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All things burrito in Victoria

There is something so deliciously satisfying that comes with a carefully crafted burrito. We at Tasting Victoria have compiled a list of six places offering all kinds of unique and absolutely delicious burritos for you, your friends, and family to enjoy!

Hidden Gems Smuggler’s Cove

Welcome to our Hidden Gem series’, where we showcase some of the best-kept culinary secrets Victoria has to offer. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, some of these locations might just have slipped under your radar. Today we’re shining a spotlight on a classic British-style tavern that shouldn’t go overlooked.

A Taste of Home: the Cantonese dim sum experience

Jade Fountain Restaurant is a casual eatery on Douglas Street that serves traditional Chinese cuisine, specializing in dim sum—a traditional snack featuring small plates shared among friends and family, usually during brunch. This gem is hidden behind a liquor store in the basement of the Red Lion Hotel and Suites.

10 amazing Vegan-friendly restaurants in Vancouver 

Interested in a weekend getaway to Vancouver? Why not make it a vegan foodie adventure? 

While Vancouver’s diverse dining scene definitely has something for everyone, the vegan and vegetarian options are off the hook these days. With new plant-forward restaurants and menus popping up all over town, it can be tricky to decide where to go, especially during a short visit. Thankfully, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you. Read on for our top ten picks of some of the best vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants in Vancouver!

best nachos victoria

8 great plates of nachos in Victoria 

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to make truly bad nachos. You can get a tasty snack from some tortilla chips, grated cheese, and a microwave in a pinch. But then there are the very best nachos, with house-fried chips, ample melted cheese, and a balanced array of fresh, pickled, and savoury toppings. Maybe add a sunny patio and local microbrews on tap for good measure.

Victoria is awash in incredible nachos, and Tasting Victoria has the lowdown on where to find the best of the best. Some are traditional, some are a little less traditional, and some are truly out of left field. Even though they’re all different, they’re all delicious in their own way.

So read on, and prepare to get snacking!

Fall flavours soon to arrive at Fairmont Empress

As summer fades into the rearview mirror, Fairmont Empress’ Chefs look toward the bounty of the autumn harvest to showcase a new season of flavours. New Q Restaurant Chef, Mark Classen unveiled his new fall menu brimming with savoury dishes that reflect the transition from warm summer days into cool, crisp temperatures. From colourful root veggies like roasted Jerusalem artichokes to locally foraged wild mountain huckleberries, chanterelles and spruce tips, it’s almost time to delve into the season’s best. Exceptional local ingredients, creativity, and care are all at the heart of Q Restaurant’s new fall menu, officially launching Monday, October 3, 2022.  

6 unique burgers to try in Victoria

There are many burgers worth trying in Victoria, and the variety is endless. When it comes to burgers, why stick to beef? We put together a list of the best and most unique burgers, and our readers helped us through their votes in the 2022 Tasting Victoria Best Restaurant Awards, presented by Portofino Bakery. The winners in the Best Burger category, sponsored by Category 12 Brewing, were Bin 4 Burger Lounge, Big Wheel Burger, and Pink Bicycle (now closed). Keep reading to learn more about our readers’ Top 3, and some other unique burgers you have to try at least once.

Pet friendly patios and restaurants in Victoria

We love our furry friends, but it can be hard to find dining spaces to accommodate them. Here at Tasting Victoria, we crafted a list of some patios that are pet-friendly, so whether you’re taking your dog (or perhaps your leashed cat) out with friends, you can enjoy Victoria’s foodie scene knowing you can bring your fuzzy family member along, too!