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SoBo | hospitality | A legendary restaurant located in the small town of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Celebrated for the home-style, locally-sourced comfort cuisine of owner/chef Lisa Ahier, who came to the remote location by way of Missouri, Texas and the Culinary Institute of America. The restaurant has been a popular must-visit since its 2003 launch as a humble, surfer-friendly food truck through to its brick and mortar address today. The name is a portmanteau of “sophisticated bohemian”.

Usage: “The first thing I do whenever I get to Tofino is hit SoBo for some Tofu Pockets and a big slice of Key Lime Pie…”

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