I like food.
Other than some ethical concerns with veal, I’ll pretty much try everything. I don’t like sea urchin, I don’t drink coffee and can’t handle diet pop.
In February, a friend is coming to town and I happen to be out of town! But I wanted to leave him a list of must-try foods in Vancouver.
Something absent on this list: Pho. Frankly, I have no idea what makes good Pho. I’ll pretty much eat it at any sketchy hole-in-the-wall. And I seem to like it all.
Also, the best breakfast under $3: Yummy Sushi. Wait, what?! I’ve never had sushi there. In fact, I don’t think they even do raw fish. But the hole-in-the wall has all day breakfast and is across the street from my home.
I’m not a big fan of breakfast, thus its relative absence on this list. Same with sweets. I’m a savory girl for the most part.
So far I haven’t been truly wowed by any Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, etc. restaurants in Vancouver. That’s not to say there aren’t any really good ones. There are. I eat at Pad Thai regularly, though it is more cheap eats than authentic meal.
If there’s one thing you’ll notice about the list is that nothing is over $16. I’m not one to go for those $30 per plate meals. So, this isn’t fine dining. I’m sure there is lots of very fine dining in Vancouver, but that’s not me.
Anyways, enough rambling, if you’re like me, you just want the list. These are restaurants I really like… not just the menu items below.
Top 20 things you must eat in Vancouver:
(in alphabetical order)
Banh Mi at Big Lou’s
Buttermilk fried chicken cobb salad at Crave
Carnitas Taco at La Taqueria
Cheese at Au Petit Chavignol
Chicken Wings at Phnom Penh
Chili-Garlic Eggplant and blade sheared noodles at Peaceful Restaurant
Choriqueso Sandwich at Las Tortas
Fish and Chips at Go Fish
Garlic stubs with pork at Zakkushi
Grilled Cheese at Burgoo
Korean Sushi at Kimbob E Ramyun – ACK! Just found out it closed! NOOO! Your backup plan will be to go to Kim’s Mart, a grocery store at Broadway between Carolina and St. George.
Le Grand Feast at Nuba
Maple chipotle tamarind glazed wild boar belly at Cobre
Peruvian Seafood Chowder at Mochikas
Pizza at Zaccary’s
Polenta Fries and mixed drinks at Cascade Room
Rib ends at Memphis Blues
Steak Frites at Les Faux Bourgeois
Waffles at Patisserie Lebeau
Lastly, this is not the be-all-end-all list of dining out in Vancouver. These are just some suggestions. I’d love yours as well!
Next food post? The places I want to try in 2012. I’m looking at you Red Wagon.