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Seattle, WA – Spur Gastropub – Part 2/2

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Chefs and owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough feature New American farm-to-table cuisine, which is what most restaurants in North America are doing nowadays; but here they’re getting noticed for it. If the ingredients are the same, then it must be the chefs’ talent and it was the execution that took it to the next level.

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Seattle, WA – Spur Gastropub – Part 1/2

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Nationally named as “Top Five Rising Chefs” by Gayot and “Rising Star Chefs” by Star Chefs, I had to try it. It was a casual, but still very sophisticated gastropub offering small plates that were best shared. It was nothing fussy, but still fancy and it felt more like a cocktails and wine place than a craft beer place.

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Burdock & Co. – Part 4/4

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Burdock & Co. might look like it is following the herd on the surface, but the ingredients are properly considered and cuisine professionally executed. I tried almost the whole menu and although I wasn’t quite blown away, I wasn’t disappointed. It is a bit simple and granola for my tastes, but I would still go back and appreciate it.

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Burdock & Co. – Part 3/4

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The dishes were very simple with often less than five components, but each component was well developed. The knife skills were undeniably from the hands of a fine dining chef and the presentation was clean as were the flavours. The food is not necessarily fancy, but it delivered more than the plate presented.

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Burdock & Co. – Part 2/4

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Burdock & Co. opened in the right place at the right time. Timing and location are a part of the equation, and of course every restaurant needs a good cook or chef. This restaurant was highly anticipated simply because of the chef. If you’re familiar with the name Andrea Carlson, chef and owner of the restaurant, then a visit here will likely come with high expectations.

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Burdock & Co. – Part 1/4

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It is a tapas style restaurant with a focus on local, sustainable, farm to table, seafood and vegetables. I know that all sounds very cliché these days, but the approach felt natural. It didn’t pigeonhole itself as a vegetarian or trendy restaurant, but it was current. Things felt nostalgic and classic in style, but the philosophy and execution guiding it was progressive.

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Mogu Japanese Street Eats (Food Cart/Truck)

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Mogu means “to chew” or “munch” in Japanese, and “mogu-mogu” is a Japanese saying. Having grown up with traditional Japanese food, Yujirou Aoki and his wife are the owners and operators of Mogu Japanese Street Eats. His inspiration for Mogu came from working at Vancouver’s favourite Japanese izakaya restaurants.

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Tofino, BC – Wildside Grill (Fish n’ Chips) & The Fish Store

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The Wildside Grill is an affordable eatery for all ages offering a range of casual beachside favourites. The fish n’ chips is most recommended. I also couldn’t leave Tofino without finding The Fish Store. I could have gorged on their smoked tuna belly all day. I didn’t want to be *that* person lining up 2, 3, 6 times for another sample at their booth, but I totally was.

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