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Dine Out Vancouver 2017 - Our Picks!

One of the most celebrated times of year in the Vancouver food scene is upon us once again:
Dine Out Vancouver Festival!


Starting today (January 20) and running until February 5th, it features prix-fixe menus (of $20, $30 or $40) from over 280+ restaurants across the GVR, as well as events and experiences in all corners of the food world.

Naturally this had to come in the middle of our New Year, New You Challenge, where one of the goals was to eat clean. But never fear, we scoured the giant list of restaurants and events to bring your OUR picks for places that you can head out for an evening to sample and feast, and still feel great about afterward.


We'll be highlighting a few of our favourites throughout the festival, but here's a quick run down so you can book your reservations before they fill up!

Read them all after the jump:


Bufala
Kerrisdale
Price Point: $20-$25

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: No

Our picks: Bufala is a great option for a lunch pick; with light wood fired pizza (I'd go for the margherita or the Funghi pizzas) and 3 delicious sounding appetizers (Arugula & Beet Salad? Yes please!), and an OPTIONAL dessert. You get a bang for your buck deal here, and delicious food of course.

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Edible Canada
Granville Island
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: The menu at Edible Canada is extensive as it is mouth-watering. The restaurant seeks to represent ingredients from all corners of the country, as well as local and sustainable options. I tasted the Humbolt Squid recently and it's a winner. As for a veggie option on the entree list that sounds great, go for the Farro Risotto. For the meat eaters, this year they added a Newfoundland Seal Pappardelle if you want to try something different and sustainable, or the Rabbit Orecchiette is superb.

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Campagnolo
Chinatown
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: I am eyeing the Crispy Ceci on the menu for our Tasty Tuesday blog without even having tried it. Chickpeas? Good. Chiles? Good. Mint and lemon? Good and good! There's a Crab Risotto and a Margherita Pizza for an entree that rep the gluten-free and vegetarian columns respectfully.

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Fable
Kitsilano
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: I don't think there is anything on the Fable menu that you can go wrong with. When your name is a mash up of Farm To Table, you know you're in good hands. The Chickpea Fritters are always a winner, and I'm eyeing the Fable Paella for the entree, but it's the Squash Cake dessert that really has me curious. Someone report back to me on that one!

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Zend Conscious Lounge
Yaletown
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: Yes
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: Zend made our list last year as well as the only 100% vegan spot on the restaurant list. There is nothing on their menu that doesn't make our mouth drool and bodies happy. If you haven't tried any of the Blue Heron Creamery nut cheese before, definitely go for the cheese board. The Kelp noodle dish is packed with veggies and kelp is a superfood! And for dessert, a cashew based cheese cake might just be in order.

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Chicha
Main Street / Mount Pleasant
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: Chicha is definitely a place you want to go with friends. Their menu is designed for sharing, so the more people you bring, the more you get to try. The crispy plantains and sauces are a must, and I'd go for the Ceviche, Causa Verduras, Tacu Tacu...basically anything on this list. Good luck deciding!

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The Acorn
Main Street / Mount Pleasant
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: Yes
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: Another great choice for the vegans out there, as The Acorn is a vegetable forward restaurant. Another pick where you can't go wrong with anything on the list (I always go for the Beer Battered Halloumi and have to guard it from everyone else's forks at the table). You need to book ASAP as this tasty place is VERY busy during Dine Out.
 

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Royal Dinette
Downtown Vancouver
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: No

Our picks: Another Farm-To-Table restaurant that changes seasonally, and is always creative. Highlights I see on the menu are the Humobldt Squid, Ling Cod Gnocchi, the Fusilli with Squash Carbonara, and the Celeriac Mousse dessert. 
 

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Bambudda
Gastown
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: Staring at this menu, making a decision on which I would pick for dinner is nearly impossible. Lobster and veggie spring rolls jump out, but so does the veggie hot and sour noodle appetizer. The scallops and prawn entree sounds incredible, but the Wild Mushroom Truffle Ramen (veggie too!) sounds too intriguing to pass up. For dessert they allow for a Japanese cocktail, but I'm looking at the Fried Mantou that uses matcha and black sesame condensed milk!


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Mission
Kitsilano
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: Mission usually has a large and expensive tasting menu that they've altered for Dine Out. With either a meat-based or vegetarian option, you can try a four course tasting meal. I'm leaning toward the veggie menu, for the Celeriac gnocchi, but both menus let you sample the Smoked Potato Spätzle. Mmm.

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Fishworks
North Shore
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: We didn't forget about the restaurants on the North Shore. Fishworks has a lunch AND dinner Dine Out menu so you could even schedule it around your Barre classes. Start off with a fresh oyster for an appetizer, and either try out the Ling Cog or the Scallop entree. The carrot mousse on the duck leg also sounds intriguing if you're the friend that isn't into fish.


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The Lobby at The Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
North Shore
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

Our picks: The execution of the dishes at The Lobby has always been great, and you won't be disappointed by going the healthy route with their Organic Greens salad. For the entree I'd stick with the Arctic Char or the Lamb Shank, if only for the delicious sounding side dishes that come with them (Sundried Pesto Risotto, and Warmed Moroccan Style Cous Cous with Sundried Cherries, respectfully).

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So book your reservations and report back to us in the comments with your favourite meals that still stick to your clean and healthy eating plans!


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