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.

The Deliciously Comforting 18th Century Traveller’s Snack We Need Right Now

Developed in the early 18th century as a traveller's snack, the humble Scotch Egg is a deliciousness delivery system in a league of its own.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Gastown’s Simple ‘Gambas al Ajillo’

The shrimp are flash-seared in spiced olive oil with garlic, sherry, plenty of paprika and a parsley/lemon finish. Uncomplicated by impactful!