13 new and upcoming Vancouver restaurants to put on your list

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Every day is a new chance to eat something you’ve never tried before, and thankfully Vancouver is always coming through with new restaurants – or new locations of favourite restaurants – for us to check out.

From comforting plates of pasta to steamer baskets full of dumplings, and loaded hot dogs or all-day breakfasts, there are plenty of just-opened, or soon-to-open, restaurants worth checking out.

Here are 13 new and upcoming Vancouver restaurants to put on your list.

Heritage Asian Eatery

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FEB. 5, 2019

Heritage Asian Eatery is known for its modern, playful take on dishes like rice bowls, noodles, bao (buns), and chicken wings, along with fresh veggie dishes and fun desserts. Their second location is on West Broadway, steps from the Broadway-City Hall Canada Line station.

Address: 382 W Broadway

The Greek – Gastown

Country Lamb (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

OPEN NOW

Everyone is family, in a way, at The Greek, thanks to the share plates style of eating, starring succulent and meltingly tender braised Country Lamb or roast chicken served in a pan with rice, potatoes, and veggies. This is the second The Greek location (the first launched in Yaletown in 2015).

Address: 221 Carrall St.

Autostrada – Downtown

Cacio e pepe at Autostrada on Main, Dec. 2018 (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

OPEN NOW

To kick off 2018, Cinara on Pender opted to rebrand as a second outpost of their slightly more casual sibling restaurant, Autostrada. You can expect to find the same staff, as well as roster of fresh-made pastas (like the decadent double-stuffed “doppio” and the slurp-worthy cacio e pepe, among others) and antipasti like toast loaded with fresh anchovies or duck liver, wines, cocktails, and more there.

Address: 350 W. Pender St.

Livia Sweets

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OPEN NOW

Long-time Vancouver-based baker and food artisan Claire Livia has opened her own bakeshop and cafe on Commercial Dr. Sit down with some breakfast, baked goods, and treats in this charming new space.

Address: 1399 Commercial Dr

Sip Bowl La Mian

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OPEN NOW

Heads up, noodle lovers: There’s a new spot for slurping ramen that opened in January in Kerrisdale.

Address: 2255 W 41 Ave

OEB

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SPRING 2019

OEB is sliding into Yaletown and setting up their egg-centric eats in the space previously occupied by the Hurricane Grill. Calgary-based OEB, which stands for Over Easy Breakfast, is all about that all-day breakfast lifestyle. They feature some seriously over the top creations, too, including their signature “Soul in a Bowl.”

Address: 1137 Marinaside Crescent

Umai Savory Hot Dogs

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TBD

A Northern California-based hot dog chain known for their inventive piled-high fusion hot dogs using fresh ingredients is setting up shop in Vancouver. Will they give our mighty JapaDog a run for their money? We’ll have to wait and see.

Address: 1331 Robson St.

Burgerette (Moderne Burger)

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MID-FEBRUARY, 2019

The wrecking ball took down Moderne Burger, but they’ve been working on bringing back the diner vibes, along with shakes, burgers, and fries, to a new location. Burgerette is set to open on Broadway in mid-February.

Address: 865 W Broadway

Italian Tomato

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TBD/SPRING 2019

Locals swear by the epic portions of pasta sauced and served up at Italian Tomato in Richmond. They’ve been at work on their West End Vancouver outpost for several months now, and opening day should be soon.

Address: 1047 Davie St

Dalina – Broadway/Oak

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Farinata with cauliflower at DALINA (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

FEB. 2019

Chinatown’s cafe-meets-grocery shop Dalina is adding a second location, this time at Oak and Broadway. You’ll find much of what you know from the OG location here, like coffee, casual eats, grab-and-go items, and more.

Address: 992 W Broadway

Fortune Terrace – Marine Drive

Fortune Terrace in Richmond (Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine/Facebook)

TBD

One of Richmond’s most popular Chinese restaurants, Fortune Terrace, is expanding to Vancouver. They’ve got a brand new space in the works on Marine Drive at Cambie, right by the Canada Line. Expect more of the same high-end Cantonese-style eats and atmosphere here.

Address: 525 SW Marine Dr

Hot Star Fried Chicken

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TBD

Taiwanese “large” fried chicken is a big deal. The beloved night market snack showcasing a juicy 30-cm wide fried chicken cutlet will be available soon in downtown Vancouver (and in Richmond, too!).

Address: 566 Granville St

The Belgian Chocolate Cafe

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

WINTER 2019

Started in 1956, Belgium-based The Belgian has been beloved overseas for their premium chocolates. Their Vancouver foray marks their first venture into operating a dedicated café and retail space. In addition to their Belgian chocolates, it looks like the café will feature chocolate-based patisserie-style treats, decadent chocolate drinks, and much more (much more chocolate, that is!).

Address: 1 Pacific (at Smithe)

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom