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

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Vancouver Alpen Club

The name is plain, the restaurant is even cheesier, but that didn’t stop me from trying this place.  Vancouver Alpen Club is closest thing to German style cuisine since my visit to Germany a few years ago.  The murals on the wall outside, the waitresses dirndl dresses and the simple, yet tasty German dishes complete the whole feel of the place.

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With Schnitzel Tuesdays (only $11.99) and Haxen Thursdays (only $11.99), there’s a reason why this restaurant has been around since 1935.  Seriously, try the Haxen.  It’s Bavarian Pork Hock, which is basically the knuckle, but the way it’s made is full of flavor.  Don’t expect vegetables, don’t expect something light, this is just a hearty full on meat dish with a side of potatoes and sauerkraut.

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Average noise level – $$

Vancouver Alpen Club

4875 Victoria Drive

Vancouver, BC

V5N 4P3