The Eastwood is more gastropub than bar, and when you order from its menu you’ll soon see why.
This spot (not to be confused with Eastwood Cycle spin studio) is located at 4245 Fraser Street. With a rotating tap of local brews, craft cocktails, and nightly drink specials (they have a “Cheapo Drinkos” menu just for us kids on a budget), the community is happy to have The Eastwood as a local watering hole since it opened in December 2016.
Owners Alex Kyriazis and Ari Demosten crafted the majority of the interior themselves, creating a cozy and modern spot with sleek wooden tables where people can sit back, watch one of the six flatscreen TVs, and enjoy a cold Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, or whatever other local brew is on tap that week.
A welcomed addition to the Fraserhood just east of Main Street, The Eastwood is right across the street from Prado Cafe and Bows & Arrows. This area has a plethora of mom and pop shops scattered about, but there’s nothing quite like this menu offered anywhere nearby.
A clear Tex Mex influence is present on the menu. Here you can find a selection of tacos and fries loaded with generous amounts of housemade sauces and marinades, including mouth-watering varieties like Lemon Pepper and vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries.
The culinary team here, lead by head chef Marc Kalvari, has definitely covered all the bases when it comes to variety, something highly valued when it comes to group outings or picking a place for famjam dinners.
Entrees range from everything to Mussels Congolaise or Vino Blanco, to a Baseball Steak, to a Waffleberg – a burger with fluffy waffles as buns and bourbon maple syrup.
Kalvari’s version of tuna poké uses Ocean Wise ahi tuna, avocado, herb chili oil, sesame seeds, and mango salsa. This dish can be ordered as a lighter alternative to classic pub nachos (which by the way, are on the menu with a list of tempting add-ons).
Other menu highlights include Cauliflower Bites, a Crispy Chicken Banh Mi, and a selection of salads, pastas, and burgers with witty names like the Basic B or the Dirty Sanchez (picture guac on guac).
For some serious fullness and gastronomic satisfaction we recommend the Blackened Chicken Sandwich. The cajun-style seasoning on the meat leaves it tender and flavourful, and when balanced between avocado, bacon, and a ciabatta bun with lime honey dressing and garlic aioli, it makes you never want to eat any other kind of sandwich ever again.
Seriously, it’s that good.
For something sweet Kalvari called in an old family friend for backup, someone who is basically his not-related-but-pretty-much-related grandmother, who makes this Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with ice cream and raspberry compote, it’s a good addition to the well-rounded savoury selection at the pub.
The 1,300-square-foot space has room for 60 patrons, and once the warm weather hits, the two wall-sized sliding doors at the front of the space will be rolled up opening up the patio, which is sure to be packed during happy hour from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
This means it wont be long until we can roll through the Fraserhood and enjoy The Eastwood’s killer grub and cheapo drinks in the sun (not to mention the brunch which is offered 10 am to 2 pm on weekends).
If we’re being honest, it doesn’t even necessarily need to be sunny – as long as we’re eating their Chili Cheese Fries on a regular basis, we’re all good.
The Eastwood is open Monday to Friday from 11 am till late and weekends from 10 am till late.
Address: 4245 Fraser Street, Vancouver