Great places to eat in Vancouver 1


Heading to Vancouver? We recently spent a quick 48 hours in the city and got our fill of good food and drink. We share some of our favourite spots and hope you’ll try some of them on your next trip to Vancouver.

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The Foundation’s BLT-ish with veg bacon, spinach, tomatoes, guacamole and sheep’s cheese on fresh sourdough

The Foundation

A vegetarian/vegan restaurant that caters to the hip crowd of Mount Pleasant. We did get a bit of the “your jeans aren’t skinny enough to be in here” attitude, but we didn’t let that deter us from enjoying our vegetarian sandwiches. We each had a BLT-ish with veg bacon, tomato, spinach and sheep cheese on toasted sourdough served with a mixed green salad. Everything was exceedingly fresh and tasty. We will definitely be back to try some more.

The Templeton

A Vancouver institution we always enjoy when in town. The Templeton is an old fashioned diner with a proper counter and stools, great booths and a sometimes surly server. They have typical diner fare, including a full breakfast, milkshakes and endless cup of coffee, but they also offer vegetarian, vegan options and daily specials, try their vegan chilli fries, so satisfying you won’t miss the meat.

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Tasty cocktail at Campagnolo Upstairs Photo credit: QBots

Campagnolo Upstairs

Above Campagnolo is a friendly and relaxed, feel at home type of space. You place your order at the bar and pick it up when it’s ready. They offer toothsome pizza as well as items such as foie gras terrine, crispy chicken skins with kimchee, and their famous dirty burger (misshapen meat patty made of prime beef neck with diced onion, topped with American cheese on a house made scotch bap bun and served with crispy iceberg lettuce, tomato and house made pickle). There’s also a secret menu of add-ons to the burger but you’ll need to go to find out.

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Crispy Fish & Chips Served with Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce at The Fish Counter

The Fish Counter

Way up Main Street you’ll find this great little spot serving ocean wise fish. Place and pay for your order at the register. When your meal is ready, pick it up at the counter. When we were there they had ling cod, halibut, Pacific cod, wild salmon, and oysters, served as fish & chips, in sandwiches and tacos, they also has a chowder and other soups on the menu. We opted for fish & chips, one piece ling cod and one halibut in a light and crispy batter, served with delicious Kennebec fries, coleslaw and lemon wedges. We enjoyed our fish at the stand up counter by the window and watched the world go by. They also sell fresh ingredients by weight for you to take home, including fish, onions and Kennebec potatoes.

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Cocktails and Scotch Egg at The Cascade Room

The Cascade Room

Part of the Cascade Company group of restaurants, the Cascade Room has large booths to the right, a long bar to the left and seating at tables in between. They have award winning bartenders on staff that can mix any drink you can throw at them and the kitchen is on par with the bar. On our last visit, we indulged in Thai curried mussels that were so delicious we needed extra naan bread to soak up the succulent broth, crispy braised pork belly sliders with tangy ginger pickled cucumber, crunchy crushed peanuts and a hoisin glaze that had us moaning for more and a Brie & wild mushroom dip that was gooey perfection.

Vancouver is filled with tons of delicious food options and there are always new places popping up. Which are some of your favourites?


About Nat and Tim Harris

Together for close to a quarter of a century, A Cook Not Mad‘s Tim and Nat have indulged their passion for life and experience to the fullest, but they feel most alive when traveling, cooking and eating. An award winning chef, Tim has dedicated his life and career to cooking and the pursuit of honest food. As a professional photographer, Nat records their adventures with incredible pictures of everyday life and the extraordinary. They believe that everyone should get to know a culture by learning about the foods they eat and living like locals as much as they can.


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