Seeing as 2020 has been a year like no other, Dine Out Vancouver has decided to follow suit!
We noticed the new patios popping up all over the city, and took it as our cue to open things up a bit. Welcome to Dine OutSide, the same high standard of fantastic food, all served in a safe, socially-distanced environment. It hasn’t been easy hearing the low rumbling of Vancouver appetites yearning for a night out, so from Aug 21 to Sept 21, we’ve put together an impressive roster of restaurants to help curb all that growling.
Before you go wading into the possibilities of your next meal though, we thought we might share a few of our most anticipated orders.
Start here with a hit list of things to try, so you can cut right to the chase in planning your reservation or Picnic-2-Go.
If 2020 has given us anything, it’s a reason to indulge a little bit.
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The Arbor’s Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich
One of the best veggie sandwiches you can find on Main Street, this Arbor bestseller has been known to twist the arms of even the most devout carnivores. The crunch of the battered artichokes complimenting the tang of the spicy mayo makes each bite better than the last!
3941 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2
Chambar’s Moules Frites
A date night staple, Chambar never fails to communicate the romance of food. Share a bowl of their famous mussels with your choice of tomato coconut cream or white wine butter sauce and you’re already off to a great start. If it’s a first date, try to practice decorum while lapping up the sauce with the fries, but it won’t be easy.
568 Beatty St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3
Sprezzatura- Any Pizza
We’re cheating a bit with this one, but making us pick a favourite among the authentic Napoli-style pies is just unreasonable. Relatively new to Mount Pleasant, Sprezzatura has kept the neighbourhood well supplied with fresh pizza and Italian antipasti since opening last year. Described as ‘Verache Pizza Napoletana’, the pizzas at Sprezzatura are soft, fluffy, and best eaten with a knife and fork.
Vancouver, BC V5T 3J5
The Pawn Shop’s Crispy Avocado Taco
If you’re feeling peckish on Granville Street, make this your first order of business. Crispy avocado, white cabbage, pico de gallo, garlic-lime aioli, and a splash of hot sauce. Fold it together, and you’ve got the bright taste of summer no matter what the forecast is saying. Pair with a margarita for best results.
1117 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V5B 3K1
Jamjar Canteen’s Lebanese Tapas Feast
The spot on The Drive for Lebanese, Jamjar is bonafide comfort food. All made from scratch, this 11(!) dish feast includes a trio of hummus, baharat spiced chicken wings, and finishes with fresh house-made baklava.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the whole feast can be made vegan as well.
2290 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N5P9
Pourhouse’s Pourhouse Burger
Known in burger circles as one of the best in the city, the Pourhouse Burger proves that simplicity is an art. All you need is a handful of delicious ingredients, and you’re set. In this case, it’s all about the 40-day dry-aged Cache Creek chuck steak, aged cheddar, and pork belly. On paper, it might sound basic, but the first taste is complex beyond words.
162 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
The Raw Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Sushi Nori Tacos
You can always count on the Pacific Rim’s Raw Bar for inventive sushi. When it comes time to pick your menu, we highly suggest this taster of their finest offerings. This certified Oceanwise trio includes spicy albacore tuna, aburi salmon, marinated crab, sushi rice and toasted nori. Finish with a piece of citrus cheesecake, and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful evening.
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
BeetBox’s Chick-Un Sandwich
Available in: The BeetBox Beach Bag
Self-described as ‘conscious comfort food’ BeetBox offers delicious guilty pleasures with a fraction of the guilt. The Chick-Un Sandwich is a plant-based alternative to getting that classic southern crunch. As Beetbox was launched by the fry-masters at Juke, it’s safe to say they’ve mastered the art of crispy.
With a breaded seitan patty, miso aioli, fresh iceberg lettuce, and spicy pickled cucumber, this is the right way to do a meatless meal.
1074 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1M3
DD Mau’s Banh Mi Sandwiches
Available in: The Banh Mi Picnic
There’s a reason why DD Mau has been prominently featured on Vancouver food shows. Once you tuck into one of their Banh Mis (or Vietnamese baguette), you’d be hard-pressed to return to lesser sandwich joints. With their Picnic-2-Go dinner for two, you can choose between five of their signature Bahn Mis including our faves, BBQ Pork & Kimchi, and Lemongrass Tofu. True sandwich artistry.
1239 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Fable Diner’s Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
Available in: The Family Picnic
If you’ve tried any of Fable Diner’s milkshakes, then you know their level of expertise when it comes to sweets. These handmade sandwiches absolutely live up to that reputation. When that subtle salt to the cookie hits the creaminess of the vanilla, it’s yet another dessert triumph.
While everything in this picnic for four is undeniably tasty, these are the belle of the basket.
151 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1W1