sources of organic vegan cuisine.
These are Alexandra Brigham's five favourite restaurants in Vancouver:
Graze 3980 Fraser Street
"The food is quite well priced for what you get. It's also very creative" says Brigham. "At Graze, almost every dish makes me say, 'I want that!'". Brigham is a fan of Graze's gluten-free perogies. "My partner and I also go for the weekend brunch. It's really good," she says.
Bandidas 2781 Commercial Drive
"I like to go to Bandidas, especially in this kind of weather", Brigham says as a torrential rain falls outside. Bandidas "has a nice atmosphere and there's lots of vegan options, but non-vegans can enjoy it, too". Brigham adds that "you can go on your own, read the paper and have a coffee". She enjoys the vegan Benny and baked burritos.
Shizenya 985 Hornby Street and 1102 West Broadway
Photo by DeeAndJay, UrbanSpoon
Brigham says, "Of course they do fish, but they also have vegan options. They are quite knowledgeable. There are quite a few organic options on the menu.The food is nicely flavoured and very fresh."
Nuba 207 West Hastings Street (+3 other locations)
"Different (Nuba) locations have different decor which is really appealing," says Brigham. "They do quite a few organic things and they have a lot of vegan options. It's nice to have different cultural choices and dishes." She recommends that you try the "fried cauliflower dish with lemon and salt and a lentil with caramelized onion and spices dish."
Tao 131 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Tao is similar to Eternal Abundance in its commitment to serving raw, organic and vegan food. "It's like my home away from home," Brigham says. Tao deals with many of the same small local farm suppliers that Brigham does, so she knows exactly where the ingredients come from. "I also know the owner and it's nice to support another female entrepreneur." Brigham likes the cold pressed juices, the coffee and the gluten-free organic muffins.