While Portland, Oregon is the undisputed food truck capital of the world, the street food scene here in Vancouver is definitely worth investigating for some cutting edge gastronomic bites.
It’s not unusual for food truck chefs here to eventually open up a restaurant or two later on, after demonstrating their culinary expertise to discerning roadside food critics. Many food trucks dot the Vancouver landscape but critical mass is in the downtown core where office workers, residents as well as visitors congregate during lunch hours. In fact, many are parked curbside along the busy arteries of Burrard, Cordova, Robson and Granville Streeets.
Using the Vancouver Street Food app, diners can pinpoint the location as well as the hours of each food truck operating within the city. Choices are plentiful and diverse; there’s everything from Asian Fusion, pizza and even grilled cheese sandwiches.
Here are a few of our must try food truck picks:
- Japadog: the grand daddy of all food trucks and even vetted by none other than Anthoney Bourdain; a visit to Vancouver is not complete without trying one of these Japanese-inspired dogs.
- Mom’s Grilled Cheese: ooey-gooey cheesy comfort food at it’s best, and don’t forget the tomato soup!
- Feastro Beastro: Varying their locations in downtown Vancouver, head to the one by the Olympic Torch, just a couple blocks for The Auberge. Tacos, BBQ and fried chicken figure prominently on their Mexican-style menu.
- Tacofino: widely known for their fish tacos but give the pulled pork burrito a try. Due to their overwhelming popularity, their empire includes three restaurants in Vancouver as well as one in Victoria.
- Via Tevere Neapolitan Express: spurred on by their wildly successful pizza restaurant with sprawling line-ups nightly, the owners are now branching out creating saltimbocca-style sandwiches in various Vancouver locations. Try the caprese; it’s dee-lish!