Well, the other day our guest poster, New West Gal mentioned that she was thoroughly dissatisfied with the restaurant choices here in the Endub, so I thought I would take a few minutes to relate four of my favourite restaurants. I’m not an expert, by any means, but I have lived here for a while, am a sucker for a to-go menu, and will make a point of eating local if the food is good. Everyone hears about La Spaghetteria and The Keg, but what about the hole-in-the-walls? So in no order in particular:
Pho Maxima: 822 20th Street. This place gets my vote as # 1 Pho restaurant in town. Granted, he might be the ONLY Pho restaurant in town, but beggars can’t be choosers. Pho Maxima is actually a relocation – he used to be on Edmonds, near Canada Way in neighbouring Burnaby, but shut down in the winter of 07 to relocate to 20th Street in New West. It’s a small joint, run by a family, but the food is piping hot, incredibly fresh-tasting, and the menu, while somewhat predictable, covers all the favorites you’d want to see at a Vietnamese place.he gets two thumbs up for remembering my husband and I when we come in when we’ve only actually been there a half dozen times or so. He also delivers (woot!), although how far I am not positive. 604-759-3669.
Hi Dozo Sushi: 702 6th Avenue (on the corner of 7th Street and 6th Avenue). I have yet to figure out what Hi Dozo actually means, and if this place is called Hi Dozo or Hi Dojo. In any event, the food is consistently good, the rolls are a bit more imaginative than your standard Dynamite/California combo, and the staff are incredibly nice. They do have a take out menu. This isn’t the cheapest sushi in town but sushi is one of those things I will pay more for if its quality. I have never been disappointed by Hi Dozo. 604-519-0099
Golphi’s Steak and Lobster: 1122 5th Avenue (entrance is actually on 12th Street). I have to confess that I haven’t been here in a while so if you go, and it sucks, let me know. This is one of those places that you walk in and you have to ask if they are open. Horrid decor, and semi-awkward ambience. I’m probably not selling it here, am I? But the food redeems itself. Excellent pizza (they do deliver) and a good selection of typical quasi-Greek items. Service was fabulous and price was good. I ordered a steak once and was delighted and surprised by the quality. 604-524-3677
Ole Ole Mexican Deli: at 831 12th Street is also a long time favourite. The man who runs this place is, hands down, one of the most charismatic restauranteurs I have met. I like going in and saying “I’m in the mood for chicken, surprise me” and I get a plate of fresh, authentic food for cheap. I like the tiny little operation that it is, and the warm homey food. I also feel like I can hang out in there for as long as I want. 604-540-7435