October means Culinary Month on Vancouver’s North Shore and what better time to explore our wide variety of restaurants, visit local specialty food retailers and try something new?
From October 5 to 31 we’ll be highlighting some of the North Shore’s unique dining experiences, new restaurants, favourite watering holes, foodie shops and where to get the best sweet treats. Join in the fun, enter to win a North Shore Culinary Adventure and be sure to upload your North Shore foodie photos to Instagram and hashtag them with #DineVanNS.
Our partners for Culinary Month include a diverse collection of some of the North Shore’s finest food & beverage establishments.
Blue Eyed Mary’s
Originally located on Bowen Island, where owners Carol Wallace and Stephen Biddlecombe operated for almost 10 years, Blue Eyed Mary’s enjoyed a fiercely dedicated fan base. The restaurant moved to West Vancouver in 2012 and, well, Bowen’s loss is West Vancouver’s gain! Chef Carol Wallace and Sous Chef Kindy Riley collaborate on menus that reflect the seasonal aspect of cuisine, using local ingredients and make all the food, from bread to ice cream – from scratch. Blue Eyed Mary’s menu for autumn promises the flavours of fall featuring roasted beets, apples, squash and succulent meats.
PIER 7 Restaurant + Bar
With one of the most spectacular views of any restaurant on the North Shore, PIER 7 overlooks Burrard Inlet, the glittering towers of downtown Vancouver and the green oasis of Stanley Park. PIER 7 is located on the boardwalk of Shipbuilder’s Square, where, from 1906 to 1992, thousands of men & women worked in the shipyard and launched over 450 ships including merchant marine vessels and Victory ships. Executive Chef Matthew Phillip believes strongly in boat-to-table choices, and has created a seafood-focused menu, offering up favourites such as Grilled West Coast Salmon and Seared Rare Albacore Tuna.
Observatory at Grouse
For a bird’s eye view of Vancouver that is matched by equally impressive cuisine, the Observatory at Grouse Mountain is the place to be. Perched high atop Grouse Mountain, on a clear day, diners enjoy floor to ceiling views of Metro Vancouver and beyond. But it’s not just the view that diners are coming for. Executive Chef Dennis Peckham’s menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients presented in elegant and refined dishes. For the full experience, consider the 5-Course Prix Fixe Tasting Menu with wine pairings. The current menu features Roasted Duck Breast and RR Ranch Beef Tenderloin with a Foie Gras Parfait and Burrata Cheese appetizers.
Temper Pastry, located in the picturesque seaside village of Dundarave has generated a lot of buzz since they opened in early 2014 and is consistently welcomes lineups at the pastry counter. Owner and chef, Stephen Hodge grew up in the same neighbourhood where his shop now stands, and returned to Dundarave after apprenticing and working with some of the finest chefs and pastry chefs in the world, including Gordon Ramsey, Patrice Cordier & Dominique Jerry and North Vancouver’s own Thomas Haas. Temper is filled with hand-crafted artisan chocolates, flaky pastries, grilled sandwiches and freshly roasted Stumptown coffee.
Bridge Brewing started in 2012 as Vancouver’s first nano brewery. Three years later, with craft beer fans voting strongly in favour of their products, Bridge moved its operations to Charlotte Road in North Vancouver. The new location is just off lower Mountain Highway and provides additional space for the production of an expanded line of unique brews. Bridge brews with top quality, fresh grains and hops in small quantities to ensure a product that meets their, and their customers, high standards. Stop by to pick up a growler and visit the tasting room. Enjoy a sample of the popular North Shore Pale, Hopilano IPA, Wunderbar Kolsh or All Out Stout. Coming soon is Ambleside Amber Ale, and of course there is always something seasonal and fresh on tap!
Lonsdale Quay Market
Lonsdale Quay Market opened as a carnival style marketplace during Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Almost thirty years later it has evolved into a culinary destination for those seeking fresh, local and unique foods. Locals love the Bowen Island Pizza Company’s delicious thin crust pizzas, the fresh soups and sauces made on-site daily by The Soup Meister and the mouth-watering sandwiches at the Sandwich Shop (I love the porchetta sandwich). The Cheshire Cheese Inn is popular amongst those looking for traditional English Pub Fare. Or enjoy dinner at Bite, the newest restaurant that offers a unique Asian buffet, happy hours and waterfront views. Pick up a bottle of wine, a local craft beer or grab lunch at the international food court.