Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver, 2008

October 1, 2008

The way to find the best things to eat and drink in any city is to consult people with educated palates, intimate knowledge of the food scene, and culinary curiosity. So we asked a couple of dozen of the city’s chefs, critics, purveyors, and food writers to tell us what they recommend to friends: not just obvious highlights on the menus of our best restaurants, but out-of-the-way treats, intriguing ethnic concoctions, and market items most of us would never think to seek out. Here are the best of their suggestions—plus a few of our own.

Click on the images below for more details, including information about where to buy. Photographs by Christine McAvoy:

Raspberry Wheat Ale
Salmon Tacones


Gyu Yukke

Double-Baked Almond Croissant

Rabbit Sausage

Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Hercule De Charlevoix

Clayburn Raspberry Jam

Chef’s Chicken Salad

Honey Doughnuts

Foie Gras Parfait

Raincoast Crisps

Dark Chocolate Carmelitas

European Deli Hummus

Lavash Bread

Nk’mip Pinot Noir


kashk-eh-bodem jahn

Chocolate-Walnut Rugelach

The Doug Special

Mariage Frères Tea

Vanilla-Salt Chocolates

Penne With Wild Boar

David Wood’s Chèvre

Savary Island’s Tourtière

Black Hills Alibi

the green party cocktail

cricket bread

Deep-Fried Zucchini Blossoms


Kobe Meatballs

Topanga’s Chocolate Cake

Deep-Fried Frog’s Legs


Wild White Salmon

Friulano Salumi


Polenta Fries

Vegetarian Poutine

Venturi-Schulze Balsamic Vinegar

Solly’s Kosher Pickle

C Citrus Salt

Spot Prawns


Barese Sausage

Ramen at Motomachi Shokudo

Pan de Sal

Taboo Absinthe

Tiger Blue Cheese

Shiitake Mushrooms at Bo Kong

Mission Hill Oculus Cherries

Georgian Baguettes

Double Chocolate Porter

Rosemary Raspberry Sea Salt

Scallops in Octopus Bacon

Lamb Bacon

Bad Girl Hazelnut Truffles


Liège Waffles

Stock Market's Hot Porridge

Butter Baked Goods’ Marshmallows

Beer-Injected Fried Oyster

Soda Bread


Smoked Bison Carpaccio

Dodonis Feta Cheese

Stamina Roll

Osake Premium Sake


Moroccan Chicken Wings

Sweet Georgia Browns

House Special Pho

Sandwiches From So.cial

Old Vines Foch


Hy’s Stuffed Potatoes

Ethical Bean Coffee

Farmhouse Alpine Gold Cheese

Muc Tuoi Rang Muoi

Chocoatl’s Hot Chocolate

Fuel’s Fried Chicken

Cru's Macaroni and Cheese

Blis Maple Syrup

Thierry Busset’s Tiramisu

Natural Pastures Mozzarella di Bufala

Milséan Dark Chocolate

Tofu Doughnuts

Oysters With Horseradish Snow



Ukranian Church Perogies

Eleni Olive Oil

Steller’s Jay Brut



Ila Chocolates

Blue Fig Martini

Naam Miso Gravy

Honey Mussels


Matsutake Mushrooms

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