We’re Mell and Grace, and we live in one of the best cities in the world for food (and nature… and culture… blah blah Tourism Vancouver spiel). With over 100 places accumulating on our Urbanspoon wishlists, we thought it was time to do something about it. And then write about it and take photos of our food adventures, because we also like to drink (a lot) and it’d be cool to actually remember and document all the awesome food we eat. Taking mental notes doesn’t really work when you’re throwing back cocktails. Speaking of which…
G: I’m getting a margarita. (Which ended up being the first of three that I would be having as it was a hot day, they were delicious, and it was Margarita Monday: $6 for a double.)
M: Needless to say I’m completely choked I’m driving today.
G: Whatever, you were warned yesterday when we planned this.
We decided on El Camino’s, located in Vancouver’s “hipster” district, for our inaugural post. They give you a bowl of free popcorn when you sit down. Which is nice and all, but it is what it is: it tastes like free popcorn. (M: At least they’re smothered in butter. Everything’s better with butter.)
We’ve both been to Tacofino, which makes probably the best tacos we’ve ever had, so we wondered if there was any point to eating tacos anywhere else ever again. But you never know until you try, so we went with the fish tacos.
Verdict: they were alright. The soft shell was nice, size was okay, fish was okay, sauce was okay. Not bad, just decent. (So… you should probably try Tacofino’s tacos if you haven’t yet.)
We hadn’t had arepas before, but they sounded interesting (South American street snack: white corn pocket, stuffed, grilled until crispy), so we tried two kinds: black beans and shrimp. They were a (very) nice surprise; we liked how the shell was crispy on the outside, soft and chewy inside.
M: God DAMN this smells amazing although it doesn’t look as appetizing. Flavours are there but I need more ensalada mexicana in my frijoles as promised! This falls short compared to yours. Still quite satisfying, I must say.
G: Yeah… but mine’s also surprisingly amazing. Generous portion of shrimp and very, very flavourful.
M: I don’t know if I want to try it. Being mostly vegetarian* and all.
G: Do it.
M: … oh fuck it. You know I’m down to try anything!
[5 minutes later]
M: HOLY MOTHER is that ever good. Sauuuuuce. *closes eyes in ecstasy*
G: All about dat sauce.
M: Hell yes it is.
Deeeeelicious. Trying new things FTW.
G: … Fuck that’s spicy. This is the best steak I’ve had in a really long time. The meat’s done perfectly, not tough at all, and the peppers take a bit of the edge off the spiciness. I’m really glad I broke my no red-meat streak for this.
M: Don’t think it’s fair for you to say this as you haven’t had red meat in a while. I, mostly vegetarian,* think it’s pretty good. The seasoning is bloody spicy though.
G: K fine. But it’s still damn good steak.
Overall, the food was mostly pretty good (or in the case of the steak and gambas, really good). Plus we let slip more than a few profanities during the meal—which is usually a good sign. The atmosphere is relatively loud so speak up to your tablemates! In conclusion: definitely would come back, especially to try the drinks. Love that they include the countries of origin for the different cocktails on their menu (e.g. Caipirinha/Brazil, Daiquiri/Cuba, etc.).
*Mell is mostly vegetarian. Usually when we go out, she eats primarily veggie although she does indulge in local and sustainably harvested/grown/treated meats and seafood. Organic and non-GMO are also desired, but more on that later.