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Abbotsford BC – a foodie breakdown

Delectable delights, culinary wizards and slow food don’t just exist in big cities like Vancouver, BC.  Take a drive an hour east on highway one and you’ll find yourself in an agricultural wonderland that a select few restaurants take full advantage of…and fresh doesn’t even begin to describe it.

crab cakes

Small towns never cease to amaze us when it comes to food and Abbotsford, BC was no exception.  We purposefully set out on an adventure to discover the best local and sustainable food possible.  Here are our favorite finds from this small farm town:

Our first gem had us with the name, The Roasted Grape…and yes, they do serve roasted grapes.  Okay, not by the bowl full but they did come on our salad and paired with several of the other dishes.   The grapes are sweeter from the roasting but still maintain the crisp juiciness you expect from a fresh grape.  Our favorite dish was the build your own cheese plate chalkboard categorized by local farmers.  We sampled a little of everything, or at least it seemed and were stuff to the brim!

roasted grape

Brambles Bistro looked like a typical garden and nursery when we first pulled up (to be perfectly honest we weren’t sure there was even a restaurant on site).  However, once we walked in the door we were surrounded by a quaint garden café.  Everything we tasted has a fresh citrus tang and sent our taste buds right back to France.  By far the best breakfast we’ve had in a while!

brambles cafe

Restaurant 62 was by far our favorite food experience.  The atmosphere was warm and upscale with casual charm, the drinks are made with fresh juices and taste, flavor and freshness were present in everything!  They nailed it, 100%!  This is likely why there was zero hope of getting a table and why we “had” to sit at the bar.  Luckily, we prefer to sit at the bar anyway (it’s the most sociable and the best way to chat up the locals, which this bartender happened to be one of the owners) and our drinks always stay full!  Here we enjoyed the “Taste of Abbotsford” which is a special 3 course meal including the most fresh local and regional fare at a ridiculously affordable price.  Don’t hesitate to ask for local wine pairings as well, we enjoyed a great local and sustainable white blend that balanced our seafood dishes wonderfully.  We could go on and on about this experience but the bottom line: if you’re anywhere near Abbotsford it’s a must!

fresh cocktails

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local mussles

main attraction

PB&J

restaurant 62

Of course, we had to find ourselves a local brew pub and luckily Mission Springs was just down the road.  They serve up traditional pub food that definitely requires a good brew to wash it down.  We took a quick tour through their brewing and bottling process and wow!  They have a hand operated machine that only bottles 4 beers at a time, now that’s hands on.  They’re probably one of the smallest micro brew operations we’ve seen and yet they have the coolest bottles!  Oh, and they give FREE beer samplers to first timers, so drink up!

mission springs brew

brewery tour

veggie burger

Atilla (pub manager) had an awesome stash!  Needless to say we had a little stash envy… and Nikki grabbed a giant 6 pack to bring back to the states.

beers and a mustache

So, there you have it.  A couple of self proclaimed foodies top picks of Abbotsford BC.  Hope you’re hungry!

If you think we left something out, leave us a comment below.

Disclaimer:  While none of the restaurants paid us (that would have been awesome) to write about them, mission springs treated us to dinner and a few brews (a big thanks), but our opinions are still our own.

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (26)

  • jack

    Great to see you in Delta and Abbotsford. Maybe catch you sometime in mexico in the new Tiffen.

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  • barb

    just missed you at the Tradex Rv show in Abbotsford B C .Hope you enjoyed your visit to B C .

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  • Cheryl

    Saw you at the Tradex again this year.
    Always learn something new.
    Thanks

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  • Ryan

    Great to see you at the Abbotsford RV show

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  • Jack L.

    Hello Jason,

    On Thursday, I enjoyed your presentation re “off the grid”. Lots of useful travel info’ that we will use in the future.

    We spoke afterwards and, as you suggested, will take a look at the “Breeze” by Tiffin. A dealer (Traveland) near us here in Langley had brought one in for the Tradex Show but it arrived a couple days late and therefore couldn’t be entered. It looks good in the brochure so we’ll give it a look.

    I believe you mentioned you will travel in Canada for a bit so I thought I’d suggest some things (as I am sure you often hear). If you are going East on Hwy 3 which parallels the Canada/U.S. border you’ll find great views and lovely small towns. If you go into Osoyoos and wish to pay for a campground, I would recommend Haynes Point as being excellent. We could never get in because of the extreme popularity in high season but at this time of year it should be doable. You would be right on the lake front with beach and all at your door. It is a B.C. Parks site and you can book through their on-line. Another BIG campground is Mk’MIP (Inkameep) which is expensive (best sites are up on the hill away from the lake where you get packed in like sardines) but one thing they do have that I am glad I visited was their aboriginal cultural centre. You pay a small admission and they have some lectures by native elders. It is first class.

    Banff, very busy but very beautiful.

    Lake Louise: I like this better because there are actually 3 lakes to enjoy within 20 minutes drive of each other. Each is worth seeing and the vistas are spectacular.

    Jasper: from Lake Louise Hwy 93 takes you north to Jasper and along the way you can boondock (in the parking lot) at the Columbia Ice Fields which are definitely something to see. The big glacier buggies that drive you up onto the Glacier itself is expensive and you really only get out of the vehicle on the Glacier and stand around for 20 minutes or so but… Along the way north from Lake Louise the views are worth taking every viewpoint to see the glaciers and mirror lakes.
    The town of Jasper itself is quite nice and has lots of character, good pubs, food, a big Laundromat right in town etc. etc.

    Hope you and Nikki enjoy your visit in Canada.

    Regards,

    Jack L.

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    • Jack,
      Thanks for taking the time to share with us. We’re heading to Osoyoos tomorrow, then south into WA. Looking forward to some great wine tasting.

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      • Jack L.

        As you can see, we pay TOO MUCH for our diesel here in Canada. Wherever possible I go “across the line” to buy my diesel. From Abbotsford you can go south easily.

        If you do go to Osoyoos B.C. as I mentioned in my previous email it is easy to go across the border and save 25 or 30% on the price of fuel.

        With all borders you would never mention anything other than you are vacationing in Canada not working at all…period … nada… no

        Any hint that you “work” and they say turnaround.

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        • ….don’t worry we are never working when we visit other countries, we’re just here to meet our friends 🙂

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  • Lisa M.

    I just learned about you from Cheryl and Lesley’s website. I see that you are in Abbotsford so being nearby, I thought I’d put a plug in for you to get over to the island. It is very different than the lower mainland.

    Come see Victoria! I can give you info on more affordable places to camp. I recommend that you travel up-island, doing your best to stay off the Trans Canada. Instead, you will follow the old highway to Sooke, then continue on (“West Coast Road”) to Port Renfrew. If you get a low tide you have to go down to Botanical Beach near the town. Amazing. On the way, there is camping at Provincial parks – French Beach and China Beach. Both great places, but French is my favourite. At Renfrew, the best place to camp is on the reservation. After Renfrew, take the now-paved logging road to Lake Cowichan. You will pass by trails (short) that lead to some of the biggest and “gnarliest” trees in Canada/the world. “Avatar Grove.” Eventually, you will reach Duncan, then you’ll head north up the island.

    (From Victoria to Duncan via this route, non-stop, is only about 3 hours. But take your time.) Eventually, get to Courtenay and the lovely Comox Valley. Have lunch in Cumberland, the town that forget to modernize. Mountain biking mecca too. Then take the ferry over to Powell River and enjoy the Sunshine Coast. Head south. When you get to Horseshoe Bay, take the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler, carry on to Pemberton, then follow the rugged Duffy lake road through to Lillooet, and take the trans Canada down the Fraser Canyon.

    (I ride a motorcycle, and these are all great motorcycle routes.)

    Give yourself a week. If you decide to do this, I can suggest other back roads and places to stop on the island. Like Coombs. Englishman River Falls. Etc.

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    • Lisa,
      Thank you so much for the advice! We are grateful for every comment we receive, every page view, and every video watch. These simple things help us grow and enrich our lives on the road.
      I’m sad to say we are heading south next week back into WA. We had a lovely time in BC…there’s just never enough time. I hope to hear from you again one day.

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  • Nadine

    Just wanted to point out that Mission Springs Pub isn’t actually in Abbotsford, but int he neighbouring town of Mission! And all the places you listed are wonderful!!

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    • Nadine, you’re 100% correct. It was a short drive to the brewery from Abbotsford and totally worth it. Can’t wait to come back late this month.

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  • You really hit on some good places in Abbotsford! Enjoyed reading about them and your photos too. We will have to make it a point to drop by them when our travels next take us up there. Nice blog!

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  • Love all the food pics but the stash envy might be my fav! Love your blog and looking forward to exploring more of your posts!

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  • David

    Hi Nikki and Jason, In your travels and most recently your visite to Abbotsford, Have you run across any interesting recipes that might be RV friendly. Back when we RV’ed we had “Sink Roast” which was a roast in a slow cooker placed in the sink while we traveled down the highway, the generator was running anyways to run the AC it was so hot.

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  • Dad

    Great pics and great food!

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  • HI Jason & Niki

    I saw your talk at the RV show at the Tradex and wanted to say thanks for the great info. It is good to see a write up on some the local eateries. My wife and I are planning on buying an RV this year and hitting the road for a while, possibly full time.
    I have just been learning a bit about photography and your food images would be good stock shots, there is always a demand.

    Have a great time when do the tour of BC and other Canadian provinces.

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  • mary

    Yum! You guys are killing me with all the great food. I should know better than to get on and see what you are up to on an empty stomach. The beer looks fun, how did it taste?

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  • Wow great pictures! Couple of them you could throw in a frame as stock photography!

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    • Now that’s a whole other animal I haven’t tried yet…stock photography.

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  • Looks awesome guys! All of the sudden I’m super hungry 🙂

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  • Nice food porn…

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    • 🙂 hehe. Good food must be displayed with a sexy touch. Ha.

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  • The Roasted Grape, sounds intriguing! How were the mussels?

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    • Everything was just delightful at 62 and the mussels are sweet and some of the largest we’ve ever eaten. Makes me want to fly back up there and eat again…..but that wouldn’t be very green would it? Ha

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