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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.

Ah February, post-Dine Out, those who shun the annual prix-fixe free-for-all are to be found reclaiming all their old haunts. Servers are smiling again, bartenders making more than hot water and lemon. It's a good time to be out and about in the city. This month it's all about carbs and coffee - cos, hey baby, it's cold out there. Meet the new heat-makers.

IN: Bestie, Temper Pastry, Greenhorn

OUT: Mosaic, Rise and Shine Ice Cream, Craft Beer Market


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 and stay tuned for the next edition of the Heatmap, dropping the first Thursday of March.


Heatmap History:

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
Removed: Earnest Ice Cream, Homer Street Cafe and Bar, The Farmer's Apprentice

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Fish Counter

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3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 876-3474
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The creators of the city's Ocean Wise fish programme, Chef Robert Clark and Marine Biologist Mike McDermid have opened a fish counter on Main serving nothing but - of course - sustainable fish. As well as seafood to cook at home you can also dive into their delicious fried to order fish and chips (with possibly the city's best batter), tacos and hearty chowders and soups at the dining counter. Check out the stunning carved benches - loving attention to detail shines from every corner.

2. Le Wagon Rouge

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1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H9, Canada
French bistro classics from the creator of one of the city's favourite diners, the Red Wagon. What's not to love at Brad Miller's new venture on Powell?

3. Yolk’s

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1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 441-9655
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The city's beloved breakfast truck has found a bricks and mortar home in the old Brave Bull spot. Go, feast on free-range egg benedicts and definitely try the double-smoked bacon. Chicken and waffles fans are in for a treat thanks to guilt-free organic birds. The lack of a liquor license (yet) and long queues aren't putting people off.

4. Dunlevy Snackbar

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433 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 3Y4, Canada
(604) 569-0454
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A brace of good reviews has pushed the Dunlevy Snack Bar onto the Heat Map. Go and find out why their pork buns are on the city's Most Wanted List right now.

5. Mamie Taylor's

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251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 620-8818
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American comfort food “done right” in Chinatown from Simon Kaulback (ex Boneta) and Ron Oliver (ex-The Diamond). Ticking all the essential Hipster Hang Out boxes (exposed brick, taxidermy, cutesy condiment containers and vintage portraits) it’s scoring much love for its fried chicken, burgers and excellent cocktails.

6. Bestie

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105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada
(604) 620-1175
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Riding the Alexandra Gill Glowing Review train, Bestie’s "little sausage shop that could" has steamed straight into the hotlist. Go: eat sausages, soak up the happy atmosphere.

7. Notturno

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280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada
(604) 720-3145
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This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H's creative concotions - impressively, William Robitaille's Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.

8. Ask for Luigi

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305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada
(604) 428-2544
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We're hearing nothing but good things about this Italian family-style restaurant on the DTES. And no wonder: at the helm is chef Jean Christophe Poirier - ex of Lumiere and Montreal's Toque. Pop by and welcome them to the neighbourhood and dive into their fresh-made pasta delights. Gluten-free pasta is available on request.

9. Greenhorn Cafe

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994 Nicola St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2C8, Canada
(604) 428-2912
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Presumably sky-high West End rents are to blame for the almost $5 lattes at Greenhorn, but that’s not putting anyone off the West End’s new Place To Be. Swarming with families and cyclists at the weekend, the great buzz and delicious pastries are bringing everyone to Greenhorn’s yard.

10. Temper Chocolate & Pastry

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2409 Marine Dr
British Columbia, Canada
(604) 281-1152
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Stumptown coffee, hand-crafted chocolates and buttery flaky pastries make a solid case for a West Van visit.

1. The Fish Counter

3825 Main St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The creators of the city's Ocean Wise fish programme, Chef Robert Clark and Marine Biologist Mike McDermid have opened a fish counter on Main serving nothing but - of course - sustainable fish. As well as seafood to cook at home you can also dive into their delicious fried to order fish and chips (with possibly the city's best batter), tacos and hearty chowders and soups at the dining counter. Check out the stunning carved benches - loving attention to detail shines from every corner.
3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

2. Le Wagon Rouge

1869 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H9, Canada
French bistro classics from the creator of one of the city's favourite diners, the Red Wagon. What's not to love at Brad Miller's new venture on Powell?
1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H9, Canada

3. Yolk’s

1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The city's beloved breakfast truck has found a bricks and mortar home in the old Brave Bull spot. Go, feast on free-range egg benedicts and definitely try the double-smoked bacon. Chicken and waffles fans are in for a treat thanks to guilt-free organic birds. The lack of a liquor license (yet) and long queues aren't putting people off.
1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

4. Dunlevy Snackbar

433 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Y4, Canada
A brace of good reviews has pushed the Dunlevy Snack Bar onto the Heat Map. Go and find out why their pork buns are on the city's Most Wanted List right now.
433 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 3Y4, Canada

5. Mamie Taylor's

251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver, BC, Canada
American comfort food “done right” in Chinatown from Simon Kaulback (ex Boneta) and Ron Oliver (ex-The Diamond). Ticking all the essential Hipster Hang Out boxes (exposed brick, taxidermy, cutesy condiment containers and vintage portraits) it’s scoring much love for its fried chicken, burgers and excellent cocktails.
251 Georgia Street East, Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. Bestie

105 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T5, Canada
Riding the Alexandra Gill Glowing Review train, Bestie’s "little sausage shop that could" has steamed straight into the hotlist. Go: eat sausages, soak up the happy atmosphere.
105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada

7. Notturno

280 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada
This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H's creative concotions - impressively, William Robitaille's Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.
280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B2J1, Canada

8. Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4, Canada
We're hearing nothing but good things about this Italian family-style restaurant on the DTES. And no wonder: at the helm is chef Jean Christophe Poirier - ex of Lumiere and Montreal's Toque. Pop by and welcome them to the neighbourhood and dive into their fresh-made pasta delights. Gluten-free pasta is available on request.
305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada

9. Greenhorn Cafe

994 Nicola St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2C8, Canada
Presumably sky-high West End rents are to blame for the almost $5 lattes at Greenhorn, but that’s not putting anyone off the West End’s new Place To Be. Swarming with families and cyclists at the weekend, the great buzz and delicious pastries are bringing everyone to Greenhorn’s yard.
994 Nicola St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2C8, Canada

10. Temper Chocolate & Pastry

2409 Marine Dr, British Columbia, Canada
Stumptown coffee, hand-crafted chocolates and buttery flaky pastries make a solid case for a West Van visit.
2409 Marine Dr
British Columbia, Canada