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10 exciting new restaurants to check out right now in Vancouver

From big beer-filled hangouts to a shipping container restaurant run by four local chef superstars, here are 10 new places to eat and drink in Metro Vancouver right now.
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There’s always somewhere new to eat in Vancouver. If you are looking to check out a new place to grab coffee and a snack or for a special dinner date, we’ve got you covered.

From big beer-filled hangouts to a shipping container restaurant run by four local chef superstars, here are 10 new places to eat and drink in Metro Vancouver right now.

Brewhall

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The Tap & Barrel team took over the former Steel Toad, and have moved in with a whole new concept for them, including old school arcade games, cocktails, build your own bowls, easy going eats, and plenty of beer.

Address: 92 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Fiore Famiglia

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At this just-opened sibling restaurant to the Fiore family of restaurants (including Fiore and Stable House in South Granville) you’ll find sourdough pizzas made with fresh toppings.

Address: 2603 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

Their There

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This coffee shop and bakery comes from the talented team behind AnnaLena in Kitsilano, and moves into the former Mission space. They've got serious sandwiches (like a Fried Chicken one) in the rotation, along with a host of decadent, creative French-style pastries.

Address: 2042 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Popina Canteen

The project of four of Vancouver’s top culinary minds–Angus An, Robert Belcham, Hamid Salimian, and Joël Watanabe–Popina is making use of space on the northwest side of the Public Market, with new outdoor seating facing False Creek and downtown Vancouver. Coming to the table is crave-able fare like lobster rolls, falafel, fried chicken, and a promised “fresh take on the city’s best burger." For dessert: Creme puffs stuffed with soft serve.

Address: 1691 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)

Tormenta

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Out with the old, in with the new. In a quick switcheroo, Davie Street's all-veg Lucha Verde shut down and morphed into Tormenta, a concept of similar casual Mexican fare, immediately in the space. They've now got an omnivore menu, with some carryover staff and menu items like Lucha Verde's BBQ Jackfruit, Cauliflower, Chickpea Fritters, and Elote dishes.

Address: 1326 Davie Street, Vancouver

Pepino's Spaghetti House

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Pepino’s seems designed to evoke yesteryear, with very modern prices. Equally ideal for a celebratory evening out as a romantic date, family supper, or lunch rendezvous, the new red sauce Italian joint in the old Nick's Spaghetti House has gently updated pasta and meat dishes, with cocktails, wine, and some must-try desserts.

Address: 631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Poke Five

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Just opened on The Drive is a new poké shop. Poke Five’s menu is centred on their core list of bowls, including The Drive, which features aburi-style torched ahi tuna (fun to watch from your side of the counter), the fiery Akuma Tuna accented with kimchi, and even a Vegan Buddha Bowl option.

Address: 2247 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Melt Shop (Food Truck)

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The Melt Shop hangs out in a delightfully unexpected place most days of the week: At the BC Ferries Tsawwassen terminal--but they do book lots of events, festivals, and other events in Metro Vancouver. The menu is pretty straightforward, offering a grilled cheese for just about any kind of appetite at approachable prices from a classic made with "nostalgia" (and American Cheese) to a double decker "Big Daddy" or a "Fancy Pants" with truffle oil.

Address: Follow The Melt Shop truck on Instagram to find out the truck’s location and hours.

Bruncheria

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Breakfast cravings can now go fulfilled all day long at Bruncheria, a brunch-centric new cafe in New Westminster. Bruncheria is a daytime only cafe (open daily 7:30 am to 3:30 pm) serving up an array of breakfasty eats like hearty meat-and-eggs breakfast plates to breakfast sandwiches, and, of course, avocado toast.

Address: 656 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Hugo's Mexican Kitchen

From the same family that brought Metro Vancouver their incredible churros comes Hugo's Mexican Kitchen's brand new Clayton Market location in Surrey. In a beautiful space they've got all sorts of Mexican classics, including housemade salsas and, of course, churros.

Address: 19181 Fraser Hwy, Surrey

Bonus:

Keep an eye out for Hunnybee Bruncheonette. It's a daytime spot that's just move into 789 Gore Avenue, and is from the team behind Birds & the Beets, who are doing a "pop-up" in the space right now.