The Dishes is a repeating Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.
What’s for breakfast?
If it’s a work day, I tend to hit the Juice Truck to get some nutritious fuel in me. I find their macro bowl is incredibly well-rounded. If it’s a day off, I like to hit Au Comptoir on my way to Pacific Spirit Park. Everything is so good, but if I’m refueling from a hard week, I’ll hit up their burger and a duck confit salad.
Where should we meet for coffee or tea?
If I’m feeling an espresso, I’ll do Nemesis for one of their great rotations. If I’m feeling like sipping, I’ll visit the AeroPress master Eldric at Aubade Coffee inside Space Lab for one of my favourite coffee experiences. For tea, O-Five has some of the most interesting, hard to find loose leafs and tea cakes. As I try to wean myself off of alcohol, this is a great spot to get a lot of what I love from cocktail culture, in a much more subdued format.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
Lunch totally depends on where I am. Downtown on a weekday, I’ll hit up Superbaba. If I’m on the East Side, gotta see the homies over at DL Chicken. If I’m close to home, I’ll get my usual at Fat Mao: wing bean salad, fried egg salad, and hot + sour pork noodles. Birds & The Beets is my usual go-to though; their menu is definitely one of the most nutritious in town.
Who has you figured out for Happy Hour?
Di Beppe slays the happy hour game. Great vibe with delicious Italian snacks and drinks. The crew runs a tight ship; you get what you pay for, every time.
What’s for dinner?
Chef Wesley Young at PiDGiN never fails to impress; make sure you get the rice cakes if you haven’t had them before. If I need a quick snack on a busy day, I’ll go see my neighbours and friends over at Juke in Chinatown for some chicken and all of the veg. If I’ve got a whole evening open, the tasting menu experience at Mak N Ming is stellar. If it’s a vegan day, Brian Lutpak at The Acorn makes some beautiful dishes.
What’s for dessert?
For sweets, I’d go back to Au Comptoir. Their desserts are beautiful, technical and delicious; the pastry chef Julian Salomoni puts a lot of love into his work. I’m off sugar at the moment, so I personally would head to Anh and Chi for some skewers and veg, instead.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Juice Bar and Grapes & Soda for a great selection of natural wines and snacks to pair with. Kristi-Leigh over at PiDGiN kills it with cocktails. If I’m hungry, I’ll head over to The Diamond to indulge in some of Chef Kris Barnholden’s creations with a penicillin in hand.