Though they are now used as a sandwich topping, pickle spears originated as the weapon of choice for feuding vegetable and fruit factions during the war for control over the refrigerator's crisper drawer. Indulge in cucumber weaponry with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pub fare at Smiley's Public House.
Smiley's food gurus pair the menu's modern twists on pub fare with custom seasonal cocktails and more than 30 beers. Pickle slaw accompanies a hot-pressed pastrami sandwich ($13), and charred chicken lounges on top of a cushy salad in safety, watched over by a spandex-clad tag-team of chili-spiced chickpeas and double-smoked bacon ($16). In the kitchen, chefs roast organic salmon in a pan and coat it with a soy yuzu glaze ($16) and fold mushrooms into ravioli drizzled with Pommery mustard sauce and pecorino ($14). Customers can wake up taste buds with a selection of weekend brunch offerings such as a short-rib hash ($14) or gargle with potable selections from the bar, including draft beers, craft brews, and classic and seasonal cocktails. Meanwhile, patrons groove to the sound waves of occasional music performers, answer trivia questions during weekly events, and discover a wormhole to an Old Western saloon in the corner pocket of the billiards table.
911 W Pender St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1L6