By Brittany Tiplady
Picnic and patio weather is almost behind us. Soak up the last few weeks of warm weather with some takeout and a picnic blanket. The Richmond area is a perfect place to explore on a nice day — we rounded up some great spots that pair well with the outdoors.
11780 Thorpe Rd
Transit: 410 Bus 22nd St Stn. Get off at Cambie at No. 5 Road, walk three minutes
A trip to LA Chicken has been on my list for some time so this article was the perfect excuse to finally try it out. For research, of course.
We ordered the 2 piece chicken dinner meal — fries, coleslaw and gravy included for $13.50 — and headed across the street to King George Park for a fried chicken picnic.
King George Park is great for kids and family gatherings — on this particular Saturday it was bustling — and features a playground, a splash pad, lots of picnic tables and grass space for everyone.
Things to note about LA Chicken: their gravy is peppery, delicious and a must try! And, I recommend ordering with a large group — the bigger the order, the better the value.
8180 Westminster Highway
Transit: Five minute walk from Brighouse station
There’s a new Uncle in town and I highly recommend you pay him a visit! Uncle’s Snack Shop is a cute, quaint and highly Instagrammable brand new spot, minutes from Brighouse Station and Richmond Centre. They’re serving casual Vietnamese dishes, with a focus on snackable items — hence the name.
We went for: Uncle’s Chicken Katsu Sandwich, Shake-Shake tots with Sichuan Chili Salt, Chili and Saigon Wings, and everything was dynamite. We opted to eat on their spacious front patio, but around the corner is Lang Neighbourhood park, if you prefer to dine under some trees.
Things to note about Uncle’s Snack Shop: The staff are incredibly friendly and happy to offer recommendations. Ask them what to order if you’re feeling overwhelmed!
5991 Alderbridge Way
Transit: Accessible by the 401 One Road bus, via Richmond Brighouse Station
Fresh shucked oysters, burgers, sliders, corn dogs, po-boys…. Hungry yet? Free Bird Table & Bar has a wicked menu and an even more wicked happy hour menu, but if picnic-ing is more your thing, grab some takeout and pop over to Minoru Park, accessible by the 407 Gilbert Bus.
3460 Moncton St
Transit: 402 Two Road Bus, via Brighouse Station
Lauded as Steveson’s original and best fish and chips, Dave’s is a no-brainer for easy, delicious picnic grub. I recommend adding the crab cakes to your order. Grab your takeout and head on over to Steveston Community Park — the perfect neighbourhood spot for date nights or family outings alike.