“Unique” is a tricky word in the restaurant world. It walks a fine line that often crosses over in to gimmicky territory. Those gimmicks may garner initial interest, but the novelty wears off quick, and often results in a lack of repeat business and nonexistent loyal customer base.
What are those gimmicks? There are many. They range from purposely rude servers (a concept made famous by the likes of Wiener’s Circle in Chicago) to a slew of other concepts that make popular lists of worst restaurant gimmicks around (some themes don’t veer too far from those attempted in our very own fine city).
But unique on the other hand, well, that’s a different story. When done right, it enhances the entire dining experience. And it doesn’t need to be wacky, wild, or out of this world to be deemed unique. Heck, even “exceptional service” can be considered unique in today’s rush-them-in and rush-them-out food service industry.
Salsa & Agave may not shock and awe anyone when it comes to dining out in Vancouver, and that’s a great thing. Instead, we provide a truly distinctive dining experience for locals and visitors alike. Below, is an accounting of what sets us apart from the norm.
5 Things that Set Salsa & Agave Apart from Most Dining Establishments in Greater Vancouver
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There is still a solid month of summer left in Vancouver (at press) and locals and visitors with kids are looking to squeeze out every last ounce of sunshine and fresh air, even when they are going out for a bite to eat and/or for drinks. Having tots in tow should not prevent you from enjoying the patio culture of Vancouver, however as any parent knows, picking the right location is essential to ensuring that you actually get to enjoy yourself while you’re kids are entertained, and without disturbing other patrons. That may seem like a tough ask, but thankfully our Yaletown eatery accommodates the task. Let’s find out how and why.
5 Reasons Why Salsa and Agave Has the Best Kid Friendly Restaurant Patio in Downtown Vancouver
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Restaurant food and Instagram is synonymous, especially here in Vancouver BC. Search #vancouverfoodie, #vancouverfood, and #vancouverrestaurants today (July 30) and you’ll find a collective 368,450 hashtags and counting, with hundreds of diners adding to the total over the days ahead.
Among these Vancouver foodie (etc.) posts we’re humbled to say that you’ll find fan pics of plates and patio scenes from Salsa & Agave. We have to admit that we’ve been VERY remiss in our own efforts in maintaining our own profile, but we’re just so busy dedicating 110% of our efforts to keeping patrons happy. So to show our appreciation for all of you out there who continue to share your experiences at Salsa & Agave, we are happy to start a series where we share some of our favorite (from you!) Instagram posts, right here on our blog.
Featured Instagram Posts from Fans of Salsa & Agave Restaurant in Vancouver BC – Summer 2017
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Two weeks ago we provided a sneak preview of what to expect from 2017’s Latin American Week in Vancouver. Now that it has concluded we can say that the festivities went even better than expected. Today (after allowing one day post-week recovery) we are following up with a recap. And don’t worry, no need for heavy reading after your celebratory week that may or may not have included multiple tequila shots – we’re using visuals for this one. Enjoy!
Photo Recap of the 2017 Latin American Week in Vancouver
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Running from June 30 to July 9 (2017) Latin American Week begins this Canada Day long weekend. It’s an appropriate time, given that Canada has welcomed more Latin American’s into its arms over the past few years than ever before. To give back to Greater Vancouver BC and celebrate all of its colorful cultures, the week actually extends to 10 full days of celebration. Of course, your busy schedules may not allow you to take it all in, so in an effort to help you narrow down the “can’t miss” events our Mexican restaurant has compiled a list for your convenience. Take note and free up your calendar for the following.
Four Can’t-Miss Things to do During Latin American Week 2017 in Vancouver BC
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The five senses are tingling. You can feel it, see it, hear it, and smell it but you can also taste it. Summer (and summertime dining) in Vancouver is days away as the solstice arrives while we pen this most recent article. Locals and visitors alike are tapping away on their screens to hunt down the best eateries to call home through the season. And we’re excited to see you!
You see, Salsa & Agave is an authentic Mexican restaurant and as such we have a flare for the summertime vibe. People from all over the world flock to our mother country for a taste of it and so it is our mission to provide for the same here in the Lower Mainland of beautiful B.C., the place we now call home. Let’s find out why you’ll want to celebrate the season here at our downtown establishment.
3 Reasons Why Our Restaurant is One of the Top Places to Eat in Vancouver in the Summer Season
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You’re a vegetarian. Kudos for the commitment because it isn’t always easy. We’re not talking about having to put up with the questions from those friends of yours who just don’t get it (“don’t you miss meat??”). That’s expected. The challenge from time to time is the lack of options. Correction, the lack of delicious options. Yes indeed there are enough vegetarian food stops around downtown Vancouver but honestly far too many lack inspiration. This is especially true of the Yaletown area. But Salsa & Agave has heard your call and responded by putting together a menu that is peppered with delectable dishes that will have even your most carnivorous friends chomping at the bit. But too bad for them, this top five list is for you!
5 Must-Try Vegetarian Dishes at Salsa & Agave
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Yes. Oops, did we spoil the surprise? But let’s not confuse the word affordable here. When locals and visitors want value, they also want quality. However, finding a union between “budget-friendly” and “fine dining” isn’t easy, especially in VanCity.
When we started Salsa & Agave, our mission was to provide the Greater Vancouver masses with authentic Mexican cuisine, using fresh locally sourced ingredients without sacrificing quality for cost. We also wanted to be conveniently located so that both locals and visitors had access to our offering, and in a location that encouraged social engagement with the community. Yaletown on Pacific BLVD made perfect sense, but as you know does not come without expense.
So there we were. An authentic menu with the finest ingredients and a prime location that blended perfectly with the patio culture of downtown Vancouver. Perfect scenario, right? In a way, yes. However, in order to truly make our food and dining experience accessible to the city, we had to offer it all at a price that hardworking Vancouverites and travelers could afford.
Most restauranteurs would tell you that you can’t have all three – fine food, prime location, and an affordable menu. We’re glad we didn’t listen to them. Instead, we bucked the trend that Yaletown would have you think is the norm and committed to offering our guests the whole enchilada (pun fully intended). That’s why when people review our establishment, they quote the trifecta of great food in a great location at an amazing value.
Below, we give you a sneak peak into some of the dishes that draw crowds to Salsa and Agave, while leaving room in their wallets for whatever else their hearts desire.
5 Dishes that Prove You Can Find Affordable High-Quality Dining in Downtown Vancouver
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There is no industry that depends upon reviews quite like that of the restaurant business. And honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way. This online behavior keeps the industry honest, and encourages everyone to up their game when it comes to cuisine and service alike. Not all do, mind you. But the public weeds them out quickly. For those that do, well, the public and media is quick to dole out the accolades too.
While we are humbled every time that we are recognized for all of our efforts, we hesitate to share these reviews. We never want to come off as being braggadocios in any way. However, we have come to realize that not only is it great for our staff to receive feedback on all of their hard work, it also serves future patrons. You too are hard working, and should be provided with as much information as possible to help you make an educated choice about where to spend your hard earned leisure. That’s why today we are taking the opportunity to share some curated reviews for our Yaletown Vancouver restaurant. If it leads just one of you to join our family of regular guests, then it will have been worth it.
Rave Reviews (Past and Present) for Our Yaletown Vancouver Restaurant & Bar
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Spring may have officially arrived exactly one month ago, but it sure hasn’t looked like it over the past few weeks. That’s why we wrote this article regarding the best rainy day escape in Vancouver. But the sun is beginning to shine and the weather is getting warmer. Vancouverites know what that means – patio time! But fresh air, people watching, and even great dining aside, we all know that the biggest draw for patio culture in YVR is one that pours. That’s right. Drinks, spirits, libations, and whatever else you choose to call them are the reason you’ll find dining lanais so packed during the first sign of Vitamin D. And as the restaurant with best street comedor in Downtown Vancouver, we owe it to you to put together a can’t miss list of drinks to plan around our next balmy forecast.
5 Must-Have Patio Drinks to Enjoy at Our Downtown Vancouver Eatery
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