Vancouver Lunch Spots
Yes we eat out a fair bit. And while it looks like on social media that we may always be together, we actually find a separate place to work/ eat most days. Sometimes (and almost always on Fridays) this also involved lunch.  Now that we are back in the big city the options are endless. So this series is a round up of our favourite, unique and very diverse lunch spots in Vancouver.

Read Parts 1 – 7 of the Lunch Series Blog

My Pick of the Week – Tara

Grain Tasting Bar – 655 Burrard Street

We have been to Grain in the Hyatt Hotel several times before for Happy Hour. (They have a great selection of beer and wine flights.) But on this day I wanted to try out some of their new menu items – salads specifically. While this lunch was more expensive than the usual ones I seek out the service, the setting and the quality of the food matched the price.  I had the soup & salad combo ($16) and you can pick a half portion of any of the salads on their menu. The soup as Tomatoe Bisque and I paired it with the Smoked Steelhead Salmon Salad – greens, crispy kale, pickled onion, shaved fennel, orange, calamansi vinaigrette. Food was great, service was great and I got to listen to the noise of Vancouver out the open windows. Perfect. 

My Pick of the Week – Jeff 

Devils Elbow Ale and Smokehouse – 562 Beatty Street

We’ve passed this place a few time but had yet to drop in for a bite to eat and a pint. The atmosphere is very rustic and reminded me of a few BBQ joints we visited on last year’s travel through Texas. The food was great and had a good kick of spice to it. They have a neat lunch time menu, similar to the ‘build your own burger’ or ‘build your own pizza’ menus we have done at some of our golf courses that we manage the food and beverage operations at. 

For $15 you select your main, I choose the beef brisket sandwich, your side, I choose french fries and you also choose your 12 ounce glass of beer, I had the Devil’s Elbow IPA. The pulled brisket was great although the bun was a bit heavy for the sandwich. It’s also not often you can get excited by french fries but these were fantastic, crunchy, salted and very tasty. They came with a spicy BBQ/ Ketchup sauce for dipping. I liked the atmosphere, menu and food. If you get a chance, give it a try. I give it a solid 8 out 10 on my completely subjective rating scale!


We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf  for 9 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries. As of August 2016 our life and our business is ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.