Within a former Fraser River shake-and-shingle mill relocated to Granville Island, Cats Socialhouse’s team of expert chefs works tirelessly to forge inventive takes on traditional dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Culinary gurus prove their dedication to the fusion of comfort fare with the flavours of Vancouver’s diverse influences as they whip up noshes featuring ingredients such as house-made guacamole, almond rice, fresh basil, and coconut milk. Affable servers deliver freshly minted eats, such as shrimp and chicken pad thai and juicy hickory burgers, late into the evening in order to accommodate customers’ varied schedules and hunger cravings after midnight Jazzercise classes. When outside temperatures take a turn for the balmy, a spacious seasonal patio enables alfresco dining accompanied by cool sea breezes and the stares of pizza-craving clouds.
Primo's Mexican Grill—one of Vancouver’s oldest Mexican restaurants—bustles with chefs whipping up hearty platefuls of authentic Mexican fare forged from family recipes. Patrons dine surrounded by rust-red walls dappled with 50 years worth of old photos snapped since the restaurant’s founding in 1959 by former B.C. Lion Primo Villanueva. Under the helm of Joel and Jensen, the third generation of Villanuevas to preside over the lively kitchen, culinary wizards architect zing-infused eats using mouthwatering ingredients including fresh mango, San Francisco Bay shrimp, and fresh pico de gallo salsa. The lunch and dinner menus brim with traditional dishes including fajitas and quesadillas alongside modern tapas dishes that encourage patrons to exercise their kindergarten-taught sharing skills or squirrel-taught hoarding skills. To further bolster the restaurant’s casual south-of-the-border atmosphere, eaters break bread in a dining room replete with decor including a leaping faux swordfish and a painted bison skull. A fleet of high-definition TVs perch above the bar, transmitting sports games for the grateful eyes of attentive customers.
The tortilla technicians at Mucho Burrito craft a menu of fast Mexican fare highlighted by meats marinated overnight and salsas assembled fresh each day. Chefs hand-roll flour or whole-wheat tortillas into 10", 12", or 14" burritos weighing nearly 1.5 pounds, a heft which requires burritos to buy their own airplane seats rather than sit on their owners' laps. After each shell is lined with cilantro-lime rice, beans, salsa, and cheese or sour cream, gourmands choose a finishing protein such as charbroiled AAA top sirloin ($7.99 for a 12"), herb-crusted tilapia ($8.49 for a 12"), or a vegetarian medley of sautéed peppers and onions ($7.49 for a 12"). Alternative shell variations include quesadillas ($7.99–$9.99) and hard- or soft-shell tacos ($5.79 for two), also customizable with a choice of edible accoutrements. For further personalization, diners can paint their portraits on tortilla canvases with Mucho Burrito's array of hot sauces, from smoky chipotle to red hot savina, a bottle filled with heat extracted from the devil's tongue pepper.
Chronic Tacos, whose tacos and burritos were voted some of the best in Vancouver in 2011 by readers of Georgia Straight, culls its recipes from the salsa-splattered pages of a family recipe book filled with three generations of Mexican delicacies. Chefs marinate and grill juicy morsels of steak, chicken, and pork several times a day, then tenderly tuck them into preservative-free corn and flour tortillas. To add extra zest, dollops of housemade salsa and sour cream perch atop tacos and, in the event of an emergency, rain from sprinkler systems.
Don Guacamole’s, was established in February 2009 on Robson st. Vancouver B.C. We bring home-style Mexican authentic flavours to life here in our lovely city. Don Guacamole’s also has a wide selection of tequilas and amazing talented staff. We consider all our customers/clients as family and friends and want to thank them