Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Foodie Road Trip: From San Fran to Van

Our girl Jen recently hit the road eating her way through the best from San Fran to Van. She taste tested her way to the best burrito, hot dog and even shared her hotel finds and travel picks with us. Here's what topped her list:

San Francisco, California
Los Coyotes Taqueria
The Mission district in San Francisco is known for its burritos. If you go anywhere for this Mexican favourite—go to Los Coyotes Taqueria. Huge, flavourful portions. The restaurant is packed with locals.
TRAVEL TIP: Heading to San Francisco? Book your accommodations at Hotel Triton. Central location; funky, bohemian vibe; and helpful staff. And for lit lovers? Not only will you find the words of Jack Kerouac's On the Road on your bedside table, but on the walls of your gorgeous room as well.
TRAVEL TIP: Stop for the day in Mendocino, California, 250 km north of San Francisco. Brimming with B&B's, Mendocino will be sure to satisfy your desire to eat breakfast in bed. After breakfast, embrace your adventurous side and go sea cave kayaking with Kayak Mendocino. Kayak on the Pacific Ocean through mystical caves, past harbour seals and into the ocean mist. Really, need I say more?
Bandon, Oregon Tony's Crab Shack
Love seafood? It doesn't get any fresher than this. Tony's Crab Shack, located right on the coast in Bandon, Oregon, will not disappoint. Try the “Diver's Catch”—a seafood pasta with garlic sauce.
Portland, Oregon
The Swamp Shack (food cart)
Portland is a street food lover's paradise. With more than 450 food carts, there is something for everyone. For some authentic New Orleans cookin', try the shrimp po'boy at The Swamp Shack.
Seattle, Washington
Pike Place Market So many delicious options in one location. Whether you're buying something to make in your hotel kitchen or eating right in the market, there's everything from clam chowder to organic fruit smoothies.
TRAVEL TIP: Inspired to go to Seattle? Check in to the Green Tortoise Hostel, literally a stone's throw away from Pike Place Market. With rates starting at just $29 per person—this hostel offers more than just the “bare bones”. Full breakfast, free dinner (three times a week) and fun, lively pub crawls.
TRAVEL TIP: Looking for something fun and unusual to do in Seattle? Bill Speidel's Underground Tour navigates Seattle's underground walkways. After a fire in the 1800's, the city was rebuilt one story above—so all the old storefronts and sidewalks are now underground. Humorous, fun and unique tour.
Vancouver, British Columbia
JapaDog (food truck and store locations)
Street meat with an Asian twist! Toppings include everything from seaweed to kimchi to teriyaki sauce. Try the Tonkatsu. A deep fried pork cutlet marinated with fresh cabbage and tonkatsu sauce. Amazing!
Honourable Mentions:
Grubstake, San Francisco, California
Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, Oregon
Granville Island vendors, Vancouver, British Columbia

Save on Meats, Vancouver, British Columbia

By Jennifer Foden Wilson
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