Summer is here and the City of Vancouver has recently approved 19 diverse new food trucks, bringing the total number to 36 and making deciding where to lunch difficult. You can download the street food app and hum and ha for hours, or start with these five new trucks well worth waiting in line.
Feastro the Rolling Bistro
Head to Coal Harbour for fresh, local seafood and organic greens from the Sunshine Coast, where the men behind this purple truck cut their culinary teeth. Everything from smoked chicken-gravy poutine to truck-smoked salmon on watercress is handmade aboard the truck, which features a front grill smoker. Grab a soft taco (prawn and proscuitto is a popular choice) and walk around the seawall, or sit by the Olympic torch with a plate of local seafood (gourmet choices include Albacore tuna carpaccio and Fanny Bay oysters). Feastro boasts one of the largest menus of the street vendors with daily specials to keep regulars coming back for something new.
Coma Food Truck
Korean-Mexican-American fusion? It’s true and it’s tasty. Adventurous diners line up for creative kimchi quesadillas and Korean-style barbecue burritos, and regulars follow the roving truck to its three locations. Check the website for the day’s destination, which could be Kits, Cambie or Japantown during the week and different mystery destinations on weekends.
Hungry hearts head to Robson and Bute for filling foot-long Philly cheese steak sandwiches topped with grilled mushrooms, onions and green peppers, and oozing with Monterey Jack cheese. The extensive condiment bar offers the opportunity to personalize your sandwich with sauces and toppings like pickled turnips and banana peppers. For the full experience, add on an order of poutine with veggie gravy.
The Kaboom Box
This eco-friendly spot serves up burgers and sandwiches sure to get your hands dirty. In the prime spot of Granville and Robson, you can visit this truck every day of the week for a different meal. Try the Salmwich on your inaugural visit, and you’ll taste why they call it “world famous.” Hot-smoked on the cart, the wild local salmon is served on a toasted whole wheat bun with a touch of spicy mayo and house-made maple-mustard slaw. Vegetarians will love the unique veggie burger made with pearl barley, organic rolled oats, almonds and carrots.
The Re-Up BBQ
Meat lovers meet up here for their fill of smoky goodness. Just make sure to specify if you’re meeting your buddy for beef brisket (served at the Howe and Robson location) or a pulled pork sandwich (at the Hornby and Georgia stand). Both taste delicious washed down with Re-Up’s homemade rhubarb cream soda.
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