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COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Gently Spiced Spaghetti Vongole at Nightingale

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.

This is the best version of Spaghetti Vongole I’ve ever enjoyed in Vancouver. It hits all the right notes of the Italian comfort classic with its Manila clams, garlic, lemon, butter, white wine and parsley, but what elevates it to a new plane (and this list) are the finely chopped bits of jalapeno that make your palate water just enough for you to ask what the hell is going on. They’ve shared the recipe with us before, but trust me, it’s most consistent in the restaurant. Make sure you order a side of bread to mop up the remaining sauce!

Neighbourhood: West End
1021 West Hastings St.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Best Biscuit Sandwich in Vancouver Is Kind of Absurd

It's too much to ask of a biscuit to contain such a load and maintain any structural integrity, so embrace the mess.

Ceramicist Shuobi Wu Shares Recipe For Special ‘Homecoming’ Lotus Root Soup

"No matter how old I get, wherever I go, that one or two times every year that I went home, the first meal was always the Lotus Root soup."

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Hundy’s Tater Tots Dusted With Housemade Ketchup Powder

These are served hot and naked save for a dusting of ketchup powder that makes them glow ever so unnaturally and attractively.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Flourist’s Addictively Simple Hazelnut Jam Cookies

Bag up a couple of these beauties and nibble 'em as you wander this always interesting block of Commercial Street.