I have no idea but I seem to run into a situation where the restaurant isn’t opened when I visit. Mostly because the restaurant is having a soft launch and sorting out the hours.
Whiskey Six BBQ is nearby and we had two attempts the lunch hour. Then I missed another opportunity (for my own personal busy reasons). I knew one day I’ll eventually visit. It’s a matter of when. Oh the (food) determination!
I visited Whiskey Six BBQ in late September. Yes, I recognize that it’s November now but it’s worth to write about it. Many places do not make the list here.
We all know Vancouver is lacking a BBQ scene, I’m talking about Southern BBQ, not Korean BBQ people! Totally different food category. Can’t believe I had to put it out there. Just saying.
I’ve had my fair share of authentic Southern BBQ. Oh it’s so good. How can you not like meat? You can read about it from my birthday trip in Nashville last year. We were in the Southern district of 12 South in Music City, which is a shopping and dining area of town. I got spoiled and had an epic family food trip and went to the following places:
- Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – the more messy and paper towels are needed, the better. 😉
- Sprinkles Cupcake – Cupcake dispensed by an ATM
- Josephine – reminds me of hipster Vancouver restaurants but with a Southern touch with sweet potato and corn
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – no surprises. I need ice cream. 🍦
- Chick-fil-a – no explanation needed. 😉
Here’s the 21 South Nashville post if you’re curious. Also went to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery on my actually birthday, got IDed and loaded up with JD whiskey in my luggage before jumping onto the next city. 🙂
Back to Vancouver food, Whiskey Six BBQ opened sometime this summer so been opened for less than six months. Located at 862 Renfrew Street in the Renfrew-Collingwood of East Vancouver. This is a very cozy place and seats, I believe less than 50 people from a quick glance. And they do not take reservations.
This place is definitely a West Coast meets BBQ food. What I mean is that the food is locally sourced along with a touch of BBQ. It was the server’s first day on the job and she mentioned that she didn’t work in service before. She was nice and got our order. Instead of a cocktail, we ordered wine to make things different. (I was with different food friends this time around.) There is an option to choose your size order, which was great. There is a small, medium and large option.
Food friends both got the beef brisket with coleslaw and a Southern biscuit. I got the pulled pork along with smokey beans and the classic mac & cheese. It was accompanied with a slice of bread. It was definitely on the healthier side and you can taste the ingredients. Some may find it bland and want to add more sauce but it is West Coast meets BBQ. The meat is cooked on its own with no sauce so the flavouring may be off. And the same goes with the sides. The presentation was great, as you can see below.
At the end of our dinner, we received a postcard on a complimentary side with a purchase of an entrée, which is nice since they are starting out. I hope to try their cocktails for next time. The quality of the food is there with the adding touch of supporting local. It has a neighbourhood feel. When I see a restaurant that wants to be sustainability, they are doing something different. Just like The Mackenzie Room, a West Coast farm-to-table place.
I think the Jinya at Metrotown should be at full service along with a full bar by now. Also visited that location in early October when they’re in soft launch mode.
I am so excited for Christmas! ‘Tis the season for sparkle and to GLAM ON! Time to celebrate 2017. 🙂