Get Your Goat On

So maybe you don’t live in Vancouver. And these blogs about Vancouver restaurants are stupid-boring and useless to you. Or maybe I just like to fish for compliments. But regardless, I need to talk up one of my favorite little spots to eat in this city, because I just don’t think it’s getting the attention it deserves. And you know how I feel about attention.

Judas Goat is a place I’ve mentioned before way back when I made a top ten list of the best places to stuff your face in this fair city, in my most humblest (har, har) of opinions. And I’m assured that the people who do know about this tiny hole in the wall adore it the way it’s meant to be adored. But it’s hard to find, and because of the plethora of new restaurants in Gastown, I fear that it’s being forgotten about, and that just won’t do. So I want to mention it again for those of you that are lucky enough to live here, or maybe to further entice you to give Vancouver a visit, if not for our excellent food, epic mountains and scenery, then at least for our amazing restaurants. And have I mentioned our bevy of beautiful women? (What is wrong with me today?)

Gastown’s come a long way in the past few years, going from a shady little scuzz pocket to the place where all the cool kids buy their first lofts. It’s kind of like Coachella with less music and more crackheads. Would I walk around barefoot? Probably not. But I feel like every month yet another incredible restaurant pops up, and it’s becoming the only place to be on a Friday night when you feel like strutting your stuff in your skinny jeans and then getting your stiletto caught in the cobblestones and tripping in front of a crowd of cool people. Judas Goat is located in the infamous Blood Alley, which is about as pretty as it sounds, but man, are the locals colorful. Sitting at the window overlooking the courtyard, one may be lucky enough to see the dude who likes to wheel his bottle of Jack Daniels in a baby carriage, or the super-fit meth addict who does a seriously impressive round of burpees while cordially inquiring of you if “you’d like to party, sexy sexy”. (Fair question, guys.)  To go with the free entertainment, snack on delectable tapas made in the thumbnail-sized kitchen like smoked quail served on a bed of lentils with bacon, or a ridiculously refined octopus terrine, or quails egg-crowned pork belly served with a house-made mushroom ketchup.  Wash it all down with a glass of something obscure and hard-to-find like a chilled glass of Miopasso fiano, or a lil summery sangria. Everything they do is elegant and simple, but just a touch higher class than you could ever do using your own noodle in your kitchen at home. The prices are respectably low, too, and leave you with enough leftover cash in your wallet to head to Clough Club down the street for a specialty cocktail after dinner. Some pics to further entice you:

olive tapenade crostini drizzled in expensive-tasting olive oil

Crispy lil chickpeas made of goat just kidding!
crispy lil chickpeas made of goat just kidding!
beets atop pumpkin seed-crusted goat cheese with more expensive olive oil
albacore tuna ceviche with cilantro and coconut and some more crostini just cuz
and– oh, hi!– some brisket meatballs with a zesty tomato sauce


Now get those skinnies on and give the Goat a visit, already.


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Jamie says:

    I’ve got lots of family in Vancouver, so I go there often-ish. Definitely gonna check this place out next time I’m in town

  2. I love your posts of vancouver…I’m living in barcelona (catalonia…spain)but one of my next places to visit is Canada(maybe in one or two years)I like to eat well so I need all information about places to eat…In (I hope)my possible travel to canada I like to visit vancouver and quebec(because in barcelona we have a political situation very similar,in quebec speak french and english…in barcelona speak catala and spanish…quebec will be independent and catalonia (barcelona is his capital)too)have you got information about places to eat in quebec or internet pages I can use to collect information????and please forgive my bad english…I understand better than write,but still is not enough…thanks for your time and your work in firefly and stargate was awsome…

  3. Marc says:

    I just happened to be up from Los Angeles right now for the next week and a half. I am grateful for your reviews and have made a list of places to try while I’m in “the Couv”.

    So far, all the places I’ve tried (i.e., Japadog, The Flying Pig, Finch’s, The Noodle Box, Rodney’s Oyster House) have been incredibly good! I will certainly give Judas Goat and Salt Tasting Room a try before I leave.

    Tonight I’ll be watching the Canucks beat the Sharks from somewhere in Yaletown. Got any suggestions for a sports bar with a culinary delight?

  4. Rodney Firman says:

    Nothing beats the little hole in the wall resturant. Speaking from my own experiance of 50 years, it’s the little places that hold the biggest surprises. Hope to visit Vancouver in the very near future and drop in on some of tbese fine establishment you have/will showcase. I can almost smell the olive oil. Keep leading us uninformed Jewel.


  5. Barry says:

    I love your reviews. I can’t wait to visit Vancouver and try all these places.

  6. Katy says:

    Whelp, I’m just down the road in Seattle and now I have to come up to Vancouver to eat!! Do you ever go to Victoria? I’m heading there for a girl’s weekend in a few weeks and I’d love some restaurant recommendations!

    1. Ross Kelleway says:

      Hi Jewel,
      l also found the blog after loving your on screen character performances and I am really enjoying your blog. As a foodie and a performance consumer, I encourage you to keep up the fantastic work on both fronts!
      I’ll check out the Goat next time I’m across the pond.

      Hey Katy.
      I’m in Victoria. Originally from Vancouver.
      There are so many great places here. My favourite is Rebar in Bastion Square. It is a vegetarian restaurant and very popular. You wouldn’t know there is no meat in the food because it tastes so incredible. I recommend the “burgers”.

      Bliss Cafe is a raw food based with the most incredible no dairy – gluten free desserts.
      Also be sure to check out a place called The Mint, nom nom nom.
      Have a great time in Victoria,

  7. Vancouver Tourism should sponsor you – I never wanted to visit until reading these posts! Judas Goat is great name for a place on Blood Alley. Very apt.

  8. Eric says:

    I love your reviews. Will you have a chance to try a few restaurants in Ottawa when you come for ComicCon? If so I recomend Side Door (, Chef Jonathan was one of the runner ups for Top Chef Canada last year.

  9. Mike says:

    You won me over with the brisket meatballs. My wife and I will be heading up that way for an Alaskan cruise soon, and I think we’ll have to plan a little detour.

  10. Chris says:

    Okay, I found your blog because you’ve been in some of my favorite shows, but I stayed because I enjoy your take on food and wine.

    Vancouver is in the top 5 of places we want to visit next, so I’ve been compiling places to eat from your blog. Of course, every time you do a new review I add another day and an extra 10 pounds to the trip…but I’m willing to pay that price for food adventures.

  11. David Golden says:

    I’ve never been to Vancouver, and will probably never go there. But I still like reading your stuff.

  12. Kynon says:

    I have said it before, and I will say it again – I wish I had known about your blog BEFORE I visited Vancouver in 2011…now all I need is recommendations for places that will sate both the meat-eater & the vegetarian (although Judas Goat looks like it might manage), and I’m sorted for next time!

  13. Morgan says:

    I love your description of what sounds like a real “whole in the wall” which are most always the best places. This will definitely be on my list of places to to eat at.
    Vancouver has always been on my list of definitely to go and possibly to live cities.

  14. MikeH says:

    It’s been a long time since I was in Vancouver and, because I am retired, will probably not be able to visit again. It doesn’t make any difference that your reviews are for Vancouver only. The vibrancy and enthusiasm you bring to your restaurant reviews bring the menus and food to life. It’s almost like being there. Keep up the good writing, Jewel. Muchly appreciated

  15. kitten says:

    I’d move there in a heartbeat if the border guards would let me. (Vancouver, not Judas Goat.)

  16. Wow. That food looks really good. We don’t have much like that around here. Gives me some cooking ideas though.

  17. Kerim says:

    You had me at Pork Belly with Lentils and Bacon. OMG my tummy be a growlin…You’ve done it to me again JBS..

  18. bernie says:

    I don’t live in Vancouver, but your blog makes me wish I did. So many yummy places!

  19. Warren Liebold says:

    Is anyone complaining about your Vancouver food porn? The BC tourist folks should give you some kind of award. Vancouver is awesome.

  20. Lindsey says:

    I think a trip to Vancouver is needed to try all of this yummy looking food!

  21. Brayton says:

    You do food porn good. Hey, your website, my grammar….. deal. Lol
    Anyways, if the food is half as tasty as you make it look and sound, I am so there.
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Mike says:

    Happy Birthday Jewel!

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