When last we saw our heroes, they were emerging from Rosemary Rocksalt on Main back into the summer heat and smoke on Commercial Drive. They (we) now continued north to the impressive Hustle Pizza!
We found it cluttered with other folks like us on the tour but our host at Hustle seemed to revel in the attention and was rightly proud to provide tastes and details!
We were more than a little impressed by the fresh herbs growing right in the shop. Their basil makes its way into their pesto and the baby arugula provides a peppery note, sprinkled fresh onto various pies. They offer Sicilian style pizza with a chewy tasty crust that is crispy on the bottom. Vegan, Vegetarian and carnivorous tastes are all accommodated here!
Don't tell my partner that the pulled pork is not pork at all! She did not notice! On the other hand, the pepperoni was just what you expect.
I was totally impressed with the Funghi Pizza with mushrooms (obviously), potato, truffled Alfredo and vegan mozzarella, , peppers and baby arugula. This base was creamy and rich and the vegetables satisfying. I could do without the cauliflower to be honest. Nicely done though!
Next came a little hike back to The Drive Coffee Bar where we enjoyed a couple of very nicely crafted beverages.
I am told that a full white is an Australian drink. This one was raspberry flavoured. Once the syrup is stirred into the coffee, you have desert!
This Macchiato and the accompanying biscotti also made me smile. If I lived around the corner, this would be my hangout. Nice East Van art on the walls, comfortable seating and even a table outside. The order taking and delivery of beverages seemed a little confused, and the place was awfully warm but that would be perfect in the winter and rain.
Last stop (and close to our sky train exit from the tour) was Daddy's Kitchen. I'm having a little trouble getting past the name.
As full as we were, we tucked into two little tacos each which gave us a look into what Daddy's does.
Britannia (fresh ahi tuna) and Dragon Breath ( fresh Atlantic salmon) came with perfect trimmings on flour tortillas. A whole raft of extra house made sauces were available but mostly unnecessary.
These were followed by Chipotle Prawn Tacos which featured fat tasty prawns, corn, black beans, olive, cilantro, tomato, avocado and chipotle sauce. We couldn't eat another bite but a Thai Iced Tea kept us hydrated on the trip home.
Thanks Vanfoodster for another enjoyable event!