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Primal Eats Vancouver: Olive & Anchor

August 22, 2012

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If you’ve ever screamed down the highway to Horseshoe Bay only to miss the ferry, you know how much of a pain it can be sitting around in your car waiting for the next one. Well, here’s the silver lining: Olive & Anchor. Turn the delay into an opportunity to avoid the awful ferry food and grab some good chow. I highly recommend walking by the other busier places – the only thing they have going for them is a slightly superior location, a few steps closer to the terminal. I’ve only ever grabbed food to go from Olive & Anchor’s take-out window (there’s a nice waterfront park right across the street), but they do also have a restaurant and patio.

Why do I like this place so much?

1) I lucked out finding it, with no prior research. Usually those types of adventures end poorly, and it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised.

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2) Good variety of menu options, including burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chowder, soup, and salads. And of course two items that always speak to me: yam fries and dessert – in this case crème caramel.

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3) Good quality food. The cheese burger was very tasty, although I do wish the patty was thicker. The gluten-free yam fries were delicious. The green salad was super fresh with a nice assortment of veggies (I picked over the edamame). The coleslaw was really good. And the crème caramel was a lovely little treat.

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4) They don’t play rip-off-the-tourist. The prices were very reasonable – $7 for the burgers, $5 for yam fries, $5 for salad and $2 for coleslaw. The sit-down menu is a little more expensive, but still reasonable.

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5) Everything is packaged very nicely – great for taking along on a trip or picnic. And all the packaging is made from 100% biodegradable bio plastics.

6) Great location right across from the water.

7) Friendly and helpful staff.

The only criticism I have is that I wish the food was ready faster – it was a really long wait for the cheeseburgers (at least 20 minutes) – which can be a big deal if you’re trying to catch the ferry. So if you stop by, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time. Other than that, I definitely recommend stopping by for some food, even if you’re not catching a ferry.

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