In my experience, a waterfront boardwalk rarely disappoints and Steveston Village in certainly falls into that category. Just 20 kilometers away from downtown Vancouver, Steveston is a part of Richmond, BC which is often celebrated for its vibrant Asian food offerings. But, don’t think Richmond is just Dim Sum and Korean BBQ. Steveston offers a mini-vacation getaway feeling that some people will drive hours to attain.
I went on a weeknight and the evening started happily as there was a ton of parking, which is always a great way to start. After a brief walk to the wharf, there was water to the right and left which always puts me in my happy place. The smell of the fresh water immediately put me in the mood for fish & chips. I decided to check out Pajo’s which is conveniently situated on the water and has been for the last 25 years! I opted for the cod and a seat right by the water. The fish & chips are served in a paper cone which certainly adds to the rustic experience even if it does make it a bit more of a challenge to eat.
I got set up by placing my cone in the hole built into the table, which is brilliant! I dug in to my cone to find a light and flaky batter around some very delicate pieces of cod which I expected and was not disappointed. The fries were nicely seasoned and crispy (I asked for extra crispy) and the tartar sauce was perfect for both the fish and fries.
If you can pull yourself away from the sights and sounds of the boardwalk (crazy talk, I know), you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re a carnivore! Just steps away from the water is the aptly named BBQ joint Hog Shack. It has everything you’d expect, right down to that unmistakable smokey smell that prepares you for a messy, finger-lickin’ good time. As much as the brisket and baby back ribs were calling out to me, I couldn’t turn down the special of the day. I know enough about BBQ that when rib ends are available, you don’t refuse them! They did not disappoint, the portion seemed bottomless and each one was better than the next. The sides I chose of yam fries and sweet heavenly baked beans were the perfect companions as was the plaid paper that provided the classic BBQ setting.
After dinner, a walk along the boardwalk was in order. And although the pictures of my fish & chips and BBQ were with my iPhone, I had my “big boy” camera in case the sunset needed to be shot and sure enough it did! Patiently waiting for the sun and clouds to do their thing usually pays off and sure enough it did that night. Although, even without a stunning sunset, spending an evening in Steveston is time well spent and offers up that vacation feeling without having to hop on a plane.
Related links: Dining in Richmond, BC