The boyfriend and I try to take a trip somewhere new a couple times a year (if only we could get way more often…). The focus of this trip? Food. We are on a lifelong hunt to find the most amazing dishes. Once the trip is booked, we spend a pretty significant amount of time researching the best places to eat. Even with all our extensive research, the best information always comes from the locals. We typically try to stay away from ultra popular tourist spots and find recommendations from locals is the best way to find great places to eat!
We have planned a trip to Vancouver in July 2017. Arriving on July 4th and departing on July 9th, we will be there 4 days and 5 nights and are trying to fit in as much food as possible! We love to eat small plates so we can try as many different dishes as possible. AND, we will eat just about anything!
We started researching a few weeks back. Yelp is one of our biggest resources, but I’ve also checked out some articles by Eater and others, paying particular attention to the comments by readers. Now it’s time to put our findings out there and see what you guys think.
There is nothing better to start a day of site seeing than with a delicious and hearty breakfast. The boyfriend and I are both early risers, so we lean towards places that open earlier. HOWEVER, our ultimate goal is great food, so this can definitely be overlooked for the right place. Now, we will only have 5 mornings to eat breakfast, so obviously we can’t eat at ALL these places. Help us narrow it down – we love recommendations!
- Twisted Fork
- The Red Wagon
- Acacia Fillo Bar
- Medina Cafe
- Tuc Craft Kitchen
- Catch 122
Every trip we take deserves at least one nice Italian dinner. We are both huge fans of fresh pasta dishes, especially those with well thought out sauces and accompaniments. We found three that looked interesting, but I think we are leaning toward Tavola. Thoughts?
- Ask for Luigi
Japanese food is just SO. DAMN. GOOD. Our favorite cuisine, it’s always the hardest to narrow these down. Sushi rolls are not typically at the top of our list, but a sushi spot serving fresh sashimi, chirashi bowls, or a delicious omakase meal is always sought after. And a good izakaya is always awesome.
- Ajisai Sushi Bar
- Guu with Garlic
While ramen is Japanese, I wanted to give it its own subset. Ever since I discovered authentic ramen a few years back, I have been hooked. San Diego has some pretty good ramen shops, but I am looking forward to seeing what Vancouver has to offer! Always on the hunt for the best tonkotsu broth…
Our options for fresh oysters down here in SoCal is somewhat limited. We are really looking forward to getting some great fresh oysters on our visit. We are looking for the best oyster happy hours because those damn things can get expensive!
- Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
- Rodney’s Oyster House
- Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market
- Oyster Express
Finding a great dim sum place is always a must ( I guess I could have put this under breakfast too). Oh, and fresh noodles – fresh noodles are delicious. And did I mention curry? Thai, Cambodian, Malaysian, doesn’t matter what kind, we love them all!
- Phnom Penh
- Yogi Korean Snack Bar
- Dinasty Dumpling House
- Bau Bei Chinese Brasserie
- Shanghai River
- Kirin Seafood Restaurant
- Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
Meats such as elk, bison, beef and venison, as well as foie gras, seem to dominate these menus. If you serve meat, we will come. And the boyfriend loves poutine.
- Tuc Craft Kitchen
- The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
- Meat and Bread
- Salt Tasting Room
- La Belle Patate
Maybe some duck or chicken liver mousse, or sweetbreads? And of course, foie gras again.
- Le Crocodile
I feel like no trip is complete without some Spanish tapas and some good paella.
- The Sardine Can
Curry, curry, curry. Who doesn’t love curry? And naan, and roti, and delicious stewed meats.
- Vijs Rangoli
- Indian Fusion Restaurant
Obviously, we can’t visit all these places (and perhaps we don’t want to), so that’s where you guys come in. I’d love to hear about your experiences at these spots, and/or any recommendations. I know here in San Diego, we have a lot of “hidden gems” that don’t show up high on a Yelp search, but serve amazing food. I’m sure some of you locals know all about the hidden gems in Vancouver. We are looking for the BEST food on this trip to Vancouver. Our philosophy is to treat each trip as though we are never going back. In most cases, we won’t be back; there are just too many places to see, and I want to see them all (or rather eat at them all!). We are looking forward to making the most out of the trip to Vancouver.
*Disclosure – the photos/memes in this post are not my own. They were found on Pinterest, with no identifiable original author. And that is not my cat…