Great Metro Vancouver restaurant takeout food


Break out the takeout with some tasty treats, plus help support our local food industry in these pandemic times

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They don’t just fill stomachs. Restaurants feed our social hunger. They give buzz to streets. They fan romances. They’re our little town squares and give jolts of social electricity. No use moping! Soon enough, we’ll be social animals again.

StatsCan tells us that workers in accommodation and foodservice jobs were laid off at almost twice the rate of other industries last year. We can help keep the food industry going by ordering takeout (or dining on patios where they exist)from restaurants, commissaries and ghost kitchens and here are some suggestions. I’d encourage you to pick-up yourself to keep costs down for the restaurant and for yourself.

Apna Chaat House

Where: 7500120th St., Surrey.

Info: 604-502-8081,

In my India travels, I loved the vibrant street food hawkers, watching their skilled hands, taking in aromas. This spot in Surrey has curated the best of Indian street food. Golgapppa, a crispy puffed ball served with masala fillings and tamarind or mint water on the side, is a biggie here. But so are kathi rolls, pav bhaji, samosa, bhel puri, vada pav and lots of other snacks and dishes. Very good value!


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Coho Commissary

Where: 1370 East Georgia, Vancouver.


Food start-up companies cook up a storm in three commissaries operated by this company and you can order their products online. I’ve tried jackfruit salan by Urban Tadka, spring lamb stew and French onion soup by PYC Off The Boat, savoury pies with lovely flaky crusts by Kiwi and Wagyu hamburger curry by Takenaka. Delivery is $5 or free if more than $60. Or pickup, at the East Georgia location.

Fish Counter

Where: 3825 Main St., Vancouver.

Info: 604-876-3474,

Robert Clark was chef at the long-gone C seafood restaurant when it was astonishingly good. Here, he embodies the do-no-harm philosophy to the oceans and to seafood, buying the best, locally and sustainably. Fish and chips, chowders, fish tacos, oyster po’ boys.

Franklin Food Lab

Where: 1600 Franklin St., Vancouver.

Info: 604-266-1531,

There ain’t nuthin but us freezing ramen here. The big frozen pucks cook up in a few minutes, and I’ll be damned at how well it endures the freezing — as if it never happened. They had me at hakata tonkotsu — so good! Same operators as Zakkushi and Menya ramen restaurants.


Where: 1938 West Fourth Ave., Vancouver.

Info: 604-730-5675,

First it was a takeout outlet at New Westminster Quay, then it moved to Chinatown, and now it’s ghosting out of the Maenam Thai restaurant kitchen as a takeout operation. Salt-cured, air-dried Taiwanese free range birds from the Fraser Valley are more flavourful and juicier than the average. Hainan chicken on rice, chicken wings and black pepper chicken wings, formerly a secret off-menu item at Maenam — all good!


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Lobster roll from Lobster Man, 1807 Mast Tower Rd. on Granville Island.
Lobster roll from Lobster Man, 1807 Mast Tower Rd. on Granville Island. Photo by Mia Stainsby

La Taqueria

Where: Several locations and a food truck at corner of Georgia/Howe streets.


I frequent the North Vancouver location because it’s the closest to me, always for the Baja fish and the pastor tacos. On a cold day, I’ll add sopa de tortilla, such a delicious soup. You have a choice of flour or corn tortillas for tacos. There are burritos for those who want a fistful of food.

Legends Haul

Where: Online.

Info: 604-757-2117,

If you haven’t already heard of this company, um, where have you been? They deliver frozen, prepared food from the best restaurants and food shops in town like Boulevard, St. Lawrence, Chambar, Nightingale, Livia, Savio Volpe, Beta5 Chocolates, Cadeaux Bakery, Earnest Ice Cream and more. Wow! to the lamb shank tagine from Chambar and the paté en croûte from St. Lawrence.

Lobster Man

Where: 1807 Mast Tower Rd., Granville Island, Vancouver.

Info: 604-687-4531,

Next door to where the shellfish hang out in tanks, there’s a teeny takeout cafe selling lobster, shrimp and crab rolls that overflow with fresh seafood. Grab napkins to catch your dribbles and eat on the patio or find yourself a picnic spot. Comes with rippled potato chips.

Chicken wings from Potluck Hawker Eatery, 3424 Cambie St. in Vancouver.
Chicken wings from Potluck Hawker Eatery, 3424 Cambie St. in Vancouver. Photo by Mia Stainsby

Potluck Hawker Eatery

Where: 3424 Cambie St., Vancouver.

Info: 604-423-9344,

They cherry-picked the best Asian hawker style foods here,according to me. Includes the crispy pata, available in limited quantity — a Filipino pork hock that crackles when you bite into it. Tip: Direct message to reserve an order on Instagram. The other hotly pursued dish is the salted egg yolk fried chicken sandwich. And the seafood nasi goreng? They put an oozy fried egg on it. Your mouth waters, right?


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Where: 1348 Hornby St., Vancouver.

Info: 604-689-0088,

Takayuki Omi stepped out of his starched chef’s whites at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge, donned a ball cap and opened this hole-in-the-wall focusing on takeout sushi and sashimi. The sourcing and quality is the same as at Lobby Lounge.

Takeout sushi from Sashimiya, 1348 Hornby St. in Vancouver.
Takeout sushi from Sashimiya, 1348 Hornby St. in Vancouver. Photo by Mia Stainsby


Where: 2419 Main St., Vancouver.

Info: 604-423-5578,

My husband claims they serve the best falafel ever and I’m inclined to agree. Wraps and rice bowls are the mainstay. My favourite is the rice bowl with marinated grilled sirloin, sumac onions, baba ganoush, pickled cucumber, tahini and shug, a Middle Eastern hot sauce.

Sysco at Home

Where: 1346 Kingsway, Port Coquitlam.

Info: 604-944-4410,

And you thought they just supplied commercial food services. If you have a freezer, you can buy in bulk and be ready for anything. Even during a pandemic, let alone the barbecue season which is upon us. The At Home program offers prepared meals, frozen baked goods, meat and seafood, fruits and veg. Delivery or pick up in Port Coquitlam.

Tractor at Home

Where: Eight locations.


If you’ve been leaning on Kraft dinners and KFC, this company will lead you to a healthier existence. Their ‘at home’ program offers three-, six- or 10-meal packages a week, curated for you or by you. Local, sustainable suppliers, lots of veggies as well as meats and fish and it’s more wide-ranging than the dine-in menu that’s currently available at locations with patios.


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Where: 2611 West Fourth Ave., Vancouver.

Info: 604-723-5782,

This ghost kitchen operates out of the Dark Table restaurant and offers Syrian and Lebanese food. I’m particularly enamoured with muhammara, a bright red pepper dip that I’ve totally exploited in many ways — a sauce for vegetables and a condiment to jack up a sandwich. The grilled kebabs are good with it, too.

Editor’s note: Due to recent provincial health measures related to COVID-19, indoor dining has been temporarily halted. Please check with the restaurant directly about current takeout and delivery options.

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