It felt like we waited forever, but over the weekend BC’s first-ever Copper Branch location finally opened its doors.
The Montreal-based and founded concept has been expanding nationally over the past few years, but this is the first Vancouver spot that’s arrived so far.
Known for its hearty, 100% vegan eats like burritos, bowls, and burgers, the Canadian franchisee-run company already operates locations in Alberta, Ontario, and Montreal, as well as one location in Florida.
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We went into the Yaletown location of the chain to check out what all the buzz was about.
Whether you’re coming in just for the brand’s signature poutine, a hearty Copper Deluxe burger, or a simply Golden Turmeric Latte, Copper Branch has options for every mood and time.
We tried the Unity Falafel Wrap made with an organic spelt wrap, carrot keftedes, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and non-GMO aioli sauce, which was a light-but-filling bite that actually gave us homemade vibes.
In addition to burgers, soups, chili, power bowls, and sandwiches, there’s a ton of sides up for order here too.
The fries here aren’t your run-of-the-mill crispy-fried variety, Copper Branch’s spud sticks are oven-baked and hand-cut in-store, then topped with house spice, olive oil, and lemon.
As with any new plant-based spot that offers a vegan wing, we had to try them. Copper Branch has a Spicy Buffalo Wing variety up for order.
These soy wings are seasoned with hot sauce, sriracha coleslaw, and served with aïoli sauce or hot sauce.
Anything you get here can be taken to go, but there are also a handful of hightop tables, booths, and a bar by the window where you can sit down and enjoy in-store.
The food comes out fast and the price point is reasonable compared to other takeout options in Yaletown — it was around $40 for two entrees and sides.
If you don’t have to time stay or order, Copper Branch offers a small selection of ready-made eats and drinks in an area by the counter.
Overall Copper Branch’s food leaves you feeling fueled, not weighed down, which is something that heavy plant-based eats can often do.
Be sure to stop in here and check it out for yourself for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 9 pm and weekends from 8 am to 9 pm.
Copper Branch – Yaletown
Address: 280 Nelson Street, Vancouver