What are you enjoying at Vancouver street food carts?
- grayelf Jul 8, 2011 09:51 AM
Now that summer is finally here (?!), I was hoping to get some feedback from y'all about street food. Don't find myself downtown at lunch time all that often but want to be prepared when I am :-). I had a dig around on the web and here are the places I've come up with that intrigue me -- locations and times may be off:
Kaboom Box 777 Granville near Georgia could be Granville at Robson for poutine
Reup BBQ beef brisket $9 at temp location Howe and Robson 12-3 M-Sat -- I like their pulled pork well enough
Bun Me Baguette Robson and Hornby T-Sun 11:30-6 crispy tofu! lemongrass chicken $4.25
Cartel Taco Burrard Street and W. Georgia or maybe west side of 500 Dunsmuir at Hamilton Mon. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Korean
Fresh Local Wild Burrard and Hastings Local, sustainable, seasonal comfort food
Bada Bing halal Philly cheese steak Robson and Thurlow (or maybe Bute), veg gravy poutine
La Brasserie Street West Georgia and Granville from Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.mchicken sandwich (778) 989-4883
Feastro 200 Thurlow at Cordova near torch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.) veg taco worth $7? (604) 868-9339
Arturo's 2 Go W Cordova St & Howe St
Finest at Sea: seafood, southeast corner of Robson and Hornby streets
Gourmet Syndicate: Asian fusion, east side of 900 Burrard St.
Kiss Kiss Banh Banh: Vietnamese subs, northwest corner of Howe and Robson streets
Tacofino Cantina Inc: tacos, burritos, 1800 Morton Sts or Robson St & Howe St (778) 870-6436
Coma Food Truck Strathcona 1250 Station St (604) 842-3676 Korean fusion
PS just found this Van street food app which I gather is getting more and more reliable. Also like that it has links to the social media upon which these carts post so trogs like me can check online. http://streetfoodapp.com/
Working in the downtown core has its advantages, so I've tried a few of these. My take (and I'll leave Re Up and the Roaming Dragon out of it, as I have a personal bias):
Kaboom Box - opt for one of the sandwiches over the poutine. They have a smoker on board, so try the smoked salmon. The oyster sandwich is good as well.
Banh Me Baguette - it is what it is, but you'll get a better banh mi elsewhere.
Fresh Local Wild - good, but inconsistent on execution. If there's a line-up (and there probably will be one), opt for Kaboom Box instead.
Brasserie - really quite good. I'm amazed it's not more lined up.
Arturo's - skip it.
There's also Nu's truck beside the Bay, though I haven't been. Fresh Local Wild also has their hotdog offshoot, Sausage a Trois, which also features a smoker on board - it's not bad, but when Eli was downtown serving D's sausages, that was truly the best hotdog in the vicinity.
Tried Mangal Kiss Mid East BBQ for the first time today, parked on Georgia at Burrard in front of the church. They started up last week.
Had a chicken shislik wrapped in Iranian flatbread - your other choice is beef. They also have grilled corn on the cob avail, and a limonana (described as an Israeli lemonade with mint and sugar cane).
I liked it, perhaps out of novelty. It's an interesting sample of flavours. Not completely dissimilar to the various falafel joints around the area in terms of flavour profiles, but not exactly the same, either. One of the two working was formerly at Peckinpah's. Corn no longer avail, as it wasn't selling.
I had some of the rice balls at the Roaming Dragon cart/truck at the Kitsilano Market a few weeks ago. Quite yummy as a little snack and I like the fact that everything is either $3 or $6 (would be nice if that included tax though as the change is a bit annoying).
I'm really enjoying Feastro, Tacofino and Coma (when it's downtown, which is rare...like today!). Feastro and Tacofino are similar but menu and execution are different enough that I enjoy both.
The street food app is very good much better than the Eat Street app.
I agree with Clutterer skip the poutine at Kaboom box (I didn't like the gravy) and go for either oyster or salmon sandwich. I like the smoke salmon there.
The La Brasserie sandwich is great
Didn't like the Beef Brisket at Re-up 2, felt the slaw overwhelmed the beef
I was disappointed that the fish was deep fried at Tacofino; I was hoping it would be grilled.
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA
The fish taco filling I repine for in Baja was always what I call griddled -- cooked on a flat top. They had a v. thin crispy coating that did sorta seem deep fried but wasn't. I've yet to find them prepared this way outside BCS.
Doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed the df fish versions I've tried further north, but they are different, and also lack the mysterious white sauce :-).
Almost tried Tacofino yesterday at Khatsalano Day but the lineup was too long both turns up the street.
Finally got to try Tacofino's Baja-style fish taco (twice, actually) and really enjoyed it, despite their use of a flour tortilla. Also really liked the takoyaki from Osa. Haven't found anything else that I'd return for at the small number of carts I've made it to. Nadir: waited 10 minutes for a taco at a cart, took one bite and binned it.
I did a browse around last week and found the Vancouver Street Food app to be really useful - pinpointed the spots I headed for.
- Bun Me Baguette - Lemongrass chicken was pretty good, but missing something - not sure if it was the lack of pate or being thin on fish sauce. Okay but not spectacular.
- Agreed that the rice balls at Roaming Dragon were tasty - but pretty heavy.
- Previously tried Reup's pulled pork, which was quite good.
Not on your list: Ursu Korean BBQ Tacos, at Georgia and Richards - tried the chicken, which I found to be very good, but I admit to being thin on anything to compare it to.
re: Tony Fox
First of all RANT - street food should be 5-6 bucks tops.
OK, here's my take so far:
Re-Up, real hit and miss. Sometimes they nail it, although I want the cole slaw on the side with the pulled pork. Sometimes they don't, the last time there was a level of heat not suiting a pulled pork sandwhich. Tried the other truck once with "smoked brisket". Tough,overdone, no real smoke flavour. Hopefully they'll get better but brisket needs to be smoked at lowish heat for 8-12 hours or more. Don't see it happening from them.
Bun Me Baguette. The bun doesn't work, far to chewy. I want my bread to be light with a crunchy crust. I honestly don't even remember the filling. Viet Sub 2 blocks away does a much better job.
La Brasserie, my sandwich was a bit bland, but I did enjoy it. Messy though, as was the Oyster Po Boy at Kaboom box. The Po Boy was really good. Big oysters, done well, lots of flavour. Bring a bib or eat it back at the office.
Cartel Taco, winner with me. Mexican/Korean fusion served by Australians. What more do you want?
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA