El Santo

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.

El Santo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria New Fall Menu

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 – For Serious Foodies & Boozies

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”

Osteria Savio Volpe To Open it’s Doors in Vancouver

Osteria Savio Volpe, the latest venture from three of the city’s renowned restaurant pros, will throw open its doors to the neighbourhood in early October 2015. Residents of Vancouver’s flourishing Fraserhood will soon have a bustling new tavern to satisfy their hunger for classic country Italian fare.  Continue reading “Osteria Savio Volpe To Open it’s Doors in Vancouver”

22 of Vancouver’s Best Patios

You ready for summer patio season?

Here is a list of a few of my favorite patios in Vancouver. In addition to my old favorites I have added a few new patios.

1. #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand – Above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson is the sun-drenched poolside terrace of The Westin Grand, Vancouver. Once again this space has been transformed into the #PopUpPatio, a bustling rooftop patio lounge open Thursday and Friday evenings.
Westin Grand Pop Up Patio 32. The Beach House – Stunning views, right on the beach and in West Vancouver.

The Beach House - West Vancouver Patios

3. Cactus Club Coal Harbour – Their 200 seat patio will be opened very soon. The wrap around patio has a gorgeous view of our harbour. I took a peak and this is going to be a very busy spot, the wait was 45 minutes for a table indoors at 2PM, so come early. I’m not a huge fan of chain restaurants but, who can deny Cactus Clubs are located at  Vancouver’s sweetest real estate.

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4. Tap & Barrel –To be opened this summer right across from Cactus Club Coal Harbour. Still in construction. In the meantime enjoy their first location in the Olympic Village

tap and barrel

5. Black and Blue Rooftop Patio

Black and Blue’s rooftop patio opens April 25

black and blue rooftop patio

6. Local Public Eatery patio, situated right across Kitsilano beach is a popular place for sun worshipers and locals. It’s fun and I believe they still have the sangria’ specials.

7. Another Ktisilano patio is right on the beach, The Boathouse.

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8. Speaking of beaches, Cactus Club English Bay is very popular for beach go-ers for a quick bite. Although, I would rather just sit in the sand.

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Patio’s in Granville Island will give you an undisturbed view of our harbor. Very popular tourist destination

9. Bridges

Bridges Restaurant Granville Island Patio

10. Dockside


11. Chill Winston, is still one of my go to patio’s. The vibe is fun and the patio is street level and people watching is one of my favourite pastimes. The largest patio in Gastown.
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12. The Keefer has a fun vibe and a gorgeous patio new China town

13. The Keg in Yaletown rooftop patio and lounge is chic.

Keg outdoor deck - vitamin dailyvancourier.com

14. Another place for good seafood and a gorgeous rooftop garden patio is at Joe Fortes
joe fortes green garden - joe fortes



15. Havana’s on Commercial drive have such a fun atmosphere.
havanas patio

Reflections rooftop lounge patio on the 4th floor of Hotel Georgia is one of the more swank patio’s downtown. Reminds me of Las Vegas, you can check out my review. Reflections has corporate atmosphere that turns into a meat market for brokers later in the evening.

reflections lounge

16. Market Shangri-La rooftop patio is another swank patio although not as big as Reflections.
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17. The Mill, situated on the Coal Harbour’s seawall is a very popular spot for tourists and locals. The only negative, I found was their small drink menu. How can you not have mojito’s or sangria’s if you have a patio??
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18. Mahoney and Sons Coal Harbour has undisturbed and expansive views of the harbor. It is an irish bar known popular amongst tourists and the after work crowd.

Mahoney and Sons Patio Vancouver
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20. Thierry not because it’s the nicest patio but because they serve dessert. As far as desert places goes Theirry has the nicest patio. Check out my review of Thierry

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21. Beachside Forno, in West Vancouver Ambleside beach. Overlooking the harbour and the parking lot.

Beachside Forno patio


22. Vancouver Art Gallery Patio
Vancouver Art Gallery – thestar.com