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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.
January may be cold and miserable but the city's food scene continues to shine. Breakfast gets celebrated when a food truck turns into a restaurant , Vancouver's love of fish and all things sustainable meet their logical conclusion on Main Street, Italian family-style dining gets a rush of gluten-free love and a DTES standby gets the Alexandra Gill seal of approval. Meet the new heat-makers.

IN: Yolk's, The Fish Counter, Ask for Luigi and the Dunlevy Snack Bar
OUT: Burdock & Co, Good Wolfe, Bambudda and Boneta
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 February.


Heatmap History

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. Bistro 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?

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Dunlevy Snack Bar

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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. 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.

6. 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.

7. Mosaic Restaurant & Grille @ Hyatt

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655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 639-4770
Really? A restaurant in a Hyatt hotel? Well, yes. Chef Thomas Heinrich's changing tasting menus are taking a walk on the pleasingly-inventive side and creating plenty of social media buzz. Add to that his selection as the sole Canadian chef for Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour and you'll see why people are excited about *just* a hotel restaurant.

8. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

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102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada
(604) 428-7246
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Another craft ice cream store hits the streets - bravely opening just in time for icy blasts and rain showers. Their ice cream "Taco Tuesday" and tasting flights are already crowd-pleasers.

9. Craft Beer Market

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85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
(604) 709-2337
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With 140 taps, CRAFT has become an instant mecca for beer fans - it's actually Canada’s largest selection of draft beers - right here in the Village. Beer-buzz aside, we're also told that this is fantastic spot for singles too. Let us know how that works out...

10. The Fish Counter

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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.

1. Bistro 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Dunlevy Snack Bar

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. 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

6. 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

7. Mosaic Restaurant & Grille @ Hyatt

655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Really? A restaurant in a Hyatt hotel? Well, yes. Chef Thomas Heinrich's changing tasting menus are taking a walk on the pleasingly-inventive side and creating plenty of social media buzz. Add to that his selection as the sole Canadian chef for Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour and you'll see why people are excited about *just* a hotel restaurant.
655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

8. Rain or Shine Ice Cream

102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
Another craft ice cream store hits the streets - bravely opening just in time for icy blasts and rain showers. Their ice cream "Taco Tuesday" and tasting flights are already crowd-pleasers.
102-1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1M5, Canada

9. Craft Beer Market

85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
With 140 taps, CRAFT has become an instant mecca for beer fans - it's actually Canada’s largest selection of draft beers - right here in the Village. Beer-buzz aside, we're also told that this is fantastic spot for singles too. Let us know how that works out...
85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada

10. 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