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5281 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimoeveolive.com
Who Singer-songwriter Ambre Rippon brings her passion for plant-based food to her hometownWhy we're excited The low-key wine bar marks a welcome turning point in Nanaimo's culinary offerings, and is the first licensed vegan restaurant in all of Vancouver Island: in the rustic space, find a carefully curated wine list, creative cocktails and plant-based dishes like cashew cream Thai curry.
114326 Aspen Glen Landing SW, Calgaryallorarestaurant.com
Who Chef Thipphakune Xaykasem, who cut his teeth at Banff Springs and Concord GroupWhy we're excited If the ingredients in Allora's kitchen arent locally sourced and handmade, theyre coming in straight from Italyload up on house-marinated olives and shaved-to-order salumi in the cheery, Tuscan-yellow room.
1600 Franklin St., Vancouverfinfolk.ca
Who Jeff Bobyk and his mom Laura Bobyk, who together developed Scandinavian-by-way-of-the-Northwest recipes by way of mom’s Icelandic roots.Why we're excited As obsessed as we all are with Scandi design, the region's cuisine is suspiciously absent from Vancouver's food scene. So bravo, Finfolk, for paving the way for the much-ignored Nordic palette with fresh foraged ingredients and pickled everything.
1408 Commercial Dr., Vancouverharbouryvr.com
Who Seafood-loving party animalsWhy we're excited The hyper-casual seafood spot does happy hour right (or, rather, happy hoursrunning 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) with $1.50 oysters, prawns by the dozen and sweet deals on by-the-glass wine (and tequila shots, if you've feeling frisky). Pull up a stool at the mint-coloured bar and shuck the night away.
309 W Pender St., Vancouverthemagnet.ca
Who The beer nerds behind Alibi Room and Brassneck BreweryWhy we're excited The cozy, brew-centric venue just seems to pull us in like a you-know-what. Chef Paul Finlay crafts good grub with British DNA to pair with a wide range of craft tapsthink chicken-liver parfait and meat pies.
Marda Loop, Calgaryannabelleskitchen.ca
Who Leslie Echino of Blink and Annabelle's moves from her wine-bar beginnings into the restaurant sphereWhy we're excited Echino's already proved herself adept at curating cool, cozy, date-night-approved spaces; add in pizza, pasta and a patio plus a design from McKinley Burkart and Annabelle's Kitchen is already a slam dunk.
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