At turf club The Derby Bar and Grill, chefs prepare a menu of upscale eats as patrons follow live simulcast horse racing. Protein-packed comestibles—including barbecued Chilean pork back ribs ($19.95) and 8-ounce certified Angus beef burgers slathered in whiskey-mustard sauce ($13.95)—energize diners used to only eating apples and carrots from a trough. Fresh seafood dishes also undergo culinary transformations, such as fire-grilled Pacific salmon crowned in mango salsa ($18.95). Stomach growls struggling to sound out the winning thoroughbred's name quiet after bites of the Santa Anita pizza, a 12-inch dough disc adorned in tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, olives, and mushrooms ($13).
Among the lively chatter of friends and the glow of 11 HDTVs, Rusty’s offers a home away from home where patrons can relax and beer spills are not a big deal. Bartenders pour tall, frosty glasses of Canadian and import brews and shake up martinis and cocktails. The menu offers eclectic dishes, such as perogies and chorizo, butter-chicken rice bowls, and Big Kahuna flatbread. Patrons can pop in to catch the Canucks, BC Lions, and Whitecaps or stop by on Mondays to flex their golden pipes or practice their duck calls during karaoke. As a part of the community, the team at Rusty’s looks to help their patrons drink responsibly and offers a complimentary pickup-and-drop-off shuttle service from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
At NY Grill and Bistro, patrons choose from a variety of menu items to craft a personalized, three-course meal. Culinary journeys begin as diners consult compasses to navigate spoons through a creamy New England–style clam chowder (a $4.95 value) and then pierce forks into a choice of shrimp or chicken caesar salad (a $7.95 value). For entrees, nibble on New York–style ribs ($14.95), devour pasta offerings such as chicken fettuccine alfredo ($10.95), or cut into prawns on top of a charcoal-broiled new york steak ($14.95). Meanwhile, 42'' flat screen televisions engage eyes with a visual feast of sports games. Though not included in today's Groupon, patrons can quench thirst and curl biceps using pitchers of draft beer ($11.95), including an Okanagan Spring pale ale and Honey Brown lager.
Two friends launched the first Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken in South Africa more than 20 years ago by fusing culinary techniques from Portugal and Mozambique to create their secret peri-peri spice recipe. Named after the Swahili word for the bird's eye chili, the eatery's signature peri-peri chicken crowns its menu, tempting diners to sink incisors into fowl marinated for 24 hours in antioxidant-packed spices before it's grilled over an eternal flame (from $6 for a leg and thigh to $17 for a whole bird). Further options include a whole-wheat wrap stuffed with roasted vegetables ($6.50), a veggie burger ($6.50), or peri-peri chicken threaded onto double kebabs (from $10 for a meal with one side). To cool taste buds inflamed by the fowl's capsaicin kick, cinnamon-dusted Portuguese tarts ($2) ooze a custard capable of relaxing even an auctioneer's palate.
Like rifling through the office refrigerator at the United Nations, visiting Azul Restaurant involves sampling a lot of different cuisines, from traditional North American flavours and Asian fusion fare to dishes from Italy, Greece, and the Pacific Islands. Wonton soup and spring rolls add diversity to the eatery's signature stuffed burgers, which, like the best fortune cookies, are filled with cheese and bacon. Large TVs and game-day specials entice sports aficionados to cheer on their favourite teams over a plate of Thai-style chili chicken wings.
With its burnished leather chairs, high-backed wooden booths, and burgundy walls, the look of Copper Club Restaurant & Lounge’s dining room hearkens back to a turn-of-the-century smoking parlor or baron’s study. It’s a stark change from the airy lounge space next door with its vaulted ceiling, wall of windows, and blue and orange plush couches. Though the two spaces harbor aesthetic differences, their cuisine unites them, as chefs sear certified Angus beef from Canadian ranches and Ocean Wise–approved sustainable seafood to populate their menu of West Coast-based fusion fare. Each dish melds fresh flavours with flourishes evocative of worldly cuisines, from Asian mango salsa and coconut tomato sauce to St. Louis–style barbecue. Once dining companions have cleared food from plates and spoons from noses, they can retreat to the lounge for live music until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
We are often asked “What is the Frogstone Grill ‘like’?” That’s a tough one. We are not like anyone else. We are one of a handful of restaurants that make our bread fresh every day. We are the only ones that make fresh guacamole right at your table. Our recipes are simple, yet have flavors that are indescribable.