With my cousin from Nova Scotia living in Vancouver we thought it would be best to set up sort of a triple-date Robyn and I, my cousin Steven and his girlfriend Theresa, my brother Connor and his girlfriend Kristin with some dinner and comedy. Robyn made reservations for Stephoâ€™s Greek Restaurant on Davie Street in Vancouver. Some people say you cannot make reservations, but you can for 6 people or more. We were all pretty glad we had reservations for Stephoâ€™s because they always have a really long line up; I have heard people wait up to 3 hours to just get in for dinner.
When we got to Stephoâ€™s just a bit before our reservation time of 8:00pm we found out that somehow the Hostess did not have an entry for our reservation, Robyn mentioned she called in a week before and was told there was no problem making a reservation for 6 people. The Hostess talked to the manager and he said that they had no record of Robyn calling in with a reservation and told the Hostess to have us wait in line. Wait in line? The line up was at least 50 people long! The Hostess was pleasant, apologetic about the loss of our reservation and tried to seat us but said we would have to wait 25 minutes at least because another group had been waiting for over an hour. Perhaps it was time to look elsewhere for food.
We looked across the street and saw a restaurant on the corner of Thurlow and Davie called Characters Taverna. Characters Taverna offers a mix of Greek, Indian and Italian food and luckily they had an outdoor patio which was a great bonus over Stephoâ€™s and they had available seatting.
I looked over the menu and even the prices were a bit more than Stephoâ€™s and I had troubles making up my mind with all the choices they had to offer. With not wanting to wait all evening Robyn and I decided to share two entrees. I picked Butter Chicken (yes itâ€™s not a true Indian dish) and Robyn went with the Calamari dinner.
My Butter Chicken was quite tasty though it was a bit odd being served with Greek Salad and rice Pilaf. It had enough taste and spice to keep me happy.
Robynâ€™s Calamari was typical of other Calamari I have tried and unfortunately I forgot to take photos of it. It was cooked without being too rubbery or too greasy and I find that Tzatziki is never bad. My brother Connor had Chicken Souvlaki, my cousin Steven had Chicken Vindaloo (which he was impressed with), Theresa had the mild Butter Chicken and I am not quite sure what Kirstin had. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food without complaint and being out on the patio added to the experience. The staff and manager were quite friendly and helpful and wanted us to be happy. Robyn even got extra Tzatziki without paying for it.
After the food and a couple drinks we headed off to YukYuks for some laughs.
If you are looking for some good selection of different types of food while looking for some good patio action I suggest heading over to Characters Taverna over on the corner of Davie and Thurlow in Vancouver. Where else can you go where you have a choice of Greek, Indian and Italian and sit outdoors?
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