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  • Rawthentic
    At the newest Rawthentic Eatery location in Victoria, a diner digs into a bowl of noodles sprinkled with cheese and awaits the wedge of berry-studded cheesecake ordered for dessert. Though this sounds like a meal at your standard Italian restaurant, it isn't what it appears to be?the noodles are actually made of raw zucchini, the cheese is made with nuts, and the cheesecake, though decadent, contains no cheese at all. This double take is exactly what Rawthentic Eatery's creators had in mind, since they strive to create healthy raw and vegan meals that complement the lifestyle of every diner, vegan or not. Ingredients are never heated to more than 105 degrees, the temperature at which food begins to lose nutrients. This requires the chefs to be innovative?besides using vegetables as pasta, they blend smoothies that substitute dates for refined sugar and use chopped nuts to make up the breads and pie crusts. As a result, a bounty of raw comfort foods such as meatball subs also draws in nonvegans who simply have food allergies, high blood pressure, or bad memories of dating a microwave. Rawthentic Eatery serves as a hub for socializing as well as eating: chefs host events such as '50s-diner nights and holiday dinners and teach raw-foods cooking classes twice each month.
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    744 Memorial Ave
    Qualicum Beach, BC CA
  • A & W Restaurant
    A&W Restaurant, one of the largest burger chains in Canada, has been trapping burgers between buns and filling cups with creamy root beer for generations of famished families. Choose from a brood of belly-busting burgers, such as the Papa Burger, leading the pack with two beef patties (a $4.92 value). The Baby Burger induces burger purists to shed a single tear upon seeing the simple beef patty on a bun salaciously adorned with nothing but A&W seasoning and a dollop of ketchup (a $1.89 value). The beefy Uncle Burger (a $5.70 value, $0.50 extra for cheese) bogarts all the mouth room, sprawling its sirloin patty and lettuce-tomato-onion suit all over tongue sofas. Round out a meaty meal with a medium order of crisp fries (a $2.79 value) and a medium soda (a $2.34 value).
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    540 East Island Highway
    Parksville, BC CA
  • Old Fork Burger Bistro
    From the housemade sauces, dressings, and jams to their penchant to playing oldies, they prefer to do things the old-fashioned way at The Old Fork. It's hearty, handmade deliciousness for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, includes burgers made from scratch. For example, the What the Cluck is made with a grilled chicken breast, maple glaze, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli, while the nacho average veggie burger places cheddar, house-made guacamole, salsa, and chipotle aioli on a garden vegetarian patty. All burgers are served with a soup, salad, or fries. The menu's large, inventive handmade burgers are made using beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, cod, tuna, or quinoa, which allows a little something for everyone.
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    140 Trans-Canada Hwy.
    Duncan, BC CA
  • The Old Fork
    In the morning, The Old Fork welcomes early risers into its rustic interior, where they can start their day off with cups of freshly brewed coffee and hearty plates of breakfast poutine topped with a fried egg. The lunchtime crowd satisfies its midday cravings with the brawny Montreal meat sandwich and grilled Cajun chicken burger. As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, the lights dim and the dining room transforms into a scene for romantic date nights, complete with glasses of signature champagne, cocktails, and cold, local craft beers. During dinner hours, the kitchen prepares small plates including carpaccio with horseradish aioli and slow-braised butter chicken served over rice pilaf with fluffy naan bread.
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    140 Trans-Canada Hwy.
    Duncan, BC CA
  • The Chef's Table
    The Chef's Table serves up sumptuous multicourse dinners nightly, in an intimate dining room located within a scenic bed and breakfast. There is no set menu; instead, custom menus are created each day, with chefs preparing appetizers, entrees, and desserts while guests look on. In the past, they've crafted gourmet dishes such as prosciutto-wrapped asparagus or Pacific caesar salad with scallops and caper berries. Guests are free to ask questions and take notes throughout the dinner. Afterward, the night's recipes are posted on the website.
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    8035 Vye Road
    Crofton, BC CA
  • One More Sushi
    Making sushi is an inherently quiet and intense process. Chefs tightly roll seaweed and rice around fish and veggies at One More Sushi. The meditative calm is cut by the sounds of crackling grills covered in teriyaki sauce and meats. Hot oil bubbles up around tempura-battered veggies and even bananas, and pots of miso soup pour forth steam like a fax machine built in the 1800s.
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    248 Trans-Canada Highway
    Duncan, BC CA
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