Stepho’s is a Greek restaurant in the West End, and a Vancouver institution. They’re renowned for huge portions and cheap prices (though my friends and family report that the portions are getting smaller and the prices are getting higher). They don’t take reservations, so every time I walk by, there’s a line up out the door. I walked by at 10:00pm last Saturday night, and there was a queue 20 people deep.
I haven’t been for years, because I refuse to wait in line for food. I’ll happily make a reservation, but life’s too short to sit around for a half an hour for the privilege of giving a business my money.
You can see a typical queue here (Matt, I’m borrowing your photo, click for larger version):
Stepho’s is at 1124 Davie Street. At 1106 Davie, about 5 stores away, is Taki’s Taverna, another Greek restaurant. I’m convinced that Taki’s exists as a remora to Stepho’s great white shark. When people are rebuffed by the big queue at Stepho’s, they wander down to Taki’s, walk in and sit down. Taki’s exists and thrives largely because Stepho’s is too popular.