V.I.A. Podcast Ep. 30: This guy’s got something hot on the downlow


This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we get things hot and spicy thanks to a visit from Doug Stephen of the brand-new DownLow Chicken Shack. The DL Chicken Shack is Vancouver’s first dedicated outpost of Nashville Hot Chicken, a fiery hot fried chicken style with a great backstory.

Not only did Doug bring the DL Chicken Shack’s awesome eats to hosts Bob and Lindsay, but he also hung around to talk chicken, and also about his other restaurant on The Drive, the critically-acclaimed Merchant’s Workshop–quite possibly the best restaurant you’ve never been to (yet). He’s got a big announcement about who’s in the kitchen there, too.

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Doug Stephen of Merchant’s Workshop and the DL Chicken Shack (Bob Kronbauer /Vancouver Is Awesome)

But before we get to the main course, V.I.A. reporter Melissa Shaw joins in to catch us up on The Rio Theatre’s latest high-profile celeb-fuelled fundraiser, which brought Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds to Vancity…err, sort of.

And to round things out, the trio follows up this ep’s meaty chicken chat with a look at A&W’s new plant-based “Beyond Meat” burger, which hits all 925+ of their locations nationwide on July 9. But, hey: don’t call it a vegan burger, okay?

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Show notes for Ep. 30



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Produced and hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer.
Additional support from Adam Nanji and Melissa Shaw.
Our Associate Producer is Albert Van Santvoort.
We record in the studio at Glacier Media, 303 West 5th Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
Theme song is Vancouver BC by The Smugglers ©1990, available on iTunes.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom