Belgard Kitchen

Located a couple blocks East of Gastown, smack in the middle of Railtown you’ll notice a renovated warehouse.  There aren’t any big flashy signs, but if you look closely you’ll see the words Settlement Building, The Belgard Kitchen, Postmark Brewing and Vancouver Urban Winery on a charcoal block beside the grand wooden front doors.

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All under one roof, you have 3 different offerings.  Vancouver Urban Winery which has 36 wines taps available for tasting and purchase.  Postmark Brewing offers 6 beers on tap, including an IPA, a Wit, a Stout, and a Hefe.  Belgard Kitchen is a restaurant with a menu with multicultural inspirations.

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I ordered the Salmon Gravlax Hash, which came with house cured sockeye, crispy potatoes, avocado, beet puree and picked onions on a bed of arugula with poached eggs on top.  It was light as well as delicious and exactly what I wanted.  I ordered an extra egg so all 3 eggs were perfectly runny on top of my salad.

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My husband ordered the Railtown Breakfast Wrap which had fried egg, bacon, avocado, arugula, sprouts, pickled onion, hummus all contained in a flatbread with a side a potatoes.  Although it wasn’t as colorful, my daughter and husband loved this dish even more than mine.

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Since my daughter still takes an afternoon nap, we had limited time before having to go home to put her in bed.  We decided to change our plans to stay longer just to admire the décor after our meal.   From the high ceilings, vintage fireplace, wine barrels, wooden tables and to their tastefully arranged antiques, we were impressed.  We can’t wait to come back for lunch or dinner.

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Medium noise level – $$

Belgard Kitchen

55 Dunlevy Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V6A 3A3

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill.  They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond.  The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.

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Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art.  There’s a  wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.

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I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter.  They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant.  So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time.  Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.

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We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips.  Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.

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Medium noise level – $$

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

4760 Inglis Drive
Richmond, BC

V7B 1W4

Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis is an indoor play city to satisfy children and adults of all ages.

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This place is roughly divided into 3 areas. The big area has children sized shops such as a pizzeria, vet clinic, half airplane, police station, school, fire station, post office, gas station, farm house, theatre and a huge jungle gym. You can guarantee there is something for your child will gravitate to. I love the attention to detail that each building provides depending on the theme. For example, inside the post office you can empty the mailbox and out comes letters as well as packages to be delivered. If you look closely, you’ll notice one of the packages is addressed to Sparkle Tooth Fairy.

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The second area is sectioned off for birthday parties. These are private rooms to sing Happy Birthday and to have food and cake. Children can access the play areas after or before as long as it’s within that 2 hour booking time. There’s packages and details on their website. Such a great idea!

The third area is the cafe with items such as pizza, chicken strips, fries, wraps, hot dogs, popcorn, muffins and etc. While the prices were quite high, ($9.50 for chicken strips and fries) I understand it’s a business and expected.

I visited Kidtropolis with my daughter, my friend and her 2 year old. We all played so hard and when we went home, we napped just as hard.

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High noise level – $

Kidtropolis

Unit 110 – 5940 No. 2 Road
Richmond, BC
V7C 4R9

 

Railtown Cafe & Catering

This place is hidden amoungst all the other warehouses and shops in Railtown.  The staff here are friendly and helped me while I struggled to carry my child along with my diaper bag as well as my food to the table.  Much appreciated.

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During my last visit, I tried their lemon blueberry muffin and the meat lovers quiche.  I remember thinking, what kind of muffin costs $3.75?  Well, apparently one of the best muffins I’ve ever had.  It was packed with lemon, blueberry, almonds and enough sprinkling of sugar on top.  The muffin top was crispy and crunchy, while the body of the muffin remained soft.  I was going to save it for later, but ended up eating half of it.

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The meat quiche was also probably one of the best quiches I’ve ever had.  This was clearly a meat lovers quiche since it contained an overflowing amount of bacon and ham.  On top of that, there were tons of vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach and onions.  I always struggle with ordering something meat lovers or vegetarian because the meat option never contained enough vegetables, but not anymore!

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Along with my food, my usual to go drink would be coffee, but I decided on their raspberry lemonade since it looked so refreshing.  That hit the spot and wasn’t too tart.

I wish Railtown Cafe was open on the weekends since I live and work in Burnaby on the weekdays.  Parking can be limited, but not impossible so give it a shot.

 

Medium noise level – $

Railtown Cafe & Catering

397 Railway Street

Vancouver, BC

V6A 1A4

 

 

 

Circus Play Cafe

Indoor playgrounds are a God send for parents in Vancouver.

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It rains a lot here so you can’t always bring your kids outside every weekend.  At Circus Play Café, you have a chance to allow your child to have fun at a safe and clean environment.  Parents can have their coffee, baked goods and use WIFI to catch up on emails.  There’s a ton of seating and a couple of high chairs to feed the kiddies too.  The space is a good size for younger children between the ages of 1-3.  I think I saw some younger babies as well as older kids as well though.  There are play kitchens, slides, puzzles, books and a whole slew of toys to keep kids entertained.

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The owners are friendly and although the place was getting packed around 10:30AM, they kept their cool.  I saw staff talking to a few parents and tidying up the areas as kids were throwing toys around.  I’ve been waiting for an indoor playground to open up in this area and I hope they stick around for a long time.

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Admission to the Playspace is:

0-6 months – free
6-14 months – $3.95
1st child – $6.95
Siblings – $3.95

High noise level – $

Circus Play Café

1650 E 12th Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V5N 2A3

Stefanos Restaurant

This post is long overdue, but I didn’t want to not write about Stefanos Restaurant.  They deserve some recognition.

Stefanos is located in New Westminster on the main road, Columbia Street.  I have to admit I’ve never heard about the place, but word of mouth put this restaurant on the radar.

My friend, Shirley had her wedding lunch at Stefanos and everything was handled wonderfully.  They accommodated our group at the last minute as well, but everything went smoothly.  The wedding took up a little more than half the restaurant on the second floor.  We had microphones for speeches and a dance floor for people who want to let loose.

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The food was delicious.  For my main, I had the roast lamb was tender, moist and seasoned well.  The roast potato was cooked well and flavorful.  Everyone had shared appetizers which featured a little of everything on the menu.  There were spanakopita, calamari, hummus and meatballs.

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The staff were personable, helpful and full of smiles.  This alone made a huge difference.  From the time the reservations were made until the last person left the restaurant, we were treated very well.  Not many of the guests brought their kids, but there were plenty of high chairs if they were needed.  The restaurant is spacious so the kids could have played in an area of their own as well.

Stefanos is out of the way if you’re visiting Vancouver from out of town, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth checking out.

Medium noise level – $$

Stefanos Restaurant

315 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC

V3L 1A7

Burrito Boyz

My friend, Bryan has been raving about Burrito Boyz for a good 3 years now.  Anytime I plan a visit to Toronto and ask about places for lunch, the answer is always the same. “Oh man, you need to check out Burrito Boyz!”

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Finally, I had a chance and even with all the hype, Burrito Boyz lived up to its name.  We walked in on a Friday afternoon and this place was packed.  There were people shouting for the next customer in line and shouting for orders that were ready to go.  It was a little overwhelming since we had a baby with us, but we eventually found a seat and settled in.

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My husband and I both ordered the halibut burrito, which can be customized to your own liking.  It was honestly, the best fish burrito I’ve ever had.  The halibut was lightly battered and deep fried.  The batter was still crispy, while the fish was juicy as we bit into our enormous burrito.  Inside my burrito, surrounding the fish were rice, beans, guacamole and lettuce.  The only mistake we made was order a large burrito for my husband because that thing is massive.  I barely finished my small and he only ate about 3/4 of his.  Not only are the portions laughably big, the prices kept us well within budget.

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I wouldn’t say Burrito Boyz is a kid friendly establishment because there were no high chairs or change tables, but it was loud enough that my baby didn’t have to speak in her inside voice.  Despite the hectic environment, packed restaurant and no high chairs present, I’m glad I checked this place out.

 

Loud noise level – $

Burrito Boyz

218 Adelaide St

Toronto, ON

M5H 1W7