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Cory and Juliana Pearson, owners of Absinthe Bistro on Commercial Drive Combine one Canadian chef with one Columbian marketer. Let simmer in France until hot and you have the recipe for a great French bistro on Commercial Drive.

One of the Drive's best new dining experiences — Merchant's Oyster Bar on the corner of Graveley and Commercial serves up the bounty of the Pacific Northwest like nowhere else in the city.

This great little venue of Francis Regio's (also owner of Cork and Fin in Gastown) specializes in freshly shucked oysters, but don't forget to check out their chalkboard specials too. 

Vancouver Sun's Mia Stainsby reviews Via Tevere authentic Neapolitan pizzeria on Victoria Drive. Her review should put this little destination pizzeria on your must-visit gastronomic list, but be sure to heed her tip on getting there early to avoid the wait!

Dylan McCulloch and Ryan Johnson — 2 twenty-something entrepreneurs from the Sunshine Coast have launched the only fresh fish market in the City that sells nothing but 100% sustainable product according to Ocean Wise (2011 Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver: Best Fresh Seafood Store).

Steve Whysall's Vancouver Sun article reminisces about "...a time before Starbucks and Blenz, when the only place for a decent cup of coffee was at an Italian café on Commercial Drive."

Here's the January, 2008 list of restaurants recommended and anonymously visited by Vancouver Sun restaurant critic Mia Stainsby. All are within her great value category that covers dinner for 2 with 3 courses and a glass of wine each for under $50 before tip and taxes.

In response to Kevin Potvin's article in The Vancouver Sun. Kevin Potvin's article, "Commercial Drive, Inc." is a great insight to the vibrancy of our unique neighbourhood. It remains a thriving, creative community, despite the trend towards homogenous, franchised commerce in North America.

A telling threshold has been reached in one of North America's most diverse neighbourhoods. More than half of Commercial Drive storefronts nw sell food, either as a restaurant, a take-out, a bakery, a cafe, or a convenience or produce store.