Vancouver Foodie Friday – In the Swing of Summer

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Looking for a summer refresh on your go-to restaurants and activities? Look no further! We have curated a list of our current culinary favourites and notable limited edition menus, into one convenient spot for this month’s Vancouver Foodie Friday feature. For July, we are fully diving into the best summer finds:

Ask for Luigi Named Best Italian Restaurant
Ask for Luigi – Photo Submitted

Vancouver Foodie Friday – In the Swing of Summer

Ask for Luigi Named Among Best Italian Restaurants in the World

  • Where: 305 Alexander St., Vancouver
  • Details: Ask for Luigi has been recognized as one of the world’s top Italian restaurants by Gambero Rosso, a leading authority on Italian food and wine! It is just one of seven restaurants in Vancouver to be awarded in the prestigious Top Italian Restaurants international guidebook. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Railtown, Ask for Luigi specializes in fresh, handmade pasta and family-style dishes designed to share, complemented by an extensive Italian wine list with an emphasis on small producers and unique, indigenous varieties. Reserve a table for your next date night here.

L’Abattoir Announces a Series of Summer and Fall Events to Celebrate 13th Anniversary

  • Where: 217 Carrall St., Vancouver
  • Details: L’Abattoir Restaurant is introducing a series of exciting events and programs throughout the summer and fall seasons to mark their 13th anniversary. In their continued evolution of the restaurant, the team at L’Abattoir is eager to celebrate their dedicated team, collaborators and loyal guests – but also create a sense of community. Experience Chef Lee Cooper’s three course menu offering a selection of L’Abattoir favourites and 2010 throwback pricing until October 18th. Guests can select a starter, main course and dessert from the 2010 Prix Fixe menu when they book this dining experience for $75 plus applicable taxes and gratuity. Limited seating is available before 6:00pm daily and must be reserved in advance.

Tall Shadow Bakery Officially Open in East Vancouver

  • Where: 2474 E Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Details: Tall Shadow, known for its popular slow-fermented sourdough often found at farmers markets, officially has their own storefront. Co-owners Cass Helps and Dayle Kennedy, together with industry veterans Miki Ellis and Stephen Whiteside, have opened Tall Shadow Bakery in the heart of East Vancouver. In addition to various breads, pastries and sweets – guests can also enjoy drinks from a full beverage menu, including coffee, featuring beans from local micro-roaster Modus and tea from Cultivate. A perfect option for the foodie who is looking to grab a friend and try something new. Check out their Instagram and give them a follow.

Princess Tea at Globe@YVR

  • Where: Fairmont Vancouver Airport
  • When: Friday, July 14, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Details: On Friday July 14th, the annual Princess Tea returns to Fairmont Vancouver Airport in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Guests looking for an activity for little ones can enjoy an afternoon tea, featuring a special kid-friendly Enchanted Forest edition of Fairmont Afternoon Tea. In addition to sweet treats and princesses, there will be musical entertainment by harpist Michelle Klimchuk, face painting, a photo booth and a silent auction (100% of the proceeds going to Canuck Place). Tickets are available for $129 per adult, $69 for children 12 and under (not inclusive of tax and gratuity). Make a reservation here!
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Princess Tea Party
Globe@YVR Photo Submitted

Railtown Tailgate Series Returns for a Summer BBQ Celebrations

  • Where: 397 Railway St. and 917 Main St., Vancouver
  • Details: After a three-year absence, Chefs Dan Olson and Tyler Day of Railtown Cafe and Railtown Catering are ready to fire up their custom-made 12-foot barbecue barrel for the return of their Tailgate BBQ Series. This year, there are three Tailgate celebrations (June 25, July 23, and August 20) each featuring two seatings of delicious BBQ at 3:00 pm and 5:00pm. The series kicked off in June outside the flagship Railtown Cafe location and will head up Main Street to the Boxcar Patio behind the Cobalt Hotel for summer nights in July and August. Reserve your spot and save the menu for later.

Update from Bar Susu

After a devastating fire on June 27th and with an uncertain re-opening date, Mount Pleasant’s award-winning wine bar, Bar Susu, is going on a short road trip. Starting on Friday, July 7th, Bar Susu is popping-up inside Novella Coffee Bar (2650 Main Street) by night, taking over from Vignette. Guests will be able to enjoy all of chef de cuisine Marc Marayag’s delicious dishes, alongside creative cocktails and low-intervention wines. Bar Susu: The Pop-Up Edition will be open seven days a week, from 5:00pm to late. Chef Marayag’s a la carte menu and Chef’s Choice options will be available, alongside a few new offerings, with hopes to add the tasting menu down the line.

Gelato and ice cream for Vancouver Ice Cream Festival
Passione Gelato – Photo submitted

And don’t forget, the Vancouver Ice Cream Festival is happening all month long in July!

Check back in August for Vancouver Foodie Friday (please note a few of the features above will be accessible throughout the rest of the summer). Be sure to tag @miss604 during your adventures or send us recommendations of your own!

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