6 hidden gems for food and drink in Victoria

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Tray of rose and mango lassi drinks at Sizzling Tandoor (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

If you’re headed to Victoria, rest assured there’s lots to see and do in and around this picturesque city that serves as B.C.’s capital. If you’re looking for some food choices that won’t break the bank, and that might take you a bit off the beaten track, we’ve got six Victoria hidden gems for food and drink that get the thumbs up from locals and visitors alike.

Cascadia Bakery

This small little bakery is a favourite of locals and lucky visitors who stumble upon it. They are know for their bread, sandwiches, muffins, and other baked goods. In fact, they supply nearby popular restaurant Rebar with baked goodies, too. Order the Lemon Squares! Err, or the pie. Or the fruit tart. You get the idea.

Address: 1812 Government Street
Phone: 250-380-6606

The Joint Pizzeria

Nearly 15 years ago a Victoria resident bought the space that had belonged to one of the city’s favourite but failing by-the-slice pizza joints, and turned it into The Joint. This gourmet pizzeria serves up the busy lunch crowds, late night diners, vegans and vegetarians, gluten-intolerants, and out-of-towners. Sure, you can get a more traditional pie, but you can also switch up your pizza routine with things like their Thai Peachnut (Thai peanut sauce base, peaches, cashews, red peppers, mozzarella and cheddar), or one of their daily specials.

Address: 1219 Wharf Street
Phone: 250-389-2226
Website: thejointvictoria.com

Interactivity Board Game Café

Meat and cheese platter (Interactivity Board Game Cafe/Facebook)

Meat and cheese platter (Interactivity Board Game Cafe/Facebook)

Pull up a seat at this fun spot and take a turn at one or more of over 500 games, and grab a bite while you’re playing. The Board Game Café has all sorts of treats, like grilled sandwiches and platters to share, but one of the best things to do is order one of their milkshakes made with their fresh-made ice cream.

Address: 723 Yates Street
Phone: 250-480-3979
Website: www.ibgcafe.com

Pink Bicycle

Pink Bicycle has won “best burger” in Victoria several times over the past few years, and they’ve got a wide array of gourmet burgers on their menu, including burgers made with lamb, bison, or even mutton. Don’t overlook the sides here, though; Pink Bicycle has the ever-tempting Mac N’ Cheese Sticks, which is macaroni with smoked cheddar cheese panko-crusted and fried, served with dipping sauce.

Address: 1008 Blanshard Street
Phone: 250-384-1008
Website: www.pinkbicycleburger.com

Sizzling Tandoor

The chicken sizzles at Sizzling Tandoor (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

The chicken sizzles at Sizzling Tandoor (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

This family-owned and operated restaurant gets a lineup at their downtown Victoria location (they’ve also got a second restaurant in Uptown). Go for the lunch buffet, or order a la carte. Their samosas are bursting with flavour, and their curries are rich and soulful. Slurp on a Mango Lassi, and save room for their house-made ice creams for dessert. This is also a great solution to diners in need of delicious gluten-free eats, as well as vegetarians.

Address: 637 Johnson Street
Phone: 250-388-5450
Website: www.sizzlingtandoor.ca

Hope Key

Hope Key Chinese Food is known as the “friendliest place in town,” and their loyal customers tend to agree. They’ve got lots of food and drink options, including lunch and dinner buffets, a la carte fresh Chinese fare, and a Bubble Tea lounge.

Address: 1313 Douglas Street
Phone: 250-382-6048
Website: www.hopekeyrestaurant.com

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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