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Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver, 2008

Waistlines and wallets be damned: from the perfect plate of pasta to sinful foie gras, we’ve rounded up 101 things to taste before you die
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Waistlines and wallets be damned: from the perfect plate of pasta to sinful foie gras, we’ve rounded up 101 things to taste before you die

The way to find the best things to eat and drink in any city is to consult people with educated palates, intimate knowledge of the food scene, and culinary curiosity. So we asked a couple of dozen of the city’s chefs, critics, purveyors, and food writers to tell us what they recommend to friends: not just obvious highlights on the menus of our best restaurants, but out-of-the-way treats, intriguing ethnic concoctions, and market items most of us would never think to seek out. Here are the best of their suggestions—plus a few of our own.

Click on the images below for more details, including information about where to buy. Photographs by Christine McAvoy:

Raspberry Wheat Ale
Salmon Tacones
 
Gyu Yukke
Double-Baked Almond Croissant
Rabbit Sausage
Smoked Beef Tenderloin
Hercule De Charlevoix
Clayburn Raspberry Jam
Chef’s Chicken Salad
Honey Doughnuts
Foie Gras Parfait
Raincoast Crisps
Dark Chocolate Carmelitas
European Deli Hummus
Lavash Bread
Nk’mip Pinot Noir
Arepas
kashk-eh-bodem jahn
Chocolate-Walnut Rugelach
The Doug Special
Mariage Frères Tea
Vanilla-Salt Chocolates
Penne With Wild Boar
David Wood’s Chèvre
Savary Island’s Tourtière
Black Hills Alibi
the green party cocktail
cricket bread
Deep-Fried Zucchini Blossoms
Japadog
Kobe Meatballs
Topanga’s Chocolate Cake
Deep-Fried Frog’s Legs
Sablefish
Wild White Salmon
Friulano Salumi
Abalone
Polenta Fries
Vegetarian Poutine
Venturi-Schulze Balsamic Vinegar
Solly’s Kosher Pickle
C Citrus Salt
Spot Prawns
Ambrosia
Barese Sausage
Ramen at Motomachi Shokudo
Pan de Sal
Taboo Absinthe
Tiger Blue Cheese
Shiitake Mushrooms at Bo Kong
Mission Hill Oculus Cherries
Georgian Baguettes
Double Chocolate Porter
Rosemary Raspberry Sea Salt
Scallops in Octopus Bacon
Lamb Bacon
Bad Girl Hazelnut Truffles
Xiaolongbao
Liège Waffles
Stock Market's Hot Porridge
Butter Baked Goods’ Marshmallows
Beer-Injected Fried Oyster
Soda Bread
Stellaport
Smoked Bison Carpaccio
Dodonis Feta Cheese
Stamina Roll
Osake Premium Sake
Burrata
Moroccan Chicken Wings
Sweet Georgia Browns
House Special Pho
Sandwiches From So.cial
Old Vines Foch
Financiers
Hy’s Stuffed Potatoes
Ethical Bean Coffee
Farmhouse Alpine Gold Cheese
Muc Tuoi Rang Muoi
Chocoatl’s Hot Chocolate
Fuel’s Fried Chicken
Cru's Macaroni and Cheese
Blis Maple Syrup
Thierry Busset’s Tiramisu
Natural Pastures Mozzarella di Bufala
Milséan Dark Chocolate
Tofu Doughnuts
Oysters With Horseradish Snow
Biltong
Hazelnuts
Ukranian Church Perogies
Eleni Olive Oil
Steller’s Jay Brut
Pupusas
Belacan
Ila Chocolates
Blue Fig Martini
Naam Miso Gravy
Honey Mussels
Gelato
Matsutake Mushrooms
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Great list for Vancouver, as we just left Montreal this list will have to wait for next year.
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by echealth on Apr 28 2010 at 8:57 PM

I totally agree with TBLYNNE, foie gras is definitely something I will not try. I hope that VanMag will come out with a list of restaurants that use "Happy animals" vs farms that torture their animals, like in the process of making foie gras. Thanks. Lidia - flea and tick control for dogs

by lidiablenz on Apr 25 2010 at 3:20 PM

Hello,
Your article definitely tantalizes the taste buds. However, I think perhaps people are not aware of the terrible suffering that happens to a duck to create 'sinful' (definitely!) foie gras. That will make at least one dish I will not seek out.

by tblynne on Aug 12 2009 at 11:53 AM

Is there any way to print this? As a new Vancouverite, I want to make this into a must-do check list.

by rookie on Aug 11 2009 at 7:26 AM