El Santo, is a Mexican restaurant located in New West that focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable food practices. The food is delicious and price is very reasonable. The environment or decor was fun and relaxing.
We went here for lunch and had one of the most satisfying meals we have had in a long time. I have read the reviews on Google and people were complaining about the price and portion. Relative to other dining Mexican establishments in the lower mainland and downtown that I have been to, this is right on par. El Santo, is more affordable than chains such as Cactus, White spot etc. where an entree will set you back $28. My pet peeve of other bloggers and reviewers. If you want cheap, stay at home and cook.
Whew, now that I got that off my chest.
My favourite dish was the braised ham hock with a side of tortilla’s and rice. This is a huge dish and meant to be shared. The braised beef was tender, juicy and packed full of flavour. Soaked the tortilla with some of the broth and I could have ended my meal there and be completely satisfied.
We had the verduras torta, which is essentially a sandwich. It comes with a choice of potato or salad. Stuffed with poblano peppers, zucchini, sweet onion, tomato, Oaxaca cheese. The bread held up to the sandwich, you get a balance of spicy, sweet, savoury and sour.
Finished up with churros, cinnamon & sugar dusted, dulce de leche. I may be bias because I have a sweet tooth but this was amazing. Reminds me of of the freshly made PNE mini doughnuts, but with a little more crisp, dipped with a milk sauce that had a tinge of coffee for punch.
So go and try it for yourself. Don’t get caught up in reviews or you will miss out on some amazing food.
Fable Diner, located west of Main and Broadway is Trevor Bird’s new restaurant. As with Fable, the menu will change frequently with what is locally available, but diner staples like the homemade burger will be a staple. Continue reading “Fable Diner”→
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria is curing comfort food cravings with its new fall menu, available starting today at all Famoso locations. Perfect for the cooler fall and winter months, the menu features the brand-new Patate Pancetta Pizza, Korean BBQ Beef Pizza and Mac + Cheese Pasta, as well as the return of the Funghi pizza, a seasonal favourite.
Famoso is a traditional neighbourhood pizzeria that uses authentic ingredients and processes to create their Neapolitan pizzas and pastas, including the newest additions:
Patate Pancetta Pizza: Crème fraîche, rosemary, russet potatoes, fior-di-latte, pancetta, caramelized onions, Grana Padano, sea salt, truffle oil, topped with a fried egg and garnished with a lemon wedge
Korean BBQ Beef Pizza: House-made Korean BBQ sauce, fior-di-latte, house-roasted pulled short ribs, cheddar cheese, green onions, finished with a drizzle of hoisin sauce
Mac + Cheese Pasta: Artisan Cavatappi pasta, covered in house-made beer cheese sauce, baked with prosciutto crisps and sliced green onion, then topped with a crunchy cheddar-gremolata
Steel Toad Brewpub and Dining resides in a restored heritage Opsal Steel building that reminds you have a red barn. It is massive inside, with large windows and TV screens surrounding the bar. Steel Toad Brewery also features a colossal projector screen at the front and can be seen from almost every table of the restaurant. Continue reading “Steel Toad Brewpub and Dining – For Serious Foodies & Boozies”→
Buckstop is a casual little rustic bar and restaurant in the West End that specializes in BBQ meats. A tiny restaurant with dark rust colored walls and long wooden tables.
We headed to Buckstop for brunch. Brunch prices are one of the cheapest that I have seen in town, let alone downtown. You can get a classic breakfast for $6 and ranged to $12 their most expensive brunch item, smoked brisket breakfast sandwich.
She sat us down handed us our menus and left. We ordered the vegetarian cheese scramblefresh tomato, avocado, cheddar with a side of hash and toast. I changed it up and requested for egg whites only.
Everything including the chipotle ketchup and chutney was made inhouse. A simple dish with simple flavours but, very fresh. The eggs were not over scrambled and the inhouse made ketchup went amazingly well with the lightly seasoned hash, giving it a nice kick.
Cornbread Waffle & Pulled Pork Sliders $9, whisky maple syrup (alcoholic in me was dancing), whip cream and candied bacon. Now if you don’t have a sweet tooth then I would advise you to order something else. This was diabetically sweet and heavy. The waffle was soggy and swimming by the time it arrived to our table, I suggest you order the maple syrup on the side. The pulled pork itself was delicious, nice smoke and a bit of crunch.
Now my biggest pet peeve. When this happens your dining experience would go from gastronomically stunning to train wreck within seconds. I absolutely abhor it when they fail to disclose additional costs to dishes when I order. I feel like I’ve been swindled.
Never assume people know that there are additional costs to substituting any part of their dish. What pissed me off even more was her attitude and response to when I questioned why my omelet was $3 more, that’s a 43% price hike. She gave me a look like I was stupid and snarled, well it always is. WTF?! How was I supposed to know that? This is my first time here and after my experience it would be my only time here.