Avenue Bistro in Comox offers upscale casual dining

Crispy chicken cordon bleu burger at Avenue Bistro, Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Chicken cordon bleu burger and coconut yam soup

We recently piled in to Comox’s Avenue Bistro for a late lunch that not only saved me from cooking a big supper, but left our palates in a very happy state.

After hearing and reading about Avenue for many years – but never getting around to eating on the ‘other side’ of the Courtenay River – we stepped through the door of Avenue ravenous.  One of the big problems with the Courtenay/Comox area – and what a nice problem to have – is that there are so many great places for a meal that it is difficult to try them all.

With it being January we obviously weren’t going to eat on the spacious outdoor patio, so chose a table near the window, away from the darker interior tables and booths.

It took us a while to work our way through the tantalizing menu. I was trying to decide whether to order a couple of the tempting starters – both the polenta stack and the Togarashi crusted albacore tuna stacks caught my eye – or one of the pizzas that had set set my mouth to watering.  But then I got down to the list of sandwiches and that was the end of my indecision.

Avenue Bistro interior in Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The interior of Avenue Bistro

I ordered the chicken cordon bleu burger – a sublime combination of crispy fried chicken breast, local camembert cheese, Tannadice ham, tomato, arugula, red onion and smoked paprika aioli. The burger came with the soup of the day, a silky and luscious coconut yam soup that left me thinking I needed to ask for the recipe.

My husband chose the West Coast Clubhouse – a combination of salmon, wild Pacific shrimp, avocado mash, tomato and greens on toasted foccacia.  The sandwich arrived with an abundance of skinny fries.

Needless to say, we both had full and happy stomachs at the end of the meal.  There was so much food on my side of the table that I didn’t quite finish the burger.

West coast clubhouse sandwich at Avenue Bistro, Comox, Vancouver Island

West Coast Clubhouse

It was good to see on the Avenue menu that they use many locally-produced foodstuffs – a trend that seems to have really taken hold in the Comox Valley. The ramped-up flavour and freshness of everything from meat to cheeses to greens shines through when meals land on the table.

Avenue describes itself as an upscale casual eatery, and I would say that’s a pretty accurate definition for this place. The menus are varied and offer lots of interesting and flavourful dining options, and the physical space, while perhaps a little on the dark side, is comfortable and welcoming.

Avenue Bistro is located at 2064 Comox Avenue, Comox.  Further information on Avenue Bistro can be found at the website:


 Price rating: $$

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat.: 49.675972  Long. -124.938160

N 49 40.558    W 124 56.290


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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