Vancouverites face an increasing amount of choices when it comes to dining out in and around the city. Just when you think you’ve got the city’s culinary scene down (we thought we had it all figured out, too: Read Fine Dine Finds in Vancouver, Part I), a slew of new restaurants arrives. It’s next to impossible to keep up, but if you are trying to hit all the new places, here are a few more to add to your must-try list.
Edible Canada at the Market
Heading down to Granville Island just got tastier with the opening of this new bistro and retail store. The menu and items for sale are all about promoting BC and Canada, right down to the all-Canadian whisky list. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the space seats 170 and has both a takeout window and a patio for outdoor dining. Check out their guest chef market dinner series or book a private dinner or event. The must-try: Duck Fat French Fires with Bacon Aioli. 1596 Johnston St., 604-682-6681.
Save on Meats
The original Save on Meats opened in 1957 and when the owner was ready to retire, the king of Gastown, restaurateur Mark Brand, jumped in with a plan to rescue the spot from destruction and rejuvenate one of the city’s favourite butcher and burger shops. There’s a sandwich window with serving up some of the best sandwiches in town. Add delicious cheeses, meats and seafood to the mix and even a juicer that the kids (or kid wannabes) can drop oranges into. Amazing burgers, great prices and a hip crowd complete the scene. 43 West Hastings Street, 604-684-7761.
La Taqueria for a regular Gringo. Forget everything you learned about tacos from the back of the El Paso box, these are the real thing. We are talking real Mexican cheese, chorizo, house-marinades, specials such as beef tongue, organic when possible, and it`s all just too darn tasty not to run there now. The original location on Hastings was always packed, so this is the chance for the taco shop to increase its customer base and bring tacos to the people. Open from 11-9 pm; go often and come hungry. 2549 Cambie St.
Fresh Local Wild
The food cart scene is rampant in Vancouver but none had seating, until now. This mobile dining patio is brought to us from Chef Josh Wolfe, formerly of Coast Restaurant and one of Vancouver’s experts on local fish and seafood. Famous for its fish and chips, poutine and fish tacos, you can’t go wrong with this grab and go fare. With a keen eye for sustainability, Wolfe powers the truck with used cooking oil. You’re going to wish the trailer would pull up to your neighbourhood, but it’s currently downtown at Burrard and Hastings. Currently at Burrard and Hastings.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Originally from Canmore, Alberta, this pizza company changed Vancouver’s concept of flatbread for good. Using organic ingredients and keeping the whole process green, Rocky Mountain has converted pizza lovers to flatbread lovers, one customer at a time. The second location just opened on Main Street just south of King Edward and is serving tasty pies such as basil bocconcini, ocean wise seafood pizza and pulled pork, fresh salads and pastas and even great breakfast fare. There’s gluten free crust, lots of vegetarian and vegan options and great local wine and beer to liven up any pizza party. 4186 Main St., 604-566-9779.
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