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  • Smoken Bones Cookshack
    Ken Hueston grew up with a penchant for bones. According to the Goldstream News Gazette, he began his formal education in pursuit of paleontology, but he soon found that although his instincts were correct, they were slightly misguided—his place was not among dusty and brittle dinosaurs, but in the steam of a kitchen. There, his commitment to local ingredients, handmade cuisine, and chef education would earn him the B.C. Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008, a spot on enRoute's Best New Restaurant list, and a 2012 feature on Food Network Canada's You Gotta Eat Here. Today at Smoken Bones Cookshack, after a brief absence, Ken is back as head chef, bringing with him a fresh dose of creativity and heeding the traditions of artisanal cooking, forming his menu's burgers, cheeses, and bacon by hand, without additives. Ken and his apprentices prepare everything on site, using scratch cooking techniques, including smoking food with local Vancouver island woods. Featured on You Gotta Eat Here, their pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket stake out the spotlight, though the Cookshack has not forgotten seafood, chicken, and stacked sandwiches. The emphasis on all-natural methods also extends past the cuisine and into the smoking process itself, which employs wood from Vancouver fruit and alder trees. The forest figures heavily into the restaurant's decor too: in between praising the venue's bacon ice cream, Heed the Hedonist recounts "exposed ducts and exposed wood everywhere, including a plywood bar that was fashioned from a Douglas Fir that had blown down during a windstorm." Big-screen televisions augment the natural appeal, broadcasting sports on game nights, and live blues music twangs during special events.
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    1701 Douglas St.
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Abkhazi Garden
    Abkhazi Garden is the "garden that love built"—Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, a Georgian prince from Russia, and his bride Peggy settled in Victoria in 1946 and promptly began construction on the garden that they would refer to as "their child." Likened by Princess Peggy to an unfurling Chinese scroll, the blossom-brimming garden's meandering paths lead visitors around natural rock outcroppings, between sky-stroking garry oaks, and through the hedges where gnomes power photosynthesis with their stationary bikes. Along the banks of the garden's three small ponds, the songs of dozens of bird species cascade over guests and the resident turtles. Views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains peek through the gardens' perimeter amid azaleas and the Abkhazi's prized rhododendron woodland area. Inside the now-public main house, a restaurant—open from March to November—sends platters of eggs benedict, niçoise salad, and scones with jams and Devon cream to tables nestled in the great room, where cozy seats overlook the garden.
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    1964 Fairfield Rd.
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Bird of Paradise Pub
    Reliably friendly servers weave throughout Bird of Paradise Pub's airy lodge, whose large windows offer panoramic views of surrounding greenery while welcoming in sunlight to warm diners' shoulders. The pub inhabits the renovated 1914 Royal Oak farmhouse, and its rustic charm multiplies when staffers light up the wood-burning fireplace each night or pour fresh oatmeal into the tropical marine-reef aquarium each morning. Sandy earth tones, noble cacti, and terracotta accents allude to the restaurant's menu—a collection of dishes inspired by the American Southwest. Pub favourites include nachos, burgers, chili, and pizzas, plus thick-cut french toast and chilaquiles rancheros during Sunday brunch. On Saturday nights, live music encourages patrons to dance off bubbles that have accumulated on their tongues after fresh brews from the bar.
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    4291 Glanford Avenue
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Lido Waterfront Bistro
    In addition to sumptuous tapas and gourmet pizzas, Lido Waterfront Bar and Bistro offers guests a panoramic view of the ocean and an outdoor deck with abundant sunshine and a dock for boats. Chefs prepare fish tacos, scratch made soups, an array of salads from quinoa to kale, and sharing plates of dips and tapenade. Live music often serenades patrons as they sip local spirits, wines and many craft beers on tap.
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    1234 Wharf Street
    Victoria, BC CA
  • The Ledge Lounge
    As visitors arrive for an evening of mingling around the lacquered bar or games of pool, it's hard not to notice the plates of internationally inspired dishes flowing out of the kitchen and onto the tables of hungry patrons. The Ledge Lounge's chefs borrowed from many continents in creating their bar menu, as evidenced in their dishes of sweet-potato-and-chickpea burgers, spaghetti tossed in a sun-dried tomato tapenade, and thai chicken curry. As they wash down bites with cocktails and local draft beers, guests bask in the glow of neon lights or seek refuge in sections of the LGBT-friendly bar illumined by natural light. Housed on the second floor mezzanine level of The Bedford Regency Hotel, the lounge's large windows grant elevated glimpses of bustling Langley Street down below. Until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, patrons can continue to sink eight balls at the pool table and play their favourite tunes on the jukebox. Two 50-inch flat-screen televisions broadcast the latest sports, and a fireplace comforts and warms visitors born with winter in their bones. Along with its daily diversions, The Ledge Lounge hosts open-mic nights every Monday and numerous events throughout the year; past soirees include the 2012 Victoria Q Awards. Groupon Celebrates Pride Month Over the last 50 years, the gay rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives. At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage. This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.
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    1140 Government Street
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Nautical Nellies
    Nautical Nellies Restaurant, celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2015, is no stranger to recognition. The eatery, which overlooks the city's inner harbour, has garnered multiple Open Table Diners' Choice awards in categories including Best Food, Best Seafood, and Best Overall. Fillets of wild Pacific halibut or Vancouver Island ling cod flake beneath forks, and shellfish, lobster, and Dungeness crab claws teeter on multi-tiered seafood towers. Diners can sample 10 varieties of oysters and rolls of fusion sushi. Grass-fed Angus steaks, aged for 35 days, are cooked to any specification, from well done to what chefs term “blue”— seared on the outside, with a cool centre and a scrawled-on frowny face. Thanks to the work of wine director Betty Furneaux, Nautical Nellies' beverage programs are just as thoughtfully designed as its dining menus. Wine Spectator honoured the eatery's wine list with an Award of Excellence in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Cocktails range from beachy mojitos to the savoury double-prawn caesar with vodka, Clamato juice, and two black tiger prawns. The restaurant also dedicates a section of the menu exclusively to scotch.
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    1001 Wharf Street
    Victoria, BC CA

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