Bacon: All hail the porky, fatty, crispy-tender wonder food that seems to never go out of style. Beyond just mere breakfast combo plates, bacon enjoys an elevated status in our modern dining scene, from bacon-infused cocktails to sandwiches and burgers bedecked in bacon.
Nobody puts bacon in the corner at these places serving up some memorable bacon-y fare. Here, in random order, are 15 must-try bacon dishes in Vancouver. Don’t try them all at once unless you’ve got your cardiologist on speed dial.
1. PB & Bacon Burger at To Dine For Eatery
To Dine For is a little off the beaten path, but they have an impressive roster of traditional burgers, and several signature creative creations. One standout is their PB & Bacon Burger, and the PB is exactly what you might guess it is: Peanut Butter. It’s a 6 ounce patty that’s “oozing” PB, with bacon bits, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and house sauce.
Address: 333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver
2. Breakfast Po’Boy at Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
Check out this brunchtime take on a Louisiana classic sandwich. The Breakfast Po’Boy is as sloppy as it is delicious: New Orleans french bread is sliced and stuffed with applewood smoked bacon, Two Rivers’ bacon breakfast bangers, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and Cajun Hollandaise.
Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 110 – 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
3. Poutine at La Belle Patate
Bacon shows up in a few of the outrageous(ly good) poutine concoctions at La Belle Patate. Smother your fries with cheese curds, gravy, and anything from the Supreme (chicken, bacon, onion, and mushrooms) to the Breakfast (bacon, eggs, and onions) or just order a Bacon Poutine.
Address: 1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
4. Le Sandwich Peameal at Cafe Medina
Considered one of the iconic dishes of Canadian cuisine, the peameal bacon sandwich enjoys a greater popularity in Toronto and elsewhere, but for a taste of this alternative version of bacon, head to Cafe Medina. Their Le Sandwich Peameal is made with their house-cured peameal bacon, an over medium egg, with cabbage & Medina pickle slaw, tomato jam, and seasonal greens. Bonus: This is their Mealshare item, which means for every sandwich ordered the restaurant donates a meal to a child in need.
Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
5. Bacon + Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck
Just. Add. Bacon. Do it. Wrapped in a cone with potato chips at the bottom and a juicy dill pickle on the side, the grilled cheese sandwiches from Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck make for a simple, yet delicious, meal.
Address: Parked on Howe near Georgia in downtown Vancouver
6. T. F. P. Bourbon Bacon Caesar at The Flying Pig
When it comes to bacon, it’s right there in the name of The Flying Pig. Their three Vancouver locations offer their signature Bourbon Bacon Caesar, a playful riff on the national bev of Canada. Made with bourbon instead of vodka for a strong, sweet pow, and featuring a bacon garnish, this is one memorable bacon-y cocktail.
Address: 3 Vancouver locations, check website for details.
7. Absolutely Fully Loaded Burger at Save On Meats
An epic burger feast awaits at Save On Meats, where their Absolutely Fully Loaded Burger has two double-sized patties, real cheddar, swiss, fried egg, onion strings, pineapple, onion rings, Mike Vitow’s corned beef, double order of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed onions pickles, and S.O.M. smear.
Address: 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
8. Maple French Toast Bacon Pie at Pie Hole
Pretty much breakfast in pie form, The Pie Hole’s Maple French Toast Bacon pie is made with maple cake infused with maple cream and topped with a brown sugar bacon crumble and a maple drizzle. Good morning!
Address: 401 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
9. 3 Sheets Brunch Bao at Bao Down Gastropub + Raw Bar
Not only does Bao Down bring to the table a wide range of innovative brunch plates, it also offers an inviting and relaxed space to kick back and enjoy a late-morning meal with friends. Three of the four brunch menu baos come with bacon, but the best rendition is called 3 Sheets–it’s the one with Korean glazed bacon, egg, and cheese.
Address: 115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
10. BLT at The Templeton
It’s so simple it’s hard to do well at times, but the BLT (that’s Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, for those not in the know) at The Templeton is spot-on. Duck into this retro-style diner on Granville and feast on a mighty fine bacon-centric sandwich.
Address: 1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
11. Macaroni & More at Burgoo Bistro
Move over, plain Mac & Cheese. When you order Macaroni & More at Burgoo, the comfort-foods mecca gives you more: A serving of their rich macaroni and cheese that’s chock full of aged white Cheddar, onion, thyme, bacon and peas, and baked with seasoned breadcrumbs. See? More!
12. Valhalla at Scandilicious
This waffle house brings in the crowds for their dizzying array of waffles, but bacon seekers will definitely want to head here for the Valhalla. It’s a waffle with their own Maple Bacon Jam, plus back bacon, and bacon bits. Did someone say bacon? Yep, three times. (PS they do a burger with the Maple Bacon Jam, too.)
Address: 25 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
13. Double-smoked Bacon and Egg Sandwich at Yolk’s Breakfast + Commissary
There are few places bacon is more welcome than on an eggy sandwich, and Yolk’s makes one of Vancouver’s best breakfast sammies. Use their flow-chart menu to start with either one or two poached eggs, opt for Double Smoked Bacon (duh) top with your choice of Hollandaise or Aged White Cheddar, and sandwich it on an English Muffin (or gluten-free bun). In addition to their two permanent location, Yolk’s truck also serves up this delicious dish.
Address: 546 West Broadway, Vancouver
Address: 1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
14. Maple Bacon Donut at Lee’s Donuts
Could it get any more Canadian than a donut all decked out in a sweet maple icing with chunks of bacon studding the spread? Nope. Granville Island’s venerable Lee’s Donuts makes a doozy of a Maple Bacon Donut, perfect for spiking your blood sugar sufficiently to elbow your way through the weekend crowds at the Public Market. Go forth and conquer.
Address: 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
15. Blackstone Benedict at Jam Café
The bacon at Jam Cafe is sublime, so we wouldn’t discourage simply ordering a side of it. But one dish that works their bacon (magic) right into the action is their Blackstone Benedict: Two poached eggs, sugar cured bacon and roasted tomatoes with classic hollandaise over a toasted english muffin. FTW!
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver