Photo Credit: Belgard Kitchen

Dine Railtown: District Transforms With A Month-Long Food Celebration

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Save some space and don’t overeat candy on Halloween, as Dine Railtown begins the next day. 

Vancouver’s Railtown neighborhood might not be the first area to come to mind when you’re seeking delicious, mouth-watering food, but that’s just about to change this November as the month-long Dine Railtown initiative sees its debut. 

Nine Railtown-based restaurants and cafés are due to participate in the Dine Railtown community-driven initiative, promoting some of the neighborhood’s tasty, delicious and out-of-this-world dishes. In fact, you just might get a headache from dilemma and choosing what exactly to dine once in the area. 

During Dine Railtown, at Railtown Cafe you can grab a Classic Beef Stroganoff Bowl for $16 which is made with buttered egg noodles, flank steak, mushrooms, onions and sour cream. 

Photo Credit: Railtown Cafe

The Belgard Kitchen offers a yummy Yam Gnocchi with Lamb Ragu for the price of $19, and it comes with braised pork shoulder, brown sage and sweet peas. 

At Ask for Luigi ask for Fried Cauliflower and Chickpeas for the price of $15, and at Cuchillo opt for a Wild Caught Argentinian Sea Prawns for the price of $24. 

Photo Credit:L Ask for Luigi

The Uncommon Café, another of the Railtown’s magnificent cafés, offers a braised chicken sandwich for $12. The mix of homemade herb aioli and jalapeño jelly, brie cheese, applewood smoked bacon and crispy fried onions will probably make you wanna ask for another order.

At St. Lawrence feast on Escargots with garlic butter and puff pastry for the price of $18, or opt for a Chicken of the Sea dish at the Mackenzie Room for the price of $19. The latter is a delicious mix of sea urchin parfait, burnt onion nectar, poached pears, hazelnut butter and squid ink brioche. 

At LanaLou’s Restaurant, refresh with a Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad Bowl combined with ginger tamari dressings, fresh greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, beets, pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the price of $13.

Photo Credit: Lana Lous

Finally, save some space for a coffee at Pallet, where you can nab a deal of Feature Pourover Coffee and any 340g bag of coffee beans for the price of $20. 

Photo Credit: Pallet Coffee

You can view the full list of participating Dine Railtown restaurants and their offerings here.

For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the Railtown neighborhood, there is a custom illustrative map drawn by local artist Tom Froese which will help your navigation around and show all nine venues where you can stumble upon Railtown’s different culinary gems. It also makes for a nice souvenir.

Map drawn by local artist Tom Froese

Grab your copy at any of the Dine Railtown designated locations or online at the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) website which supports this event.

We’re proud of the owner-operated small businesses that have come to define Railtown as a true dining destination in Vancouver.

It’s an opportunity for people to discover some of what this area has to offer through a culinary lens while, at the same time, building connections to the community in which these businesses operate.

Theodora Lamb, Executive Director at the SBIA

Beside Dine Railtown aims at raising awareness of Railtown’s culinary offerings, there’s charity character to it. Part of the funds raised in between 1 and 30 November will go for Powell Street Getaway centre which supports people living with chronic illnesses, addictions or who are facing mental health challenges. The Powell Street Getaway centre is one of 42 sites administered by the Lookout Housing and Health Society across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. 

For any news and updates on the Dine Railtown initiative and SBIA, visit strathconabia.com, or connect via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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