Inside Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar, Fresh St. Market's new restaurant (PHOTOS)

Feb 14 2020, 3:36 pm

You may have heard of specialty grocery store Fresh St. Market before, as it operates locations in West Vancouver, Surrey, and Whistler, but the new Vancouver location’s in-house dining concept, Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar, is brand spanking new, and let us tell you, they aren’t messing around with the menu.

We went in to see what all the buzz was about, quickly learning that the new addition to Vancouver House was a serious destination around lunch hour.

It’s not hard to see why — in addition to the cafe located inside the Pacific Boulevard entrance, which offers sandwiches, Glory Juice Co. juices and smoothies, and caffeinated beverages from Lions Bay Coffee, Fresh St. has an incredible ready-to-eat selection in the main space.

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Pacific Street entrance to the cafe (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Grab-and-go cafe selection (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Think samosas, salads, slaws, filos, rolls, and wings — there’s even hot plates with Indian eats at the far end of the section and a whole area for sushi and soups if you’re on-the-go.

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Ready-to-eat selection inside the market (Hanna McLean)

But in addition to these goods — plus the amazing affordable baked goods counter with a warm cookie station, a specialty cheese counter, and an Ocean Wise seafood case to name a few — is Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar.

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Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar (Hanna McLean)

This spot offers affordable eats for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 8 pm.

And we’re not talking your usual mediocre build-your-own-salad bar that we find in most grocery stores these days, we’re confident Fork Lift will become a staple spot to eat for people living and working in the area.

Fork Lift offers several different varieties of tacos made with housemade flour and corn tortillas. The selection includes vegan, chicken, pork, and beef options.

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Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

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Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Along with the tacos, folks can enjoy locally-made noodles in dishes like ramen, pho, and Taiwanese beef noodles. The broths for these eats are slowly simmered and all offerings are served with fresh toppings.

What we weren’t expecting from this new spot was a show-stopping burger — but we definitely found one here at Fork Lift.

The eatery offers a Chicago “smashed” style burger made from AAA Alberta Certified Angus Beef, which is ground in-house daily.

Check out the Ultimate Cheddar Bacon Burger. It’s made with One Arrow black pepper and honey bacon, the ultimate cheddar cheese mix, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion.

It’s massive but not the heaviest burger we’ve tried, which is ideal because this mega cheese skirt really fills you up.

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Ultimate Cheddar Bacon Burger (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

In addition to this bad boy, there are four other burgers including a veggie variety.

Another handheld up for order is the grilled or crispy chicken sandwich, you can also just opt for straight-up Fresh. St. Fried Chicken.

Fork Lift is also licensed and has a great list of local craft beer, wine, and kombucha on tap if you’re aiming to enjoy your eats sans booze.

Hanna McLean

Fork Lift is 100% worth a try if you are up for something new and Fresh St. Market, in general, is a bit of a foodie heaven so you need to head in if you haven’t already.

The store works hard to feature local brands and offer its housemade goods at affordable prices, which is a win-win if you ask us.

Fresh St. Market — Vancouver House

Address: 1423 Continental Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-265-1311

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