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The pick of spots for breakfast or lunch in suburban Ambleside, west of Lonsdale Quay and the Lions Gate Bridge, is Savary Island Pie Company (1533 Marine Dr., 604/926-4021, daily 6 a.m.–7 p.m., lunches $6.50–11.50). Join the line at this super-popular café and order a Caesar salad or a generous slab of chicken potpie, saving room for a cranberry square for dessert.
On the north side of Burrard Inlet, Salmon House on the Hill (2229 Folkstone Way, West Vancouver, 604/926-3212, Sat.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and daily 5–10 p.m., $30–37), offers a relaxed atmosphere while providing panoramic views across Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park and the city center from its elevated mountainside location. The cavernous interior is full of northwest coast native arts and crafts—including a dugout canoe suspended over the main dining area. The house specialty of salmon barbecued over an open flame, alder-wood fired grill is also hard to resist. And the price for this signature dish is right at just $30. Or choose a three-course “Uniquely B.C.” tasting menu for a reasonable $49. To get there, take the 21st Street exit off Upper Levels Highway to Folkstone Way, turn left on Ski Lift Road.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition