Comfort food – two words that seem to come out of everyone’s mouth when it comes to cuisine cravings in the colder months.
Vancouver’s got plenty of selection when it comes to this kind of grub, so much so, that it could be tricky to narrow down your dinner to choice to just one spot – so we’ve decided to do it for you.
Here are 13 of the best spots to find warm and delicious comfort food around Vancouver, where the prices wont break the bank.
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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
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.
Jambalaya, fried chicken, and corn bread. Known for its delicious NOLA-inspired hearty dishes, Chewies gives Vancouver its fill of Southern flavour at its two locations in the city. Their Cajun cuisine always arrives on plates piled high with potatoes and house smoked meats covered in thick sauces and gravies just like momma used to make.
Address: 110 – 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Crab Park Chowdery is open daily in Gastown to fuel us through the cold months with delicious home cooked chowder and soups. This spot offers a handful of comforting favourites including classic clam chowder, vegan chilli, loaded baked potato soup, and last but not least, a smokey tomato soup served in a sourdough bread bowl lined with American cheese – yes, essentially a built-in grilled cheese with your soup.
Address: 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver
It should be called the ramen test – when someone asks you the best ramen in Vancouver, they are essentially waiting for you to say Danbo. The eatery is a local institution for ramen lovers, and while there are many amazing spots to slurp in the city, Danbo’s eats are considered the best you can buy.
Kits – 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Robson – 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Looking for epic breakfast or brunch? Head to Jam Cafe (if you can handle the line). Finishing the mega-helpings of the dishes here is a challenge, but once you see the Charlie Bowl, Pulled Pork Pancakes, or their Fried Chicken Eggs Benny – you’ll be tempted to finish every last bite.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Not unlike Jam Cafe, Jethro’s is known for serving up a carb-loaded epic mid-morning meal. This spot has both sweet and savoury offerings such a huevos rancheros and a variety of classic benedicts like smoked salmon and crab cake. On the sweet side there’s a plethora of French toast, waffles, and pancakes to order.
Mac and cheese, ribs, and arguably the best fried chicken in the city, how can anyone deny that Juke is a comfort food heaven in the heart of Chinatown?
Address: 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
The authentic Québécois cuisine spot offers 17 varieties of poutine, and you can get them all in AYCE – if that’s not comforting we don’t know what is.
Address: 1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
This spot is where to find some of the best sandwiches you can you comfort food-loving hands on. Classic such as porchetta are always around, but there’s always a drool-worthy feature worth trying too.
Address: 370 Cambie Street,Vancouver
Address: 1033 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Hailing from Whistler, Purebread Bakery has an overwhelming (but amazing) selection of sweet and savoury baked goods. There cakes, brownies, croissants, cookies, scones, brioches, meringues, square and more.
Address: 159 W Hastings Street
Bagels, cream cheese, smoked meats, and regular cheese. Those are the four most important food groups you can fuel your body with. Bagels from this spot will never disappoint.
Address: 1883 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 1689 Johnston St #22, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Aside from serving up its meat platters of perfectly-smoked ribs, briskets, and sausages during the week, Whiskey Six offers a BBQ-style weekend brunch that is a must-try if you love meat and you don’t care who knows it.
Address: 826 Renfrew Street, Vancouver