This week during Vancouver’s 35th anniversary of pride, we wanted to present you with some culinary delights. Fortunately for Vancouver we have many gay friendly establishments festooned across our beautiful city. Often you will see a rainbow flag sticker proudly placed in a front window, and we encourage you to eat and share at all of them! For pride this year we wanted to offer you some food insights by the successful Vancouver food bloggers known as – The Food Gays.
The Food Gays are Jeremy and Adrian, two Vancouver men who love food. Jeremy is an aspiring pastry chef and a self proclaimed human guinea pig. Jeremy is attending the Vancouver Community College this month with the Pastry Arts Patisserie program.
Adrian, who loves to write and use social media, can usually be spotted behind his phone Tweeting all things food! Both Jeremy and Adrian love to make homemade pizza and indulge in delicious sweets. You can follow along on their blog at www.foodgays.com
We asked The Food Gays to share with Vancity Buzz some of their favourite places to eat throughout our great city. We are proud to share their culinary choices and hope that on your pride adventures in Vancouver this year, you too can enjoy some of their delectable suggestions.
Favourite places in Vancouver for Breakfast?
Abode on Robson Street have a great breakfast. We love The Butchershop, complete with two eggs any style, Gelderman Farms bacon, country sausage, blackforest ham, and fruit salad or potatoes – everything you’d want. They also do an awesome daily Benny.
Favourite place in Vancouver for Brunch?
Edible Canada has a 6 item menu including specialty waffles and a duck poutine. Brunch at Fable in Kitsilano is always a fave, but they don’t do reservations.
Favourite place in Vancouver for Lunch?
Railtown Café. We love their Chicken BLT, but they have a bunch of other options, plus a daily special to choose from. Lost + Found Café is our other go-to. We love their soup and sandwich combo, and they have a great open space to relax and unwind. Both spots do all their baking in-house, which is something that we both appreciate.
Favourite place in Vancouver for dinner?
Mosaic at The Hyatt Regency. Chef Heinrich is one of the most creative chefs in Vancouver in our opinion, and our experiences there are nothing short of memorable.
Favourite place in Vancouver for cheap eats?
East of Main Café in Chinatown has amazing tapas. Or if you’re looking for something more casual, try the $5 Market Bowl from JJ’s Trucketeria food truck in Railtown.
Favourite place in Vancouver for late night snacks?
Bestie recently opened in Chinatown, and are open late on weekends. They’re the only spot in Vancouver serving up Currywurst, and fantastic pretzels. Pho Don in East Village is open until 2 am, and has a-kick-ass spicy vermicelli.
Favourite place in Vancouver for a coffee?
We adore East Café, who serves a mean “Canadiano”. Prado Café on Commercial Drive is also a lovely place to people watch, or try Revolver in Gastown, a cool coffee bar that’s a must-see for any coffee lover.
Favourite place in Vancouver for Pizza?
We usually make pizza at home, but if we were to go out we’d hit up Via Tevere, or Pazzarella’s mobile pizza truck. Cotto Enoteca in Burnaby is also worth a visit if you find yourself out there.
Favourite bakery in Vancouver?
We’re big fans of The Last Crumb in Mount Pleasant. Their sandwich cookie creations will have you drooling. If you’re looking for gluten-free options, East Village Bakery is for you.
Favourite lounge in Vancouver?
Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie is a nice place for drinks, or 1181 up the road.
Favourite place for Sushi?
Hapa Izakaya on Denman, or Suika on West Broadway.
Where are your favourite patios?
Oh, there are many nice ones. The Roof at Black & Blue, The Keg in Yaletown, or The Cactus Club at Waterfront – are all stellar choices.
Favourite place for a picnic in Vancouver?
We like Kits beach, but New Brighton Park is a fave because it’s so big, and dog friendly too. There’s a big swimming pool, and has a killer view of the mountains.
If you only have one day in Vancouver, where to eat? Breakfast, lunch, dinner…
Breakfast at Abode, lunch at Railtown Café, and dinner at Mosaic.
Any hidden gems we should know about?
We love desserts, so we’d recommend you check out Chez Christophe, located just outside of Vancouver, in the Burnaby Heights neighborhood. Chocolate Arts in Kitsilano is also worth a visit, as is Beta 5. Make a day of it and go to all three!
Favourite food truck in Vancouver?
There are so many good ones in Vancouver, we couldn’t pick just one. Pig On The Street (Jeremy suggests The Porker), and Vij’s Railway Express & Pazzarella Pizza are all great.