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

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

 

 

 

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

Sweet Cherubim

I’m not a person who craves Vegetarian food.  The dish almost always feels incomplete to me.  A salad?  Let’s slice some grilled chicken on that rabbit food.  Baked potato?  Let’s sprinkle some bacon on it.  However, I can make room for Sweet Cherubim from time to time.

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Sweet Cherubim is a casual eatery, which shares the space with a grocery store.  Staring at their menu, it took me the full 5 minutes to make a decision since I kept changing my mind.  They have samosas, moussakas, lasagnas, burgers, sandwiches, rolls, subjis, rice bowls, soups, salads and many desserts.  (All of which are vegetarian)

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I finally decided on the ‘Soup Special’, which came with a cup of soup, salad and rice.  This way, I can try a little bit of everything.  I chose the kale soup, quinoa salad and rice.  The 3 items looked tiny, but make no mistake, it is filling.  The food was tasty and healthy without being too greasy to weigh me down.  Next time, I’m going to try their subji, which I learned is a term that means ‘vegetable dish’.  Subjis can be dry, wet or in curry form and the ones at Sweet Cherubim looked delicious.

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Average noise level – $

Sweet Cherubim

1105 Commercial Dr

Vancouver, BC

V5L 3X3

Hi Genki

Does eating your meal in a cafeteria located inside a senior’s home appeal to you?  I wasn’t sold on the idea as well, but I have to admit, it piqued my interest.  Honestly though, why would anyone want to eat in a place like that if you had other choices?  The answer is simple, -authentic home cooked meals.

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Hi Genki serves some pretty basic Japanese dishes, but the difference is, they are prepared with care.  The restaurant is run by Japanese people serving mostly a Japanese clientele so you know the food is the real deal.

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The prices are a steal and the portions are huge.  They have donburi, curry dishes, udon and only 2 bento boxes.  The menu isn’t very big and quite often they sell out of the raw fish.  That to me right there tells me that their food is in high demand and the product is fresh.

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One thing to keep in mind is that they don’t have baby change tables in the washroom.  Besides that, Hi Genki is kid friendly and as casual as you can get in a restaurant without being a fast food joint.

Average noise level – $

Hi Genki

6680 Southoaks Crescent

Burnaby, BC

V5E 4N3