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13 new places to eat and drink in Vancouver right now

From red sauce reinvented to oodles of ramen noodles, here are 13 new places to eat and drink in Vancouver (and beyond) 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 red sauce reinvented to oodles of ramen noodles, here are 13 new places to eat and drink in Vancouver (and beyond) right now.

Pepino's Spaghetti House

When Nick’s Spaghetti House closed down late last year after over 60 years in the game, there were many tears shed over final plates of pasta. Now the crew behind Savio Volpe have breathed new life into the restaurant, re-named in honour of Pepino, the "spaghetti mouse" immortalized in song. Expect classic red sauce fare and a dim, cozy room.

Address: 631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

DL Chicken Shack

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Ready to feel the burn? Vancouver’s first restaurant devoted to Nashville hot chicken, the DownLow Chicken Shack, is open. On the menu: Fiery hot fried chicken. The made to order chicken comes in spice levels (mild, medium, hot, extra hot, and “A side of Milk”--aka extremely hot), and can be ordered up solo or in sandwiches, with sides like coleslaw, corn bread, pickles, macaroni salad, fries, and sweet tea.

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Origo Club

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This new concept in the Vancouver suburb is taking things to the next level with their cafe-fine dining hybrid. Origo Club offers customers coffee and tea with pastries and light bites by day, and French-inspired elegance by night, plus an adjacent gallery.

Address: 110-6888 River Road, Richmond

Heirs Pears

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It seemed like this one was NEVER going to open, but after years, it finally did. This downtown spot has breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and juice covered. Think fresh, healthy-focused fare like salads and sandwiches.

Address: 605 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Hustle Pizza Co.

The project of some pizza biz pros, Hustle Pizza Co. on Commercial Drive specializes in hot, fresh pizza by the slice, with a big focus on plant-based eating. About half the menu is vegan, with the option of subbing non-dairy cheese on the vegetarian selections making the fully plant-based selection even more robust. That said, omnivores will also find plenty to enjoy on the menu, with classics like pepperoni and Hawaiian, of course.

Address: 1110 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Izakaya Gon's

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You'll find mix-and-match Japanese share-plates at this new West End izakaya. Fresh seafood, including sashimi, is served up alongside an assortment of salads, grilled meats and veg, hot pot, rice and noodle dishes, steamed items, and lots of fried goodness.

Address: 854 Denman Street, Vancouver

White

A posh new Yaletown spot--with a patio--for drinks and eats has just opened up in the former 21 Nautical Miles restaurant space (remember that hot mess?). Look for fancified shareable standards (nachos, sliders, coconut prawns) and steak and pasta entrees, plus bevvies.

Address: 1257 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Saku

It's alllll about tonkatsu at this new Robson Street eatery. You'll find breaded and fried foods here, Japanese style, like Katsu Curry sets and fried prawns, with sides like rice and cabbage.

Address: 1773 Robson Street, Vancouver

Centro

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When word broke that the wrecking ball was headed for Pronto in Cambie Village, the owner already had Centro, on Denman, in the works. One chapter has closed, but with Centro comes a fresh start and a funky new space. Look for handmade pasta and classic cocktails at this new West End spot.

Address: 1037 Denman Street, Vancouver

Uncle Tetsu

Fluffy, jiggly Japanese cheesecake worth lining up for? That's the whole story at Uncle Tetsu, which opened up their first B.C. location recently in Burnaby at Metrotown. They only sell cheesecakes whole, and it's one per customer.

Address: 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Nana's Green Tea

One more on the Japanese power player treats spot coming to Vancouver: Nana's Green Tea. They've recently opened up their first Canadian shop, in Kerrisdale, and they specialize in mucho matcha, from parfaits to lattes and a whole lot more in between.

Address: 2135 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tandoori Flame

At the largest Indian buffet in North America, you can count on finding loads of Indian fare from multiple regions, along with some familiar western foods, too. Pile your plates with pakoras, and cozy up to curries at this impressive new all-you-can-eat option in North Delta (on the Surrey border).

Address: 11970 88 Avenue, North Delta

Ramen Taka

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Ramen Taka, which opened up recently on Bidwell Street right off Robson, is a Japanese import ramen shop with some unique items, like their Hokkaido-style ramen with extra hot pork and seafood broth. Plus, they've got a vegan ramen dish, and they can set you up with an at-home ramen kit you can microwave and assemble on your own.

Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver