5 Must Try Spots for Comfort Food in Vancouver

Posted on March 2, 2017 - To say this winter has been ice cold is an understatement. The past few months of bone-numbing temperatures and limited daytime sunlight call for plates of creamy, carb-laden comfort food.

Dodge that worn out pile of dirty snow and head to these establishments for a piping hot serving of coziness.

Fable Diner

Hearty steak and eggs, perfectly proportioned BLTs, and thick, smooth milkshakes are just a few of the spectacularly executed offerings at the recently opened Fable Diner in the iconic Lee building at the corner of Main and Broadway (151 East Broadway). There are also some healthier and more unique (but equally satisfying) offerings at this family friendly spot, which is the sister restaurant to Fable on West 4th.

Pulled pork sandwich at the Diner. Photo credit @jacquelinechui

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Don’t let the name fool you—this Gastown bakery is about way more than bread (although their freshly baked bread offerings are scrumptious). It’s completely normal to feel a bit overwhelmed by the gigantic bakery case filled to the brim with every sweet, doughy treat imaginable. Enormous and thickly frosted cinnamon buns, refined lavender earl grey scones, and indulgent salted caramel bars are literally just a few of the many decadent offerings. In addition to the Gastown location at 159 West Hastings, Purebread also has two shops in Whistler to feed your comfort food cravings.

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Meet on Main

To some, vegetarian comfort food may seem like an oxymoron, but they clearly haven’t tried the insanely delicious meat-free burgers or perfectly crispy fries and onion rings at veggie mecca Meet on Main (located at 4288 Main Street or new location Meet in Gastown at 12 Water Street). The relaxed vibe at Meet invites you to take off your coat, warm your soul, and forget about the rain, snow and ice.

#Repost @theveganogre ・・・ With my babe at Meet on Main for the first time. Described as vegan comfort food. Well all I can say is that "I'm comforted". Thank you Meet on Main, your awesome. I ordered the Mac n' Cheese Burger. It came with the most perfectly done fries that I my have ever had. The burger wasn't over the top at all, perfect combo of burger, mac n' cheese and onion rings. My God Edmonton you are missing out. Also tried a Mill St. Organic lager here. Nice and smooth…good addition to meal. This place is a definite stop for anyone, whether you are vegan or not. #vegan #food #foodporn  #plantbased #crueltyfree #healthyeating #whatveganseat #yvr #burgers #macandcheese #macncheese #onionrings #beer #lager #fries #goodfood

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Upstairs at Campagnolo

You may have visited Campagnolo in Strathcona for a tasty plate of Italian food, but did you know that tucked away above the restaurant is one of the most unique spots for comfort food in the city? Serving brunch as well as dinner, the appropriately named Upstairs at Campagnolo churns out delicious Southern-inspired dishes like free-range fried chicken and biscuits served with pimento cheese, bacon pancakes with bourbon-infused syrup and their classic dirty burger with American cheese which many consider one the best burgers in the city. Enter through the door on the right at 1020 Main Street.

We are serving brunch from 10:30 – 2pm Sat – Mon this long weekend. Photo by @dennispang

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Burgoo Bistro

No list of Vancouver restaurants serving comfort food would be complete without Burgoo. With several locations dotted around the city, including Point Grey, Kitsilano, North Vancouver and Mount Pleasant, there is no excuse to deny your soup and sandwich craving. Pair silky butternut squash or velvety tomato soup with one of the most decadent grilled cheese sandwiches ever conceived for a match made in heaven.

With all of these local comfort food options, you’re sure to find a special meal to warm your soul. Let us know which spots and dishes are your favourites!

Written by Kristin McIvor
Hailing originally from North Carolina, Kristin has embraced life on the West Coast. She enjoys running, yoga, and seaside walks, and can often be found counteracting the benefits of these activities by eating pizza, drinking wine, and watching questionable reality television. More articles by Kristin McIvor

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