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Brodeur’s Bistro

12 Apr

Earlier this week some friends and I met up for dinner at Brodeur’s Bistro in Abbotsford. I hadn’t been there before, so I was looking forward to checking this place out. They’re located on Mt Lehman Rd, very close to the freeway, but it’s in a little strip mall in a fairly residential area. I’ve driven by there often but had never given it any notice until now.

Brodeur’s menu is quite extensive and their food is done in Montreal/New Orleans style, which is right up my alley. We were there early enough in the evening to take advantage of their “Appy Hour” (3-6pm / 9pm-closing) where you can get any appetizer for $7. The portions are fairly substantial, so it’s an excellent deal! They also have a list of 20 sides that you can get at any time for $4.50.

Some of the items our group tried:

Caesar

Brodeur’s Style Caesar

A meal in and of itself! Served with celery, bacon, an olive, shrimp, a pickle, and a red item that looked like a small pepper, as well as a plate to put it all on.

*

chowder

Shrimp and Catfish Chowder

There was no discernible shrimp taste, but it was delicious.

*

fries

Garlic Parmesan fries

Fantastic! The fries were cooked perfectly and the flavour was excellent.

*

sliders

Mississipi Sliders

Great flavour combinations, perfectly cooked

*

tacos

Southern Shrimp Tacos

Seasoned well, loved the hint of cilantro. One small complaint was that the guacamole was visibly brown on top, so it obviously wasn’t too fresh and had been sitting out for some time.

*

Brodeur’s has two patio areas. One is covered and open to the elements, which probably only gets used in the summer/early fall months. We sat in the glassed patio area and that’s definitely the best spot in the restaurant. The inside area of the restaurant is dimly lit and has a quieter vibe. Although it wasn’t raucous out on the patio, it was obviously much brighter and the atmosphere seemed lighter and more fun. They even have a fireplace and big screen TV’s if you’re interested in watching a game. I definitely recommend sitting in the outdoor areas.

Overall, Brodeur’s gets a hearty two thumbs up from me. This restaurant is definitely worth checking out. I’ll be going back again soon.

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Dine Out 2014

11 Jan

I’ve had some people finding my site lately through searches related to Dine Out. Since my last post on that is from 2 years ago, I figured I’d do a little update for this year.

Dine Out Vancouver is “a 17 day calendar of culinary events and dozens of hotel options to create your own delicious dining experiences.” The festival started in 2002, and it’s a chance for diners to try a new restaurant and enjoy a 3 course meal. This year the festival runs from January 17 – February 2. There are three price levels: $18, $28 and $38, so there’s something for everyone! I’ve tried many different restaurants over the years, and it’s fabulous.

Since this is a Vancouver-based event, there’s only one restaurant participating in the Fraser Valley – The Keg in Langley. While The Keg is a decent chain restaurant, I don’t feature chain restaurants on this site.

The Fraser Valley has a wealth of fabulous restaurants, so it’s a shame that this area doesn’t have a similar festival. If there IS such a festival, it hasn’t ever been on my radar. It would be such a great opportunity for the local restaurants (especially those who source all their ingredients locally) to participate and encourage diners to eat locally.

If you’re going to the festival this year, happy dining! And here’s to hoping that maybe we’ll have a Fraser Valley festival in 2015.