😋 What is happening in Victoria's food scene this week?

Plus, South Island restaurants named among best in Canada, Dine Around and Stay in Town menus, and Lunar New Year

Good morning foodies!

This week we are bringing you a story on four South Island restaurants being named among the best in Canada as well as a round up of some of the Dine Around and Stay in Town menus that you need to check out before the festival wraps up this Sunday.

Have you been participating in the food festival this year? We would love to know what restaurants you have checked out and which limited-time menus you have been enjoying!

😍 5 spots to try right now

🦞 Shuck Taylor's: Delicious oysters and lobster rolls at 1324 Blanshard.   

🍣 Taisho Japanese Grill and Bar: The new Nubo venture serves up teppanyaki, sushi, and rice bowls at 230 Cook.    

🍩 Empire Donuts: Mouth-watering donuts, cakes, and pies at 230 Cook and 736 View. 

🥐 Tombo Eats: Check out the new bakery and lunch spot at 732 Yates.  

🍻 Herald Street Brew Works: Enjoy tasty craft beers at 506 Herald.

Know a great place we should add here? Reply back and let us know!


South Island restaurants named among best in Canada

Once again, Victoria’s food scene is making a name for itself on the national stage.  

Yelp recently featured four South Island restaurants in its top 100 places to eat in Canada that embody what it means to live the west coast Island lifestyle. As chosen from community submissions from Canadian foodies, these restaurants embrace the rugged forest, the hearty ocean, and of course—Victoria’s brunch scene.   


Tacofino Langford now open

Tacofino is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest location in Langford’s Westshore Town Centre, bringing it's iconic surf town vibes and bold flavours to the West Shore.

The newest Tacofino location will be the third on Vancouver Island, alongside the OG food truck in Tofino, and the downtown Victoria Taco Bar. With seating for 30, it will serve up Tacofino classics like the famous Fish Taco and the legendary Crispy Chicken Burrito, alongside a wide range of fresh vegetarian options, all built around regionally and ethically-sourced ingredients. 

Tacofino Langford is located at 112-800 Kelly Rd. and will be open daily from 11am-11pm for dine-in and convenient take out.


Discover Victoria restaurants with these Dine Around and Stay in Town menus

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Dine Around and Stay in Town, the food and drink festival featuring more than 45 local restaurants, has been in full force since Jan. 26. The festival allows food lovers the opportunity to try a diverse array of cuisines across the city at set price points.

We have compiled a roundup of some of these limited-time menus that you need to try before the festival’s final day this Sunday. From fine-dining experiences to award-winning restaurants, these are the Dine Around and Stay in Town menus that we are excited about. 

🗞️ News

Victoria Beer Week event line up announced: The tenth annual festival in March will include a corn hole tournament, a trivia night, and brewery tours and will feature heritage beers and limited-edition collaborations.

Duo Cafe Bakery opens at Inn at Laurel Point. The new coffeehouse is serving up pastries, croissants, sandwiches, and hot drinks. Check out this reel from our Tasting Victoria founder Amelia.

Vagabond Pies pop-up returns for its second takeover of Picnic Coffee this Friday. Enjoy a new pizza menu and good tunes at 1019 Fort.  

GoodSide Pastry House treats now available at Rudi: Pick up delicious baked goods from the bakery at Rudi Express every Thursday during February.  

🗓️ Events

Window Wanderland: James Bay’s window decoration festival begins tomorrow. Get creative and look at window displays, until Sunday.

Uptown's Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the new year with a Lion Dance performance by Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club this Saturday at Uptown, 12:30-1:30pm.

Chinese New Year Dinner at Golden City Restaurant: Enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the Year of the Dragon this Saturday at 721 Fisgard, 6pm. 

Chinese New Years Dance at The Hallway: Celebrate the new year with dinner and dance featuring DJs FunDipZ, MooseTraks, MyLove, SLow, and Joca. This Saturday at 1724 Douglas, 7pm-12am.

The ReLove Market: Shop second-hand and vintage clothing and sustainable goods at KWENCH this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Pride, Prejudice, and Provisions: This Valentine's Day soiree features Charles Ross and Lisa Hebden’s romantic comedy performance of the classic Jane Austen tale. Food and drink is included in the event at the Old Town in the RBCM on Wednesday, 6-8:30pm.

Valentine's Concert: Club Voltaire will perform sultry ballads, hot swing, and sizzling Latin music at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Wednesday. Doors 5:30pm, show 7pm.

 💸 Deals

  • $10 mini poutine and $5.25 shafts at Darcy's Pub during daily happy hour, 2-5pm. 

  • $8 fried rice and cheese croquettes and $7 5oz. house wines at Tapa Bar during daily happy hour, 3-5pm. 

  • $16 burgers and $6 house beers at Craft Beer Market on Tuesdays. 

  • $11 lime margaritas and $11 loaded tots at Boomtown during happy hour from Monday to Friday, 3:30-5:30pm.

🧑‍💻 Jobs

📸 Post of the week

This Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake from Glo Restaurant + Lounge’s Dine Around and Stay in Town menu is calling our name! Get one for yourself at 2940 Jutland.

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