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Zagat Vancouver: Right on Time

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If you happen to be one of the lucky 2.3 million predicted spectators for this year’s Winter Olympics (starting tonight!), the latest pocket-sized Zagat guide ($6.95) has arrived just in time for your trip.

Zagat Vancouver 2010, released on December 16, covers nearly 300 restaurants surveyed by over 2,700 consumers.

It seems the Olympics have helped keep Vancouver on top of its culinary game,” says Zagat editor Tim Pawsey. To start, two internationally renowned French chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud, have brought their talents to the city: Jean-Georges with a second branch of Market, his wildly popular Parisian restaurant, and Boulud with a new db Bistro Moderne (the first is in New York).

Also topping Vancouver’s most popular restaurant list is the Blue Water Café for seafood, where chef Frank Pabst reigns over a converted warehouse that patrons call chic and happening (oh, and the oysters are “pure bliss”); Keg Steakhouse, which is reasonably priced and “never gets it wrong”; and Vij’s, the No. 1 most popular eatery, where you can experience chef Vikram Vij’s “unequivocal” and “unforgettable” Indian fusion.

You’ll also find the "Best Buys" list, which includes cheap alternatives to each of the above cuisines: seafood, steak, and Indian (Vij’s Rangoli, his scaled-down next door sibling).

What better way to ensure that your action-packed days don’t lead to mediocre meals?

Hannah Hickok is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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