V.v: Where to Get Buck-a-Shuck Oysters in Vancouver

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Fancy a shuck? Vv Magazine’s Helen Siwak has searched high and low to ensure you get your fill of oysters on a budget. Read on for some of the most notable buck-a-shuck deals in the city. 

With Vancouver’s Buck-A-Shuck scene dwindling, the city finds itself with a plethora of a Buck+30 or a Buck+50 per shuck or Half Price Shucks. Here are 10 generous establishments that are still offering Buck-a-Shuck deals to those with a taste for the tangy.

Note: Offers are subject to change. Call ahead to ensure a good shucking! 

Oyster Express
269 Keefer Street
Seasonal oysters and Buck-a-Shuck. Happy Hour is Tuesday to Sunday 4:30pm to 6:30pm to shuck and suck to your heart’s content.

Rodney’s Oyster House
1228 Hamilton Street
They can be ordered shucked, raw or pan-fried during Happy Hour which is Monday to Saturday 3pm to 6pm.

Merchants Oyster Bar
1590 Commercial Drive
Order an appetizer and qualify for the Buck-a-Shuck deal in this seafood oasis. Best times? Mondays from 2pm to closing and during their weekend brunch from 11am to 2:30pm.

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
845 Burrard Street
Daily Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm has the Buck-a-Shuck scene slurping and pairing with fine brews.

Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar
Kitsilano, 2201 West 1st Avenue
Buck-a-Shuck offered during their Happy Hour which is Monday to Friday from 5pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm, and their second Happy Hour Sunday to Thursday is 9pm to late.

Chewies Coal Harbour
110 – 1055 West Hastings Street
Every day from 3pm to 6pm, no messing around. A good solid 3 hours of oyster shucking.

Mahony & Sons
601 Stamps Landing in False Creek
With one of the most astounding creek side views, Mahony & Sons offers up Buck-a-Shuck oysters on Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm. Oysters are BC local and so fresh.

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Bao Down Gastropub + Raw Bar
115 West 2nd Avenue
Oysters served up for Buck-a-Shuck are of four different varieties. Their Happy Hours are Monday to Wednesday 4pm to close, Thursday and Friday 4pm to 6pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. So oysters every day on special!

Ebisu on Robson
827 Bute Street
Less than a Buck-a-Shuck, these sweeties are only 99 cents! Happy Hour each day from 3pm to 6pm and then on Sunday to Thursday 9pm to closing.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
777 Thurlow Street
You cannot get fresher Buck-a-Shuck oysters at such a high respected establishment. Enjoy them at Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm.

LIFT Bar & Grill
333 Menchions Mews
Buck-a-Shuck available a fabulous 7 days a week from 3pm to 6pm at their beautiful bar. Enjoy with a raspberry mignonette, cocktail sauce or a spicy Sriracha sauce.

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Vv: Best Chicken and Waffles in Vancouver

Craving something that’s savoury and sweet? We’ve got just the thing! Vv Magazine’s Helen Siwak gives us the dish on the best chicken and waffles in Vancouver. 

Vancouverites are going nuts over this Southern classic, which is why we thought a comprehensive list of the best places to try this sweet and savoury dish was timely. Diehard fans of the taste combo surely will have their two cents to throw in at the end as this is a quest that is never quite over.

Feast Dining
2423 Marine Dr
Feast adds caramelized pecans and crème fraiche maple syrup to their unique take on this Southern dish. A weakness for pralines or caramelized anything makes me a sucker for this combination over and over.

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Feast Dining Chicken & Waffles (Image: Instagram/@feastdining)

Mamie Taylors
251 E Georgia St
You know when you have reached the pinnacle of chicken and waffle tasting when you are in Chinatown enjoying the dish with pickled jalapeños, coleslaw, and just enough honey to cut through the burn. This is one of Mamie’s signature dishes and it doesn’t disappoint, even the portion of gravy is just enough to do a right proper smother.

Jackalopes Neighbourhood Dive
2257 E Hastings St
It is hard to tell but this place is serious about serving up Southern comfort with hormone and antibiotic free meats so your chicken won’t be out to get you in the long run. If you are really into getting comfortable, order your chicken and waffles with a side of the skillet cornbread, extra butter and pimento cheese spread. Hallelujah!

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Jackalopes’ chicken & waffles (Image: Instagram/@jackalopesdive)

Save on Meats
43 W Hastings St
Wandering around Gastown can bring on a fantastic hunger and where better to grab a bite than the hipster haven that is Save on Meats. Diner style seating and traditional fare are staples around this charity-minded business, so it goes to say that the chicken will be extra crunchy and the waffles lightly dusted with icing sugar – just like Grandma used to make.

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
1055 W Hastings St #110
Oysters are killing it on the raw scene right now but for those with an aversion to the cold entrees, warm up your insides with these Cajun style chicken and waffles. Order extra onions and hot sauce and go out in a blaze of juicy chewy crunchy glory.

Tuc Craft Kitchen
60 W Cordova St
If drizzling is your thing, Tuc Craft offers three delicious sauces to their free-run fried chicken breast and waffles platter. Skip the totally Canadian maple syrup and try the Dijon Mournaise on not only the chicken but the waffles too. Turning this dish to a savoury one will have you coming back and enjoying not just for breakfast but for lunch too.

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Chicken & Waffles from Tuc Craft (Image via @tuccraftkitchen)

Portland Craft
3835 Main St
What makes the Portland Craft chicken and waffles so special is the butter milk and hop fried organic chicken that top off the waffles. Ask for Put a Bird on It, extra gravy, a flight of lager and feel the essence of Portland, Oregon start to flow through your veins.

Havana Restaurant
1212 Commercial Dr
Served with fruit compote and the sweetest Canadian maple syrup, Havana puts together a delicious day starter. Add a large iced tea and your taste buds will thank you as you take in the unique character of the space and the local artwork.

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Chicken & Waffles from Havana (Image: Instagram/@havanavancouver)

Sweetery Cafe + Dessert 
340 W 2nd Ave
Table mates give the two thumbs up to the chicken on this one. The thick and juicy white meat with a delicate batter that compliments the crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside chewy waffle.  When you are done this delicious dish, lick your fingers and start on the fresh fruit flan. Heaven.

Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville St
Instead of smothering the dish with syrup and gravy, Tableau takes the dish up a notch by focusing on the crispiness of the chicken and the incredible lightness of the waffle. Don’t forget to eat the garnish, as the greens are a refreshing burst of flavour to the palette after a satisfying dish like this.

This article on the Best Chicken and Waffles in Vancouver compiled by Helen Siwak was originally published at ViewTheVibe.com out of Toronto.

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V.v: New Vancouver Restaurants: September 2016

Vv Magazine’s Helen Siwak fills us in on Vancouver’s best new restaurants, those opening in September 2016 and the buzziest in-the-works hot spots.

Poof! Summer in the city is done and Vancouver is pulling out sweaters, rain boots and looking for comfort food. There are still those who are diligently making their way through the dozen new frozen dessert meccas which exploded on the scene this summer but hot and squishy is what we are dreaming of now.

Food truck nuts will be converging at noon on the Street Food Festival on September 11th near the Plaza of Nations (88 Pacific Boulevard). This immense festival will be coating the city with the aroma of international proportions. Besides live music, market and fun distractions, the line-up includes Big Red’s Poutine, Dim Sum Express, Mo Bacon, Taters Baked Potato Co and dozens more. Fave scene stealers include Vij’s Railway Express, Tacofino, Roaming Dragon and Dougie Dog. Admission is free but the food ain’t.

Two weekends of Greek food binging is about to hit the city for its 39th year anniversary. Visitors and tourists cannot get enough of the Vancouver Greek Food Festival and this basic Mediterranean cuisine that consists of bread, meat, and cheese in dozens of combinations. Stuff your face with souvlaki, gyros, calamari, spinach and cheese pies and crunch down sweet baklava dripping in honey until your brain swirls. The event runs September 9-11th and 16-18th at the Hellenic Community Centre at 45th and Arbutus.

Saturday, September 10, sees American chain In-N-Out Burger popping up for one day only at the Langley Good Times Cruise-in. Feast your eyes on the colourful hot rod candy and enjoy a good old-fashioned burger while you Snapchat car after car.

Now Open

Raisu
This resto has wowed fans of Japanese fusion with their unique take on bento boxes, noodles, and sashimi plates. Located at 2430 West 4th, this new restaurant specialises in ‘Teishoku’, which is a pre-set meal that includes a main dish, miso, rice bowl with the chef’s seasonal whims.

Pokeritto
If a perfect food ítem could be designed for Vancouver, it would be sushi burritos. Located at 558 Dunsmuir Street, Pokeritto has merged the city’s fave – the burrito –  with poke (a traditional raw fish dish from Hawaii). Rolled up like a giant burrito, the pokeritto has a crispy nori outside and a soft middle of raw marinated fish with rice and veg. Not big on nori? All wraps are also available in a big bowl to sit and savour.

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TAqueria KOreano
This must be the month of fusion madness! Taqueria Koreano, also known as TAKO, is located at 601 Expo Boulevard and is melding the great street food of Mexico with Korean zing. The tacos are stuffed with BBQ short rib, deep fried chicken, prawns and the adventurous will dig into the signature burrito bursting with kimchi fried rice, corn, cheese and your choice of meat.

SMAK
SMAK has opened the doors of its popular healthy fast food joint on busy Granville Street, just up from Waterfront station. Filling the space recently emptied by Taco Del Mar, the menu features quick and tasty gluten-free options, with salads, wraps, bowls, soups and thick favourable smoothies to wash it down with. Salads and smoothies are pre-made for those on the go and the modern layout makes for a quick grab and eat.

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SMAK Food (Image: Instagram/@myedibleadvice)

Coming soon

CACAO
With a planned opening in mid-September, licensedCacao will be serving up progressive Latin fare with modern versions of tradition Brazilian cuisine. Look forward to BBQ, ceviche, pabellon, grilled octopus and a full adult drink menu. The location is the old Epicurean Cafe at 1898 West 1st Avenue in Kitsilano.

Joe Pizza
This new joint will be bringing their style of rectangular pizza, a Roman pizza called ‘al taglio’ with a crispy crust to Gastown. Opening in the oft-forgotten corner of Carrall and Cordova (formerlyRainier Provisions), the Chef de Cuisine will be Annabelle Choi (The Pie Shoppe) and we are enthralled that they are developing a crispy gluten-free crust.

Tractor
This healthy eatery is getting ready to throw open the doors of its third location in the heart of downtown, at the base of the Telus building on Robson between Seymour and Richards. In the same proximity as Japadog and Beard Papa, lovers of diverse food congregate on this section of Robson for selection and a leafy green option will fill that last spot.

Trak

Tractor Foods (Image: Instagram/@tractorfoods)

The American
The Electric Owl is being replaced at 926 Main Street by a 150 seat pub dubbed, The American. The 5,000 sq. ft. location was recently bought by the owners of the infamous Cobalt. With lots of booths, pool tables, foosball and (our love), old skool video games and pinball, The American may give The Cambie in Gastown a run for its money.

Nero Waffle Bar
For those drooling to obtain work in the food industry, get in on free waffles and coffee each shift,Nero Waffle Bar has put the call-out for their new location at the corner of Seymour and Nelson. A recent walk-by has the hoarding from the windows removed and training commencing. We cannot wait for the grills to fire up and the delicious aroma of Belgian waffles start wafting through the neighbourhood.

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Nero Waffle Bar (Image: Instagram/@nerowafflebar)

This article was compiled by Helen Siwak and originally published in ViewTheVibe.com on September 9, 2016.

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V.v: The Best Happy Hours in Vancouver

No matter where you are in the city, there is always a watering hole that has a happy hour and half-price appetizers around the next corner. If you are thirsty and hungry, find your comfort zone in any of these Happy Hour offering locations and get the best deals to stretch your hard-earned paycheque from ear to ear. Sit, order, enjoy. Repeat.

Royal Dinette
905 Dunsmuir St
Royal Dinette is fancy and has an L’Apéro from 4:30-6pm each day. The Royal offers classic yet refreshing $6 aperitifs such as the Kir Royal, the Americano, and a fuzzy Apero Spritz.

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Browns Social House (Image: Instagram/@brownssocialize)

Browns Social House
Multiple locations 
Browns is notorious for having elegant interiors filled with a rowdy well-dressed crowd. Their happy hour is on weekdays from 3-6pm each day and offers dry ribs and wings for $7 and $4 drink specials.

UVA
900 Seymour Street
Situated kitty-corner from the Orpheum, this spot attracts a pretty cultured crowd. Happy hour is from 2- 6pm and features specials on food and beverages. Ask for the $10 premium cocktails, $8 wine, $3+ food selections, and for the adventurous $1 oysters.

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UVA cocktails (Image: Instagram/@uvavancouver)

Joe Fortes
777 Thurlow St
Happy hour is from 4-6pm in the bar. Joe Fortes offers adult beverage specials for $5 and a series of apps at great prices.

St. Regis Bar & Grill
608 Dunsmuir St
The St. Regis is special because it has 2 happy hours! The first at 2:30-5:30pm and then a later at 8:30-10:30pm. Ask your server what the specials are as they change it up for variety.

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St. Regis cocktails (Image: Instagram/@st.regisvancouver)

StateSide Craft
1601 Commercial Dr
StateSide Craft’s happy hour is every day except Saturday – perfect for after work and on Sunday for the anticipation of work. Prices range from $3-$5.

The Morrissey
1227 Granville St
Visit the Morrissey for the $3 highballs during happy hour and half-price appetizers until 6pm. They also have daily specials. Check the chalkboard for more goodies.

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The Morrissey Pub (Image: Facebook/The Morrissey Pub)

The Charles Bar | Woodwards
136 W. Cordova
Drop by on weekdays from 3-6pm for specials on wine and beer and their infamously delicious wings.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)

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