It’s no secret that my favourite part of travel is the food and culture that comes with it. I take food tours and cooking classes and often bring my favourite recipes home with me. On top of that, I am lucky to live in a diverse city with incredible restaurants covering my favourite foodie locations. Given the current climate, I have come to REALLY appreciate this. So, without leaving my home, let’s take a trip around the globe through my favourite dine-in Vancouver options.
Show Some Love. Eat Great Food.
Although I can’t currently promote my future travel destinations, I can focus on home.
Each night at 7 PM I am moved by the cheers and banging of pots for our healthcare workers. It’s a nice touch of support and unity during these strange times. This made me think about others that are helping us through this, specifically local restaurants and eateries. Although they have closed their seating areas, many continue to operate through delivery and take away. Please consider showing some support for these great dine-in Vancouver options!
As noted in my post on where to find the best sushi in Vancouver, Toshi is my absolute favourite! Cheap. Fresh. Delicious.
Toshi is my go-to for sushi in Vancouver but they also have a small offering of hot items including an amazing miso glazed eggplant dish as well as great dumplings.
Thankfully, they have remained open for takeaway during self-isolation. I recently ordered some toro nigiri and it’s still the best in town IMO. They have converted their front window to feature their takeaway menu as well as some instant noodle options to go. Also, despite social distancing, they are as friendly as ever:
Toshi Sushi Contact Info
Take Out Options: Pickup only
TLITs Recommendations: oshizushihako (pressed sushi), Soy-Sheet Sweet Potatoe Roll, Toro
?: Tue – Sat 4:00 to 8:00 pm
?: 181 E 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 4R2
Another great dine-in Vancouver option is Carano on Fraser Street. This non-traditional, Neapolitan-style pizzeria is well set up for walk-up orders and pick-up. They also offer delivery through DoorDash. Get the Sopprosatta with extra smoked olives. ?
On top of excellent pizza, they are genuinely great folks and are currently offering free pie to first responders and healthcare workers!
Carano Contact Info
Take Out Options: Pickup, Skip The Dishes, DoorDash
TLITs Recommendations: Kale Ceaser, Sopprosatta, Fungi
?: (604) 877-1270
?: Tue – Sun 4:00 to 9:00
?: 4241 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 1G1
Carp Sushi + Bowl
Carp, another sushi place that made my favourites list, is open for takeaway and Uber Eats delivery. Although they have a small sushi menu, Carp made my favourite Vancouver sushi list for their incredible poke bowls. I have also recently discovered their Japanese curry which is also ?
Carp Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: Tuna Poke with kimchi, Curry Combo?: (604) 708-5542
?: Mon – Fri 11:30 to 8:00
?: 2516 Prince Edward St, Vancouver, BC V5T 4T3
Nashville Hot Chicken in the Pacific Northwest? Yep, and it’s delicious and incredibly popular. If I’m going to glean any sort of positive out of the current situation, it’s that DL Chicken delivers..sort of. The American pub is delivering both DLChicken and DLBurgurs. Contact them at 778-945-6752 for details.
Otherwise, if you are looking to pick up from DL Chicken, see the contact info below.
DL Chicken Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: Original Sando, medium spice, fries!?: 604-283-1385
?: Check their IG for latest hours
?: 905 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8
Sal y Limón
Before I left Vancouver to travel full time for 14 months, my favourite taco place was a hole in the wall. Fast forward a few years and Sal y Limon has not only expanded their original space but opened a location at YVR airport! Not the best timing for the airport location however their original restaurant is still very busy. They serve up some of the best tacos in the city including barbacoa, something I loved in Mexico City.
Sal y Limon Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: Chorizo, Barbacoa, Shrimp, Tacos. Carne Asada Torta.?: (604) 677-4247
?: Mon – Sun 10:00 to 8:00
?: 701 Kingsway #5, Vancouver, BC V5T 3K6
Tasty Indian Bistro
Rounding out this worldly dine-in Vancouver list is my absolute favourite Indian restaurant, Tasty Indian Bistro. Now there are a TON of excellent Indian restaurants in the Vancouver area, however, we would drive 40-minutes out of our way to dine at this Surrey/Delta area eatery. This is until they recently opened (and subsequently shut due to Covid-19) a downtown Vancouver location. Lucky for us, they just announced they will be opening again for delivery!
Tasty Indian Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: Everything is amazing. Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer, Pakoras…?: (604) 423-3300
?: Contact for hours
?: 1261 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6K3
JJ Bean Coffee
Although arguably far from essential, JJ Bean remains open for takeaway at certain locations. Their dark roast drip coffee is my favourite in town so I’m thankful for them helping me get through these odd days. They have strict cleanliness policies in place and minimize the number of guests that can enter at a time. Above is the lineup outside their Main Street location. Well done on the social distancing Vancouver!
JJ Bean Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: Dark roast drip and any muffin!?: Mon – Sun 07:00 to 8:00
?: 3010 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G5
33 Acres Brewing Company
Pandemic or not, 33 Acres is an incredibly clean brewery. Even their Instagram feed is sterile. That said, they have closed their tasting rooms but are open for takeaway. I was recently in and can confirm they wipe everything down after each guest visit as well as limit people at the door.
Orange Oat and the Hazy Pilsner are my new favourites. Their dark lagger and 33 Acers of Ocean are my all-time favourites.
33 Acres isn’t the only brewery remaining open for takeaway. With liquor sales way up to help us all cope with the current climate, this is understandable. Most breweries are using services like DoorDash to help get their products to thirsty clients. For a great list on all breweries in BC delivering, check out the Growler.ca.
33 Acres Contact Info
TLITs Recommendations: ?: (604) 620-4589
?: Mon – Sat 12:00 to 08:00
?: Sun 12:00 to 05:00
?: 15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8
*Bonus – Ramen Butcher!
Just as I clicked publish, my absolute favourite Ramen spot (outside of Osaka!) announced that they are opening up for delivery through Uber Eats!
Ramen Butcher Contact Info
Take Out Options: Uber Eats
TLITs Recommendations: Orange Ramen, spicy sauce on the side.
?: (604) 806-4646
?: Call for hours!
?: 223 Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6
Support Local and Dine-in Vancouver!
There you have it. My trip around the globe through these incredible dine-in Vancouver options. This is, of course, only a small sample of eateries around town that remain open to feed us. For a comprehensive list on what is currently open and delivering during the pandemic, check out this Vancouver is Awesome post.
Hopefully, instead of stocking up on canned beans and enough toilet paper to last you a lifetime, you will consider spending your money local at these great restaurants where workers are doing their best to keep their companies afloat and this city fed! If you aren’t located in Vancouver, consider the same for your area. Think twice about spending your money at large chains and large grocery stores during this time and support those that need it. Stay safe all!
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