Sherman's Food Adventures: Top 40 Things to Eat in Vancouver... for now...

Top 40 Things to Eat in Vancouver... for now...

I've never been a fan of lists, especially ranking which are the best restaurants and the best things to eat.  After all, food is highly subjective.  The fact of the matter is: people have varying tastes and furthermore, each and every restaurant is different.  Comparing all of them and suggesting which one is the "best" is quite hard to do.  Now when you separate them into categories, it becomes more representational.  But then again, I do admit "best of" lists can be a rough guide.  Whether people agree with it or not is another matter.  Therefore, it has taken me over 4 years of eating and blogging to come up with my personal Top 40 Things to Eat in Vancouver.  I never felt the need to do a post like this earlier because it was important for myself to actually eat every individual item personally.  A list based on others is okay too, but this is my blog and I wanted it to be representational of my own tastes.  Yes, it is eerily similar to another list from a local publication.  Hey, I'm not going to knock it, they do a good job in what they do.  I'm just giving my 2 cents about the best things to eat from my point-of-view.  And yes, this list will change eventually, as I eat more and new things are introduced.  So here goes (oh and yes, feel free to disagree because I'll probably disagree with myself once I eat even more things!).

Moules et Frites @ Carthage Cafe Smoked Meat @ Estrella's

Pizza Margherita @ Pizzeria Farina Aburi Salmon Oshi @ Minami/Miku

Shrimp Taco @ Sal Y Limon Porchetta @ Meat & Bread

Fried Chicken Wings @ Phnom Penh Kan Poong Ki @ Hee Rae Dung

Chicken Rocket @ Golden Pita Burnt Ends @ The Hog Shack

Beef Pancake Roll @ Peaceful Toroniku Shio Ramen @ Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Tuna Ta Taco @ TacofinoLamb Shish Kabob Shisklik @ Mangal Kiss

Pineapple Bun @ LidoPulled Pork Pancakes @ The Red Wagon

Puffed Foie Gras @ Diva at the MetMacarons @ Soirette

Roast Pork @ HK BBQ MasterJamaican Patty @ The Patty Shop

Purin @ Cake-YaLemon Basil @ La Chocolaterie

Shredded Chicken Salad @ Koon BoCroissant @ Chez Christophe

Moules et Frites @ Salade de FruitsBeef Jerky @ Bee Kim Heng

Lamb Popsicles @ Vij'sFried Chicken @ Chewies

Sushi @ Sushi HachiEbi Mayo @ Hapa Izakaya

Alla Famiglia Dining @ La QuerciaShrimp Dumplings @ Western Lake

Xiao Long Bao @ DinestyCutting Noodles @ Peaceful

House Special Crab @ James on HastingsGelato @ Bella Gelateria

Banh Mi Dac Biet @ Au Petite CafeLobster Oil @ Pink Peppercorn

Pho @ Pho TamSmoked Meat Poutine @ La Belle Patate


Unknown said...

Great list. Tried Estrella's, was ok but not great, still best in Vancouver. Wings at Phnom Penh is such a simple dish but very memorable, Beef pancake roll is a favorite of my wife. The burnt end I checked out when I was at the Hog Shack but did not see on their menu. Can't wait to try the rest of the list.

EtodaC said...

Have you tried the lamb popsicles from Vij's food truck? I was tempted to try it, but ensure it would measure up to the real restaurant.

Emily Fung said...

Yum... I'm hungry now. Looking forward to trying these nummy looking dishes in 2013! Thanks for takin the time to compile the list, S-man :)

LotusRapper said...

Great list, Sherman. Well done. And I've not gained a single pound vicariously through your eating out all year ;-)

Can you sticky this thread for our future reference ?

Happy 2013 .... bon appetit :-D

Sherman Chan said...

@Unknown Yes, you're right, Estrella's is only the best in "Vancouver". But then again, the list is about Vancouver, so I guess we'll have to accept what we have here. Agreed with the wings! Burnt ends are an off-menu item. You have to call ahead to see if they have any! Cheers!

@EtodaC Haven't tried it off the truck. Probably good?

@Emily Fung Thanks!

@LR Thanks! I can add it as a link in the Recommendations page!

thefridaylunch said...

Glands salivated! Thanks for this, Sherman. You're gonna have to pick only one Moules et Frites, though! Then substitute it with the best Chinese/Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup at Green Bamboo! Drove up there three days in a row during the epic snow storm for it. Closed every time! Nothing compares. Happy New Year!!

LotusRapper said...

Hahaha, Karl + Green Bamboo beef noodles = dependency ;-)

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Thanks for the awesome list! I've been looking for something like this for a while now! Love following your blog and getting your recommendations for where to eat since we just recently moved to Van! I'm going to have to make it to Hog Shack and want to try out that poutine place!

jo said...

Thanks for sharing! This is my New Year's resolution - to try as many as I can before the year ends. Lol.


Sherman Chan said...

@Karl Yes, I was torn as to whether I should post 2 Moules et Frites... But both of them are equally good!

@Crazy Cupcake Gem Thanks! Yes, burnt ends and the poutine are money!

@jo My new year's resolution is to eat even more!

Monica and Gary Tam said...

I'm surprised that wonton chicken pot from Long's Noodle House didn't make it to the list.

LotusRapper said...

I gotta say, I've never had a *great* at Au Petite Cafe, and there are better banh mi's out there than their Banh Mi Dac Biet. Next time you're in the area, I suggest you walk to the SW corner of Main/33 (just doors down from APC) and hit up Bon Cafe, and try their grilled pork banh mi. It's goooooood.

Sherman Chan said...

@M&T Tam I don't disagree with you. I wanted to actually do a Top 100, but didn't want to water down the product. You might see the Wine Chicken at Long's in the Top 60 or 70 at the end of 2013.

@LR I don't like the Banh Mi Dac Biet at Au Petite too. But I do like the meatball one.