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Eat & Drink

February 4 2015

Tacos, Tapas & the Flavours of Spain

Tacofino’s new location is one of Vancouver’s most anticipated restaurant openings. During the day, Tacofino’s crew offers reasonably-priced tacos and burritos in their take out counter on 15 W. Cordova. At night, foodies can satiate their cravings in their flagship brick & mortar space. Enter through Blood Alley into a hip, beach-inspired atmosphere, and try the octopus tostada, lamb birria, or crispy chicken taco.

Photo captured by Alison Page during her ‘Tour De Gastown’ IG takeover

Just across the street in Blood Alley, Gringo delivers a cheeky take on Mexican fare. The colourful, flamingo-loving taco joint is a fun spot to hang out and enjoy bite-size tacos along with a few ‘shake n’ dump’ margaritas. And don’t worry if you’re on a budget, everything on the menu is affordable.

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La Casita is a friendly, family-owned restaurant that offers authentic Mexican cuisine. Be prepared for bold flavours like blackened meats, beans and spicy chipotle. The menu includes a range of regional favourites like seafood ceviche, tostados, chimichangas, and traditional comidas. And while you wait, start the party with a round of margaritas. To get the most bang for your buck, La Casita also offers daily specials.

Pictured here – Gringo’s shake n’ dump margaritas

For a more quaint, café-style environment, drop by Silvestre Deli & Bistro. It’s an ideal place to cozy up with a hot bowl of homemade soup or Peruvian dish made with imported spices from Peru and South America. Sports fans can catch the latest game on their flat screen TV. Complete the experience with a scoop of Italian gelato for the road home.

If the mood strikes for an intimate night out, Sardine Can provides cozy, bar-style seating and a classic Spanish tapas menu that explores savoury, regional flavours. The all-Spanish wine and sherry list adds to a sophisticated dining experience, best shared with close friends or the one you fancy.

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When it’s time for a fiesta, Salida 7 delivers a bold gastronomic adventure in a vibrant, tri-level space. The new restaurant is Spanish-owned and celebrates the spirit of coastal and continental Spanish kitchen through tapa-style dishes and larger plates to share. Ceviche-style oysters, Catalonian-style toast with Iberian cured ham, and traditional paella Valenciana, are a few standouts on the menu. Enjoy it all with a glass of Spanish wine, or try a regional-inspired cocktail.

Pictured here – Salida 7’s seafood soup