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Five Best Burgers in Vancouver, BC

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Looking for the best burgers in Vancouver? Look no further. After tens of thousands of calories padded in our bellies, prefaced with hours of web searches, direct recommendations, and careful scrutiny…we’ve found the BEST burgers in Vancouver. (so we think. I’m certain you’ll agree however.)

A good burger is typically nicely seasoned and grilled to be perfectly charred on the outside but oh so juicy with flavor on the inside. Sandwiched between bacon, real cheddar cheese, freshly toasted and buttered buns, with the umami of ketchup topped with crisp lettuce, sliced tomato, a sting of onions, pickles and mustard if you fancy. Most Vancouver burgers today go beyond the basics; we’re spoiled for options from the Thousand Napkins burger at PourHouse to (a good classic bacon cheese burger at Moderene Burger.)

I always enjoy a good burger; it’s nutritious too and allows me to stay full and focused throughout the day. A worthy lunch and dinner option made even better with these stellar Vancouver eateries/restaurants.

In searching for the best Vancouver burgers, we’ve looked for (1) beef quality (2) taste and flavor (3) atmosphere. Among these three we Also looked for creativity, consistency, complementing ingredients and general guest experience. On the side we factored the value and location accessibility because Vancouver foodies will gladly drive a little further for good burgers.

 

Here’s the highlights for the best Vancouver burger restaurants:

1) To Dine For Burger:

 

2) Moderene Burger:

 

3) Market Grill @ Granville:

 

4) Pourhouse Burger:

 

5) Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar:

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the best burgers in Vancouver on VancityAsks.

Please leave your comments, opinions, and feedback bellow. Do share as well what other burger joints/spots you frequent (great value or great taste). Please  share as well what your thoughts on our choice of the top 5 burger eateries in Vancouver if you can!

Thanks for reading our highlight of the best burgers in Vancouver.

The Best Ice Cream in Vancouver

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Where do you find the best Ice Cream in Vancouver? Don’t miss these fabulous local ice cream shops this summer.

A lot of work has gone into creating this list of the best ice cream shops in Vancouver. First, we carefully looked at over 50 ice cream shops (the ground work) and closely checked those for the best reviews (the short-list), and finally there was tasting a lot of ice cream (hard work as I mentioned) to compile the top 5 ice cream in Vancouver. (All the articles and recommendations on VancityAsks follow a similar process to truly highlight the best of Vancouver with minimum bias. Any tastings are also paid for to avoid bias.)

We’ve considered local recommendations and online blog reviews to find the initial highlights then first-hand experience to validate our choices. (by the way, eating ice cream can be hard on your diet). We hope we’ve chosen correctly but your feedback and comments bellow will influence the list of the best ice cream in Vancouver on VancityAsks.

The article is long but worth a read if you love ice cream.

 

Here are the five best Ice Cream shops in Vancouver, BC:

1) Bella Gelateria:

Bella Gelateria is an award winning ice cream shop nestled in downtown Vancouver, BC by Coal Harbor. They actually serve gelato which is the Italian word for ice cream. Traditionally, gelato is also made with lesser cream, no eggs (though Bella Gelateria uses eggs) and more milk while being churned slowly. The end result is, you get a creamy cool treat with less fat (per ml) that’s more luxurious and weighty because of the lesser air incorporated. Read more about the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream here.

You taste the difference with Bella Gelateria freshly made, small-batch gelato ice cream in Vancouver, BC. Bella Gelateria is commit as well to using as many fresh and local ingredients as possible with no preservatives in their gelato. You’ve likely seen one of their many awards for their ice cream featured on the storefront by Coal Harbor with a line wrapping around the Fairmont hotel building. It’s definitely worth a taste if you’re looking for good ice cream in Vancouver or authentic Italian gelato. The price is comparable to any artisan ice cream shop in Vancouver setting you back $5.50 per scoop. (Outrageous pricing for ice cream but it’s truly artisan, quality ice cream in the heart of downtown Vancouver and the typical cost of good ice cream in Vancouver). If you have a celebration coming up, cakes are available at Bella Gelateria for $72 per 10”.

Gelato made by small batches in Vancouver BC at Bela Gelateria

Gelato made in small batches at Bella Gelateria. – Photo from Bela Gelateria

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Address: 1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7

 

2) Earnest Ice Cream:

Mention ice cream in Vancouver, and Earnest Ice Cream likely comes to mind. They’re rightfully consider by many Vancouver locals to be the best ice cream in Vancouver. Earnest Ice Cream started with humble beginnings as an ice cream trike back in 2012 selling brown paper wrapped, home-made ice cream sandwiches made by Ben. It evolved into an ice cream store shortly after. They are famous for artisan, home-made, FRESH (really fresh) ice cream; Earnest uses fresh and often local ingredients void of any preservatives or additives. It’s good old-fashion ice cream.

Tangent: This is a rather interesting story; Earnest Ice Cream is unique. Ever wondered why Earnest Ice cream makes do without the traditional see-through displays? (Removing the visual selling point.) You’d typically hope to see what you may indulge with, wouldn’t you? Well, Ben and Erica are probably marketing geniuses! They want to emphasize on the story telling and the experience of their fresh and local Vancouver ice cream creations. They wanted their products properly represented I suppose. In an marketplace that leans more towards ethical consumerism and experiential buying (thanks to technology and millennials), Ben made the smart and purposeful decision not to display their ice cream so he could rely on his service personnel to narrate the ice cream to you…rather than the consumer judging by glances, you get the story of the ice cream – it’s about the experience remember? The premium ingredients, the process, and the taste. That’s marketing genius it seems but it also provides a more personable experience for customers so you can expect service and attention and an overall positive experience with your ice cream at Earnest.

Interesting fact – It’s been proven that restaurants using descriptive words like “homemade” and “fresh” can raise the willingness to pay of consumers by 27%.

With all the work that goes into their home made Vancouver ice cream, it well justifies the $5 price tag for a single scoop and $7 for a double. Many certainly think so because they have flocks of locals outside their shop every weekend of summer. Earnest Ice Cream is known for their rotating, unique and seasonal flavors. All their ice cream are made fresh on a regular basis; you can find the latest flavors available on their website. A sample of their current flavors includes “Vegan Mint Chip”, “Matcha Green Tea”, “Raspberry”, “Sour Cherry Goat Cheese”, “Whiskey Caramel”,“London Fog”, “Tahitian Vanilla”, and “Salted Cameral”.

Another Tangent: Where did the name Earnest Ice Cream come from? The name Earnest Ice cream was inspired by Ben’s last name (another observation, many of the renown brands and businesses today are often the founder’s name isn’t it – is Earnest next?); it was also chosen because the word “earnest” means honest and true which is what Ben and Erica hopes their Ice cream shop embodies. Honest and true Vancouver ice cream (not with the preservatives and fillers). The price tag is high for ice cream but certainly worthy for its quality.

Earnest Ice Cream in Vancouver - Coconut Toast

Coconut Toast flavor at Earnest Ice Cream – Picture from Earnest Ice Cream

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Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/earnest-ice-cream-vancouver-2

Address: 3992 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4E4

 

3) Rain or Shine:

Rain or Shine ice cream in Kitsilano is a local ice cream shop that scoops up home-made ice cream made with milk from Birchwood Diary Farm. A theme with Rain or Shine is being environmentally friendly. Their objective is to reduce their carbon foot print and support locals hence all their ice cream is sourced with ingredients as close to the point of chaos deliciousness as possible. The ice cream produced at Rain or Shine is made fresh on a regular basis. You’ll notice an open kitchen concept with their stores so locals and patrons can view how their ice cream is made.

Established in November of 2013, Rain or Shine is quickly becoming a Vancouver favourite in Kitsilano. We like their emphasis on community. Flavors at Rain or Shine range from Honey Lavender and Blueberry Balsamic to the classics like Peanut Butter and Salted Cameral. Rain or Shine ice cream emphasizes on friendly service at this Vancouver ice cream shop. Prices here are typical of good ice cream shops; you’ll find yourself spending about $4.50 per scoop.

 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/rainorshineYVR/

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/rain-or-shine-ice-cream-vancouver

Address: 1926 West 4th Ave #102, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M6

 

4) D’oro Gelato & Café 

D’oro Gelato & Café is a gelato shop conveniently located on Robson street in downtown Vancouver once again. Arguably one of the most under-discovered ice cream shops in Vancouver, this gelato shop is a hidden gem. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the rich, creamy and authentic gelato. The gelato is “home-made” like your Italian grandma might do it (if you had one…) with some rotating flavors. Their gelato is made fresh daily in small batches with local and seasonal ingredients as usual of quality ice cream shops in Vancouver, BC. The history of this gelato and café shop dates back to 2000 with the help of a gelato expert otherwise known as a “Gelateria Artiginale. It’s as authentically Italian as it gets outside Italy and also one of the best ice creams in Vancouver whether gelato or not.

D’oro Gelato & Café continues to follow the same standard of quality and artistic Sicilian practices with making their gelato today. The luxurious taste and quality is distinct with D’oro Gelato & Café matched with equally good service in a neat little café by Robson street. Don’t miss this Vancouver ice cream shop. Great service and good food with an unsurpassed atmosphere for an Italian café.

Affogato Gelato in Vancouver, BC at D'oro Gelato and Cafe

Enjoy good coffee and ice cream at D’oro Gelato and Cafe. This is an affogato which is espresso with ice cream. – Picture from D’oro Gelato and Cafe

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Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/d-oro-gelato-e-caff%C3%A8-vancouver-6

Address: 1222 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3Y4

 

5) Johnny’s Pops:

The best for last right? They serve unique flavors of premium popsicles. It’s not really popsicles; it’s a complete cold-desert. Their “popsicle” is notorious not only for delicious flavor combinations but for having whole treats in that stick of goodness. Johnny freshly makes these popsicles himself.

Much like Earnest Ice Cream’s beginning, is sold from an ice trike that roams around Vancouver. Flavors includes mini-donuts popsicle, chocolate brownies, peaches and cream, or fresh local berries concoction like blueberries. It’s often a simple favourite of many locals for a cool treat on a summer day. Unfortunately they are usually in North Vancouver which makes it a bit of trek. Finally had the chance to try their pops at #PopCrawl Vancouver; the chocolate brownie is more than a popsicle; you have chewy pieces of brownie, dark chocolate flavor, creamy base, and a pinch of salt. While it was given away free at PopCrawl event, you’d typically have to pay $3.50 for the tasty treat. A $3.50 popsicle may not be a favorable price-point however you can buy it for $2 with an app which is a worthy bargain.

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Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/johnnys-pops-vancouver-3

Address: Depends on where Johnny goes.

 

Do you have a favourite that we missed? Share it bellow and have your say. This list will be amended base on feedback.

Worth a Mention: There are a growing number of ice cream and cool treats in Vancouver, BC. Here are some that didn’t quite make it on the list unfortunately – picking one leaves out another. Many of these are unique ice cream shops in Vancouver that are worth a visit or in the case of Rocky Point Ice cream, too far from Vancouver central to be featured above (else they’d have come in #5)

Rocky Point Ice Cream – This is one of my personal favourite ice cream in the Greater Vancouver Area. People who grew up in the tri-cities know that Rocky Point Ice cream is an establishment in the community. They are located in Port Moody by Rocky Point park, hence its name and they make their own ice cream fresh. The owners are very involved in the Port Moody community and are passionate about ice cream. They spent about a year travelling around learning how to make the best ice cream they can (including to Italy) then they came back and started crafting fresh ice cream for locals. They’ve perfected their craft it seems; the ice cream is delicious on a hot summer day. It’s packed during summer with a line as long as 10 meters around their newly renovated shop. The staff is friendly and very generous with their ice cream portions. Price is about $4-5 for one scoop on a waffle cone and had various flavors like salted cameral and chocolate.  Once again as the ice cream is made fresh on site, the flavors do rotate regularly. It didn’t quite make it onto the list because it’s farther away from Vancouver, in Port Moody, BC.

A nice tip: If you live in Vancouver downtown, catch the West Coast Express on a Friday (leaves at 3:50, 4:30, 5:30) which brings you right to Port Moody by Rocky Point Park and enjoy your ice cream, Pajo’s fish and chips, and the nice inlet before making your way back to Vancouver. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable trip on the WCE by the coastline of Vancouver; the tidal inlet is a spot where Vancouver residents HAVE to visit; there’s a nature trail by the coast line too.

La Casa Gelato – No introduction is needed for La Casa Gelato. This is the Chinese owned (I think?) gelato shop that spots over 200 flavors! I was impressed at the variety and the row after row of ice cream flavors displayed. You can taste a few and buy what you like most. The ice cream shop is located in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighborhood. While the ice cream is good, it’s mainly the experience of seeing over 200 flavors of ice cream (from Durian to black sesame) that draws patrons in. The Vancouver gelato shop is good but not necessary the best relative to D’oro or Bella.

Mister – Mister is another liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Vancouver’s Yaletown community. People say that the price at Mister is steep at $7 whereas the taste doesn’t necessary appeal to the masses.  However, if you wanted to taste ice cream that Adele has enjoyed in Vancouver then Mister is the place. The UK singer shared about their ice cream she had on stage during her performance in Vancouver. Sooo…if you want a taste of what the famous eat when visiting Vancouver then perhaps Mister is your bid at $7 for a small cup of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Other than that, maybe not?

720 Sweets – 720 Sweets made its debut in Vancouver back in the fall of 2015 and wowed Vancouverites with their nitrogen ice cream. The theme with their ice cream shop appears to be pseudo-science (from appearance); from nitrogen ice cream to their modern drinks (you can choose varying levels of sweetness). The presentation is excellent though the taste is another; it is a worthwhile visit to experience the nitrogen ice cream but likely not a regular ice cream favourite in Vancouver.

UYU Ice Cream – UYU Ice Cream is another must-try ice cream shop in downtown Vancouver, Gastown to be more precise. They serve soft-serve ice cream with a variety of toppings (something like Scoop! but actually done right). UYU means milk in Korean so you know it’s a little k-pop inspired (kidding). They boast that their ice cream is perfectly balanced, never too sweet (that’s a relieve) or creamy but fresh and delicious. What’s unique about UYU Ice Cream in downtown Vancouver is  the soft-serve flavors; the use of organic milk with their soft-serve flavors such as “Vietnamese coffee”, “salted cameral” and “cereal milk”. They also spot unique flavor toppings such as black sesame powder. A standard soft-serve at UYU Ice Cream is priced at $4.75 which includes a free drizzle sauce.

Red Rooster – Red Rooster is the new kid on the block as far as Vancouver’s artisan ice cream shops are concerned. Their ice cream per usual of Vancouver’s artisan ice cream is made fresh with an emphasis on local ingredients void of preservatives. The owners begun the ice cream shop out of their love for ice cream and the interest with seeing kids smile (seems the common factor with good ice cream shops as you’ll find with Rocky Point Ice cream bellow).

 

I hope you enjoyed exploring the best Ice cream in Vancouver together. Thanks for reading.

Did we get it right? Comment bellow if you think we missed or messed up. It was a hard choice; we will still be switching things around base on feedback. (I think Johnny Pops should be on the top 5 somewhere but Red Rooster ought to stay in the roster as well).

Best Poutine Stores in Vancouver, BC

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We all love eating poutine. Read this if you want to know where the mouth-watering, must-try poutine is in Vancouver. It’s so good, you may just think you’ve visited Montreal. Do not skip trying these magnificent creation if you’re craving poutine.

Where are the best poutine in Vancouver? How about you try out these Vancouver poutine creations and let us know if you agree; they are the top 5 poutine in our books!

To find the best poutine, let’s first discover what constitutes as good poutine. Crisp, double-fry, fresh cut fries topped with luscious, thick, flavor-packed beef gravy (slightly peppered) paired importantly with fresh Quebec cheese curds! This is a bite you will remember. Quebec cheese curds are a MUST for poutine.

The Best Poutine in Vancouver:

1) La Belle Patate:

The beautiful potato as it’s known in French is as close a taste of Montreal poutine as you would get (unless you’re willing to take a road trip to Langley for Estrella’s Montreal Deli) in Vancouver downtown. These gorgeous fries are freshly cut, homemade, and crisply fried as a good poutine should. Now topped that with flavor packed gravy with real Quebec cheese curds and you have the best poutine in Vancouver. It’s not even a competition.

La Belle Patate has a variety of poutine variations that you can try including smoke meat, chicken, BBQ, and Galvaude. When you visit, because I know you will, go for the traditional good old fashion traditional poutine then go for the smoke meat next.

La Belle Patate Poutine in Vancouver

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Websitehttp://westcoastpoutine.wix.com/labellepatate

Address: 1215 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

 

2) Oakwood Canadian Bistro:

Living up to it’s name, this Canadian bistro serves some of the best Canadian poutine in Vancouver. The “Very Canadian Poutine” at Oakwood Canadian Bistro is only served during their dinner menu and comes at a price of $14 but it’s rather an irresistible dish. Freshly made fries is topped with house gravy and generous portions of smoked beef brisket and Quebec cheese curds.

If you’re really looking to taste the best poutine in Vancouver, Oakwood Canadian Bistro rightly comes in at #2 with this artisan Canadian poutine creation. We’re placing this at #2 partly because of it’s delicious poutine and largely because we’re a fan of anything Canadian and local; which Oakwood Canadian Bistro fills both. Their other dishes are also equally a worthy try.

Oakwood Canadian Bistro Poutine on wood in Vancouver.

Very Canadian Poutine at Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver, BC

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Websitehttp://www.theoakwood.ca/

Address: 2741 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9

 

3) Belgian Fries:

Belgian Fries have been acclaimed by Vancouverites as a go-to spot for good poutine. Their menu features a variety of ambitious poutine variations from the classic to the chicken kebab poutine. While it’s not the most authentic style of true Canadian poutine as at Oakwood, their poutines are a local favourite. The gravy used at Belgian Fries is vegetarian friendly. (bias but I think real gravy for poutine should not be vegetarian; nonetheless, it is still equally delicious.)

Belgian Fries serves up two sizes for their poutine, medium and large. The prices at Belgian Fries run just under $10 for a medium sized premium poutine (like Chicken Kebab) and roughly $7.50 for their classic Vancouver poutine. The portions are reasonably sizable for a medium though a large is only roughly $1.50 more. Maybe visit with a friend, grab two different large poutines, and try a little bit of both; they have quite a few unique poutines. While you’re there perhaps try out their deep fried mars bar too.

Belgian Fries in Vancouver BC Poutine

Belgian Fries in Vancouver

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Address: 1885 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5

 

4) Fritz Fry House:

Fritz European Fry House is known primary for their poutine. Who would have thought another European themed store would be serving up the best poutine in Vancouver. This family owned eatery is nicely nestled right in downtown Vancouver and patronized by both locals and tourists looking for good poutine in Vancouver. As with any good poutine, the fries are freshly fried and home-made. You have the thick brown gravy over-top with perfect cheese Quebec cheese curds which soften without completely melting. That’s a good poutine. Fritz European Fry House can’t quite edge out Oakwood Very Canadian poutine but it’s a great value for any late night food escapes.

Prices are fair, $5 for small, $7.5 for medium, and $10 for large. Their poutine menu is a la cart, you can add any additional toppings to your classic poutine ranging from Montreal smoke meat to crumbled bacon. They have a few specialty European dips such as “peanut sauce” or “dutch mayo”. It’s worth a try if you’re around the area though not overtly fantastic relative to the three above. Fritz European Fry House is opened daily till at least 2 AM except Monday when it’s closed; 4:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fritz Europoean Fry House Poutine in Vancouver BC

Vancouver BC Poutine at Fritz European Fry House

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Websitehttp://www.fritzeuropeanfryhouse.com/

Address: 718 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B6

 

5) Smoke’s Poutinerie:

Smoke’s Poutinerie easily serves up some of the best Vancouver poutine. This seems to be a franchise (and being Vancouverites, we prefer family-owned, local businesses). This is true Canadian comfort food, with thinly cut, crisp fries, even better gravy, and cheese curds. Their cheese curds is good and their gravy is even better. They serve up a variety of flavors from pulled pork, chicken fajita, or their veggie delux. It’s one of the biggest poutine menu I’ve seen in Vancouver; Smoke”s Poutinerie only serves poutine.

Prices are $6.99 for a regular size traditional poutine and $4.99 for their snack size (which is truly a snack size – no bigger than a box of Chinese take out). Making it a specialty poutine is only $2 more which is highly recommended.  Having only tried their classic poutine, what I especially like about Smoke’s Poutinerie  is the thin-cut fries that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It still keeps crisp with the gravy. It’s a little different from the other thick-cut fries above. [I remember hearing about Smoke’s Poutinerie opening it’s new branch in Vancouver several years back and was ecstatic to try it out. Always enjoy a good poutine. It was time Vancouver got it’s own specialty poutine stores like in Montreal and now we do, La Belle Patate and Smoke’s Poutinerie! If you’re craving good poutine, it won’t disappoint.]

Smoke's Poutinerie in Vancouver Classic Poutine

Smoke’s Poutinerie is known for good poutine in Vancouver.

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Websitehttp://smokespoutinerie.com/

Address: 942 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2

 

More POUTINE! If you’re still craving for poutine, here are more worthy stores to try. They aren’t as the first five but equally worthwhile in a category of its own.

You can’t have too much poutine just like you can’t have too much chocolates so here are more MUST-Try poutine indulgence in Vancouver:

Dunn’s Famous – Dunn’s Famous is known for smoke meat (which honestly, isn’t that great – not anything near Swartz in Montreal. It needs to be more meatier and peppered. Tastes like traditional corn beef or deli smoke meat at the moment.). Their smoke meat poutine is generously portioned for $8! Almost a 9″ circular container stuffed with fries, gravy, cheese curds and loaded with smoke meat crumbs.

In essence, Dunn’s Famous has excellent value for their smoke meat poutine but could step up their game on the gravy and smoke meat aspect. This is highlighted for incredible value and portions.

Estrella’s Montreal Deli – If you’re craving a taste of Montreal and willing to drive for it them Estrella’s is the spot for you. It’s all the way out in Langley but it’s as close to Montreal Smoke meat and poutine as you can get in the Greater Vancouver Area. They make their own smoke meat and then use the drippings from the smoke meat for their poutine gravy. This is seriously good; the store is owned by a former Montreal resident and they know their food well. If you’re looking for good poutine in Vancouver then this is the spot to go. (albeit quite the drive)

Overall, there are over 35 eateries in Vancouver that dish up this deliciousness called poutine (from the likes of restaurants like Chambar, pubs like Wolf and Hound, pizza franchises like Mega bite to good old food truck in Maple Ridge like Big Red’s Poutine – we Canadians love our poutine). We are confident these Vancouver poutine we’ve featured above are the five best poutine in Vancouver BC that you have to try if you’re craving poutine.

Don’t let some stranger tell you where the best poutine is. (This Buzzfeed article is completely off – since when is the best poutine in Vancouver…from a Belgium restaurant. Belgium Fries has some pretty mighty poutine but far from the best in Canada. This is like saying French Cuisine is better in Singapore.) On the other hand, these are the best poutine in Vancouver from a local’s perspective and local opinions.

 

Ps. Remember when Wendy tried to make poutine Canada’s national food? I think they were on point there; I can’t think of anything more Canadian than sorry, poutine, and Tim’s. (Speaking of which, it’s time Tim Hortons make their rendition of Poutine – they got roasted potatoes wedges now.)

A few other poutine stores in Vancouver were not mentioned. If you’re looking for good value, and tasty poutine, your nearest costco could be a safe bet for good poutine at only $4.75. Since poutine is almost our national food, there’re quite a few options for poutine. Comment if we missed anything that should be on the top 5 list.

Thanks for reading.

5 Best Food Trucks in Vancouver

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Vancouver has been hailed the food truck capital of Canada. Even so, you’ll be surprise, food trucks that truly stand above the crowd are far and few in between – we still mostly see the standard hot dog stands in Vancouver.

With this said, Vancouver still has a more vibrant food truck scene than most cities in North Vancouver and as varied as our artisan coffee roasters. For this, you have Vancouver City Councillor, Heather Deal, to thank in part who has advocated for the growth of this industry. She believes it’s a reflection of this city’s creativity and identity. Even with the city advocating for the growth of Vancouver food trucks industry…there have been many great food trucks that still unfortunately had to close including PazzaRella.

 

Here, we have the five best food trucks in Vancouver:

1) Eat! Chicken Wraps –

Don’t underestimate these chicken wraps. Eat! Chicken Wraps is an unassuming food cart typically parked opposite Chipotle on Howe Street. Conveniently located near UBC Robon, the law courts, and smacked in the center of downtown Vancouver, EAT! Chicken Wrap is the epitome of Vancouver food trucks, a fusion of cultures perfectly executed in a delicious chicken wrap.

Their specialty is the Hoisin Chicken Wrap  although you can’t go wrong with any other variety of chicken wraps at this Vancouver food truck. Many have likely walked by this unassuming food cart many times not knowing the deliciousness that comes out from this Vancouver food cart. Go ahead, grab your protein packed wraps on the go the next time you walk by.  They really should use better signage; it’s a disservice to passer-by who miss out on such delicious food.

Hoisin Wrap at Eat Chicken Wraps Vancouver

All time favourite Hoisin Wrap at Eat! Chicken Wraps Vancouver Food Cart.

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Address: 800 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1A1

 

2) Le Tigre –

This wonder of Vancouver food trucks was conceptualized in 2012 by Clement Chan and Steve Kuan both of which carried years of culinary experience as apprentices and training at local Vancouver Career College (Clement) and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (Steve). Putting their experience, passion for food, and ethic background together, these chefs bring some of the BEST food found in any Vancouver food trucks with no exaggeration. Le Tigre is a mix of Chinese street food matched with fine dining (as fine as a food truck can be – one thing in common is the small portions though! No, it’s not actually that small but you always need more Kick Ass Rice.).

At Le Tigre, patrons typically go for their specialty, the Kick Ass Rice which is a rice dish cooked in Sake, butter, and dashi (yes it tastes as good as it sounds) accompanied with a poached egg, herbs, and a protein (which seems to change occasionally). Another must-try at Le Tigre is the signature “angry kitty cat squares” composing of fried rice, kimchi, and herbs deep fried in squares served with nori. (I’m curious if they got the name from all the Hello Kitty toys given by McDonalds in Asia?) Le Tigre is an absolute must try as far as food trucks in Vancouver are concerned.

Kick Ass Rice at Le Tigre Food Truck in Vancouver

Look at that Kick Ass Rice at Le Tigre! A Must-Try fare for Vancouver food trucks. (It may seem unexciting but it is a flavorful dish)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LeTigreCuisine/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/le-tigre-cuisine-west-end-vancouver

Address: Map shows their downtown location on Thursdays at Bute Street and Alberni Street.

As with Food Trucks in Vancouver, Le Tigre roams about the city of Vancouver. Find their full schedule here: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/contact-us/

 

3) Japadog –

Japadog started in 2005, with hard work and perseverance what begun as a street cart by 899 Burrard Street is now five food carts, one food trucks, and a store at Robson Street.  Their Japanese style hot dogs are a MUST try for tourists and visitors; it’s the poster child of Vancouver’s Food Truck success. Some accredit (rightly so) Japadog as the catalyst for  the unique variety of Vancouver street foods.

Japadog has build such a following for good reason; it’s been highlighted by tourists during the Vancouver Winter Olympics and visited by various celebrities and icons. They are most known for their original creations, TeriMayo Beef hotdog which as it’s name implies is a teriyaki style hot dog topped with mayo and nori. Another popular favourite of their fans is the Kurobuta Pork Hot Dogs which is made with succulent Kurobuta Pork. Japadog invited the popularity of diversified street food! (and many other great Japanese style Food trucks in Vancouver.)

Japadog in Vancouver Authentic Japanese Hotdogs

Look at this! Japadog in Vancouver.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/JAPADOG-250920188266090/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/japadog-1-downtown-vancouver

Address: 899 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5

 

4) TacoFino –

Originating from Tofino, TacoFino has finally made it’s way to Vancouver. Taking it’s roots in Tofino, it gained quite the media buzz for their Baja-Style Fish Tacos. Tacofino serves incredibly fresh fish tacos with a rabid following of surfers. This was the kind of food you would go out of your way to try.

Since coming to Vancouver, owner and taco legend, Kaeli Robinsong continues to hold true to their originating recipe of “offering quality, freshness and affordability with an environmental and nutritional conscience.” It seems to be working, as fans are coming by flocks to their Vancouver outlets. Even though Tacofino now has two food trucks in Vancouver, and several branches…they still hold true to the consistent quality and freshness with their food. (all made from scratch!) It’s absolutely a MUST try food truck in Vancouver once it’s up and running. You won’t miss that bright orange/yellow truck around your neighborhood.

Some bites you have to grab at Tacofino Vancouver is their famous Baja-Style Fish Tacos. Another popualr choice is the Tortilla Soup. For that matter, just try the whole menu, it’s all good!

Baja-style Fish Taco at Tacofino Food Truck in Vancouver.

Baja-style Fish Tacos at Tacofino. Food truck in Vancouver

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TacofinoVAN/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/tacofino-cantina-downtown-vancouver

Address: Temporary close for the Winter (They have a shop in Gastown though)

 

5) Yolk Food Truck –

Yolk is a Vancouver favourite as far as breakfast food trucks are concerned. They bring an elevated approach to breakfast. Perfectly poached eggs on anything from duck confit eggs benedict to your standard perfectly executed eggs benedict!

Yolk is a Vancouver icon of it self serving up delicious, mouth watering bites. We highly recommend visiting their food truck by Bentall Centre.

Yolk Food truck

Yolk is a food truck but they also have a store at Broadway. Check out this dish!

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Yolks-Breakfast-215479935240115/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/yolk-s-breakfast-street-meet-truck-downtown-vancouver

Address: Burrard St & W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

Share your feedback, comments, and questions in the comments bellow! There were quite a few that would have been featured but choices had to be made 😉

Here are a two more special mention for Vancouver Food Trucks:

  • Korean Mama: Frequently parked outside the Vancouver City Centre Canada line exit, this Vancouver food truck is owned by an elderly Korean couple. Quite the determination and character to see them daily set up and take-down their store only late at 10 Pm. They serve a basic selection of delicious Korean bowls and burgers (specially known for their bulgogi at $9)  and bite-size options like Korean fried chicken for $5.
  • The Kaboom Box: A hit and miss but still widely recommended food truck by Vancouver residents. Kaboom Box is known for their Oyster Po’Boy sandwich; fresh deep fried oyster served on a bun with homemade tartar and slaw. The food truck emphasizes local and sustainable ingredients where available.

Operating a food truck is hard work. A typical foods and beverages operation is difficult enough with long hours, quality-checks, and business admin tasks. A food truck has a whole other element; imagine preparing food in the small confined space upwards of 12 hours per day. This has forced a few amazing food trucks out of the race such as PazzaRella (arguably was one of the best pizzas in Vancouver? The maestro from Bella Gelateria used to frequent this joint so it has to be good.) among others such as Nu Greek, Bun Me Baguette, and Taser Grilled Cheese. Seems like good food is not enough to sustain a business.

It’s great to see the diversity and quality of food trucks in Vancouver despite the uphill climb. These local business fully deserve the applause for their determination, hard work, and great food!

Top 5 Best Chocolate in Vancouver

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Looking for delicious chocolate in Vancouver? We got you covered, here’s our list of the best chocolate in Vancouver :p

(1) Beta5 chocolates

Beta5 Chocolates is one of Vancouver’s most infamous artisan chocolatier for good reason. This award winning chocolate shop nestled in an industrial area of Strathcona by Main Street skytrain station, Beta5 Chocolates is truly a hole-in-the wall.

The chocolates along with an array of various sweets and pastries are exquisite. Their inspiration comes from their locality and they’re more unique than Vancouver’s ethnic diversity. I dare say you can’t find these chocolates anywhere else in Vancouver or Canada for that matter. Their chocolates are true works of art with much thought and inspiration into each signature chocolates development at Beta5.

Beta5’s brand of local chocolates stands by taste, complexity and ethics which is why they use only direct trade chocolates (better than fair-trade, more expensive too). We also appreciate their emphasis on local, organic, and natural ingredients with their chocolates. Fair warning that the prices are not your Hershey’s chocolate bar or Purdy’s for that matter. A bar of chocolate costs $9. Their cream puffs rings in at $5.  (Their chocolate really does show the amount of thought, intent, and creativity with each piece to reflect the industrial and beautiful natural landscape of Vancouver – you’ll notice their design also holds true to their name, Beta5 as seen with the look of their chocolate bars much like those molecule diagrams you see. Hope I’m not sounding too much like an art critic here.)

Things to try: Cream puffs is a MUST try here. They have an “Award-Winning Signature Chocolates” consisting of 12 of their award winning chocolates as the name implies.

Their name comes from the crystal structure of a perfectly tempered chocolate. They said it best here, “careful alignment of the BETA5 matrix results in our chocolates’ distinctive shine and crisp snap.”

Beta 5 Chocolates Signature Chocolate collection

Beta5 Chocolates Signature collection of several award winning chocolates! (Picture courtesy of Beta5 Chocolates)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beta5chocolatesltd/

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/beta5-chocolates-strathcona-vancouver

Address: 413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3

 

(2) Daniel’s Chocolate: Daniel’s Chocolate is considered a staple in Vancouver as far as fine Belgium chocolates are concerned. Out of his love for chocolate, Daniel, has been making chocolates in Vancouver since 1981. Originally hailing from Belgium, he sticks zealously to only original Belgium chocolate making techniques and the absence of preservative or artificial flavorings which is what makes Daniel’s chocolate so delicious.

Their chocolates range from the classic truffles to unique creations like passion fruit ganache. If you’re looking to taste authentic Belgium chocolates in Vancouver then Daniel’s Chocolate is where you go. It’s actually called Daniel Le Chocolate Belge but Daniel’s Chocolate is more memorable when you’re caught up in bliss with the taste of their smooth and creamy milk chocolate bars. First tasted Daniel’s Chocolates almost 9 years ago and it’s as good now as it was then. (well maybe a little better back in 2007).

Daniel Le Chocolat Belge Canadian

They got great chocolates. Picture Courtesy of Daniel Le Chocolat Belge (Daniel’s Chocolates)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Le-Chocolat-Belge-135968853102606/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/daniel-le-chocolat-belge-west-end-vancouver

Address: 1105 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

 

(3) Rogers Chocolate: Rogers’ Chocolates is the definition of BC born business steeped in heritage. They stay true to their extensive BC history since 1885 while continuing to innovate and improve with the times. Their chocolates are some of the BEST chocolates in Vancouver with head chocolatier, Cornell Idu, certified in Belgium is constantly innovating and testing to bring forth the best chocolate creations true to the Rogers’ Chocolates brand and history. It’s all made in BC with sustainable cocoa.

What we love about Rogers’ Chocolates besides their tastefully decadent chocolates is their commitment to contributing to their community. Every year Rogers’ Chocolates makes donations in products and monetary gifts to local non-profit organizations such as Tim Hortons Camp day (if you read this website enough, you know how much we enjoy Tim Hortons – Canadian). YMCA, and Firefighters. They are even in our free Vancouver city walking tour to welcome visitors to Vancouver.

Rogers’ Chocolates is well deserving to be noted as one of the BEST chocolates in Vancouver. If you’re in the area (and even if you’re not), it’s worth while getting some chocolates at Rogers’ Chocolates. Not only is it fairly priced, high quality chocolates but they care about the Vancouver community. Their philosophy is to make contributions economically, socially, and environmentally.  Get their Cashew Chews and Victoria Creams.

Ps. If you’re not in their locality, you can mail order or purchase their chocolates online! As we mentioned, staying true to their history (quality, tasty chocolates) while keeping up with the times.

Rogers' Chocolates Victorian Cream Chocolates

Rogers’ Chocolates Victorian Cream are one of their signature chocolate creations. It’s a MUST try. (Picture Courtesy of Rogers’ Chocolates)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/RogersChocolates

Zomato: None available. The chocolates are really good though – trust us.

Address: 389 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada

 

(4) ChocolaTas: ChocolaTas is the brainchild of Wim Tas and Veve Tas. The couple together conceptualized opening a chocolate store from their humble beginnings, making chocolates in their home. Wim was trained by Maison Wittamer in Brussels, Belgium who is also the exclusive supplier of chocolate to Belgium Royalty. Want a taste of Belgium Royalty? ChocolaTas may be that! Since opening in 2002, ChocolaTas has been serving the local BC community with an emphasis on local and fresh ingredients to their chocolates.

Their store is located in Granville Island and features various unique ganache such as Darjeeling & Lychee or Pepper & Mango. ChocolaTas is also known for their salted caramel chocolates. It also has won a few awards at various chocolate competitions. It’s worth a try after you’ve gotten the top 3!

ChocolaTas chocolates

Look at these pieces of art. Chocolates at ChocolaTas. (Picture courtesy of ChocolaTas)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ChocolaTas/

Zomato: None Available

Address: 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

(5) Charlie Chocolate Factory: Charlie Chocolate Factory has an open-concept to their chocolate factory; you can see how they make their chocolates through several windows. Family owned and established in Burnaby, BC since 1970.

Charlie Chocolate Factory is not the best chocolates in Vancouver but they have a REAL chocolate fountain in their Burnaby location; it’s an experience in itself and worth checking out. It was once of the first chocolates I remembered since arriving in Vancouver besides Daniel’s Chocolates. The rice crisp chocolates are pretty good too.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/charlieschocolate/

Zomato: None available

Address: 3746 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G4

 

Special Mention: These didn’t quite make it onto the list but still worth a mention.

Royce Chocolate: I remember seeing these in Japan at Narita airport (they have it at HND as well) and it was quite a unique chocolate. They have now arrived in Vancouver! (at 3X the price in Japan!). You’ll find this in Richmond Centre by a booth near Shoppers Drug Mart. They don’t keep long though and must be kept refrigerated unlike most other chocolates (the Nama chocolates do, not the chocolate bars)

Address: 6551 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2B6

 

Coconama Chocolate: Suggested by a reader on VancityAsks.com Facebook Page. This chocolate store is in North Vancouver but well deserving to be mentioned.

Address: 264 1st St E, North Vancouver, V7L 1B3