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East Of Main: Chinatown’s Hidden Secret

Wednesday we went to East of Main, a quiet joint located at 223 East Georgia Street in the heart of Chinatown. This little place has very tall ceilings, and modern fixtures all around, which we adore. This was our second time dinning for a quick lunch, and service is fairly fast, but not so much that you feel rushed to get out of the place either. We usually end up staying longer than expected, and the waitress doesn’t seem to mind of snapping photos of everything in the place, which was nice. 

We shared the Fattoush with Za’atar which has nice chunks of cucumber, tomatoes, red bell peppers, parsley, mint, sesame, sumac, toasted flat bread and some lemony dressing.  It had a very fresh taste with all the mint and fresh veggies.

Roasted Salmon Sandwich with Cream of Tomato (above) — Jeremy was expecting the sandwich to be hot, but it was in fact served cold. The Remoulade sauce gave it a nice tanginess, and the flatbread was fantastic. Jeremy ordered the soup but couldn’t finish because there was something about the recipe that his palate just didn’t agree with… Adrian loved it though, and had no problem eating his for him!!

Adrian ordered the Roast Beef & Blue which had plenty of thin sliced roast beef, blue cheese, roasted shallot demi, horseradish aioli, arugula and some garlic butter.  Adrian enjoys blue cheese for the flavor, but Jeremy doesn’t really care for it.

Our first time dining here for lunch Adrian ordered the Spinach & Feta Quiche, which he didn’t enjoy that much, although the Cream of Mushroom soup was rich and creamy, a total winner.  Jeremy ordered the Duck Confit sandwich, and for someone who hasn’t really had a duck meal before he is now officially converted. 

The food at East of Main is tasty, reliable, and most of all it has character. The vibe of the space is super warm and friendly, and it’s the kind of spot you want to go with your laptop and work if you need somewhere quiet, or to have an after-work drink with co-workers — yes, they have a full bar, and reportedly make a wicked cocktail

East of Main Cafe on Urbanspoon

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Railtown Cafe Opening Party

The Food Gays hit up the Railtown Cafe Opening Party last week, and boy did we have a good time! The place is tucked right in the industrial heart of East Vancouver (aka Railtown), and has a unique and warm atmosphere which we loved.

If you’re in the mood for a delicious hand crafted sous-vide sandwich, fresh baked cookies, and out of this world donut holes — give Railtown Cafe a try.

397 Railway Street / $$ 

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"Meat" Me In Memphis: The Memphis Blues BBQ House Robson Street Grand Opening

On Tuesday, The Food Gays had the chance to hit up the new Memphis Blues BBQ House on Robson Street. The store has been open a little over a month now, but they were so kind as to envite bloggers and other food enthusiasts down for an all you could eat FEAST! 

The setup inside was a pure SMORGASBORD of goodies. First up, the Memphis pork rib ends, and pork side ribs. Yum!

Their famous Memphis pulled pork, left, which was Adrian’s favorite of the night.  The Beef Brisket, right, were also great.

Memphis Blues BBQ sauce, left, and memphis Pit Beans, right — which were phenomenal! Adrian doesn’t even like beans, and these had him raving about their sweet, delicious flavour and aroma. So good!

Pure goodness — Jeremy went back for seconds!

Ashley and her father, David, the owners of the new Robson location. 

We had the chance to chat for a few minutes with them, and they were really sweet. It was nice to meet the faces of the people who own the place, and you could tell they are really passionate about what they do. 

The iconic line of Memphis Blues BBQ sauces and rubs, above. We scooped a couple bottles of their Carolina Mustard flavour in our goodie bags, which we’re eager to try!

Thanks again to the whole team at Memphis Blues BBQ for having us. We don’t usually eat a lot of red meat, but we’ll definitely be back!

430 Robson Street / $$$

Memphis Blues Barbeque House on Urbanspoon

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