Several New West eateries are featured on Dine the Line 2022.
TransLink’s Dine the Line features six themes for culinary-minded transit users: Bring The Family; Plant-Based Path; The Bubble Line; Explore East and Southeast Asia; It's Better with Friends; and Brunch to Brews in Langley. Each theme features a specific itinerary and downloadable route map.
“Our communities are full of excellent dining options in vibrant neighbourhoods that are all accessible by transit, so we’re encouraging our customers to support local businesses that may have struggled over the last few years,” TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn said in a news release. “Dine the Line is the perfect way to get out there to explore and support our cities in a safe, affordable and sustainable way.”
TransLink is encouraging customers to take transit to discover diverse food and beverage destinations around Metro Vancouver, with the return of Dine the Line. This year’s expanded travel menu includes SkyTrain, RapidBus and SeaBus routes to help customers enjoy even more dining options accessible by transit.
The World Cuisine route features a number of restaurants, including El Santo (680 Columbia St.) and Longtail Kitchen (River Market).
“Journey around the world on a SkyTrain ticket! It only takes 35 minutes to travel from Vancouver to Surrey, and in only a few stops at our region’s many globally influenced restaurants along the way, your taste buds will think they’ve been gone for at least 80 days,” said a description of World Cuisine.
Two more Downtown New West businesses are featured on The Bubble Line – Ninja Bubble Tea Express in River Market (810 Quayside Dr.) and Tiger Sugar (33 Eighth St.).
“Whether you like a fresh fruit slush or black milk tea, pearls or no pearls, there’s a bubble tea for almost everyone. Travel along the Bubble Line to try boba from Surrey to Burnaby to New Westminster,” said a TransLink news release.
Four New Westminster restaurants are featured as part of the It’s Better With Friends tour.
“It’s Better With Friends: When you’re planning a dinner for six-plus or looking for a casual watering hole for your work crew, it’s essential to have go-to spots for groups. Invite all your friends and grab the big table with the It’s Better with Friends itinerary,” said TransLink.
Local entries in this category are: Old Spaghetti Factory (50 Eighth St.); The Boathouse (900 Quayside Dr.); Stefanos Restaurant (315 Columbia St.); and Hops, a Northwest Pub (48 Eighth St., in the Shops at New West.)
Launched in 2019 with West Coast Food, the initiative encourages transit ridership while promoting local restaurants and breweries in communities across the region.
“Metro Vancouver has long enjoyed a reputation of being a city where globally-inspired culinary talent creates fresh and exciting dining concepts,” said Destination Vancouver president and CEO Royce Chwin. “The Dine the Line itineraries are a great way for diners of all budgets to support our rich culinary communities.”