YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2023 celebrates Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene and are judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts.
BY CINDA CHAVICH | PHOTOS BY JEFFREY BOSDET
Best Latin Restaurant – Chorizo & Co.
807 Fort Street | chorizoandco.com
The long bar sets the vibe at Chorizo & Co., where co-owner and beloved barman Stephen Quigley shakes up cocktails and offers a running commentary while servers deliver shareable plates of Spanish-inspired comfort food.
That might be a thick slab of charred sourdough topped with white anchovies; a plate of spicy red rice, clams, shrimp and tender Humboldt squid; a rustic bowl of lentil hummus with grilled flatbread; grilled cauliflower; or the big Chorizo burger with fried egg. And behind it all,
there’s the noisy buzz of music and laughter.
That’s what makes this bar and casual eatery a magnet for the downtown crowd, says Quigley. “We all love what we do and hopefully that carries through to the guests.”
Benjo’s Tacos, where grilled birria tacos are the specialty; and MAiiZ Nixtamal, with tacos featuring chef Israel Alvarez Molina’s handmade nixtamal tortillas, empanadas and other authentic Mexican fare.