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The main concentration of restaurants on the south side of False Creek is in Kitsilano, along W. 4th Avenue between Burrard and Vine Streets. This part of the city was the heart of hippiedom 30 years ago, and while most restaurants from that era are long gone, a few remain, and other, newer additions to the local dining scene reflect that period of the city’s history.
Retro-hip Sophie’s Cosmic Café (2095 W. 4th Ave. at Arbutus St., 604/732-6810, daily 8 a.m.–9:30 p.m., $9–16) typifies the scene, with a definite “cosmic” look, but also provides good value and fast, efficient service. Standard bacon and eggs is $8 and omelets are around $10. The rest of the day, check the blackboard above the food-service window for dishes such as a nut and herb burger ($9). Expect to wait for a table on Sunday morning.
Joe’s Grill (2061 W. 4th Ave., 604/736-6588, daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m., $6.50–13), one block east from Sophie’s, has survived from the 1960s serving up typical greasy spoon fare at good prices. A breakfast of eggs, bacon, and hash browns is $6; the daily soup-and-sandwich special is just $7; the milkshakes are to die for; and coffee refills are free. In diner tradition, seating is at tables or booths.
A throwback to the hippie era of the 1960s is
Naam (2724 W. 4th Ave. at Stephens St., 604/738-7151, $7–12.50), a particularly good natural-food restaurant in a renovated two-story private residence. Boasting large servings, excellent service, and an easy-going atmosphere that has become legendary, it’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Tuscan nachos, chili deluxe, and the Naam salad all shine.
Well regarded by both locals and cuisine-savvy travelers, the much-lauded Bishop’s (2183 W. 4th Ave., 604/738-2025, daily 5:30–10 p.m., $36–39) is very French in all aspects. Owner, and longtime Vancouver restaurateur, John Bishop makes all diners feel special, personally greeting them at the door, escorting them to their table, and then describing the menu and wine list as required. Elegant surroundings, parched-white linen, and soft jazz background music complete the picture. The menu features French classics but changes as seasonal produce, such as scallops and halibut, Fraser River Valley vegetables, and fruits from the Okanagan Valley, become available. Reservations are required.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition