Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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Many decades ago, a large bartender named Joe Fortes became the first lifeguard at Vancouver's English Bay. Now this attractive seafood and chop house that bears his name is one of the top dining spots. Oysters are the specialty (the fresh shucked and pan-roasted varieties) at the upscale haunt. The dozen or so fresh fish entrees are also popular, with cedar-plank salmon topping the daily list. The wine list is award-winning. Reservations are recommended as this place is quite bustling everyday.

Location:  777 Thurlow Street

Business hours:  Mo-Su 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.