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Old 03-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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Review: Big Al's Soulfood



I got the fried chicken



Juicy



And the Shrimp Fettuccini



7/10

Prices were a bit too high for what we were actually eating, and it was under Bental 4, in a bar where the gym was. Kinda wtf location...but Boonies is in a curling rink in Cloverdale. However, thier cornbread is also 100x better.
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exactly where is the location?
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:10 AM   #3
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http://bigalsoulfood.com/southernsoulfoodcajunbuffet

From visiting the website, it sounds like the night to really try this place out is Fridays 5-8PM. They run a buffet for $21.95 that includes everything I want to try.

I make regular visits to Boonie's BBQ and Soul Food in Cloverdale so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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Looks good but prices seem high compared to Boonies. That chicken sure looks tasty though!
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:45 PM   #5
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ya bentall 4 is fairly close to where i work

but price is a little bit high, was hoping to be around $6-7 for an everyday/2nd day thing
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:50 PM   #6
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I went there this past Friday and found out they stopped doing their buffet a few weeks ago due to low turnout. I can understand because this place was seriously hard to find. To go there, you have to go downstairs to the fitness area under Bentall 4 and in between two fitness rooms is the tiny Big Al's location.

Tried the Jambalaya which was the spiciest I've had in my life. I couldn't finish it because my mouth was burning so much. I liked the Jambalaya at Dadeos much better (now closed). On the plus side, the hot link sausage used in it was really good.



My co-taster got the Fettuccini. I don't think there was anything special about this dish, kind of bland, or perhaps my taste buds were burnt off from that Jambalaya. I noticed Volvoman's fettuccini earlier in this thread had a side of cornbread, while this one came with a dinner roll, rather disappointing. I also found it odd that this fettucini came with both halves of the dinner roll, while my jambalaya only had one half of a roll.



I'm debating going back to try his "Famous" ribs, but I don't feel like getting ripped off again for mediocre food.

Overall I feel like this place has no draw, and is completely out of place in downtown Vancouver. They need some promotion and to polish up the food some more, otherwise I could see Big Al's disappearing in a year or two.
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Big Al's sucks.

Boonie's FTW.
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boonies is shut down.

And that was going to be my last bad meal in a while
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:51 PM   #9
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it's shutdown TEMPORARILY. It'll be back in June.

You know why I know Big Al sucks? they've been relocated 4 times in the last 10 years. I've went there once when they were at the 1st and rupert location, ordered their jambalaya, and never went back again.
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RS MEET FOR BOONIE'S REOPENING!!!
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:40 PM   #11
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Wow I can't believe Boonie's has such a big following. The RS Boonie's thread was full of ppl saying how awesome it looks but don't want to bother driving to Cloverdale lol. I've been a Boonie's fan for over a year and can't wait for his new location in Langley.
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