"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.
This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.
To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.
Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.
Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.
When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.
The pre-quake Victoria and High streets favourite is back. Grab a park where Victoria meets Salisbury St, then follow the garlic, galangal and lemongrass aromas.
Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.
A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.
Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.
Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.
Who's baking the best pies?
It's the pastry you smell first, then the filling. Both reeling you in. And one every now and again is fine, right? But, who's baking the best?
Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.
We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.
One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.
The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.
On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.
Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.
Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.
Some weekdays, a slab of chocolate goodness is all that is required to get over the 3pm hump. Which chocolate dessert satiated the cravings? We tried a few of the favourites.
This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.
Every month, we scour the city for the best cafes. This time, it was dining among potted flowers and antiques that made us feel this lunchtime haunt was a little bit fancy.