This Kitsilano institution is touchingly careworn in the best, most authentic sense of the word. The place is always packed, the beer ice cold, and while such classics as carne norte–a and chile rellenos will likely never inspire, they will also never disappoint. (The ultra-moist chocolate cake, on the other hand, is worth the trip alone.) When a place has been around since eight years B.E. (Before Expo), you know they’re doing something right.