The folks behind Wildebeest, Bufala, and Lucky Taco have added another thoughtful expansion to their mini-empire in the form of the anti-sports bar sports bar Bells & Whistles located on Fraser just south of Kingsway. The food is typical sports bar/pub grub/comfort food like burgers, wings, nachos, onion rings, etc, but done with atypical care and better ingredients, served in an atypically bright and family-friendly environment, with a very atypical craft beer menu with absolutely NO macro beer in sight.
Admittedly, the pricing for the food and beer is a bit high (especially for the neighbourhood), but in the week and a half they’ve been open, it’s been absolutely packed. I guess that shows that people have been wanting something like this for a long time and are willing to pay for it. For myself, I really appreciate their approach — casual accessibility, eyes on quality, no “Bells & Whistles” despite the name — but if things were maybe a couple bucks cheaper across the board, I’d come back more often, and with less hesitation.
Continue reading Rock the Bells: Bells & Whistles on Fraser (Bonus: Zwanze Day 2017)
Bit too much beer the night before, so we started out a bit lighter on this day then ramped it up 😉
- Yung Ho (San Gabriel)
- Bhan Kanom Thai (Thaitown)
- Father’s Office (Santa Monica)
Continue reading LA Day 2 – Taiwanese Breakfast, Thai Desserts, and a Deservedly Famous Burger
Day 1 of our Los Angeles trip, featuring:
- Summer Rolls “A Nem Nuong Restaurant” (Rosemead)
- In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
- Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
- Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)
Continue reading LA Day 1 – Vietnamese Intrigue, The Classic Fast Food Burger, and Dipping my Toes into the LA Beer Scene
It’s been way too long since my last dirty burger from Upstairs at Campagnolo. The dark, cozy, friendly, casual vibe is perfect for a dirty ‘n delicious date night with Wicca.
Note about the photos: it’s super-dark in there. I tried to do the best I could with the photos! Hope it still gives you a good sense of the food.
Continue reading Dirty Burger Double Patty Date Night at Upstairs at Campagnolo
I LOVE a good burger. So much so that I don’t want eat them more than once every month or two for fear that I’ll get tired of them! So when I DO actually eat a burger, I want it to be DAMN GOOD. Enter the newest food truck to hit Vancouver, The Local Omnivore.
Continue reading Street Food Quickie: Bacon Cheeseburger at The Local Omnivore
Another yearly trip to Calgary for some in-law visiting and good food eatin’. Some good, some bad, some disappointing, some surprising. Read on! Continue reading Hot Ramen Facials & More in Calgary – June 2014
Pumphouse Taproom has the best selection of craft beer in Richmond, followed by Hog Shack and O’Hares. I don’t venture out into Richmond that often, and especially not as far as No. 2 & Blundell, where Pumphouse is located. But I had a good time and would go back for the beer if I was in the area. Continue reading Burger & Beer at Pumphouse Taproom in Richmond
Inspired by this thread on Chowhound, I had to check out the reincarnated Refuel Dirty Burger at Upstairs at Campagnolo, the newly-opened upstairs speakeasy/lounge/bar next to Campagnolo on Main St. I never got to try the original Refuel burger…so with no point of comparison, does the Dirty Burger at Upstairs taste good? Continue reading You’re a dirty burger: Upstairs at Campagnolo