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21 Iconic Vancouver Meat Dishes To Eat Before You Die

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Each city has its own food legends; those iconic dishes which make a restaurant's reputation and keep diners coming back for more and more and more. From Vij's must-have lamb popsicles to Meat & Bread's porchetta sandwich these meaty delights make our city a delicious place to be. To kick off The Five Days of Meat we asked Vancouver Magazine restaurant awards judge, Joie Alvaro Kent to name Vancouver's 21 iconic meat dishes.
Come now on a carnivorous cavalcade - and don't forget your tooth pick.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hog Shack Cook House

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160-3900 Bayview St, Richmond
BC V7E 4R7, Canada
(604) 272-7264
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Burnt ends: Keep an eye on your Twitter feed—it’s the best way to find out when John Lim Hing’s irresistible Burnt Ends are on special. These succulent chunks of smoky meat goodness are trimmed rib ends (well, technically brisket ends) slathered in sweet and tangy house-made barbecue sauce. After one bite, you’ll be hard pressed to share.

2. Vij’s

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1480 W 11th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6H 1L1, Canada
(604) 736-6664
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Lamb Popsicles: The lengthy dinner queue of eager diners starts early at Vij’s, and wine-marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry is a signature dish that’s well worth the wait: a pyramid of Frenched lamb chops atop a lush, delicately sweet curry. Forget about the utensils—this is finger food of the highest order.

3. Siegel’s Bagels

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1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1C7, Canada
(604) 737-8151
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Montreal smoked meat on a sesame bagel: 3:00 am when a meat urge hits? No worries… Siegel’s Bagels has you covered with a supply of smoked meat shipped in weekly from Montreal. Sliced thinly and steamed, it’s piled high on a sesame bagel with a schmear of mustard and served with a Mrs. Whyte’s pickle spear.

4. Peaceful Restaurant 和平饭店

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532 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z 1E9, Canada
(604) 879-9878
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Beef roll: Spotlighted by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, the Peaceful beef roll crams a burst of flavour and texture into an all-too-easy-to-eat package. A crisp, flaky green-onion pancake is spread with hoisin sauce and layered with slivers of green onion and thin slices of deeply spiced beef shank, redolent of star anise and cinnamon.

5. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

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1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC V6B 5P6, Canada
(604) 688-7466
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Veal “Ossobuco” alla Milanese: Pino Posteraro’s take on this traditional Italian dish is rich and indulgent, bold yet flavour balanced. It’s a sizeable portion of slow-braised veal shank, served on the bone with a generous stash of bone marrow that takes this dish completely over the top and saffron risotto to pad the luxe quotient. [Image via Sherman's Food Adventures]

6. Le Crocodile Restaurant

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909 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2N2, Canada
(604) 669-4298
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Double-cut veal chop: Michel Jacob’s impeccable French fare sets an unprecedented standard of excellence, and his double-cut veal chop definitely hits the mark. Served on the bone, it’s pan-seared and accompanied by chanterelle mushrooms, artichokes, and caramelized onions in a glazed veal jus — truly extravagant.

7. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

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871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada
(604) 608-1677
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Stone-grilled Beef Tongue: Tissue-thin slices of beef tongue sizzle as soon as you lay them atop the hot stone that’s brought to your table—just a few seconds later, they’re cooked to the perfect pink. Yuzu red pepper paste, thinly sliced green onion, and a squeeze of lemon round out the ideal meat bite. [Photo Credit Soup Nazi/Urbanspoon]

8. Hy's Steakhouse

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637 Hornby St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2G2, Canada
(604) 683-7671
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22 oz. Porterhouse steak: Open since 1962, Hy’s Encore is a venerable Vancouver dining institution. Their 22 oz. bone-in Porterhouse steak is a showstopping piece of meat, so large that it includes both a tenderloin and a strip steak. Word is that you can request a Porterhouse to your size of choice; the recent record stands at a pair of 60 oz. behemoths.

9. Japadog

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530 Robson St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2B7, Canada
(604) 569-1158
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Kurobota Teri Mayo: From its humble food cart beginnings, Japadog has expanded to a total of six locations. The Kurobota Teri Mayo is firmly entrenched as one of their best sellers: Kurobota pork sausage topped with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, fried onions, and shredded nori.

10. La Taqueria

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322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1K6, Canada
(604) 568-4406
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Tacos al Pastor: If it’s an authentic pinché taco experience you seek, look no further than La Taqueria. The tacos al pastor stay true to traditional flavours, a perfect porcine balance of achiote’s earthiness with pineapple’s sweetness.

11. Meat & Bread

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370 Cambie St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2N3, Canada
(604) 566-9003
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Porchetta sandwich: Juicy slow-roasted pork and cracklings are sliced and chopped to order; it’s stacked so high on the soft ciabatta bun that a few morsels inevitably escape. A drizzle of salsa verde is a bright palate-piquing foil to the porchetta’s richness.

12. Bestie

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105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada
(604) 620-1175
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Currywurst: Take a perfect pork thuringer sausage from Oyama Sausage Co., slice it up, and serve it on a bed of fresh-cut fries with warm curried ketchup. It’s the stuff that cravings are made of. Order it “schranke style” for a drizzle of house-made mayo and a sprinkling of green onions.

13. Bao Bei

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163 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 688-0876
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Beef Tartare: Joel Watanabe absolutely nails this fusion of a classic French dish with seasonings from a Chinese flavour palette. Pemberton beef tenderloin is finely chopped then accented with preserved mustard root, roasted garlic, burnt scallion oil, soy sauce, ginger, and a quail egg. Scoop it up onto a taro chip along with some crispy shallots and watercress… umami off the charts.

14. Ba Le

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638 Main St., Vancouver
BC V6A 2V4, Canada
Banh Mi Dac Biet: Taking the first bite of Ba Le’s Banh Mi Dac Biet is always a serious endeavour. The crispy-crusted house-baked baguette shatters into a mass of crumbs before yielding to a light pillowy interior brushed with vegetable oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Fillings include cilantro, cucumber, onions, and jalapeños as well as pickled carrot and daikon but, really, it’s all about the meat: deli-style slices of Vietnamese pork sausage and ham as well as pork liver pâté. Priced at just $3.50, it’s an incredible deal. [Image via http://wisemonkeys.ca/]

15. Phnom Penh

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244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1Z7, Canada
(604) 682-5777
Deep-fried Chicken Wings: All other contenders should step aside. Nothing—and I mean nothing—comes close to the deep-fried goodness that are the chicken wings at Phnom Penh. Light and irresistibly crisp batter. A dusting of rock salt, white pepper, and a little sugar for a wee hint of sweetness. Liberal sprinkling of sautéed green onions and garlic (trust me, save every last bit of this to put atop your rice). And a lemon-pepper dipping sauce for the perfect acidic kick.

16. Upstairs at Campagnolo

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1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada
(604) 484-6018
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DP Dirty Burger: Cholesterol be damned— ask for it 'Foghorn Leghorn' and it'll come topped with breaded deep-fried chicken skin and melted cheese - the double-patty iteration of Refuel’s much-loved Dirty Burger should probably be served with a side order of Lipitor. But this a 40-day-aged beef patty on a scotch bap bun fried in butter and lard is so damn worth it.

17. Yolk's Restaurant & Commissary

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1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1S6, Canada
(604) 428-9655
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Chicken and waffles: The secret to Yolk’s organic fried-chicken deliciousness? Brining it in honey, citrus, salt, and fresh herbs before battering with buttermilk and panko breadcrumbs. Slide it between two Belgian waffles, then add chicken gravy and maple syrup for good measure. Very moreish.

18. The Red Wagon

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2296 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V4, Canada
(604) 568-4565
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Pulled-pork Pancakes with Jack Daniel’s Maple Syrup: Who says pancakes are for mornings only? Brad Miller and crew serve up this tall stack of three buttermilk beauties layered with pulled pork, topped by a hefty pat of butter, and drizzled with Jack Daniel’s spiked maple syrup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

19. The PearTree Restaurant

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4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada
(604) 299-2772
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Braised Peace River lamb shank: Scott Jaeger has transformed this dish since opening The Pear Tree in 1998, metamorphosing it from hearty and rustic to a tightly focused, exquisitely plated entrée. Lightly cured then slow cooked for 36 hours, fork-tender cubes of boneless Peace River lamb are served with seared scallops, roasted cauliflower chips, and cauliflower gel. A side dish of roasted pear risotto completes the trifecta of rich on rich on rich—consummately indulgent.

20. White Spot

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333 Brooksbank St., North Vancouver
BC V7J 3S8, Canada
(604) 988-4199
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Triple O burger: A Vancouverite isn’t a true Vancouverite if he or she hasn’t eaten at least one Triple O burger in a lifetime. Seems that you can find them everywhere now—even gas stations and on BC Ferries—yet nothing beats the iconic old-school experience of eating them from a tray in your car at a White Spot drive-in. Nat Bailey’s restaurant chain has been around since 1928, the burgers themselves since the 1950s, but the Triple “O” sauce recipe still remains a closely guarded secret.

21. The Tomahawk

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1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver
BC V7P 2V8, Canada
(604) 988-2612
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Yukon-style bacon and eggs: This family-owned diner has been dishing out comfort food for nearly 90 years, and the Yukon-style bacon and eggs was a menu cornerstone from day one. Start your day off with five slices of bacon (good God… five!), two free-run eggs, a mountain of hash browns, and thick-sliced Klondike toast—you won’t have to eat again until dinner.

1. Hog Shack Cook House

160-3900 Bayview St, Richmond, BC V7E 4R7, Canada
Burnt ends: Keep an eye on your Twitter feed—it’s the best way to find out when John Lim Hing’s irresistible Burnt Ends are on special. These succulent chunks of smoky meat goodness are trimmed rib ends (well, technically brisket ends) slathered in sweet and tangy house-made barbecue sauce. After one bite, you’ll be hard pressed to share.
160-3900 Bayview St, Richmond
BC V7E 4R7, Canada

2. Vij’s

1480 W 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1L1, Canada
Lamb Popsicles: The lengthy dinner queue of eager diners starts early at Vij’s, and wine-marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry is a signature dish that’s well worth the wait: a pyramid of Frenched lamb chops atop a lush, delicately sweet curry. Forget about the utensils—this is finger food of the highest order.
1480 W 11th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6H 1L1, Canada

3. Siegel’s Bagels

1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C7, Canada
Montreal smoked meat on a sesame bagel: 3:00 am when a meat urge hits? No worries… Siegel’s Bagels has you covered with a supply of smoked meat shipped in weekly from Montreal. Sliced thinly and steamed, it’s piled high on a sesame bagel with a schmear of mustard and served with a Mrs. Whyte’s pickle spear.
1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1C7, Canada

4. Peaceful Restaurant 和平饭店

532 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E9, Canada
Beef roll: Spotlighted by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, the Peaceful beef roll crams a burst of flavour and texture into an all-too-easy-to-eat package. A crisp, flaky green-onion pancake is spread with hoisin sauce and layered with slivers of green onion and thin slices of deeply spiced beef shank, redolent of star anise and cinnamon.
532 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z 1E9, Canada

5. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6, Canada
Veal “Ossobuco” alla Milanese: Pino Posteraro’s take on this traditional Italian dish is rich and indulgent, bold yet flavour balanced. It’s a sizeable portion of slow-braised veal shank, served on the bone with a generous stash of bone marrow that takes this dish completely over the top and saffron risotto to pad the luxe quotient. [Image via Sherman's Food Adventures]
1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC V6B 5P6, Canada

6. Le Crocodile Restaurant

909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N2, Canada
Double-cut veal chop: Michel Jacob’s impeccable French fare sets an unprecedented standard of excellence, and his double-cut veal chop definitely hits the mark. Served on the bone, it’s pan-seared and accompanied by chanterelle mushrooms, artichokes, and caramelized onions in a glazed veal jus — truly extravagant.
909 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2N2, Canada

7. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
Stone-grilled Beef Tongue: Tissue-thin slices of beef tongue sizzle as soon as you lay them atop the hot stone that’s brought to your table—just a few seconds later, they’re cooked to the perfect pink. Yuzu red pepper paste, thinly sliced green onion, and a squeeze of lemon round out the ideal meat bite. [Photo Credit Soup Nazi/Urbanspoon]
871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada

8. Hy's Steakhouse

637 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2G2, Canada
22 oz. Porterhouse steak: Open since 1962, Hy’s Encore is a venerable Vancouver dining institution. Their 22 oz. bone-in Porterhouse steak is a showstopping piece of meat, so large that it includes both a tenderloin and a strip steak. Word is that you can request a Porterhouse to your size of choice; the recent record stands at a pair of 60 oz. behemoths.
637 Hornby St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2G2, Canada

9. Japadog

530 Robson St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2B7, Canada
Kurobota Teri Mayo: From its humble food cart beginnings, Japadog has expanded to a total of six locations. The Kurobota Teri Mayo is firmly entrenched as one of their best sellers: Kurobota pork sausage topped with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, fried onions, and shredded nori.
530 Robson St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2B7, Canada

10. La Taqueria

322 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1K6, Canada
Tacos al Pastor: If it’s an authentic pinché taco experience you seek, look no further than La Taqueria. The tacos al pastor stay true to traditional flavours, a perfect porcine balance of achiote’s earthiness with pineapple’s sweetness.
322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1K6, Canada

11. Meat & Bread

370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N3, Canada
Porchetta sandwich: Juicy slow-roasted pork and cracklings are sliced and chopped to order; it’s stacked so high on the soft ciabatta bun that a few morsels inevitably escape. A drizzle of salsa verde is a bright palate-piquing foil to the porchetta’s richness.
370 Cambie St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2N3, Canada

12. Bestie

105 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T5, Canada
Currywurst: Take a perfect pork thuringer sausage from Oyama Sausage Co., slice it up, and serve it on a bed of fresh-cut fries with warm curried ketchup. It’s the stuff that cravings are made of. Order it “schranke style” for a drizzle of house-made mayo and a sprinkling of green onions.
105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada

13. Bao Bei

163 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beef Tartare: Joel Watanabe absolutely nails this fusion of a classic French dish with seasonings from a Chinese flavour palette. Pemberton beef tenderloin is finely chopped then accented with preserved mustard root, roasted garlic, burnt scallion oil, soy sauce, ginger, and a quail egg. Scoop it up onto a taro chip along with some crispy shallots and watercress… umami off the charts.
163 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

14. Ba Le

638 Main St., Vancouver, BC V6A 2V4, Canada
Banh Mi Dac Biet: Taking the first bite of Ba Le’s Banh Mi Dac Biet is always a serious endeavour. The crispy-crusted house-baked baguette shatters into a mass of crumbs before yielding to a light pillowy interior brushed with vegetable oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Fillings include cilantro, cucumber, onions, and jalapeños as well as pickled carrot and daikon but, really, it’s all about the meat: deli-style slices of Vietnamese pork sausage and ham as well as pork liver pâté. Priced at just $3.50, it’s an incredible deal. [Image via http://wisemonkeys.ca/]
638 Main St., Vancouver
BC V6A 2V4, Canada

15. Phnom Penh

244 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z7, Canada
Deep-fried Chicken Wings: All other contenders should step aside. Nothing—and I mean nothing—comes close to the deep-fried goodness that are the chicken wings at Phnom Penh. Light and irresistibly crisp batter. A dusting of rock salt, white pepper, and a little sugar for a wee hint of sweetness. Liberal sprinkling of sautéed green onions and garlic (trust me, save every last bit of this to put atop your rice). And a lemon-pepper dipping sauce for the perfect acidic kick.
244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1Z7, Canada

16. Upstairs at Campagnolo

1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1, Canada
DP Dirty Burger: Cholesterol be damned— ask for it 'Foghorn Leghorn' and it'll come topped with breaded deep-fried chicken skin and melted cheese - the double-patty iteration of Refuel’s much-loved Dirty Burger should probably be served with a side order of Lipitor. But this a 40-day-aged beef patty on a scotch bap bun fried in butter and lard is so damn worth it.
1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada

17. Yolk's Restaurant & Commissary

1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S6, Canada
Chicken and waffles: The secret to Yolk’s organic fried-chicken deliciousness? Brining it in honey, citrus, salt, and fresh herbs before battering with buttermilk and panko breadcrumbs. Slide it between two Belgian waffles, then add chicken gravy and maple syrup for good measure. Very moreish.
1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1S6, Canada

18. The Red Wagon

2296 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V4, Canada
Pulled-pork Pancakes with Jack Daniel’s Maple Syrup: Who says pancakes are for mornings only? Brad Miller and crew serve up this tall stack of three buttermilk beauties layered with pulled pork, topped by a hefty pat of butter, and drizzled with Jack Daniel’s spiked maple syrup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2296 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V4, Canada

19. The PearTree Restaurant

4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Braised Peace River lamb shank: Scott Jaeger has transformed this dish since opening The Pear Tree in 1998, metamorphosing it from hearty and rustic to a tightly focused, exquisitely plated entrée. Lightly cured then slow cooked for 36 hours, fork-tender cubes of boneless Peace River lamb are served with seared scallops, roasted cauliflower chips, and cauliflower gel. A side dish of roasted pear risotto completes the trifecta of rich on rich on rich—consummately indulgent.
4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada

20. White Spot

333 Brooksbank St., North Vancouver, BC V7J 3S8, Canada
Triple O burger: A Vancouverite isn’t a true Vancouverite if he or she hasn’t eaten at least one Triple O burger in a lifetime. Seems that you can find them everywhere now—even gas stations and on BC Ferries—yet nothing beats the iconic old-school experience of eating them from a tray in your car at a White Spot drive-in. Nat Bailey’s restaurant chain has been around since 1928, the burgers themselves since the 1950s, but the Triple “O” sauce recipe still remains a closely guarded secret.
333 Brooksbank St., North Vancouver
BC V7J 3S8, Canada

21. The Tomahawk

1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2V8, Canada
Yukon-style bacon and eggs: This family-owned diner has been dishing out comfort food for nearly 90 years, and the Yukon-style bacon and eggs was a menu cornerstone from day one. Start your day off with five slices of bacon (good God… five!), two free-run eggs, a mountain of hash browns, and thick-sliced Klondike toast—you won’t have to eat again until dinner.
1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver
BC V7P 2V8, Canada