CityMash.com - Since 2011, when your choices were pretty much limited to hot dogs, popcorn or a quick sweet treat from an ice-cream truck, Vancouver has grown to be one of the premier street food cities in the world. Thanks to the City of Vancouver’s street food vendor program, there are now over 100 food trucks operating, and you can enjoy excellent cuisine that reflects Vancouver’s unique multicultural character.
With so many options it can be difficult to know where to eat first, so we have compiled a list that will allow your taste buds to travel the world without ever leaving the streets of downtown.
In no particular order (because we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite!):
Aussie Pie Guy
Bringing authentic Australian pies to Vancouver since 2013, Aussie Pie Guy serves eight kinds of meat, veggie, meat and veggie, and dessert pies, all made with shortcrust pastry on the bottom and puff pastry on the top.
You can add a side of mashed potatoes, mushy peas, and gravy, a side salad or an Anzac cookie to make your meal the full Aussie experience. Where else could you try traditional cookies that were sent overseas from Australia during world war one?
However, these pies have a twist you won’t find anywhere else. Aussie Pie Guy cooks with local ingredients such as free range BC Beef, Howe Sound Real Ale, BC apples, and organic vegetables.
You can find the Aussie Pie Guy on West Pender St @ Burrard Stand between 11:00 am & 2:30 pm as well as at various lunch locations around the city.
C’est Si Bon
Beef bourguignon, Pommes Dauphines (potato croquettes), freshly baked croissants, and salmon chevre salad, the menu at C’est Si Bon will have you reevaluating everything you thought you knew about street food. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and all of the meat is antibiotic and medication free as well as being raised free range.
Not only do you have some freshly prepared, classic French main dishes, but you also have sandwiches, crepes and a dessert menu any pastry chef would be happy to offer.
Fresh fruit tart and mille-feuille? On a food truck? Really? Oh yes!
You can visit Cest Si Bon at 401 Industrial Ave from 3 pm – 7 pm & various lunch locations around the city between 11 am-2 pm
Where else but Vancouver would you find a food truck selling Korean Grill with a Mexican twist? If the brilliant name and bright yellow paint job weren’t enough to draw you in, the fantastic One Pound Bulgogi Beef Burrito would do it. Filled with bulgogi beef, kimchi fried rice, pickled red cabbage, kimchi slaw, spinach, and Korean chilli mayo, this mighty mouthful will tickle your taste buds, fill your belly but won’t empty your wallet.
Disco Cheetah has burritos and tacos with beef or chicken, tofu quesadillas and a children’s cheese quesadilla which is perfect if you are eating as a family but you have a little one with a fussy palate.
Disco Cheetah can be found between 11:30 am & 2 pm at Various locations around the city
Mogu means “to chew” in Japanese, and you will want to mogu here again and again. The food is not, and doesn’t try to be, authentic Japanese. Instead, the Mogu menu is full of Japanese inspired items with a few nods to other Asian cuisine thrown in.
Homemade chilli sauce drizzled over deep fried chicken with a fresh green salad on the side. A sweet Japanese squash croquette, katsu sauce, avocado, and lettuce in a delicious soft potato bun. If the chef is not busy, he might even make you a sweet & spicy chicken karaage. It isn’t on the menu, but if you ask very nicely, you may be in luck!
Mogu serves up fast food that’ll make you want to eat slowly from Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 am to 2:30 on Howe St @ Dunsmuir St
Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck
Sometimes, nothing hits the spot like a grilled cheese sandwich, and Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck is the place to get one. This Vancouver favourite provides an easy way to satisfy your munchies with exactly what you want.
Choose your bread, choose your cheese, add some extras if you like and Mom’s Grilled Cheese chefs will rustle you up a hot, melty comforting handful. There is even gluten-free bread and vegan cheese available!
It’s not just grilled cheese, though. Daily specials include Mom’s Meatloaf and the Mister Marley – a West Indian-inspired grilled chicken delight.
Howe St Get your Mom’s Grilled Cheese fix on Howe St @ Robson St between 11:30 am & 3 pm.
Tandoori, just the way you’d find it in the UK! I know – you’d expect it to be genuine Indian cuisine but did you know that a Pakistani chef in the UK invented your favourite chicken tikka was? It was even declared a British national dish!
Fresh, warm, naan, peeled straight from the walls of the onboard tandoor oven, is served with chicken tikka and drizzled in tamarind chutney and wash it all down with a cup of chai tea. Also delicious are the lamb seekh and mixed veg sabji.
Soho Road is open Monday- Friday 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. Saturday 12:30-5pm outside 700 Georgia Street
Times and locations for all food trucks listed are subject to change. For real time information and to discover where your favourite food truck is and when you can check: StreetFoodapp.com/vancouver