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Best breakfast

THE WOOD RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Breakfast at The Wood is a long-standing tradition in Pemberton.

Richard Keep, the owner and manager at The Wood says he and his staff make an effort to keep the quality as good as they can while offering variety with their breakfast menu.

"I think that's the key for a small town like Pemberton to try and keep the interest going for your loyal customers," Keep says.

As important as fine food is, a staff dedicated to great service is also required. There's an emphasis on homegrown staff, especially in the morning at The Wood.

"We try and make sure they're Pemberton-based locals as much as possible," he says. "It's been good to train up some new staff who have never done it before. Breakfast is a great place to start them off because dinner service you require an age restriction on serving alcohol."

The second place finisher was The Pony and the Mount Currie Coffee Co. picked up third.

Best beer selection

MILE ONE EATING HOUSE

There's a new winner in this category with Mile One narrowly taking the win for beer selection. The Pony owned the award last year and polled second this year. In 2011 The Black Squirrel took the honour. The Wood placed third in the voting this year.

This is a fluid award that hasn't found a solid home the last few years.

Best steak

THE PONY

Here's another tight category. While The Pony took the honour this year it was by three votes over The Wood, and the Mile One Eating House finished just a few votes back in third place.

With The Black Squirrel getting top votes in 2011 the battle for the best steak changed hands three times in three years.

Best takeout

MILE ONE EATING HOUSE

Mile One again with chef Randy Jones pointing out the business plan didn't include take out.

"It has kind of caught us off guard and it has grown huge," he says of the customers who call ahead and leave with their order.

The number to call to arrange a pickup order is 604-384-3842. You see how the phone number is strategically arranged to make it easy to remember? The 604 is easy then you have the 3-8-4, repeat that sequence a second time and add a two. So simple at the end of the work week.

Jones insists the easy-to-remember phone number was purely coincidental.

"That's what Shaw gave us," he says.

Centennial Café was second and Kaze Sushi polled third in the takeout race.

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