This healthy fast food restaurant has opened a third Vancouver location


Is there such a thing a “healthy fast food”? Vancouver’s SMAK has presented themselves as a quick grab-and-go or dine-in choice for people needing convenience as well as nutrition since they launched their first location six years ago. Now SMAK has opened a third Vancouver location, welcoming customers to their new space at 840 Howe Street in downtown.

Photo courtesy SMAK.

While this newest location has a smaller interior than their other outposts (one on Pender and one on Granville), the eatery features a large covered 30-seat patio, and five seats inside. The restaurant was designed with sustainability in mind, using reclaimed wood, and 100 per cent compostable packaging – including the stickers and straws.

There is a 30-seat covered patio at the new SMAK on Howe St. Photo courtesy SMAK.

SMAK, which was one of the first restaurants in Canada to become a certified B-Corp, was awarded last year with the Downtown Vancouver Business Association (DVBIA) Sustainability Award.

On the menu at SMAK are plentiful breakfast, lunch, and all-day items, ranging from smoothies and breakfast sandwiches to salads, veg and meat bowls, curries, and numerous beverages. Order from the counter or pick up something from their grab-and-go shelves.

The grab-and-go case. Photo courtesy SMAK.

SMAK is operated by husband and wife team Brendan and Amanda Ladner, who met through the opening of SMAK. The company also has most long-serving team members on board as share-holders.

“Making delicious, locally-sourced, healthy food from scratch is a ton of work; our team gets up early every day and works so hard to nourish our community,” says Brendan Ladner in a media release.

Photo courtesy SMAK.

SMAK is located at 840 Howe Street in downtown Vancouver. Their other locations are at 1139 West Pender Street and 545 Granville Street, also in Vancouver.

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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, 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: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom