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Vancouver Heat Map: Where To Eat Right 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, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change every month to continuously highlight where the food nerds are flocking to at the moment.
Heatmap summer stunners Earnest Ice cream, chicken heroes Homer Street Cafe bar and locavore gurus the Farmer's Apprentice have stepped aside to make way for French fancy Bistro Wagon Rouge, Mexican firecracker Gringo and Vegas-vibed Emerald.

IN: Wagon Rouge, Gringo, Emerald
OUT: Earnest Ice Cream, Homer Street Cafe and Bar and The Farmer's Apprentice
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 December.


Heatmap History

October
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. 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?

2. The Emerald

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555 Gore Ave., Vancouver
BC V6A 2Z4, Canada
(604) 559-8477
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[Photo Credit] Think Rat-Pack Era Vegas meets Gastown and gets it on over $5 custom-made Caesars served on vintage Dim Sum carts.

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. Cuchillo

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261 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V6J 3L2, Canada
(604) 559-7585
No restaurant seem to have inspired such love/hate reviews from the city’s critics in recent memory. Such divided opinion means that now everyone is talking about Cuchillo and it’s almost impossible to get a reservation at weekends. Drop by in the week and see what the fuss is about, dive into the tacos and have a Tequila flight. Just look for the giant glowing skull.

5. Bambudda

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99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
Everyone is ranting/raving about the chicken skin and the radish cakes here - they seem to inspire passionate love/hate reactions. Ray Loy’s (front of house veteran and part of Market By Jean Georges opening team at the Shangri La) first solo venture is a welcoming Gastown joint which already feels like part of the neighbourhood. Chef Keev Mah has a deft touch in the kitchen turning out well-balanced ‘modern interpretations of dim sum’. Barman Buck Friend’s Tsui Hang take on ‘cold tea’ is inspired.

6. Gringo

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Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
BC V6B, Canada
Budget-friendly tacos, solid cocktail basics and all the home-made tortilla chips your heart could desire.

7. Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar

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1043 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada
(604) 428-1043
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If you've eaten at the ambrosial Fresh, Local, Wild food truck you'll know that chef Josh Wolfe can cook up a storm. Given the space (and toys) back in a larger space again (Wolfe used to be Executive Chef of Coast) only good things can happen. [Photo Credit]

8. Burdock & Co

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2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada
(604) 879-0077
One of the most important chefs in the city, Andrea Carlson’s CV reads like a Best Of... run-down of every restaurant that helped shape Vancouver’s fresh, local and sustainable style: C, Raincity Grill, Sooke Harbour House, Bishop's - she’s worked at them all. Burdock & Co is a shining example of casual fine-dining: Vancouver style. And yes - her ramen is every bit as good as everyone says it is.

1. 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

2. The Emerald

555 Gore Ave., Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z4, Canada
[Photo Credit] Think Rat-Pack Era Vegas meets Gastown and gets it on over $5 custom-made Caesars served on vintage Dim Sum carts.
555 Gore Ave., Vancouver
BC V6A 2Z4, 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. Cuchillo

261 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 3L2, Canada
No restaurant seem to have inspired such love/hate reviews from the city’s critics in recent memory. Such divided opinion means that now everyone is talking about Cuchillo and it’s almost impossible to get a reservation at weekends. Drop by in the week and see what the fuss is about, dive into the tacos and have a Tequila flight. Just look for the giant glowing skull.
261 Powell Street, Vancouver
BC V6J 3L2, Canada

5. Bambudda

99 Powell St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Everyone is ranting/raving about the chicken skin and the radish cakes here - they seem to inspire passionate love/hate reactions. Ray Loy’s (front of house veteran and part of Market By Jean Georges opening team at the Shangri La) first solo venture is a welcoming Gastown joint which already feels like part of the neighbourhood. Chef Keev Mah has a deft touch in the kitchen turning out well-balanced ‘modern interpretations of dim sum’. Barman Buck Friend’s Tsui Hang take on ‘cold tea’ is inspired.
99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. Gringo

Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada
Budget-friendly tacos, solid cocktail basics and all the home-made tortilla chips your heart could desire.
Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
BC V6B, Canada

7. Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar

1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1A9, Canada
If you've eaten at the ambrosial Fresh, Local, Wild food truck you'll know that chef Josh Wolfe can cook up a storm. Given the space (and toys) back in a larger space again (Wolfe used to be Executive Chef of Coast) only good things can happen. [Photo Credit]
1043 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada

8. Burdock & Co

2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8, Canada
One of the most important chefs in the city, Andrea Carlson’s CV reads like a Best Of... run-down of every restaurant that helped shape Vancouver’s fresh, local and sustainable style: C, Raincity Grill, Sooke Harbour House, Bishop's - she’s worked at them all. Burdock & Co is a shining example of casual fine-dining: Vancouver style. And yes - her ramen is every bit as good as everyone says it is.
2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada