Last night, someone asked me: where are your favourite places to eat in Vancouver? We’ve been here
10 months two years, and it is time for me to update the answer to this crucial question.
Name ANY genre of food, and you can find it here. This is both exciting and overwhelming. Plus, somehow with the price of housing, you have to figure out an eating out budget. This is important.
A couple of years in, here are my conclusions:
Best Dinner Restaurant – Bistro Wagon Rouge – I simply love everything about this little French Bistro. The food is so perfectly prepared, the servers are so lovely…
Best Fancy Brunch – L’Abbatoir – in Gastown, OMG their currant scones with clotted cream and jam…
Best Punk Rock Hot Dogs – What’s Up, Hot Dog
Best Italian Sandwiches – La Grotto Del Formaggio – get half a focaccia sandwich grilled with all the fixin’s.
Best Burritos, Baby! – Sal Y Limon
Best Real Mexican – El Comal, deep in a Burnaby industrial area. Bonus: they have a small grocery selection too.
Best Artsy Mexican Food – Tacofino (Hastings Commissary location only, the Gastown location is spotty)
Best Bubble Tea – Angelove Bubble Tea – bonus, get your passport photos done at the same time! Seriously, I’ve consumed a lot of bubble tea. This is the real thing.
Best Poke – The Poke Bar – poke is HOT and this is the BEST and I can WALK to this from our place.
Favourite Go-To Sushi – Kimu Sushi – true confession: I got here like once a week.
Best Cheap Take Away Sushi – Nanaimo Sushi – chaotic but cheap and plentiful.
Best Japanese (not sushi) – Guu Thurlow
Best Wonton Dumplings – Shao-Lin Noodle House
Best Cocktail – Portland Craft (their version of the Amaretto Sour sent me straight to the tattoo place to get three tattoos. True story).
Best Ramen – Kawawa Japanese Restaurant (put an egg in it, please)
Best Bakery – Pure Bread (special shout out to their Buckwheat Sour Cherry Scones)
Best Pie – Gabi and Jules – in Port Moody, worth the drive for their Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache Pie.
Best Cookies – Italia Bakery – love their little jam stuffed delights.
Best Birthday Cake – Cadeaux Bakery
Best Cronut (the only Cronut) – Swiss Bakery
Best Cream Puffs – Beta5 Chocolate (best eaten in their sketchy parking lot)
Best Lebanese – Nuba (falafels please with garlicky potatoes)
Best Aussie Pie – Peaked Pies (ya gotta drive to Whistler for this, poor you)
Best Food Truck – Le Tigre (Kick-Ass Rice, please)
Best Bubble Tea – Bubble Lishus Tea House (I went through a serious Bubble Tea phase and this the winner).
Best Perogies – Iwona’s Perogies in New West
Best Burmese – Amay’s House (tea leave salad yum)
Best Pizza Delivery – Viva Sue’s
Best Ice Cream (very well researched) – Rocky Point Ice Cream for the quality of the ice cream, Rain or Shine Ice Cream for the best cones, Glenburn Soda Fountain for the sauces and toppings, Soft Peaks for the soft stuff
Best Italian Dinner – Ask for Luigi (it is worth the wait)
Best Bizarre Italian Dinner – Anton’s Pasta Bar (endure the wait in line, be rewarded with voluminous portions of pasta)
Best Thai – Chad Thai (lovely family run place)
Best Sandwich – Chez Meme Baguette (oh so French)
Best Dim Sum – Shanghai River (a random place in Richmond)
Best Fish Tacos – Fish Counter
My Instagram feed also contains many excessive photos of food.