Best Eats in Chinatown
There is an undeniable connection between delicious food and cannabis. So why not celebrate the year of the rooster by rolling one up and heading down to Chinatown? We’ve rounded up the best munchies in the hood. Just click on the titles to go to the restaurant’s website.
182 Keefer St
One of many of the new restaurants now open on Keefer, Juke is a fried chicken spot in Chinatown that specializes in gluten free fried chicken. Using a special batter that substitutes potato and corn starches in for flour, the recipe ensures that the skin of the fried chicken becomes extra dry and crispy.
Must try: Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Fried Brussel Sprouts
244 East Georgia St
One of the oldest Cambodian style restaurants in Vancouver, you probably already know all about their legendary chicken wings that are somehow always perfectly crispy and juicy. Ordered to go for a delicious snack on the go or in tandem with a couple other dishes and you’ll have a pretty decent feast going on.
Must try: Chicken Wings, Butter Beef, Beef Luc Lac
105 East Pender St
Bestie is an independent restaurant located at East Pender and Columbia that’s inspired by German street food. Specializing in currywurst, a dish that consists of crispy fries and a freshly grilled pork sausage covered in a curry ketchup sauce, Bestie partners up with local butchers and urban farms in order to source the best whole ingredients for their masterpieces.
Must try: Currywurst, Soft Pretzel with Cheese Sauce, Sunday Cider
219 Union St
This classic Chinatown haunt has an extensive menu that’s inspired by popular South East Asian cuisine. Pick up a Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich as a satisfying snack or try one of their fresh fruit banga cocktails served in a large jar.
Must try: Bahn Mi, Bun Vermicelli Bowl, Banga
223 East Georgia St
Opened as the first North American location by the infamous Menya Koji restaurant group from Japan, The Ramen Butcher produces a rich and authentic tonkotsu soup base for all of their ramen dishes. Everything from their noodles to their broth and gyozas are handmade daily, fresh and in house.
Must try: Black Ramen, Okonomi Gyoza
251 East Georgia St
If you’re ever in the neighbourhood on the weekend and are in the need of a good brunch spot, look no further than Mami Taylor’s. Open late almost every day of the week, this American comfort food restaurant is one of the best places in Chinatown to stop and refuel.
Must try: Fried Pickles, Fried Chicken and Waffles on the Weekend
237 Union St
A relatively new and easy-going sandwich and salad stop on the Union street bike path, The Tuck Shoppe brings up nostalgic feels of summer camp with its relaxed atmosphere. Roll through for a filling sandwich, soup and/or salad.
Must try: Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich, Ice Cream Sandwich
148 East Pender St
Grab a number, wait in line and in no time you’ll be holding a hot and fresh Chinese steamed bun in your hand ready to enjoy. Don’t bother sitting down for your meal here because all the best things to eat are totally portable and ready to go.
Must try: Steamed Chicken Bun, Steamed Chicken Deluxe Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, Coconut Bun
213 East Georgia St
Aside from delicious coffee, Matchstick also has a great food program as well preparing sandwiches, soups, salads, baking fresh bread and other baked goods.
Must try: House-Made Bread Topped with Ricotta, Figs and Truffle Honey
620 Quebec St
A modest food-retail shop located on the edge of Chinatown, Pazzo Chow offers a range of complementary food products and fresh homestyle Italian fare available to eat in house or to go.
Must try: Daily Lunch Special
213 East Georgia St
Operating on skeleton winter hours until the weather warms up more, Fluffy Kittens is a new ice cream shop that stocks artisanal ice cream produced by independent makers from around the province.
Must try: Ice Cream Sundae
243 Union St
Aside from the delicious noodle soups Harvest makes using fresh and often locally sourced meats and veggies, they also stock many local products like Earnest ice cream and Juice Truck juices that can be purchased in the grocery half of their space.
Must try: Any of their Noodle Soups, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies
163 Keefer St
Bao Bei is a tapas style restaurant that puts a modern spin on traditional Chinese cooking. It’s best to come and try this spot with at least a couple good friends so you can order more dishes and try a little bit of everything.
Must try: Beef Tartare, Mantou, Crispy Pork Belly
212 East Georgia St
One of the most affordable spots in Chinatown to grab a drink and bite, Caffe Brixton is best when you take advantage of their specials. Namely their $2 taco Tuesday and 39 cent wing Wednesday specials.
Must try: Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays
By Vanessa Tam