Since its humble beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964, Boston Pizza has grown into Canada-wide franchise that serves up more than 20 gourmet pizzas. The menu boasts more than 100 items ranging from crispy chicken wings dressed in spicy to sweet sauces and rubs to succulent burgers and sandwiches. Big screen TVs broadcast hockey or prime ministers' wrestling matches as guests dig into hearty pastas or dive into desserts such as sticky toffee pudding.
Yagger's menu divulges the details of inventive eats doled out in a fun, casual setting. Commence consumption with a warming bowl of broccoli cheese soup ($8), a flavourful liquid enhanced with the hunger-fighting powers of broccoli and white cheddar. Or try tapas such as the redneck sushi ($9), an innovative mix of hearty pulled pork, green onion, and tempura-battered sushi served with siracha-maple barbecue sauce and extraneous backyard furniture. The muffaletta panini ($11) introduces stacked salami and capicola to provolone cheese and pesto mayo, and the "mac & not so blue cheese" ($13.50) networks white cheddar and gorgonzola cream sauce with jumbo mac noodles, garnished with bruschetta. Herbivoyeurs can catch a glimpse of the vegetarian ravioli ($13), where fresh pasta protectively pockets delicate cheese and asparagus from a torrential downpour of zesty sundried-tomato pesto. Sandwiches include a Mediterranean lamb gyro ($13.50), with roasted organic lamb meat decorated with tzatziki, roasted red peppers, onions, and feta cheese, and an organic smoked bison reuben ($13), with dijon mustard, sauerkraut, and provolone cheese.
There’s a comforting vibe at Divine Indulgence Café. Even though there's no family currently residing inside, the warm, repurposed house keeps its homelike atmosphere. The dining areas evoke the feeling of a well-worn abode with dark-wood furnishings and shelved knickknacks. The coziness extends to the menu as well, surfacing in comfort food dishes such as fish tacos or guacamole burgers made with house-made beef patties, Havarti cheese, bacon, guacamole salsa, and fresh baguettes. Decadent slices of cake and more than 20 different flavors of tea also add to the cafe's homeyness, as does the the baristas' constant reminders not to play ball inside.
There are few things more primal than eating morsels of grilled meat directly off of a pointy skewer. At Hanna Meat, chefs sizzle morsels of speared lamb, beef, and chicken over fiery grills, letting the flames kiss each bite until it’s lightly charred and tender. In addition to tackling these tempting kebabs, guests also haul away takeout feasts including savoury souvlaki and platters of delicate chicken wings.
In Browns Socialhouse, backed leather stools and cushy booths flank tables. On the walls, oversize illuminated signs reading EAT and Liquor shine brightly against the cozily lit dining room. Mixing social-house comfort with a contemporary edge, the decor at Browns Socialhouse mimics the style of its food. Chefs hand cut and double-cook fries to pile alongside their steak sandwich or housemade, hand-pressed burgers. They've got an eye for detail—for example, they char-grill their dry-aged pepperoni before piling it atop pizzas with pepperoncinis and asiago. The selection ranges from international favorites—such as street tacos and shrimp-and-chicken pad thai, among other—to updated pub eats, such as fish ‘n’ chips featuring pacific halibut dunked in a Sapporo beer batter. Every Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays, the chefs set their roosters to crow earlier so they can rise and mix up batches of their own hollandaise for brunches. They crack only free-range eggs for their brunch dishes, which include corned-beef hash and prosciutto eggs benedict with goat cheese.
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.