The once-gritty Gastown neighborhood is now more SoHo than Skid Row. Upping the bar: The swanky-industrial L'Abattoir (its
name is French for "slaughterhouse," a nod to the location near a former butchers' alley). A see-and-be-seen crowd comes for
cocktails, while the food is a happy marriage of modern French technique and local ingredients.