15 best comfort food destinations in Vancouver

Dec 1 2018, 4:08 am

It doesn’t matter if you’re after a heaping plate of pasta, fried mac and cheese, our a stacked poutine the size of your face, Vancouver has it for you, foodies.

The city is swimming in options when it comes to carby, warm, savoury eats, and there’s no time like the present to go test some of them out (especially considering winter is well on its way).

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These are some of the best comfort food destinations in Vancouver.

Rosemary Rocksalt


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Bagels are life, and if you agree, head to one of Rosemary Rocksalt’s locations in Vancouver. While they offer several varieties of our favourite round carb (other than doughnuts) the signature Rosemary Rocksalt variety is a winner if you’re opting for a truly tasty breakfast bagel sandwich or just simply cream cheese filling.

Address: 2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-874-4570

Address: 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-254-7202

Address: 1669 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-929-1817

Address: 715-333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-770-1595

Address: 11688 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Phone: 604-274-9800

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Hey, Dumplings!


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This spot offers seven varieties of savoury dumplings including Pelmeni Poutine, Pesto, Vegan Beet Pesto, Spicy Ginger Scallion, Creamy Dill, Buffalo Hot Sauce, and Butter Chicken. Dessert selections include Berry Pelmini and homemade chocolate chip cookie ice cream bars.

Address: 208 Keefer Street, Vancouver

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La Belle Patate

There is an eatery in Vancouver that offers both regular and deluxe versions of all-you-can-eat poutine, and they offer it in 17 different varieties. Poutine-crazy fiends can head to La Belle Patate at 1215 Davie Street to enjoy AYCE doses of hand-cut double-cooked fries, fresh squeaky cheese, gravy, and toppings at just $19.50 for a regular, and $24.50 for the deluxe version.

Address: 1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1215

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Chewies Biscuit Co.

Chewies Biscuit Co

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Whether you’re after a drumstick-topped bronut (biscuit doughnut) or some sweet and spicy fried chicken with jalapeño slaw between a fresh regular biscuit, Chewies Biscuits is a fantastic place to head for comfort food in Vancouver.

Address: 2822 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-9996

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DL Chicken Shack

Patrons can finally head to the 905 Commercial Drive spot and get in on those stellar Chicken Sandos made from fresh potato buns, DL sauce, sweet n sour slaw, pickled red onion, and house bread and butter pickles. Known as being the first brick and mortar spot in the city for Nashville Hot Chicken, Downlow also has a weekly Monday burger pop-up with offerings worth trading your first born for.

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-283-1358

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With all the fall and winter rain we get, it’s no wonder Vancouver has a truly incredible selection of ramen spots. Jinya is one of our favourites, quick and easy, it offers a great selection of authentic ramen and also boasts a fantastic spicy creamy vegan ramen.

Address: 541 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-699-9377

Address: 2129 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-8889

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Lucy’s Eastside Diner


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There’s never a bad time for breakfast food, and thankfully when the craving strikes, Lucy’s is open 24-hours a day. Amongst other classic diner style foods, you can get their All Day & Night Breakfast special for less than $10 – though you’ll definitely be tempted by the rest of the goodies on their menu.

Address: 2798 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1550

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Di Beppe

The restaurant is serving up stellar Italian eats in a casual setting in buzzing Gastown. The subdivided space also holds a small coffee shop called Caffe Di Beppe. The cafe has a different address (2 West Cordova Street) and it’s all about the espresso, baked goods, and hot sandwiches – quick eats to keep you on the go.

Address: 8 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

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The Naam


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While the Naam has a number of items that range from the $5 to $15 mark, what helps this all-veggie restaurant shine is the hearty portion sizes. You’d be surprised at how much you can fill up with their plate of veggies; we highly recommend trying their fries with extra miso gravy.

Address: 2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-738-7151

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Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen


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Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen offers a fantastic variety of pho, not just your standard kinds like beef and chicken. Patrons here can expect tons of options including seafood flavours, if you still have room we recommend trying the chicken wings, fishcakes, and the deep fried fish chunks – not to be missed. Praised for their excellent broth and known to many locals as some of the best Vietnamese in the city, Hoang Yen tops this list for sure.

Address: 5083 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-321-2711


Jam Cafe

Vancouverites can’t get enough of Jam Cafe’s humongous portions, and this spot’s consistent hour-long lines only speak to their popularity. Their most iconic dish is the Charlie Bowl. At $14.50 you get an epic combination of crumbled biscuit, hash browns, ham, bacon, corn salsa, peas, green onions, cheddar cheese, sausage gravy and two sunny eggs.

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-1992

Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

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Little Juke

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The OG Juke in Chinatown obviously has amazing comfort food too, but the newer of the two Juke Fried Chicken outposts boasts amazing rotisserie and mac and cheese poppers that will make the world stop turning.

Address: 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-5853

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With nacho pollo, French onion soup, insane grilled cheese, out of this world mac and cheese Burgoo is hands down one of the best places to go when comfort food cravings creep up. With five locations, you have tons of opportunity to get involved in some toasty, baked, cheesy goodness.

Address: 101-1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-416-1444

Address: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-873-1441

Address: 2272 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-734-3478

Address: 3 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-904-0933

Address: 4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-221-7839

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant


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Get award-winning Chinese food and one of the best dim sum spreads in Vancouver. Kirin never disappoints and its price is very reasonable if you’re dining with a group. Reservations should be made ahead of time to ensure the restaurant can accommodate.

Address: 1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-8833

Address: City Square – 555 W 12th Avenue #201, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-8038

Address: 7900 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Phone: 604-303-8833


Homer St. Cafe


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Homer St. Cafe and Bar is steeped in history and is known for their signature open kitchen, ornate tiling, and delicious menu of elevated comfort food like their signature chicken. After a filling savoury spread at this place, we recommend getting the house peanut butter cookie for dessert.

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver

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