Vancouver's food scene is nothing if not vibrant, with cool new bars and restaurants popping up year-round. The past few months have seen a number of spots worth checking out around the city.

Gastown continues to sprout watering holes and trendy concepts all around. Noted Gastown entrepreneur, Sean Heather, has added to his growing slate of businesses (The Irish Heather, Salt, Judas Goat, Bitter), the coffee shop/deli Ranier Provisions. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner - and brewing Portland's favourite java, Stumptown, Ranier Provisions aims for a cross between a New York deli and old fashioned British provisions store. Enjoy locally-produced charcuterie, a desert bar and a range of tempting comfort food dishes.

Another Gastown restaurateur with concepts around every corner is Mark Brand (Save On Meats, Boneta, The Diamond). He's added two new spots recently - a ramen joint and a pub. No.1 Noodle House is located in the original Boneta space on the corner of Cordova and Carrall, and serves up bowls of noodle soup as well as fried chicken wings, bao buns, salads and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.

Just down the street, is Brand's Portside Pub, a design-forward drinking house with fairground-style food windows and a hot live music and DJ schedule.

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  • Rainier Provisions

    Sean Heather's coffee-shop and deli has taken over the ground floor of the heritage Ranier Hotel in Gastown, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner - and more than 18 types of bourbon.

  • Rainier Provisions

    Portland's own Stumptown Coffee is served at Ranier.

  • Rainier Provisions

  • Rainier Provisions

  • No. 1 Noodle House

    The space that used to be Boneta - on the corner of Cordova and Carrall - is now No.1 Noodle House.

  • No. 1 Noodle House

  • No. 1 Noodle House

    Tonkatsu ramen.

  • No. 1 Noodle House

    Veggie ramen.

  • Burdock & Co.

    Chef Andrea Carlson - formerly of Bishop's - has opened Burdock & Co. on Main Street in the old Cafeteria space.

  • Burdock & Co.

    Fresh oysters, finger lime caviar, french breakfast radish, chickweed, apple and verbena sorbet, kasu emulsion.

  • The Roof

    High above Alberni Street, The Roof (at Black & Blue steakhouse) is the latest swish patio to open in Vancouver.

  • The Roof

  • Pidgin

    Winner of Canada's culinary Olympics, the 2007 Gold Medal Plates, chef Makoto Ono launched critically-acclaimed restaurants in Winnipeg and Beijing, before bringing his signature style of cooking to Vancouver.

  • Pidgin

    The restaurant is designed by Vancouverite Craig Stanghetta.

  • Pidgin

  • Pidgin

  • Pidgin

  • Pidgin

  • Pidgin

    Mushrooms, sugar snap peas, egg, soy yuzu brown butter

  • Pidgin

    Scallops, fried polenta, brussel sprouts, xo, caper, raisin

  • The Portside Pub

    Another new concept from Mark Brand (Save On Meats), The Portside Pub is a design-forward eating and drinking den with a strong live music program.

  • The Portside Pub

  • The Portside Pub

  • The Portside Pub

  • The Portside Pub

  • The Portside Pub

  • Graze

    Kale Coconut -Mustard Cream Pot PIe with Pepper Spelt Crust, Seasonal Greens

  • Graze

    Fry Board: Pickled Beet Fries, Crispy Spiced Chickpeas and Root Vegetable Chips

  • Graze

    Gluten free Yam & Eggplant Perogies with Sauteed Mushrooms, Pickled Beet Shred and Crispy Shallots

  • Graze

    Apple & Fennel Salad with Wild Nettle Pesto and Nut Ricotta

  • Graze

    Pulled Seitan Waffle Sandwich with Bourbon-Pepper BBQ Sauce, Citrus Slaw and Rosemary Potatoes

  • Charlie's Little Italian

    Aperol Spritz and a glass of Vecchia Cantina Chianti

  • Charlie's Little Italian

    Spaghetti Pomodoro

  • Charlie's Little Italian

    Named after the little Sardinian wizard, Charlie's tribute cocktail, the "Gianfranco Zola".

  • Charlie's Little Italian

  • Charlie's Little Italian

    On Tap at Charlie's: Main Street Brewing's Main Street Pilsner and Russell Beer's Blood Alley Bitter

  • The Shameful Tiki Room

    A little slice of Polynesia on Main Street, The Shameful Tiki Room serves up serious Tiki-style cocktails.

  • The Shameful Tiki Room

    Mai Tai. Oh mama!

  • The Shameful Tiki Room

  • The Shameful Tiki Room

Half a block from Ranier Provisions, Pidgin restaurant has suffered from a vociferous anti-gentrification protest. But inside is a sleek, modern room serving up beautifully presented fusion dishes from one of Canada's best chefs, Winnipeg's Makoto Ono.

The ever-more upwardly mobile Alberni Street now boasts a glamorous roof top patio, appropriately monikered, The Roof. From the Glowbal Group stable (Italian Kitchen, Coast), The Roof sits atop their steakhouse, Black & Blue, and is fully fitted with fire pits and huge umbrellas if Vancouver's weather turns on your outdoor soiree.

Moving East, another addition to the city's growing vegetarian contingent, Graze, has transformed the space previously occupied by Fray. Graze presents an elegant, decadent twist on vegetarian and vegan cuisine that belies its pure roots. They also open for weekend brunch.

Main Street is no slouch in the battle for your belly. The old Cafeteria space has been picked up by chef Andrea Carlson (formerly of Bishop's and the passion behind Strathcona's Harvest) to emerge as Burdock & Co. Committed to organic, locally-sourced produce, Carlson's menu is one of the more impressively creative offerings in the city right now. The room is also lovely - all reclaimed wood and whitewash, with a large share table and a beautiful bar.

The group behind Cascade Room and El Camino's closed down Habit and turned it into a neighbourhood pasta joint. Charlie's Little Italian also boasts the type of cracking cocktail list we've come to expect from this group.

If cocktails are your thing, be sure to travel further south along Main to Shameful Tiki Room. Picking up from the much-loved - and now lost - Tiki Bar in the Waldorf Hotel, Shameful offers a slice of Polynesia with your Trader Joe's-style Mai Tai. Those who really want to feel they've sailed off to the sun should try the clamshell Mystery Bowl cocktail for two which arrives aflame to the ringing of a big bell. What's not to love?


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