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"Chain" restaurants

Okay, so I am totally showing my lack of sophistication here, but with a 2-year-old in tow, we often find it is easiest to eat at chain restaurants (gasp!), especially for grabbing a quick lunch. We don't do "fast food" (eg, McDonalds), but we do like Panera, Noodles & Co, Five Guys, etc. Also, I'm not gonna lie, I love me some Cheesecake Factory. Are there any comparable local chains that anyone would recommend in Vancouver? Thank you!

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1. Re: "Chain" restaurants

White Spot. A local tradition with a Pirate Pak for kids

Earls

The many food trucks around downtown...great variety

Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Add Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company and Milestones to your list:

http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/

http://rockymountainflatbread.ca/

These restaurant lists might also give you a few other ideas:

savvymom.ca/index.php/guides/print/11-best-f…

vancouverisawesome.com/2012/…

Vancouver, Canada
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3. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Where in the city are you staying?

Denny's at Hamilton? and Dunsmuir. Spaghetti Factory in Gastown. Rocky Mountain Flatbread (Kitsilano and Main St.

Edit; Robyn posted while I was typing.

Edited: 17 March 2014, 17:54
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4. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Memphis Blues Barbeque House and The Boathouse Restaurant www.boathouserestaurants.ca

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5. Re: "Chain" restaurants

You will also find many of the same chains that you have at home.

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6. Re: "Chain" restaurants

As a mom, I would not recommend Earls, Milestones or The Boathouse for children younger than 7. Our family favourites are White Spot, Boston Pizza and Red Robin for younger families. Good food, casual atmosphere. Service can be slow at White Spot, expect to be there for 90 minutes. You can get in and out of BP in under and hour unless they are super busy. Food trucks can be a good option, but each one has a limited menu and if your kids are fussy, they may not eat a crepe with pears and goat cheese (for ex).

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7. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Frankly - if you just want a fast lunch of sandwiches, soups, etc. you could go to Tim Hortons. It's not gourmet but certainly a step up healthy food wise from McDonalds.

www.timhortons.com/ca/en/menu/menu.html

or step into a grocer such as Urban Fare or Whole Foods - they do sandwiches, salads etc. to go.

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8. Re: "Chain" restaurants

You mention Five Guys, which we are starting to see here, but there is Vera's Burger Shack, which we have recently discovered and is our new favourite burger place for a quick meal.

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9. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Five Guys? The most expensive fast food burger joint, that I've ever laid my tongue & wallet on. Agree with post # 5 for the most part.

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10. Re: "Chain" restaurants

Just the fact that there is a 5 guys on the most expensive area of Robson says it all but Fatburger could give them a run for their money as well, not cheap at all

Edited: 21 March 2014, 04:00