This series maps out our editors’ picks for Vancouver’s best and most legendary comfort foods. We encourage readers to steer us towards their favourites in the comments or by using the hashtag #ScoutYVR on social media.
The cheese toast at Hy’s Steakhouse is kind of a no brainer for inclusion here. The treat is ancient (1955) with an original recipe that (I think) called for a butter and cheese mix (Grana Padano, Swiss and Cheddar) melted like an enveloping blanket over thick slabs of white bread. The cheese layer has a little tang and stretches just enough to mirror the soft pliability of the bread. Though it can only be had at a higher-end establishment most diners associate with special occasions, big red wines, fancy dress and perfectly cooked steaks, it’s very likely that a profitable food truck empire could be built on its simple deliciousness.