Vegetarian Food Crawl: Vancouver, BC Edition Part 1

BC FOOD CRAWL: PART 1

I go to Vancouver, BC a lot! Mainly because I have cousins up there. BUT, that only means one thing

Food Crawling

That’s why I’m calling this “Part 1” because you know there’s going to be more incoming!

Vancouver is way ahead of Seattle when it comes to offering vegetarian and vegan options at several of their eateries.

So, of course when I teamed up with my aspiring vegan/vegetarian primo, we made A LIST. That list included foods that are savory and sweet, some vegan, some not. But regardless, they’re all vegetarian.

The following are highlights from that night’s crawl

 

SATURDAY: DAY 1

Spud Shack: One word: poutine. It’s the Canadian way. If you don’t know what poutine is, it’s fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. But that’s the OG style.

Now several joints, like Spud Shack, let you customize your poutine in some clever ways—great cheap eats! Oh and FYI, it’s located on the second floor of the Sky Train station.

Here’s what we tried

  • The OG Fries, gravy and cheese curds
  • The Big “V” Vegetarian Chili, sour cream and green onions. This is also available as a vegan option.
  • You can also get a vegetarian BBQ “chicken” option that we totally missed, but will try soon!

poutine

 

Stretch Pizza:  Roman style pizza! For those of you who’ve never been to Rome, this place gives you a taste of what they do! They make long, thick crusted, rectangular pizzas. Roman pizzerias typically offer a variety of exciting options to choose from. Perfect for food hopping.

Here’s what we tried

  • Funghi: Vegan option! Delicious Marinara topped with mushrooms and truffle oil.
  • Margherita: Because you have to! Always gotta try the classics.

 

Cacao 70: Dessert break! Remember those dip cones you used to get or still get?! Well, this place takes it to another level! They offer a variety of flavors that turn into a glossy hard shell. And you can mix and match.

  • Earl Grey: Yummmmmmmmm
  • Black Sesame: EXTRA Yummmmmmmm. This was my fave, if you couldn’t tell! I could drink this stuff! And if you’re a fan of peanut butter, this is basically its elevated cousin.

 

ice cream

 

Umaluma Vegan Gelato: Yup, vegan gelato! And yes, we double timed on the dessert back to back.

Umaluma takes the artisanal approach to making gelato. Each recipe is made from scratch and hand prepared to perfection; from making their nut milks, to squeezing the juice out of organic oranges, and pressing their own espresso. They go the limit to ensure the best flavor and quality.

Here’s what we tried

  • Drunken Cherry: Tasted like a berry pie cobbler! It was delicious and guilt free!

 vegan gelato

 

Peaked Pies: This Aussie establishment hand makes savory Australian pies, sweet pies, breakfast pies, and Australian style coffee and desserts. They did not disappoint! On a cold BC day—and there’s a lot—Peaked Pies hits the spot!

Here’s what we tried

  • The Vegetable Medley: Corn, carrots, leeks, celery, cauliflower, yams in a coconut milk based sauce—aka VEGAN! And we got it Peaked, which means it was topped with mashed potatoes, mushy peas and gravy. We said we were going to pace ourselves and then this pie happened…It was devoured.

 

savory pie

 

The Acorn: This was definitely one of the highlights of the crawl. It’s trendy, has great ambiance, is 100% vegetarian and full of flavor. If you’re in Vancouver and need a date spot for your veggie, this is a good one.

 

Known as the vegetable-forward restaurant and bar, The Acorn is located at the heart of Vancouver’s Main St. It’s grown in popularity, to say the least. The wait can be long, so make sure to arrive early to get your name on the list.

 

Here’s what we tried

 

  • Appetizer - The Parsnip: Caramelized Parsnip with Cashew Paté, Rutabaga with Quince Mostarda, and Taro Chips
  • Entrée - The Carrot Gnocchi: Rosemary Gnocchi, Confit Garlic with Sumac Potato Cream, Roasted Carrots, Pickled Knot Root, Crispy Carrots, Carrot Jus, and Caraway Cured Egg Yolks (MY FAVORITE)
  • Dessert - Meyer Lemon Cheesecake: Meyer Lemon Cashew Cheesecake, Blackberries, Almond with Date Crust, Spruce with Almond Crumble. I could’ve eaten a whole pie tin of this! And I’m not even a cheesecake person. It was so refreshing, yet still creamy and dense like traditional cheesecake. I applaud the pastry chefs for this guilt free dessert.

 vegan dinner

 

We were quite proud of ourselves for trying 6 spots in one night, so we left the rest of the adventure for the following day…

 

To be continued!


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