It's a new week, and the COVID-19 crisis is, as expected, unrelenting.
On Friday, March 20, Dr. Bonnie Henry mandated that all restaurants in the province that still were offering dine-in service suspend that practice immediately. The province's orders echoed those of the City of Vancouver, announced earlier in the day and effective by midnight, as well.
New as of this weekend is that B.C. restaurants may now offer alcohol for sale with food orders for take-out or delivery. You must be making a food purchase
I've been working to keep you updated on what different restaurants and food businesses are doing at this time. You can read more about some options here:
- Vancouver restaurants clear fridges for shut down, donate food and money
- Metro Vancouver restaurants, food businesses find creative solutions to stay afloat, help people during COVID-19 crisis
- Fresh sheet: These Metro Vancouver restaurants have added special food take-out and delivery options
- Fresh sheet: 9 more Metro Vancouver restaurants with take-out or delivery solutions right now
And our colleagues at the North Shore News have this: North Shore eateries try to deliver amid COVID-19 crisis.
If you're in Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Langley City, and White Rock, the site West Coast Food has a new roundup of some great options.
Additionally, please use the excellent website Breaking Bread to connect directly to restaurants and order food or purchase gift certificates and merchandise.
As emails and DMs come in from restaurants and food businesses, or as I am able to track them via social media, I am rounding them up here regularly to keep you informed.
As always, bear in mind that due to the COVID-19 crisis, things may change rapidly. Please connect directly with the restaurant via phone, email, website, or social media, before making plans that depend upon their offerings being available.
FRESH SHEET: MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020
Main Street's vegetarian and vegan-friendly The Arbor (the casual sibling to the award-winning spot The Acorn) has shifted to take-out and delivery. You can view their menu on their website. Orders are available through Uber Eats and direct to restaurant (604-620-3256).
Beetbox is introducing its new rice bowls to their lineup of plant-based comfort food. Along with their signature Chick-un Sandwich and other Beetbox favourites, Beetbox will offer Crispy Tofu Bowls (brown rice, avocado, crispy fried tofu, pickled radish, cucumber kimchi, sesame dressed broccoli, miso dressing), Taco Bowls (brown rice, avocado, spicy black beans, iceberg, ‘cheezy' corn, pico de gallo, crispy corn tortilla, cashew sour cream), and Garden Bowls (brown rice, sprouted legumes, miso-roasted squash and carrots, chili ‘ ayo', kale slaw, green goddess dressing, pumpkin seed dukkah). All take out and delivery orders can be made online on their website.
Belgard Kitchen and Havana have joined the "Staff Meal" initiative launched by The Mackenzie Room and Say Mercy. Chefs Drew Scott of Belgard Kitchen and Andrew Hounslow of Havana Vancouver, create a daily menu ranging from $5 to $10 of healthy, delicious meals that can be eaten fresh, or frozen for future use. To help those in need, a “Suspended Stew” can be purchased and a meal will be distributed on behalf of the buyer. To help further support the community, a mandatory “Shipping Fee” of $2 is added to every order and donated directly to the Vancouver Food Bank. As a bonus, “Post Shift” packaged beer from The Settlement Building and bottles of Vancouver Urban Winery wine will also be available by pre-order online, or on-site. Orders can be placed online, accepted until
2 p.m. daily, and ready for same day pick up between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at The Settlement Building: 55 Dunlevy Ave.
Main Street's Spanish tapas restaurant is open for delivery (Uber Eats and DoorDash) and pick up from 3 to 10 p.m. Wedsday through Sunday. Look for special offerings like family-size paella meals and more.
Fable in Kits is another spot getting on board with the "Staff Meal" initiative. When you order with them, you will have available a $5 Staff Meal option of a stew (or other dish) to anyone experiencing financial uncertainty. (Please note that Staff Meals will not available on Tuesdays). They are also offering a $5 "Suspended Stew" giving customers the option to pay a meal or meals forward to deserving people in the community, whether it's someone who may be unable to afford their meal, or frontline workers who are helping to keep our community safe. A $2 donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be added to every bill. Order between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for same day pickup; pickup between 2 and 6 p.m. Meals will be cooked and ready to heat up at home. View the menu here.
Forage has added take-out options, featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, and whatever else they can cook up for you to reheat at home. Orders need to be completed before 2 p.m. on the day of. Once your meals have been ordered they will be packaged with the utmost care and can be picked up right next door- at the side door of Timber on Jervis street (on the patio) between 3 and 7 p.m. at staggered times to help promote social distancing. There’s a phone number to call so Forage staff can pop out the order responsibly. The menu will change frequently, as the Forage menu always has. There may be a limited number of items available for those walking by that can be picked up immediately, but quantities are restricted so pre-ordering is preferred. To order, click here.
You can still get the world's best cinannamon buns during the COVID-19 crisis. Both Grounds For Coffee locations are open for to-go orders (2565 Alma St and 2088 Commercial Dr). 6 packs of cinnamon buns can be purchased for $20.00 and they can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Cases of pre-frozen cinnamon buns (for a minimum order of 24 buns) can be purchased from the Alma location only for $66.00 (58.80 for 2 or more cases). Note, cinnamon buns come prebaked with icing already applied. They are a thaw and serve and can be warmed in the oven. 6 packs of fresh muffins start at $17.10 and 6 packs of fresh cookies are $14.70 and are tax-free as 6 packs. Muffins also freeze well and can last up to 3 months in an airtight container. Coffee is available to purchase by the pound for $16.50 - $19.50 to make fresh at home. All of their menu items are available for take out.
Heritage Asian Eatery’s two Vancouver locations are offering all its Asian comfort food favourites — including its popular Chinese BBQ items — for take-out and delivery via Foodora. For take-out orders, guests are encouraged to call Heritage Broadway (604-559-6058) or Pender (778-737-1108) to arrange for pick-up.
Along with Juke's signature gluten-free, southern-fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, ribs, sides and more, the popular outpost will be offering elevated pre-batched cocktail mixes from Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal for $5 each, including the Blue Margarita, the Passion Fruit Gimlet, and Purple Rain. Jars of Juke's favourite sauces — including their signature hot sauce and beer honey — will also be available to take home. All take out and delivery orders can be made online.
Nightingale To-Go has landed. The Hawskworth sibling restaurant in downtown Vancouver is now offering a take-out menu with some of their favourite and classic dishes to keep you nurtured and nourished during these trying times. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-695-9500 to place your order. Credit card payment only. View the menu here.
All four Nuba locations in Greater Vancouver have focused their signature menu of Middle Eastern favourites to offer a simplified version for take-out and delivery that features its popular mezzes, plates and salads. Orders can now be made and paid for online before picking up at any of Nuba’s local restaurants in Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Gastown and Yaletown.
Railtown is open at two of their locations - their Railtown HQ and Granville Street, and they have a few specials. They're offering 30% off for all front line workers - just present an ID badge. Plus they have a new heat and serve menu which features wholesome, hearty portions - all that comfort food Railtown is so well known for. Right now when you buy five meals the sixth is free. Railtown Catering is also available for those employers who need to feed teams working across the city - we now are individually wrapping all items so they can be distributed in the most hygienic way by employers. Delivery/take-out: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One of Vancouver's most celebrated enclaves for traditional Japanese cuisine, Yuwa, is now offering a special take-out menu that showcases a wide array of appetizers, soups, sushi, sashimi, grilled and deep-fried dishes and rice bowls and other unique creations. The new take-out offerings are available seven days a week from 4 to 8 p.m. by calling the restaurant at 604-731-9378 and the menu will change daily depending on the inspiration provided to Chef Masa from fresh deliveries received in the Yuwa kitchen each day. Curb-side pick up is also available by informing the restaurant at time of ordering.