Because local food travels less, it's not as likely to ruin dinners with endless scrapbooks and affected British accents. Limit travel expenses with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of locally sourced organic fare and drinks at Commune Cafe, located on Seymour Street.
Commune Cafe spins a sumptuous food web of seasonal fare sourced from farmers, butchers, and bakers who make the Vancouver area their home. Like a vegetable-a-day pinup photographer, chefs take pains to capture food's good side, with a menu featuring free-range meats and eggs, organic produce and dairy, and sustainable seafood. Sample communal dishes, such as the Sangak flatbread with bacon and caramelized onions ($10), or erect red-velvet ropes around an exquisitely dressed meal of your own, such as the Berkshire pork belly with braised red cabbage ($13) or the sweet-potato gnocchi with broccoli florets and sage butter ($12). Toast to a night with friends or a narrow escape from an emu stampede with a selection of fine wines ($6–$11) and craft brews ($6–$6.50).
An intimate, ultramodern space, Commune Cafe features a long communal table at which to mingle with fellow diners, as well as a spacious sidewalk patio during warmer months. Members of delicatessen do-good groups Green Tables and Oceanwise, Commune Cafe demonstrates its commitment to local foods and sustainable fishing practices, which, like chewing up a bad report card, gives diners a chance to feel better with every bite.
The Vancouver Sun and Westender featured Commune Cafe, along with Good Life Vancouver and 24 Hours Vancouver. Seventy-three per cent of Urbanspooners recommend it, and more than 10 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.
- A baked bucatini pasta with roasted tomatoes, Parmesan, mozzarella and Asiago was lovely; and a grilled sandwich of local beef, green peppercorn aioli, stilton, caramelized onions (which make anything taste better) was a great manwich for my husband. – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
- However, it’s a perfect place for grabbing a topnotch bite to eat on a wintry weeknight. It’s also great if you’re looking for somewhere to pop by when you’re downtown for an event or simply in the midst of a non-stop shopping marathon. – Sarah Rowland, 24 Hours Vancouver