760 Yates St.
I read about Jackalope Bistro on the blog Your Restaurant Sucks [your-restaurant-sucks.blogspot.com], and it sounded pretty exciting. Jackalope is located in that little alleyway between Johnson and Yates, by the movie theatre. It was been countless restaurants previously, including a short-order pasta place(Fasta Pasta), and I think it was a pizza parlour before that. I have walked by many times, but I never realized how small that space is. I went to eat lunch a bit late, just past 2 o’clock so no one else was inside eating. The owner/chef was inviting, and the interior was bright and relatively clean. I checked out Jackalope’s menu online(www.jackalope.ca) before my visit because I heard they had multiple options for vegetarians. I went for the black bean veggie burger with coleslaw(5.95 for the burger, extra 1.00 for the slaw).
The food came quickly, and he thoughtfully dropped off some water. The slaw was standard but it had some green apples in it, served over a bed of tiny shredded lettuce. The flavour was crisp. The burger tasted like a black bean and rice burger I made a few weeks ago. It had a nice crispy crust on it, and packed full of nice spices and textures. The avocado was a nice touch,and the aioli had a nice citrus punch to it. For $6.95 it’s a no brainer. Especially in this downtown core area, Jackalope is a nice option rather than pizza or a 15 dollar burger at Pink Bicycle. The food is no frills, but that’s what is charming about it. I appreciate the homey-ness of it all, and it was all delivered with a smile. I wish the owner the best of luck, he seems to be on the right track for success. They have extra seating outside the bistro too, and they serve brunch burgers as well.