COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // A Dozen Freshly Shucked Beauties at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

"Everything was different now. Everything." was how Anthony Bourdain described the wake of his first slurp as a child, and I get it.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Pecorino Garlic Knots at Savio Volpe

I try to avoid preceding meals with a bunch of carbs, but I'll make happy exceptions when they're warm and loaded like this.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // This Is Why There Are a Half-Dozen Locations of Meat & Bread

The rolled-up beauty is hit with high heat to blister the skin, resulting in toothsome crackling that will make your knees buckle.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Onion Ring-Topped Bacon Cheeseburger at Hawksworth

Beyond the taste of the delicious thing, the appeal is sustained by an appreciation of consistently perfect presentation.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Overwhelmingly Decadent Milkshakes of Mt. Pleasant

My favourite sees chocolate ice cream mixed with peanut butter and pretzels, all topped with Nutella whipped cream...

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Cafe Medina’s Pillowy Liège-Style Waffles (With Caramel)

Pro tip: sitting at the bar alone is how to best avoid Cafe Medina's famous queue...plus you don't have to share.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The ‘How Is This Even a Salad?’ Cobb Salad at Red Wagon

Including any kind of salad on our Comfort Food map might seem a little...er...wrong, but shut up and look at this thing.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Electric, Souped-Up Corn on the Cob at Beetbox

The effect of this treatment is bright and mildly spicy with a gentle acid tang, all up in a creamy texture reminiscent of melting butter.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // ‘Roni-Cup’ Pepperoni Slices at AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

The thin layer of explosive flavour and crispy/chewy texture match all of my late night memories of New York City.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Hot & Sour Pork Noodle Soup at Chinatown’s Fat Mao

I like other bowls at chef Angus An's Chinatown restaurant (not to mention the roti), but this one has magic restorative powers...

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Snappy, All-Dressed Wieners on East Hastings

The Chicago-style 'Wrigley Field' is my go-to at 'What's Up? Hot Dog!', but no matter the condiments the star is always the wiener.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: East Coast Lobster Roll at Popina

The restaurant's waterfront location adds some extra authenticity to the experience, even if it is the wrong coast!

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Bikini Sandwich at Como Taperia

The original is from Barcelona, where street vendors have been selling versions of it for years outside the Bikini Concert Hall.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Cubano Sandwich at Havana

Joining our ever-growing list of Vancouver's greatest comfort foods is one of the best sandwiches available in East Van.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Prawn and Chicken Paella From the ‘Paella Guys’

The sublimely saffron-y rice feast is one of the world's most impactful food experiences, and this stuff is straight out of a Valencian sunset.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Arbor’s Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich

Seasoned with paprika, cayenne, and onion/garlic powders, the artichoke chunks play tasty tricks on the teeth of fried chicken fans.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Pepino’s Signature ‘Spaghetti & Meatballs’

There are two big meatballs per order, and these are made with a combination of beef, pork and three cheeses (pecorino, grana, ricotta).

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Nashville Hot Chicken Sando at Downlow

The heat typically comes from cayenne, but its Scoville levels can be upped to an insane, face-melting degree.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Tonkatsu With Curry Rice at Dosanko

It has all the 'comforting' elements from crunchiness to gooeyness, plus enough umaminess to ignite a palate well-rinsed in cold beer.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Cheese Toast at Hy’s Steakhouse

The original 1955 recipe called for a butter and cheese mix melted like an enveloping blanket over thick slabs of white bread...

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Fish & Chips at The Fish Counter

This pioneering seafood market has several versions of the crispy stuff, from Pacific Cod and Ling Cod to Halibut and Salmon.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Harvest’s Aromatic Curry Noodle Special

While everything about this dish is comforting, it's really the aroma that seals it. Stick your face over this beautiful thing and breathe.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: ‘The Doug’ Sando at 49th Parallel Coffee

Mmm...brioche bun, chive scrambled eggs, maple bacon and caramelized onions under a warm blanket of American cheese!

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Braised Short Rib Fricassée at Chambar

This is a dish I regularly climb into like a onesie pair of pajamas. It's been on the menu at the Belgian-Moroccan restaurant since forever...

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Soupy Dumplings at Robson’s Dinesty

I regularly go through steamer baskets full of these at this always bustling Chinese eatery in the heart of the West End's Ramenland.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Perfect Orbs of Meaty, Saucy Goodness at Savio Volpe

Made using the holy trinity of beef, pork and veal studded with pine nuts and currants, the impactful orbs are soaked in neckbone gravy.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Umami Bomb Bowls of Rainy Day Ramen

"The thin noodles still have some bite to them and the fukuoka-style tonkotsu base broth is an umami bomb that never stops going off."

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: a Pizza to Kill the ‘Pineapple Argument’

The "Hawaiian" pie from Strathcona Beer Company is the first pizza to be included in Scout's Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver.