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By Kristi Alexandra

Global grub can be found all over the Lower Mainland, but where do you go to find a bite of comfort food? A map of some of the best places to find a great sandwich (besides the corporate franchises) in the Royal City of historic New Westminster will put your mother’s brown bags to shame.

Big Star Sandwich Co.

1. Big Star Sandwich Co.

The most obvious haunt to hit when craving a huge hunk of sandwich is downtown New Westminster’s Big Star Sandwich Co. Offering up 27 different sandwiches — like the beef dip with demi-glace gravy or the turkey and stuffing — on a fresh baked filone, this Columbia Street spot pairs subs with vintage sodas that Pop Tate would be proud to serve.

Columbia Street Sandwich Co.

2. Columbia Street Sandwich Co.

Tucked into a narrow shop front along Columbia Street, you’d be forgiven for missing this gem if not for its sandwich board out on the sidewalk. This small shop can be revered for its mom & pop vibe (or, in this case, mom & mom) and incomparably comforting sandwiches. Try the turkey, bacon & avocado sandwich or go with a classic egg salad sandwich that recalls the most impressive high tea you’ve ever been to. With prices starting at $4.50, it’s practically robbery.

Holland Shopping Centre

3. Holland Shopping Centre

Among Dutch curios and groceries, the Holland Shopping Centre’s deli serves up handmade sandwiches on a bun by request. Dutch favourites include broodje kroket (a smashed croquette on a bun with mustard), broodje haring (raw herring on a bun with white onions) or a custom meat-and-cheese bun (blood sausage and edam, anyone?). Starting at $3.50, there’s no reason not to try out a bite while doing a Netherlands-inspired grocery shop.


4. Re-up BBQ

For a trip to the south via the Fraser River, Re-Up BBQ delivers that smoky, slow-roasted and calorie-rich fare. Known well for their order-and-eat pulled pork sandwiches or their take out BBQ kits complete with coleslaw, one giant bun you can’t miss is the spicy fried chicken sandwich. A few alligator-sized bites into this $9.75 serving,  you’ll be crying Uncle. Trust us.

Bahn Mi Bar

5. Bahn Mi Bar

BBQ chicken bahn mi with beef pho is a common staple at many Vietnamese restaurants, but Bahn Mi Bar flips the tradition on its head. Served up sub-style on French bread, Bahn Mi Bar offers up cold cuts, meatballs and even a vegan sub as an option, with sandwiches starting at just $4.50 (taxes included). Sweetening the deal, the shop even offers a stamp card (as if they could get any more affordable).

6. Greens & Beans Deli Café

For the lunch-timer crew (the shop has limited hours), Greens & Beans Deli Café opens for classic comfort food fare, including soups and sandwiches. Classics appear starting at $3.75, but specialty sandwiches such as the Turkey Elaine (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo on a Kaiser Bun) and the Autumn Bomb (turkey, tomato, lettuce, hot peppers, pickles, mayo & mustard on toasted flax) steal the show. On occasion, Greens & Beans has even welcomed Seinfeld’s “soup nazi” for an appearance or two.

Burger Heaven Restaurant

7. Burger Heaven Restaurant

Known best for their mile high burger and their political burger polls, it might be hard to imagine one would come here for a bite between two slices of toast — but oh, one does. While the sandwiches don’t run cheap, they do get piled high. The grilled Hawaiian Delight and toasted Heavenly Club give even the joint’s exotic meat burgers a run for their money.

Anny’s Dairy Bar

8. Anny’s Dairy Bar

While some French Canadians seem to prefer our West Coast weather, they still do enjoy the taste of their own grub. Poutine, steamies, and stuffed Montreal smoked meat sandwiches reign supreme at Anny’s Dairy Bar in Uptown New Westminster. Rye, corned beef, and a healthy helping of mustard tickle the taste buds. Top it off with some classic maple twist ice cream.

Coming Home Café

9. Coming Home Café

Shameless comfort food without the subtlety — could the name be any more indicative of what they’re all about? Loved most for their bistro-style brunch, Coming Home Café also offers up goods like the sumptuous havarti grilled cheese on two whole-grain slices.

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By Nikki Hillman

You’ll know Rocco’s is passionate about supporting local as soon as you enter the store. The seating area is dominated by two, long wooden tables, built by a company directly across the street, who salvaged fallen trees from within the area. These tables foster traditional Italian family dining and, if you’ve visited Italy, you will be familiar with this concept – and Rocco’s is definitely about family.

The store is managed by Andy and Jana Mollica (a retired Air Canada employee) and their trusted employee, general manager and chef, Pat Toynbee. Stop by on a weekday afternoon and you could be entertained by their adorable children as they munch on pepperoni sticks from behind the deli glass.

Interior of Rocco’s, with family tables made of salvaged local wood.
Interior of Rocco’s, with family tables made of salvaged local wood.

Rocco’s opened in August of 2015 and has quickly become the go-to place for coffee, meats, cheeses and treats. Most of the pastries are made in store; try a café misto and a house-made apple fritter for a lovely afternoon snack. The coffee is out of this world, hand crafted on a classic Victoria Arduino espresso machine, producing the perfect crema.

Try a perfect café misto from a classic Victoria Arduino espresso machine.
Try a perfect café misto from a classic Victoria Arduino espresso machine.

Andy himself has enjoyed a long history within the BC food industry as a caterer, and most notably as the owner of Anducci’s in Coquitlam. But Andy admits that he has been searching for his niche in the food market and has finally found his passion with Rocco’s. There are so many delicious options in the small store; in-house prepared pasta dishes, pastries, muffins and soups along with dry goods imported from Italy. Their pizza dough is prepared with flour sourced from the Prairies and they are careful to support local bakeries for their breads, rolls and baguettes.

 In-house made pastries.
In-house made pastries.

Of course, given the owner’s background, Rocco’s offers catering and if you are looking for a charcuterie option you will not be disappointed with the choice of products, or the quality of the meats and cheeses. The plate he offered us featured the classics such as prosciutto and salami but also included some unique and spicy flavors, complimented with flavorful and colorful olives. (I highly recommend the Port Wine Derby cheese!)

If you are looking for a healthier replacement of the standard deli meats for yours, or your children’s lunches, Rocco’s prepares sliced, roasted, organic chicken and turkey along with an in-house cured roast beef. When these meats are paired with the fresh breads and buns, Rocco’s offers some amazing panini’s available for lunch or take out.

But the most interesting aspect of this deli is the refillable olive oil program. This grew in part from a fond memory for Andy. As a child, he remembers visiting a local store with his uncle, who would take along small, glass containers which they would re-fill with grappa. With a growing trend toward “bring your own container” shopping, Rocco’s is on point with this initiative. Shoppers simply purchase the bottles available in the store (there are two sizes) and the staff will fill it with a neutral, filtered, extra virgin olive oil well suited for dressings and sauces. I took home a small bottle of the oil, paired it with a balsamic vinegar reduction, a ciabatta bun and an olive baguette. My family and I were impressed by the fresh taste and smell of this oil, it was unlike any store bought oil I’ve tried before.

Refills are available of fresh, extra virgin olive oil.
Refills are available of fresh, extra virgin olive oil.

Rocco’s will soon undergo a small reno during which Andy will realize his long term goal of balancing his coolers with 50% Rocco’s in-house cured meats and 50% imported Italian meats. They also plan to begin an “Italian happy hour” offering beer, wine and mixed cocktails between 4-8pm; charcuterie included in the price. This is a great place to stop on your way home from work, celebrating a traditional Italian activity proving their motto “We eat what we sell, we sell what we eat.”

Before you visit, make sure to download Rocco’s Deli app, and begin earning a point for every dollar you spend in their store, redeemable for merchandise.

Rocco’s Deli Eatalian Street Food and Deli
228 Schoolhouse Road
Coquitlam, BC

Open: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 10-5pm, and conveniently located near Zone Bowling Coquitlam and across the street from Cineplex SilverCity, a 20 screen movie theatre.

by Catherine Dunwoody

Here’s some insider’s intel you’ll want to get in on. One of Vancouver’s most sought after catering companies has opened a restaurant in Richmond. Yep, located just on the other side of Knight Street near IKEA, in the business area, Boy With A Knife Catering is serving up lunch – and locals couldn’t be happier.

The 55-person full service restaurant has a licensed patio and a grab ‘n go deli serving soups and grilled sandwiches, espresso and pastries. If you’ve ever attended a wedding, corporate event, or party catered by these ‘boys’ – you know how skilled owners Chef Brandon Dac and Sean Fay are. I chatted with Sean recently about their new venture.

Chef Brandon Dac and Sean Fay | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife
Chef Brandon Dac and Sean Fay | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife

CD: Tell me about your background, for starters.

SF: The business came about pretty organically. Brandon was working for a catering company in the city and I was working a corporate job in finance. We both were feeling uninspired with what we were doing but one thing that we always enjoyed was throwing dinner parties for our friends. It was funny because Brandon knew food, and I knew service, so we naturally knew how to throw a pretty good party.

I think it was one day after a long day of work we were sitting in our kitchen when we both decided that we should start our own business. Boy With A Knife started in 2013 as a side project out of our kitchen, but as we got going the response to our food was really great. It didn’t take long until we took the leap, quit our full time jobs, and really focused on building BWAK into the business it is today.

Tuna nicious cups | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife
Tuna nicious cups | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife

CD: Is there a signature dish at the Grill we should know about?

SF: Chicken banh mi is great because it’s a simple burger, but nails all the components of a traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. We make our own du cha (pickled daikon and carrot) with a Sriracha mayo and a lemongrass marinated chicken breast. Another great thing about our banh mi is that the patty is made with potato flour and starch so it is gluten free when used with a gluten free bun.

Chicken banh mi | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife
Chicken banh mi | image courtesy of Boy With A Knife

CD: Is there a hot food trend you are into theses days?

SF: Loving things that are small. Adorable one-biters are my go-to right now.

Visit Boy With A Knife Grill and Deli for happy hour at lunch time – deals and specials daily.

Image courtesy of Boy With A Knife
Image courtesy of Boy With A Knife

Boy With A Knife
7 – 3331 Viking Way
604.278.0543 (deli & grill)
604-278-0769 (catering)

By Sheliza Mitha & The City of Coquitlam

The temperate climate of BC’s Lower Mainland makes it especially easy to enjoy impromptu (and planned) barbecues and picnics – particularly in the warmer months of spring, summer and early fall. So, why not take it easy on yourself and enjoy the weather… and let someone else (preferably an expert!) do all the prep work?

Enter Coquitlam’s array of specialty and multicultural delis, where you’ll find everything from authentic Italian salami and street food to Eastern European delights and even some flavourful Persian treats and meat.

Here are just a few Coquitlam delis (in alphabetical order) where you can pop in and grab what you need for a quick and delicious meal:

Euro Food Tri-City Deli & Catering

1-555 North Road

Tucked away in Coquitlam’s North Road, this eclectic deli features most anything one could imagine from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe. Think smoked fish, sturgeon caviar, and hard-to-find salamis and sausages (including Pick salami, reputed to be the world’s oldest salami recipe) and cheese (such as Greek sheep cheese and creamy Macedonian goat cheese). You’ll also find some delicious house-made items – including salads, borscht, goulash, cabbage rolls, poppy-seed strudels, etc. While here, enjoy a cup of tea and the specialty item of the day (fresh crepes anyone?). Or snack on a frozen treat reminiscent of a mini cheesecake dipped in chocolate. Pick up a unique drink made from bread (yes, bread). This colourful store also carries an impressive variety of pickled vegetables, spices, teas, coffee, ginger breads and dry breads from Latvia, Russia and Ukraine, along with authentic Russian candy, chocolate and much more.

Euro Food Tri-City Deli & Catering
Euro Food Tri-City Deli & Catering

Giancarlo Deli

1115 A/B Austin Avenue

Giancarlo’s might just be one of the most perfectly casual spots to get your Italian caffeine fix in Coquitlam. While here, check out the colourful shelves of pasta, sauces, imported biscuits, crackers, juices and more. Dine in with one of the freshly made sandwiches or take home items for later such as homemade lasagne, sauces and an array of cheese and savoury cold cuts from the deli case (salami, prosciutto, rosemary ham and more).

Rocco’s Deli Eatalian Street Food & Market

228 Schoolhouse Street

A visit here yields a true taste of Italy with fresh panini, salads and deli items that include Italian charcuterie and a fully-stocked market of authentic pasta sauces and other Italian staples. Olive oil connoisseurs will especially love Rocco’s olive oil tap, where you can browse and refill your own bottles. Be sure to also visit Rocco’s website to get some healthy, homemade and tasty recipes… then make your way here to pick up the ingredients. (Yes, it’s that simple.)

Euro Food Tri-City Deli & Catering
Euro Food Tri-City Deli & Catering

Sumbul Supermarket

A – 1037 Ridgeway Avenue

With friendly staff always at the ready, Sumbul has a full offering of fresh and frozen halal meat, such as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey as well as a variety of specialty Middle Eastern groceries. Along with ample selections of Basmati rice and halwa, you’ll also find fresh fruit, vegetables and bulk items of nuts, raisins, dried berries, toasted pine nuts and other essentials.

Tina European Deli

931 Brunette Avenue

This European deli features an array of culinary delights that are sure to please most any appetite and palate. From canned goods to sweet treats and more, this deli is home to some flavourful ingredients and foods that are uniquely European.

Urban Gate

102 – 1158 The High Street

Part restaurant/part deli, Urban Gate has it all. Along with a full-service restaurant, Urban Gate features a Middle Eastern/Persian supermarket that presents everything from local and imported spices to an entire corner dedicated to some impressive (and tantalizing) pastries. In another section, you’ll find some remarkably fresh cuts of meat (including a one-of-a-kind lamb selection) with expert, knowledgeable butchers who are ready to slice and dice. All you have to do is fire up that oven or barbeque.

Urban Gate pastries
Urban Gate pastries

By Sheliza Mitha

For those who love coffee, there is nothing quite as satisfying and soul replenishing as an authentically-Italian cup of joe (whether it’s an Americano, cappuccino, latte, etc.). In Coquitlam’s Austin Heights, a veritable foodie hub, you’ll find the GianCarlo Deli – the perfect place to get your Italian caffeine fix, and then some. A few short blocks away are more tempting Italian old-world traditions and flavours at the acclaimed Golden Boot Caffe and Jimoco Café and Pasta.

I ventured to Austin Heights in search of traditional Italian fare – and that’s just what I got, in many different forms. My self-guided tour of Italy kicked off with a smooth latte at GianCarlo’s, where I perused the neatly stacked shelves of pasta, sauces, imported biscuits, crackers, juices and more.

The morning I was there, the owner was busily making homemade lasagne noodles in the kitchen at the back of this dual café/store. A large pot of meat sauce simmered a few steps away. Once the noodles are made, the next step, he told me, will be to layer the noodles with some cheese and sauce; it will then go in the freezer at the front of the store for customers to take home and bake. In case there’s any question, I do think this would qualify as a “homemade” meal. (I’m just saying.)

For the lunch crowd, GianCarlo’s prepares various types of sandwiches (including their extremely popular meatball subs) with ingredients straight from their own deli case, which is home to an array of cheese and savoury and seasoned cold cuts (think salami, prosciutto, rosemary ham and more).

After perusing the Italian and other European items, I promise myself to come back for takeaway items such as homemade lasagne, cheese and salami before heading to my next stop: The Golden Boot Caffe. Here is where classic Italian cooking meets cool, urban ambiance.

With a penchant for Italian cooking from his three aunts, paired with many summers spent cooking and eating with family in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, owner/chef David Azzi opened his first Italian restaurant – not in his hometown of Coquitlam, but rather in the heart of downtown Vancouver inside the ultra-stylish Leone boutique. After a few years, he travelled east and opened The Golden Boot Caffe.

The Golden Boot Caffe: Pizza Margherita
The Golden Boot Caffe: Pizza Margherita

During my recent visit, I sampled two of their many homemade specialties: Pizza Margherita Napoli and handmade tortellini with prosciutto and parmesan. Aside from the fact that you’re greeted almost immediately with homemade focaccia bread, that the parmesan is the truest kind you can find anywhere in the world – that’s to say, parmesan from Parma, Italy – and that all the meat (for paninis) is roasted in-house, all the sauces are homemade and the pizza genuinely rivals any you might find in Rome or Naples. Aside from all this, the most amazing aspect of my meal was the handmade tortellini, which is hand rolled only after you’ve ordered it. The result? An exceptional and extraordinarily flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth pasta experience you won’t soon forget.

The Golden Boot Caffe: Handmade Tortellini
The Golden Boot Caffe: Handmade Tortellini

But since Austin Heights is rife with remarkable dining, there’s another not-to-be-missed experience mere blocks away – this time, at Jimoco Café and Pasta, a bustling neighbourhood favourite known for delicious cuisine, generous portions and savvy pricing.

This intimate and cozy restaurant is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Jayden and Jane Lee who serve up fresh and delicious pizzas, sandwiches, pasta dishes and more – both traditional and with a twist.

Though of Korean descent, Jayden spent a number of years in Northern Italy learning the craft and honing his skills in traditional Italian cooking at a prestigious culinary school in the City of Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region, known for some of the country’s finest cuisine and particularly famous for its prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, architecture and music.

Here in Coquitlam, Jayden has taken his Italian culinary skills to new heights at Jimoco Café and Pasta with standard favourites such as Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti alla Bolognese (spaghetti with meat sauce) as well as some fusion fare that includes the Penne alla Bombay (pasta with chicken and tomatoes in a curry cream sauce).

Jimoco Café and Pasta: Linguine
Jimoco Café and Pasta: Linguine

Whether you need a quick Italian coffee fix, some European groceries, homemade take-and-bake lasagne – or prefer to dine out on a memorable Italian meal – simply make your way to Coquitlam’s Austin Heights (no passport or euros needed!). Here, a taste of Italy is easy to find, keep and take home. All you have to do is bring your appetite.

Buon appetito!