Summer camp is in session all year ’round now at The Tuck Shoppe, a tiny but mighty sandwich-centric casual restaurant in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Taking over the former The Parker/Big Trouble space, The Tuck Shoppe is the project of local restaurant vets Zach Buckman and Adam Merpaw, who took over the space last fall, and opened just a couple of weeks ago.
The vibe is cheery and chill, with a bit of camp-inspired camp in the decor. The cushions are a nod to the classic Canadiana of the Hudson’s Bay blanket, there’s a wall of candy and other sundries, and, yes, that’s a canoe on the ceiling.
Order at the counter from a menu that aims to keep customers coming back to work their way through the salads, soups, and sandwiches. Tuck into the satisfying Cubano, decked out with housemade pickles, tender pork belly, and gooey Swiss cheese, or keep things on the lighter side with their gorgeous kale, cauliflower, and quinoa salad–topped with fresh pea shoots grown just a few blocks over and pedaled to the restaurant by the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative.
Spice up your meal with a tipple from the bar; choices include a limited selection of wine, craft beer on tap, and their bold Caesar, made with Walter Caesar mix and topped with a pickle spear and beef jerky. For a sweet treat, they’ve got corner store-style ice cream sandwiches, or the more artisanal Shoppe Ice Cream S’more, or grab one of their house-made fruit roll-ups for real childhood throwback.
The Tuck Shoppe is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Address: 237 Union Street