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Updating the Vancouver HeatMap: Where to Eat Now

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If you've been puzzling over where you should eat out, Eater is back to answer that very question with our newest edition of the Heatmap—a guide to what's new, what's hot, and which restaurants are causing most buzz in Van City. 
While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not necessarily a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, in no particular order, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change every month to continuously highlight where the food nerds are flocking to at the moment.
We've had the first taste of Autumn these past few days and with most of us in mourning for our lost golden summer, we can look to the buzzing food and drink scene to pull us through the inevitable transition from flip flops to rain boots. In this month - old friends become new again, we all scream for ice cream and next-door becomes its own destination.

There are five new additions to the list this month - and three who leave.
IN: Chambar, Nicli Next Door, Bella Yaletown, Cafe Medina, Blacktail Florist.

OUT:
Shirakawa, La Mezcaleria, Cinara.


Heatmap History:
August
Added:
Chambar, Nicli Next Door, Bella Yaletown, Cafe Medina, Blacktail Florist
Removed: Shirakawa, La Mezcaleria, Cinara

July
Added:
The Fat Badger, the Juice Truck, Pizza Fabrika, Pizza Bufala, Crackle Creme and Shirakawa.

Removed: Los Cuervos, Merchant's Oyster Bar, Bon Crepe, Kanaka, Blacktail Florist, Uva

June
Added:
My Shanti, Main Street Brewing, Kanaka, Bon Crepe.
Removed: The Roof at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Farmer's Apprentice, Dynasty, Upstairs at Campagnolo.

May
Added:
The Farmer's Apprentice, Belgard Kitchen, Uva, Dynasty and Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive.
Removed: The Fish Counter, Basho Cafe

April
Added
The Roof at Hotel Vancouver, Cinara, Basho Cafe, Blacktail Florist, Los Cuervos Taqueria & Cantina
Removed Notturno, Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Mamie Taylor's, Yolk's, Wagon Rouge

March
Added
Merchant's Oyster Bar, Burger 2.85, Upstairs at Campagnolo
Removed: Greenhorn, Temper Pastry, Dunlevy Snack Bar

February
Added:
Bestie, Temper Pastry, Greenhorn
Removed: Mosaic, Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Craft Beer Market

January

Added:
Yolk's, The Fish Counter, Ask for Luigi and the Dunlevy Snack Bar

Removed: Burdock & Co, Good Wolfe, Bambudda and Boneta

December

Added:
Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Notturno, Craft Beer Market, Mosaic, Boneta

Removed: Gringo, Cuchillo, Emerald

November

Added:
Wagon Rouge, Gringo, Emerald


Got a suggestion for a restaurant you think deserves to be added to next month's Heatmap? Drop us a line or leave a comment or contact our 100% confidential TipLine and stay tuned for the next edition of the Heatmap, dropping the first Thursday of August.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

My Shanti by Vikram Vij

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All hail the unstoppable Vikram Vij! Finally rolling his empire into South Surrey (after months of delay) with the brilliantly-blingy My Shanti. On the menu, a culinary tour around Vikram’s favouite places in India - and beyond. Make the trip to Morgan Crossing to see if the hype is real.
Single-handedly raising the chances of downtown-dwelling Vancouverites dining in Kerrisdale by a factor of around a billion, Team Wildebeest's new venture teaming Neapolitan-style pizzas with a flat-out excellent cocktail programme was always going to be a slam-dunk. No reservations and packed every night. Good work, fellas.

The Juice Truck

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One of the city's favourite trucks; the talented cold-pressed juice pushers expanded into bricks and mortar a couple of weeks ago delighting the Mount Pleasant cleanse crowd.

Crackle Creme

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Daniel Wong's tiny Crackle Creme (pronounced Crack LE Creme) gourmet dessert bar is already causing a sensation amongst sweet-toothed fans in the city for his delicious crème brûlées. Flavours so far have included everything from cotton candy and durian to vegan pistachio and matcha. The kid's got game. Go see him.

Mr. Red Cafe

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A flurry of the city's foodies have flocked to this new Vietnamese restaurant in Grandview Woodlands and swooned over its authentic cuisine. On Instagram, Vancouver Magazine judge Lee Man declared it the "Vietnamese meal of my life....Such vigor, freshness and delicate flavors." Try the grilled pork bun cha and crab and pork spring rolls.

Belgard Kitchen

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Now serving one of the best brunches in the city and home to the newly-opened Postmark Brewing, could Vancouver Urban Winery’s Belgard kitchen be any hotter? Under the command of Earl's alum Chef Reuben Major, serving up quick eats like fresh salads, a burger, pizzetti and soup for lunch before swapping over to a small plate menu in the evening Railtown is becoming the place to be.

The Abbey

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The latest collaboration between chef Andrey Durbach, Chris Stewart and Michel Duroche in the old Wild Rice location has turned industry folk and foodies alike into wild converts. The menu gleefully bounces between Izakaya to French bistro to English gastro pub - think delights like sausage rolls and welsh rarebit tangle with ultra-light chicken karaage and mains like Toulouse sausage and mash and Lancashire hotpot.

Taishoken Ramen

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Heat-cheating cold noodles with a dipping sauce (Tsukemen) are the new super-hot thing for ramen fans right now and no one is getting Vancouverites more excited than Taishoken. There have been some grumbles over the not-runny-enough egg but everyone agrees that the broth is the real deal. [Image via Dennis the Foodie]

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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The most-anticipated opening of the summer is finally here with a stellar front and back of house team which has food-loving folk in Vancouver all a-quiver. Go and see what the excitement is all about and score a seat on the pretty little tiled patio.

The Fat Badger

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The city has gone quite mad for the sensation of British gastro-pub food served up by the team behind Espana. Scotch Egg mania and pork pie fever currently rule.

Pizza Fabrika

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Enjoy the taste of revolutionary pizza in the West End thanks to the awesome pie skills of Fabrika. Funky interior design plus innovative pizzas (try the potato-y delights of Spud, topped with a gooey cauliflower puree or the decadent Flammkuchen with double-smoked bacon and crispy pork crackling) add up to a new neighbourhood favourite.

Left Bank

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With a combination of a $5 wine Happy Hour, plus the West End's first laneway patio, Left Bank is pulling in praise that has catapulted it straight onto the Heat Map. On the menu a French-inspired trip around the colonies.

Chambar

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It feels strange to have removed much-loved Vancouver dining star, Chambar from the Eater 38 but rules are rules and as Chambar has moved to a new location, so they begin their life afresh on Eater. But the good news is that it's even better than ever. A stunning new room, spacious bar and kitchen, better acoustics (no more shouting!) and the same gracious service coupled with a formidable wine list, excellent beer programme and yes, still the same deft touch in the kitchen with flavours perfectly balanced and produce showcased to perfection. Chambar is dead, long live the new Chambar.

Cafe Medina

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Another Eater 38 regular who's starting life afresh in a whole new part of town, but this time in a far larger space and with the powerhouse talent of chef Jonathan Chovancek at the helm. There will be queues - and weekend brunch is already a madhouse - but no one seems to mind a bit. The legendary waffles remain but you can also expect your eggs to come alongside more exotic offerings like tagine, merguez sausages and Moroccan meatballs.

Nicli's Next Door

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So far they're only open from Wednesday till Saturday from 5p.m. till late, but one of the city's best pizza restaurants, Nicli Antica, now has a sister next door who's showing how Italian tapas can shine. Riding high on a brace of positive reviews, prepare to queue, but take a few friends so you can snack your way around the pleasingly affordable menu.

Bella Gelateria

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All hail Maestro James's brand new venture which looks set to have queues around the block - just like his first Bella Gelateria in Coal Harbour. His award-winning gelato is, of course, perfect - but now you can pair with Neapolitan-style pizzas, gelato desserts and 'gelatini' cocktails. Open daily from 8am till 11p.m so you can feed that craving any time of day.

The Blacktail Florist

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After a kitchen shake-up and a change of chef just a few months after opening, you'd expect things to be looking bad for Blacktail Florist - however, with the canny hire of ex-Top Chef alumnus Geoff Rogers it looks like Blacktail is bouncing back again. Take a friend and eat around the menu as there are far too many can't-miss dishes for one sitting. Prepare for your new favourite thing to be tofu. Seriously.

My Shanti by Vikram Vij

All hail the unstoppable Vikram Vij! Finally rolling his empire into South Surrey (after months of delay) with the brilliantly-blingy My Shanti. On the menu, a culinary tour around Vikram’s favouite places in India - and beyond. Make the trip to Morgan Crossing to see if the hype is real.

Bufala

Single-handedly raising the chances of downtown-dwelling Vancouverites dining in Kerrisdale by a factor of around a billion, Team Wildebeest's new venture teaming Neapolitan-style pizzas with a flat-out excellent cocktail programme was always going to be a slam-dunk. No reservations and packed every night. Good work, fellas.

The Juice Truck

One of the city's favourite trucks; the talented cold-pressed juice pushers expanded into bricks and mortar a couple of weeks ago delighting the Mount Pleasant cleanse crowd.

Crackle Creme

Daniel Wong's tiny Crackle Creme (pronounced Crack LE Creme) gourmet dessert bar is already causing a sensation amongst sweet-toothed fans in the city for his delicious crème brûlées. Flavours so far have included everything from cotton candy and durian to vegan pistachio and matcha. The kid's got game. Go see him.

Mr. Red Cafe

A flurry of the city's foodies have flocked to this new Vietnamese restaurant in Grandview Woodlands and swooned over its authentic cuisine. On Instagram, Vancouver Magazine judge Lee Man declared it the "Vietnamese meal of my life....Such vigor, freshness and delicate flavors." Try the grilled pork bun cha and crab and pork spring rolls.

Belgard Kitchen

Now serving one of the best brunches in the city and home to the newly-opened Postmark Brewing, could Vancouver Urban Winery’s Belgard kitchen be any hotter? Under the command of Earl's alum Chef Reuben Major, serving up quick eats like fresh salads, a burger, pizzetti and soup for lunch before swapping over to a small plate menu in the evening Railtown is becoming the place to be.

The Abbey

The latest collaboration between chef Andrey Durbach, Chris Stewart and Michel Duroche in the old Wild Rice location has turned industry folk and foodies alike into wild converts. The menu gleefully bounces between Izakaya to French bistro to English gastro pub - think delights like sausage rolls and welsh rarebit tangle with ultra-light chicken karaage and mains like Toulouse sausage and mash and Lancashire hotpot.

Taishoken Ramen

Heat-cheating cold noodles with a dipping sauce (Tsukemen) are the new super-hot thing for ramen fans right now and no one is getting Vancouverites more excited than Taishoken. There have been some grumbles over the not-runny-enough egg but everyone agrees that the broth is the real deal. [Image via Dennis the Foodie]

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

The most-anticipated opening of the summer is finally here with a stellar front and back of house team which has food-loving folk in Vancouver all a-quiver. Go and see what the excitement is all about and score a seat on the pretty little tiled patio.

The Fat Badger

The city has gone quite mad for the sensation of British gastro-pub food served up by the team behind Espana. Scotch Egg mania and pork pie fever currently rule.

Pizza Fabrika

Enjoy the taste of revolutionary pizza in the West End thanks to the awesome pie skills of Fabrika. Funky interior design plus innovative pizzas (try the potato-y delights of Spud, topped with a gooey cauliflower puree or the decadent Flammkuchen with double-smoked bacon and crispy pork crackling) add up to a new neighbourhood favourite.

Left Bank

With a combination of a $5 wine Happy Hour, plus the West End's first laneway patio, Left Bank is pulling in praise that has catapulted it straight onto the Heat Map. On the menu a French-inspired trip around the colonies.

Chambar

It feels strange to have removed much-loved Vancouver dining star, Chambar from the Eater 38 but rules are rules and as Chambar has moved to a new location, so they begin their life afresh on Eater. But the good news is that it's even better than ever. A stunning new room, spacious bar and kitchen, better acoustics (no more shouting!) and the same gracious service coupled with a formidable wine list, excellent beer programme and yes, still the same deft touch in the kitchen with flavours perfectly balanced and produce showcased to perfection. Chambar is dead, long live the new Chambar.

Cafe Medina

Another Eater 38 regular who's starting life afresh in a whole new part of town, but this time in a far larger space and with the powerhouse talent of chef Jonathan Chovancek at the helm. There will be queues - and weekend brunch is already a madhouse - but no one seems to mind a bit. The legendary waffles remain but you can also expect your eggs to come alongside more exotic offerings like tagine, merguez sausages and Moroccan meatballs.

Nicli's Next Door

So far they're only open from Wednesday till Saturday from 5p.m. till late, but one of the city's best pizza restaurants, Nicli Antica, now has a sister next door who's showing how Italian tapas can shine. Riding high on a brace of positive reviews, prepare to queue, but take a few friends so you can snack your way around the pleasingly affordable menu.

Bella Gelateria