NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
Following her culinary curiosity all the way to Varcaturo, Italy, Tiffany Hudson’s found herself learning dry farming and food preservation. More importantly, she discovered how a dinner can bring a community together. After coming back to the States, Tiffany teamed up with Chef Martin Woods whose resume includes serving as opening sous chef at Bastille as well as executive chef at Re:Public. Together, the two created Cassoulet Café, an eatery that serves seasonal French cuisine amid a communal table.
And the collaboration isn’t running short on admirers. Writer Sally Wolff for the Cascadia Weekly praised Cassoulet as “evok[ing] the atmosphere of a country kitchen in France” complete with “heavy plates of well-made food.” These ever-changing entrees have included bacon cinnamon rolls for brunch, ratatouille for lunch, and goat cheese pansotti pasta for dinner, accompanied by specialty cocktails and ciders. Chef Martin also serves up the restaurant’s signature French bean stew bursting with duck and house-cured pancetta.
Along with promoting conversation amongst diners, Cassoulet Café fosters green living. This includes using fresh ingredients from local farms as well as reducing their carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds of CO2 emission. That accomplishment earned the restaurant a 2012 Sustainable Practice Leader award from General Biodiesel, a company named after the first robot five-star general in U.S. history.
SONIC is the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in America. With modest roots as a hamburger and root beer stand founded in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, the name was changed to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. and today the chain
Wendel's nourishes hungry minds and bodies as an independent bookstore and fresh-food café. Hand-picked titles starting at $2.95 line the establishment's walls, free-standing shelving, and abundant word troughs. The staff focus on the individual guest to cull the right read for each printed-word wooer, including The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($25.60 hardcover), Kate: The Making of a Princess ($19.99 paperback), and a variety of new releases ($7.99–$37.99). Though today’s Groupon is good for in-store purchases only, bibliophiles may browse the store's inventory ahead of time by yelling search terms at the store's online bookstore.
Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken, founded in South Africa in 1987, brings Portugal's peri-peri flame-grilled chicken to the Vancouver area with only the bare minimum of laser lights and smoke-shrouded, two-way mirrors. Discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa in the distant days of maritime exploration, peri-peri is a fiery chili pepper that adds a kick of capsaicin to any cuisine, clucker-related or not. Nando's fresh chicken breasts luxuriate in their peri-peri marinade for 24 hours, resulting in dishes with a slate of Scoville-scale-scorching spice levels—mild lemon and herb, medium, hot, and the daredevil-only extra hot. Step up to Nando's counter to order from the menu of sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads, and peri-peri chicken. Enjoy a grilled-to-order peri-peri half-chicken with a side ($11.39) such as spiced rice or hearty coleslaw, or bite around basted bones with a dozen peri-peri chicken wings with a side ($9.99). Nando's also sports peri-peri chicken breast sandwiches or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), chicken or veggie whole wheat wraps with a side ($8.49–10.79), and veggie burgers or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), as well as salads and salad meals ($3.99–$9.99) for lovers of leaves of lettuce.
Diners enjoy a menu laden with victual victory while Canucks games play out on the 10 high definition TVs scattered throughout Cats Socialhouse. Duel hunger with crunchy yam fry spears ($7) while evaluating entree options. Out of shape pizzas transform into Cats' lineup of savoury flatbreads, such as the Biltmore, stacked with pesto, shrimp, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella ($13). Traditionalists can choose from six hand-pressed burgers such as the hickory burger, whose smoky eyes melt cheddar cheese under a thatched quilt of bacon and barbecue sauce ($13). A selection of healthy social bowls gives health consciousness the strength it needs to defeat the dark magic of the meatball subconscious and includes potato-crusted halibut with a tartar sauce wading pool ($15). Salute your peninsular getaway with a Granville Island Pale Ale ($5.95) and prepare stomachs for an end to the delicious downpour with a final shower of house-made key lime pie and fresh whipped cream ($6).