Sometimes the only cure for endless rain-filled days in Vancouver is a nostalgic favourite: the classic soup and sandwich combo.
You can either stick to the rich and gooey grilled cheese with a piping hot bowl of creamy tomato soup, or opt for something stuffed with smoked meat and roasted veggies. Whatever you end up choosing, it’s safe to say there’s nothing more comforting that dipping your sandwich into a fresh bowl of soup.
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1. Fable Diner
If you are looking for something straight out of your childhood, take a seat in one of Fable Diner’s booths and enjoy a bowl of their Tomato Soup and grilled sourdough with cheddar cheese. The sourdough brings a nice punch of flavour to the Grilled Cheese, which is always toasted to perfection.
Address: 151 E Broadway, Vancouver
Burgoo is the epicentre for all things soup and sandwich, so you can always count on them to satisfy your craving. The Straight Up Tomato is Burgoo’s take on the classic soup. The soup is made with vine ripened tomatoes, red wine, garlic and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. You’ll want to pair it with their Gooey Cheese Grillers which is a house baguette layered with melted mozzarella, Emmental, white cheddar, and Gruyere. With several other soup and sandwich combinations to choose from, you may just need to return for more.
Address: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
After a day of shopping, head up to the third floor of Nordstrom to Bistro Verde to sit down and enjoy a bowl of their Roma Tomato Basil Soup. It pairs phenomenally with the Short Rib Grilled Cheese. Sandwiched between rustic bread you’ll find blackberry jam, sharp white cheddar cheese, and shredded short rib. For something a little lighter, try the Roast Turkey Club on wheat bread with crispy bacon, tomato slices, avocado, lettuce, and a stunning peppercorn aioli.
Address: 799 Robson Street, Vancouver
4. Meat & Bread
Meat & Bread live up to their name and deliver with the best meat ladened sandwiches in Vancouver. One a soft ciabatta bread, The Meatball comes with three spicy meatballs smothered in a housemade marinara sauce, parm aioli, gremolata and crisp kale. Their most popular creation is the Porchetta which is salsa verde and crispy pork crackling. Whichever sandwich you decide to go with, they all pair well with their daily soups like the simple yet classic tomato bisque.
Address: 370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Vancouverites have been enjoying soups, sandwiches, and steeped teas for 13 years at the beloved Finch’s Tea House. Choose from several sandwiches and their daily vegetarian soup to enjoy in this cozy space. Favourites include the Pear Baguette, a sweet and savoury combination of freshly sliced pear, prosciutto, blue brie, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. For a hearty veggie-filled sandwich on whole wheat bread, the Full-Vegetarian is packed with delicious veggies including avocado, cucumber, tomato, red leaf lettuce, red onion, and dijon mayo.
Address: 353 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Railtown Cafe has been killing it with their soups, sandwiches and salads and now – with four locations across Vancouver – it’s easier than ever to get their scrumptious food. There are eight delightful sandwiches to pick from, all of which are assembled to order and are served on housemade bread including a buttery herb focaccia. The Chicken Club is warm chicken breast, crispy bacon, tomato and green goddess sauce, but there is also a vegetarian friendly Vegan Club which comes with avocado, sprouts, pickled beets, cucumber, spinach and fresh chickpea hummus. There is always a weekly meat and vegetarian soup like Butternut Squash Soup, Meat Chilli, and Tomato Soup up for order.
Hidden amongst the boutiques along Abott Street in Gastown is Crab Park Chowdery. Enjoy a hearty bowl of their New England Clam Chowder or roasted red pepper with corn, but whatever you decide on, the only way to enjoy it is in one of their sourdough bread bowls lined with american cheese. Pair it with either the simple Grilled Cheese or treat yourself to their Lobster Salad Sandwich.
Address: 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Belgard Kitchen elevates the humble tomato soup and grilled cheese duo by upping both the flavour and presentation. Their rich creamy Tomato Soup Fondue is served in an adorable mini cast iron casserole dish with a stack of Swiss and gruyere grilled cheese toasties. The toasties are served pre-cut into the perfect size for dipping in the soup because it is the best way to enjoy it. Be sure to pair it with a pint of Postmark Brewing’s beer.
Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
9. Banter Room
Next time you are in Yaletown and looking for a place for lunch, make your way over to the stunning Banter Room to tuck into their Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. Just like their opulent interior, their grilled cheese is layered with four types of cheese (Swiss, mozzarella, cheddar and goat cheese) and paired with a decadent creamy roasted tomato soup. If you looking for something a little different, ask for their Greend Goddess Grilled Cheese, made with avocado, spinach, mozzarella, goat cheese and a pesto aioli. Did we mention there is also a Moet Champagne vending machine here?
Address: 1039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
10. Red Wagon Cafe
The Pulled Pork Buttermilk Pancakes with Jack Daniels infused syrup is The Red Wagon’s take on a classic, so you can expect them to bring the same creativity and flavour to their soups and sandwiches. Their Grilled Cheese is made with real cheddar cheese for gooeyness and goat cheese for some tang and creaminess which is best enjoyed dipped in their house-made smokey tomato soup. If you are feeling extra, swap the grilled cheese for the Croque Monsieur – grilled ham and Swiss cheese between two slices of bread.
Address: 2296 E Hastings Street, Vancouver