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Vancouver – 3 Underrated Eats

When I was in Vancouver a few weeks ago for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon, I ate.  I ate a lot.  I like to call post-run hunger “Runger”…and since we were in town for a whole lot of running, it was a given that a whole lot of eating was to follow.  These were my favourite diamonds in the rough.

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1. The Red Wagon Cafe – 2296 E Hastings St (Website)

This place technically isn’t even “underrated” – it was featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (just like the OB Noodle House in San Diego I was lucky enough to visit in April!), so it has definitely gained some attention!  We went on the Sunday after the race for brunch, and we had to wait for about 30 minutes for a table, but it was well worth it.  I had the Pork Belly breakfast, and Claire had the Pulled Pork Buttermilk Pancakes – they come with JD-Spiked Maple Syrup.  Lucky for me, she couldn’t finish it all, so I did.  Yup.  “Runger” can continue for more than 24 hours, right?

Pork Belly Breakfast
Pork Belly Breakfast
Pulled Pork Pancakes
Pulled Pork Pancakes

2. Five Elements – 1046 Commercial Dr (Website)

As a Calgarian, I am pretty picky about my Vietnamese food.  Calgary is a mecca for it, and I feel really spoiled sometimes with just how awesome it is here.  But Five Elements was a very pleasant surprise.  Our table ordered an array of soup and vermicelli dishes, and everybody was extremely satisfied.  Plus – the portions were HUGE!  Like 2 or 3 meals huge.  And the best part about this place is that they use NO MSG at all.  Amazing.

Lemongrass Pork Vermicelli
Lemongrass Pork Vermicelli

3. Motomachi Shokudo Ramen – 740 Denman Street (Website)

Okay.  Maybe my perception of this place was slightly blurred since I was tipsy on celebratory post-race-day champagne when we arrived, but I’m just going to go ahead and say that this was the BEST Ramen I’ve ever had.  EVER.  I ordered the Extra BBQ Pork Ramen (which was way too much food, but again, I’ll blame the champagne) and I wish I had privacy to lick the bowl.  The restaurant itself is tiny, but adorable and completely authentic.  If I lived in Vancouver, I’d eat here several times a week.  I’ll be dreaming about this place for years to come.

Extra BBQ Pork Ramen
Extra BBQ Pork Ramen

Where are your favourite spots to eat in Vancouver?

Do you have a favourite type of Cuisine?

Ashley Dempster is a twenty-something Canadian Travel and Adventure blogger based in Calgary, Canada. Her passions include good food, minimalist packing, running, music, and chasing down every opportunity for adventure.

8 Comments

  1. If you love sandwiches “Hubbub Sandwiches” are the best I’ve ever had. I worked there lasts year. They have 3 locations in Vancouver. One on Cambie, Robson and Hornby.

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