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Vancouver's best casual restaurants 2022.
GOLD: Superbaba, 2419 Main Street
SILVER: Downlow Chicken Shack, Various Locations
BRONZE: HK BBQ Master, 4651 No.3 Road, Richmond
HONOURABLE MENTION: Chancho Tortilleria
No need for a tablecloth or drawn-out service here—Best Casual is a category that’s all about the food. After earning a co-win in this category in our 2021 takeout-only awards, Superbaba hangs onto that top spot this year, scoring gold for its modern take on Middle Eastern fare. Hearty, tasty fillings like shawarma-spiced grilled chicken and battered eggplant come stuffed in a pita that’s baked fresh daily, or atop a bed of rice and greens. Top-tier sauces like herby yogurt, bright shug (a Middle Eastern hot sauce made with cilantro, red pepper and garlic) or smooth tahini bring home the flavour alongside crunchy, fresh or pickled veg.
Silver goes to Downlow Chicken Shack—a Vancouver favourite with gloriously crispy, highly seasoned fried chicken that defines Nashville-style in the city. Variations on the classics—like their all-dressed sando and ever-changing specials—have people lining up ’til closing.
Bronze goes to HK BBQ Master thanks to spectacular old-school BBQ duck and roast pork that is stealing the hearts of Vancouverites with its ridiculously crisp skin and always-juicy insides.
Honourable mention goes to Chancho Tortilleria for it’s freshly-made heirloom corn tortillas and flavourful fillings.
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