Like so many first-time visitors (it won’t be our last—for sure) to Vancouver, British Columbia, we ventured over to Granville Island with no agenda other than taking in the best neighborhood in North America. That wild claim was made by the U.S. Ranking Assn.’s “Project for Public Spaces.” Nice try but there is no one best neighborhood in the world.
On the West Coast waterfronts, Granville Island is a triplet to Sausalito in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego’s Coronado Island.
But who cares? Let’s eat.
The street-level area of the Institute is shared by a tasty bakery and the main room aptly named the Blue Hat Bistro.
Our 3-course menu features a starter, an entrée, and a dessert for just $26 at lunch and $35 at dinner. On weekends, Brunch is served until 2pm.
On the first Friday of every month, PICA’s popular market fresh and seasonal West Coast Buffet takes place - $33 Lunch; $44 Dinner; 1/2 price for children ages 5-12. Reservations for the buffet are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance.
Another fine point is how far the U.S. dollar goes. Prices on the menu are in Canadian dollars—deduct 25% for this Yankee’s real out of pocket tab. But not wishing to be rude guests we tipped the currency savings to the hardworking students and staff at the Blue Hat Bistro.
|That's the Blue Hat Bistro, far left, with the blue awning. Above is the Highway 99 bridge and, far right, is the west entrance to Granville Island.|