Written By Gary Hynes Folks Apr 19, 2011 Eating al fresco on Cook Street SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPhoto: Jesse at The Mean Bean Credit: Rebecca BaugnietIf you’ve walked through the Cook Street village lately, you may have noticed a little more activity in the lot adjacent to Bubby Rose’s Bakery. What started with Red Fish Blue Fish’s satellite operation, 1 Fish 2 Fish, back in February, has grown to a cozy cluster of street carts. A sign on the wall reads “The Food Court is Expanding”, and looking around I can tell that someone has a vision.“You’re late”, the vendor at 1 Fish 2 Fish tells me, when I answer his question as to why I am scribbling notes in front of his neighbor’s cart. “We were up to eight earlier in the summer. There was a smoothie place, and a bubble tea cart…” I ask about Buna, the cart opposite his, which is closed this afternoon, but has a board up advertising Ethiopian coffee, falafel and baklava. (I can’t help but think that’s a lot of cuisines for one small space.) He’s not sure. “They closed for a family vacation. Maybe they’re just doing weekends now.”I’ve already had lunch, but am curious about Caffe Fantastico’s latte, after reading about it here earlier this year. I take my mug out through the back door of the Village Food Court and find a little table under a tree from which I can observe the late lunch hour millings around their developing outdoor section. Sitting in the corner of the L-shaped lot that links Mackenzie St. to Cook St. it occurs to me that I haven’t spent nearly enough time out on a terrasse this summer. As a transplanted Montrealer, I have a deep appreciation for the outdoor dining and wining experience. From curbside cafés to little neighbourhood restaurants hiding a diminutive courtyard out back with twinkling lights in the trees, there isn’t a meal I wouldn’t rather eat outside, if the weather is right. I study my surroundings, and noticing the parking lines painted on the tarmac, consider that this parking lot-turned-patio has some twinkly terrasse potential.This could be nice, I think. With a little work it could be really nice. And a little work is happening, slowly but surely. There are signs of construction on site, and the vendors report that while finishing the stairs is the top priority, there is also talk of a stage in one corner. James, who was manning the cart at 1 Fish 2 Fish, mentioned the need for a covered setting, and possible heat lamps to see the kiosks through the rainy months, although both he and Jesse (Jesse’s Grill) think they will close down from December to February. Permits to install some such structure are currently under negotiation between the property owner and the city.The other Jesse I spoke with was on duty in the Mean Bean, Bubby Rose’s coffee outpost, which he says will be open year-round. If you’re stopping in for a bite at Bubby Rose’s you can still pay for your coffee with your food inside, but will then be redirected to the Mean Bean to get the coffee part of your order. Gaia Living Foods, a new cart promising raw, vegan and organic foods is slated to open October 1st. Boasting a solid selection of high quality street fare and more imminent improvements to the setting, the kiosks of Cook St. are well worth a visit, and my guess is they will be even more so, once the reality catches up with the vision.FolksRestaurant NewsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals January 17, 2018 EAT TALKS: “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT OURSELVES AND ABOUT THE FOOD WE LOVE gives meaning to our history and to the things we value most. There is always one ... Read More Comments are closed.