Breakfast Tacos! I love tacos. I love breakfast. So I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make tacos for breakfast! It really is so simple. And so delicious! I am not totally hooked! Making tacos for breakfast is so easy. It is […]
La Mezcaleria in Gastown (and Commercial Drive) is one of my favorite Mexican joint in Vancouver. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard La Mezcal was offering Brunch Wednesday to Sunday until 3pm! No more rushing to wake up on the […]
Between December 8 – 10, Sabores CDMX events and Mexico City Flavor will see three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of three Vancouver restaurants: Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños.
SABORES CDMX – Mexico City Flavors is a Food Festival seeking to promote the current and growing Gastronomic movement that’s happening in our city to international enthusiasts.
It is focused on providing a unique culinary experience showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary Mexican Cuisine, bringing our most influential and trendy Chefs to your city.
Our ultimate goal is to catch the attention of the people in the cities we visit, and to encourage them to start their own dining experience in Mexico City.
About the Chef
Chef Mario Espinosa of La Encomienda Polanco was born into a family of cooks, and began his career in the kitchen where his father worked as a chef. In 2005 he began working in kitchens under Chef Enrique Olvera, known as one of the world’s best chefs. Chef Espinosa has made a name for himself as a consultant, corporate chef, and as the owner of K’u’uk, named Travel & Leisure’s Best New Restaurant of 2013. He now oversees the kitchens of Rosa Sur 32º and Mexico City’s La Encomienda, where he specializes in regional ingredients cooked by traditional methods.
I’m so glad that the snow storm hadn’t ruined our intimate evening at Burdock & Co. We started the evening with a few cocktails and and Naturalist wines. For those of you looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, option for the refreshing and fragrant Lavender’s Blue – lavender and hibiscus flower, lemon, grapefruit and hops bitters, sparkling water. Yes, you can even ask about adding some gin!
Grilled beets and potatoes: a warm and earthy salad with fresh grilled beets, creamy pumpkin seed Sikilpak, aged cheese and a hint of chilli spice.
Short Ribs in Recado Negro: this tender fall of the bone short rib is glazed with charred chiles mole. It is also served with three traditional Mexican sauces: pico de gallo, xnipec (roasted tomatillo salsa) and borracha.
Sweet Potato Puree: a warm dessert with sweet potato puree, star anise, prickly peanuts and served with cinnamon ice cream. Flavors reminds me of a nice silky chai latte.
Burdock & Co
Cuisine: Canadian, Tapas Bar
Mon 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8
La Mezcaleria took over Nicli’s Next Door in Gastown at 68 East Cordova. Expanding from their Commercial Drive location, the menu will expand to allow more family style and a mezcal bar. The space itself is gorgeous – exposed brick and high ceilings. To bring the ceiling […]
Tacoreano Coquitlam Centre is a new Korean fusion taco restaurant dishing out tacos, quesadillas and fresh kimchi rice bowls. The store is just a block away from Coquitlam Centre on #100-2970 Glen Drive next to Browns Social House, Delicious Pho and Ninja Bubble. Tacoreano took open the […]
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La Mezcaleria Vancouver on Commercial Drive offers traditional Mexican food. This Mexican Cantina is not only about tacos (as so many people automatically relates to) but also about dishes that mirros traditional Mexican recipes, Mezcal and Tequila flights. But what about Mexican breakfast and brunch? We were recently invited by the fine folks at La Mezcal to sample a rich, invigorating and spicy morning meal!
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Don Pimm 10: Serrano infused tequlia, Pimm’s No. 1, grapefruit pop, ginger beer, cucumber, lemon and agave. If you know me, my knees gets weak at ginger beer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”14927″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]
Michelada 10: Pacifico, petroleo, salsa huichol, cilantro, clamato, and tajin rim. Add a shot of Oro Mezcal for five bucks – we highly recommended! This light fizzy Caesar goes down so easy, you’ll want to order seconds!
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Chilaquiles 12: house made tortilla chips smothered in mole sauce (deep, dark and delicious Oaxacan style) and topped with crema, queso fresco, sliced white onion, and beans. Top it with a poached egg, pork belly or braised chicken for protein. Chilaquiles is a great sharing appetizer where the sauce simmers over crispy tortilla triangles until softened.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”14957″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][image_with_animation image_url=”14942″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Huevos Benedictos Salmon con Tequila 15: Everyone was ordering divorced eggs (Huevos Divorciados); we can’t blame them (and will get into this later), but toasted English muffin topped with tequila and citrus cured salmon, two poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise was to hard to resist. It is served with seasonal greens and crispy hashbrowns. We really liked the citrus fresh flavors of the cured salmon. It truly gave it a vibrant color.
On the other hand, the table next to us, all five of them ordered Huevos Divorciados aka divorced eggs. If you check their Insta feed, you will notice a flood of divorced eggs also. Whether or not these eggs reached a maturity age for marital status is worth a try!
Huevos Divorciados: Two corn tortillas, two sunny side up free-range eggs, one topped with salsa ranchera and one topped with salsa verde, divorced by refried beans, and finished with crema, queso fresco, cilantro and crispy bacon. Add a third wheel of say extra free-range egg for two bucks; hash browns $3; extra bacon $3; or guacamole $3.
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If you have never been to La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive, we invite you to explore their culinary culture. We may very well add them to our list of Best Brunch Vancouver simply because of the great options and diversify our list. Breakfast / brunch is served 9 am to 3 pm. Buenos Días!
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin America, Breakfast, Brunch
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4
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Tacofino started out as a food truck that I was rarely able to eat. I hated the fact I no longer worked downtown and missed out on life’s great moments. Tacofino Commissary Vancouver is located on East Hastings kiddie corner to infamous pulled pork pancakes at […]
In the back alley of Blood Alley you can watch fights break out over an umbrella, grab a tasting flight at Salt Tasting Room, or grab some affordable Mexi-Cali-style food and drinks. This hot pink flamingo restaurant is perfect for your night cap, a pre-and post-game grub or a casual get together. The 28 person capacity restaurant is friendly and easy going. We came here to celebrate a friend birthday over some drink, snacks and fist pumps with strangers. Gringo Gastown is located where Judas Goat used to be. Don’t worry about Blood Alley, Gringo has their own bouncers to man the doors in case things get a little Nacho Libre!
The Pink Flamingo 7: pink grapefruit, tequila, beer. A tasty tart cocktail . Beer Colada 7: pina colada mixed with ale beer. Light and refreshing.
Stadium Nachos 6: chips, queso, jalapenos, sour cream, guac and salsa. Add beef, pork, chicken or shrimp to anything for +2. This nice sized nacho to share.
We ordered a variety of tacos 6 for 15: The meat was tender and the shrimps were snappy. However it lacked flavor. Definitely can use some seasoning.
- Chuck: House-seasoned ground chuck, salsa
- Earl: Blackedn cajun roasted chicken, ranch
- Pink: White shrimp, chimichurri, tomatillo sauce
Gringo is a pretty neat place to go if you are looking for a casual fare, budget late night for drinks that won’t leave your wallet flat lined.
Cuisine: Mexican, Cali
Hours: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Perks: Late Night, Free Wi-Fi
27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4
Thank goodness we came here just 5 minutes before the rush of lunch madness. Any later than we would’ve been waiting in line like the fine people of Vancouver. Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of its first to open in downtown Vancouver. The space […]
Although there are many locations for La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop, my favorite remains with the one on Cambie and Broadway. 1) It is convenient. A few steps away my salon and barely 5 mins walk away from Tenth Church. 2) The decor and art is […]
Old Town Mexican Café on 2489 San Diego Ave, located a short walk from Old Town San Diego (it is considered the ‘birthplace’ of California, Spaniards first permanent settlements). Old Town is a popular tourist attraction when visiting San Diego, California and the place to go for some Mexican spirit, live entertainment, shops and award winning restaurants. After visiting Legoland and eating Granny`s Apple Fries, Sea World and and eating at Georges At The Cove at La Jolla , it was time for some mean Mexican food.
Opens Daily 7am to 2am
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Initially we were a bit lost for food until we came upon this bustling restaurant with line ups out the door. On the window there were stickers and awards stating that they were San Diego Restaurant Gold Medal Award 5 years in a row. Although somewhat weary that we may fall into the ‘tourist trap’ we decided to give it a shot. The decor is a bit rustic and bit of a dive but nothing short of authentic Mexico.
From the window you can see several lovely senoritas making fresh tortillas – a thin disk of unleavened bread made from wheat flour, masa, or corn and baked on a hot surface. This was both entertaining and a guarantee that we were served freshly made hot tortillas and not store-bought inventory. Always a bonus!
To start, we were served freshly fried corn tortilla chips – hot, crispy and lightly salted; They didn’t look much more than regular out of the bag chips, but wow, they were pretty tasty! And what better to accompany them than some Guac!
While waiting for the entries to arrive devoured the picture-less
- Mariscada $17.50 – marinated shrimp & halibut with lime juice
- Fire Shrimp $15.50 – large shrimp tosses in spicy fire sauce served with crisp cucumber, avocadoes, and tomatoes; pretty spicy! proceed with caution.
- Ceviche $8.95 – chopped pieces of fresh halibut marinated and cooked in a mixture of onions, chiles, cilantro and citrus juices. Served with sliced avocado. Unfortunately I found the citrus slightly too acidic and fresh halibut pieces less than firm.
Throughout the meal there were mariachi band that plays in each section of the restaurant. What a great added to the experience of Mexico.
Finally food with some substance! Comes our entries.
1/2 Chicken Mole Dinner $12.50
A normal roasted chicken served with beans and rice. The menu says it’s a spicy sauce with a hint of chocolate – but it was neither spicy nor chocolaty. The chicken was juicy and tender however.
Mexican Style Ribs – Full Rack: $19.95 / Half Rack: $11.95
Pull of the bone softness prepared in Mexican-style rotisserie pork ribs served with rice, beans and tortillas. Again nothing special and something available everywhere; say Vancouver?
Old Town Famous Carnitas – $12.75/serves 1; $24.50/serves 2
Delicious braised pork served in Mexico’s traditional style served with a side plate full of cilantro, onion, avocado, tomato, peppers, beans and tortillas (chose from flour or corn and served regular or crispy style. We had ½ and ½ and the crispy version is much better. Gives everything more texture!
Tostatas $3.75 to $8.95
Deep fried tortilla as the base of this dish. On top choose from Bean Beef Combo (Bean/Beef), Guacamole Combo Chicken (Bean/Chicken) or Chicken Suprema. Served with a plate full of beans, beef, pork, lettuce, tomato, olives, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. Definitely a sharing plate.
There’s always room for dessert.
- Grilled Basa Fillet
- Fresh tortillas
- generous portions
- long line ups
- friendly service
- Old Town Tourist Attraction
- Reasonable Prices
- Late Night
- Drinks Menu
- Old Town Mexican Café has been the proud recipient of many awards and recognitions over the past 21 years:
- Silver Fork Award (1984)
- San Diego Home and Garden Magazine
- Silver Award of Merit (1990)
- Southern California Restaurant Writers Access Award
- Accessible San Diego (1996)
- Gold Medallion Award (1995, 1996, 1998)
- San Diego Restaurant Association
- Best Mexican Restaurant (1997, 1998, 1999)
- San Diego Union-Tribune Readers Poll
- Reader’s Choice Award Ten Consecutive Years (1990 to 2000)
- San Diego Magazine
- Voted Best Margaritas
- Sunset Magazine
- Various other awards over the past 20 years.
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A large part of my childhood was spent in the sunrise community of East Hastings. Drugs and prostitutions infest the once friendly neighborhood. I used to hate the stench every time I had to help my mother out in her garment factory on East Hastings […]