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These are the best local joints in your neighbourhood.
This has always been a tricky category. It blends great food, perfect ambiance and a vibe that speaks to its particular locale. It’s the restaurant that first comes to mind when someone mentions the neighbourhood it’s in, the place you imagine walking to once a week if you lived there. Sometimes they serve tacos, sometimes tuna tartare—but whatever they do, they kill it night in and night out, in a way that perfectly encapsulates their home turf.
GOLD: Boulevard, 845 Burrard St.
SILVER: Botanist, 1038 Canada Place
BRONZE: Hawksworth, 801 W Georgia St.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Bacchus, Tavola
GOLD: Torafuku, 958 Main St.
SILVER: Bao Bei, 163 Keefer St.
BRONZE: Kissa Tanto, 263 E Pender St.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Chinatown BBQ, Oyster Express
GOLD: Ancora, 1351 Bellevue Ave.
SILVER: Two Rivers, 180 Donaghy Ave., North Vancouver
BRONZE: Bufala, 3280 Edgemont Blvd.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Terrior Kitchen, Olive and Anchor
GOLD: St. Lawrence, 269 Powell St.
SILVER: L’Abattoir, 217 Carrall St.
BRONZE: Ask for Luigi, 305 Alexander St.
HONOURABLE MENTION Pidgin, Bauhaus (now closed)
GOLD: Como Taperia, 201 E 7th Ave.
SILVER: Burdock and Co, 2702 Main St.
BRONZE: Osteria Savio Volpe, 615 Kingsway
HONOURABLE MENTION: Masayoshi, Koon Bo
GOLD: Ugly Dumpling, 1590 Commercial Dr.
SILVER: Kishimoto, 2054 Commercial Dr.
BRONZE: Dachi, 2297 East Hastings St.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Livia, Via Tevere
GOLD: La Quercia/L’Ufficio, 3687 W. 4th Ave.
SILVER: Yuwa, 2775 W 16th Ave.,
BRONZE: Maenam, 1938 W 4th Ave.
HONOURABLE MENTION: AnnaLena, Grapes and Soda