The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver


No less an authority than The New York Times declared that “the number of truly outstanding restaurants in Vancouver is astounding.” But with so many incredible eateries and mouthwatering dishes, where do you start? Here’s a cheat sheet: Taste these and you’re well on your way to discovering the culinary soul of the city.

  • Terimayo at Japadog: Serving up gourmet hot dogs with Japanese toppings since 2005, Japadog is a Vancouver legend and international hit. Their signature dog is the terimayo: a savory sausage topped with teriyaki sauce, wasabi mayo and seaweed.
  • Traditional poutine at La Belle Patate: Poutine may be a Quebecois invention, but the decadent combination of crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds and rich gravy reaches new heights at Vancouver’s La Belle Patate.
  • Tojo Roll at Tojo’s: Vancouver sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo is widely credited with inventing the now ubiquitous California roll back in the 1970s, when he put rice on the outside of his maki rather than inside. His eponymous roll wraps West Coast dungeness crab in avocado, spinach and egg.
  • Island Lager at Granville Island Brewing: Craft brewers are everywhere in Vancouver these days and the granddaddy of them all is Granville Island. Their Island Lager – a hoppy, refreshing brew –put the brewery on the map back when it opened its doors in 1984.
  • Passion fruit macaron at Thierry: Macarons – pastel-colored French confections of egg white and almond powder – have taken the city’s taste buds by storm of late. And the master may well be French pastry chef Thierry Busset, whose passion fruit macaron is wickedly addictive.
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