Coasting throughout Vancouver's harbors since 1981, Vancouver Cruises affixes sea legs to locals and tourists alike while serving up dazzling views of the city and its neighbouring waterways. One of three luxurious boats ferries groups as large as 400 people throughout the popular Vancouver harbour and False Creek waters, including the nightclub-inspired Abitibi, which features large sun decks, and the Queen of Diamonds, which provides 360-degree panoramas of passing sights. Gourmet chefs are on hand on all three ships, accompanying memorable occasions such as weddings, graduations, and company outings with equally memorable eats. During the holiday season, Vancouver Cruises also fuels festive spirits with its Carol Ships rife with decorations and singing.
Since its birth as a single-bay tire shop in 1929, Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service Centers has vastly expanded its array of vehicle services and spawned more than 20 additional shops throughout the state. During each of the three included oil changes, a team of knowledgeable car whisperers convinces motors' mouths to open wide as they swap soiled oil for up to five quarts of fresh, standard engine juice and install a new filter. Steel steeds with a flat tire can lurch into the shop and ask one of Jack Williams' experts to repair it; if the puncture wound is fixable, drivers can enjoy lifetime repairs and rebalancing on that one tire. To top it all off, rewards-booklet-toting folk can enjoy a bevy of additional savings including a 50% discount on a wheel alignment and a state safety inspection, as well as free shuttle service and complimentary midservice performances of "Greased Lightning."
The Brown Barn Café is homey inside and out, from its wooden walls and house-life façade to its open kitchen filled with family recipes. Owners Bryant Belknap and John Costello, friends for more than 35 years, make foods they know and love, including Jack's lemonade—a recipe John Costello's son Jack devised when he was 10 years old. The internationally influenced menu also includes samosa pies and Vietnamese-style coffee, as well as café favorites such as tuna salad and quiche. And for dessert, the café sources fresh-made treats from Ah! Some Chocolates, which tack a sweet ending onto meals.
Payton?s Place celebrates days of past with classic old-fashioned recipes made from scratch. When the sun is still rising in the sky, the chefs are already at work, flipping pancakes on the griddle and tucking bacon and mushrooms into omelets. Later in the day, homemade chili, jalape?o poppers, and deep-fried broccoli make appearances as first acts before orders of cheesesteak wraps, meatball subs, and bacon burgers. And for dinner, the chefs roast turkeys, broil haddock, and slather barbecue sauce over chicken breasts.
There's no hurry at Uncle Buck's BBQ. The chefs slow-cook and smoke meats such as ribs, brisket, and chicken, imbuing each plate with a tenderness that can't be rushed. Even the Old World-style pizzas have to bake inside a traditional brick oven long enough for the cheese to melt over and around the assorted toppings, such as pulled pork, sweet peppers, and garlic. Sub sandwiches and hamburgers, wings tossed in one of four sauces, and hefty steaks round out the menu of neighborhood-style American cuisine.
With its wood-paneled wainscoting and robin's-egg blue walls, the restaurant's dining area embraces the same casual, down-home charm as the menu. Outside, a wooden patio seats diners beneath an aluminum roof that provides better sun protection than a parasol slathered with sunscreen.