|Cuisine Type |||Caribbean, Mexican|
|Ambiance |||Meet For Drink, Offbeat, Patio Dining, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, Beer & Wine, Party Space|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Bus # 20, or walk four blocks north from the Commercial Skytrain|
|Cross Street |||between E. 4th and E. 5th Ave.|
|daily 4PM-12AM Sat-Sun and holidays: 10:30AM-3:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 05, 2008
A modern-day Mexican cantina, this delightful eatery brings hearty eats and a festive spirit to this corner of Commercial Drive. From the same folks as the surf paradise-inspired Lolita’s on Davie Street downtown, Me and Julio has the same effortlessly fun vibe that’s the stuff beloved hang-outs are made of. Compared to Lolita’s, it’s a spacious joint, seating about 90 people, plus a check-me-out patio with prime people watching sight lines. The décor is reminiscent of a beach shack party down in Cabo San Lucas, complete with wall candles, an aquarium and palm fronds.
On the Menu
The food at Me and Julio is bright and tasty, usually served as bocaditos, or little plates. Most ingredients are prepared fresh in the kitchen daily. Start with addictive tortilla chips spiced up with a trio of salsas, before digging into the saffron-infused paella, or chicken quesadilla with smoked chicken, roasted yam, and white cheddar. There’s a selection of seafood dishes, like anchovy-crusted salmon, or perfectly grilled halibut with luscious mango and cilantro salsa.
More than a restaurant, this is the kind of place where you can take friends in a partying mood and make an evening of it. In between meals, sashay over to the crowded bar, which boasts one of the largest selections of tequila in the city. Many of the cocktails will take you back to your last beach vacation, including the coco cabana (a creative mix of fresh strawberry, pina coconut crème and Mexican vanilla bean rum), pitchers of sangria and the cowboy limonada, served in a glass boot. Shots are served with a chaser of pineapple wedges. For something more unique, try the home-made ginger beer or pop open a bottle of Caribbean beer.