Going out for a meal, or even just a drink, has become much more complicated since March. We used to go out almost daily… so after about 6 weeks with no dining out we were ready to ‘dip our toe’ into the dining pool when restaurants began to re-open in June. We have always been observant diners (for our own blogs and also to take ideas to our clients) but many little details related to health and safety that were never of interest are now front and center in our minds.
In our first week in Yaletown we walked all the main restaurant streets to get an idea of which places had enough protocols in place to make us feel comfortable. We were looking for table-spacing, line-up spacing, servers with masks, a hostess taking names and phone numbers and general organization as opposed to a kind of ‘wing-it’ attitude. We found quite a few options that we thought were doing very well, some even above and beyond, but sadly also found others that we would not be comfortable going into (even one of our past favourites).
Now after 4 weeks we have some options to share that we are very comfortable recommending from both a food and beverage and a safety standpoint:
Yaletown Distillery (1131 Mainland) serves brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which is a bonus. It was our first dine-in experience in Yaletown and was a very good one. We have been back several times since. We have sat on the patio on all occasions so far, which has tables well spaced for easy physical distancing. The indoor space is very large so we would be comfortable inside as well. The brunch menu is extensive and while we have not tried every item, all the one’s we have had have been very good. Try the Meatball Benny and the Distillery Hash.
Homer Street Cafe (898 Homer) has just recently been able to add a small patio with a row of picnic tables with umbrellas right on Homer Street. This has greatly added to their outdoor seating capacity and ability to physical distance. Their main patio tables are a bit close together for our liking but the new street patio is perfect, and it is pretty cool to sit on the street and watch cars go by on one side and pedestrians on the other. (A patio barrier and a bike lane is between the tables and the car traffic). Brunch is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday and while the options are limited the food is delicious! So are the brunch cocktails! Try the Island75, the HSCB Eggs Benny and the Frittata of the Day.
Watch for our next blog about Happy Hours in Yaletown.
We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have recently started a Zoom call video series of Golf Industry Conversations. We have owned CK Golf for 12 years and provide business services to the golf and other industries. As of July 31, 2016 our life and our business became ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.