The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver

This ever-evolving list is the anchor of a new series that seeks to map out Vancouver's best and most legendary comfort foods.
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The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver

This ever-evolving list is the anchor of a new Scout series that seeks to map out Vancouver’s best and most legendary comfort foods. Expect to see new items added every week. We encourage readers to steer us towards their favourite Vancouver comfort foods in the comments or by using the hashtag #ScoutYVR on social media.

The enjoyment of food is a wholly subjective pursuit. Your perspective, experience and palate will be different than mine, as might your idea as to what constitutes comfort food, so take this map and guide with as many grains of salt as you need. If I’ve missed something awesome, let me know. This feature was designed to grow, just like our bellies! Now dig in…

Gambas al Ajillo at The Sardine Can

A popular sharable in the heart of Gastown. The shrimp are flash-seared in spiced olive oil with garlic, sherry, plenty of paprika and a parsley/lemon finish. Great with a cold, crisp glass of beer or sips of Sauvignon Blanc. Don’t neglect the leftover sauce at the bottom of the dish. Get some crusty bread and go to town!

The Sardine Can 26 Powell St. MAP

Honey Dipped Donut at Lee’s

Best when still warm, these chubby discs of awesome are one of the most dependably delicious things about life in Vancouver. A Seth Rogan favourite.

Lee's Donuts 1689 Johnston St. MAP

Tourtiere at St. Lawrence

The dense but flaky golden brown crust and deeply meaty flavour make this wintry Quebecois treat irresistible. Bonus: miniature Habs flag on a toothpick.

St. Lawrence 269 Powell St. MAP

Lemon Pepper Wings at Phnom Penh

These crispy, tangy, garlicky beauties are one of the chief reasons why this Cambodian restaurant in Chinatown is always sporting a line-up. Legendary. (Also of comfort food note: butter beef and Chinese sausage fried rice.)

Phnom Penh 244 E Georgia St. MAP

La Mezcaleria’s Queso Fundido

The ultimate Mexican comfort food! Submerge your fork into the volcanic stone bowl and pull up a stringy prize of molten hot cheese and chorizo bits. A side of fresh tortillas awaits.

La Mezcaleria (Gastown) 68 E Cordova St. MAP

Bestie Currywurst

So simple and satisfying. The Thuringer sausage is the way to go. Just make sure you don’t skip the house ketchup for the full effect.

Bestie 105 E. Pender St. MAP

Chancho’s Carnitas

These authentic carnitas tacos with real deal corn tortillas are like a loving hug on a cold or otherwise shitty day. For best results, ask for campechano – a mix of pork shoulder and belly.

Chancho (Moved) 560 Davie St. MAP

Bells and Whistles’ All-Day Breakfast Sando

Arguably Vancouver’s ultimate breakfast sandwich sees a maple sausage pork patty smothered in American cheese with golden brown hashbrowns, special sauce and a fried freakin’ egg. Just, wow.

Bells and Whistles 3296 Fraser St. MAP

Cinnamon Bun at Grounds For Coffee

These things are the ultimate indulgence. Thick, dense, gooey, sweet and unforgettably cinnamon-y, they are a total pleasure to fork and un-swirl.

Grounds For Coffee (East Van) 2088 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A9 MAP

Beer Battered Halloumi at Acorn

These crunchy slabs of squeaky deliciousness are arranged on a bed of lemony smashed peas with mint yogurt and a potato/zucchini pancake (and they might just be the fanciest thing to ever make this ever-evolving list).

Acorn 3995 Main St. MAP


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  1. Reuben and chicken noodle soup at Cottage Deli, Pierogies at Ukrainian Village, hot dog at Costco, steamed pork bun at New Town, Scotch Egg at Pourhouse, Hey Dumplings!, French onion soup at Tableau, curried mac & cheese at Crow and Gate, Beef Dip at 12 Kings, pretty much anything at Burgoo, chicken and waffles at Save On Meats, fried pickles and pretty much any side at Peckinpah, cheddar corn fritters at Six Acres, grilled cheese at Meat and Bread, mac and cheese at Buckstop

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