Posts Tagged ‘Deli’


pazzo chow 1

620 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-1700


Twitter: @pazzochow

Advice: Limited seating. Closed Monday.

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When you are passionate about creating food for the people, you do what Maya Sciarretta did, awhile back she founded Sugo Sauce, making her own brand of pasta sauce. She then opened this little Italian eatery/deli to go one step further serving dishes made with her sauce and other Italian delicacies. The eatery is tiny with only 6 seats inside and a few outside, the space is well layed out, shelves packed with a selection of dried pasta brands that are unique to her store. Each day she features two main dishes of which she posts on their Instagram for everyone to see.

Spaghetti Classico with Caesar salad

Spaghetti Classico with Caesar salad

I had the Spaghetti Classico with Caesar salad made with their own tomato sauce, so good! The menu board does feature a few other items, as well as the line-up of another local purveyor Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream which is owned by Ashley Watson who has created a small-batch, artisanal ice cream company, offering a selection of traditional Italian scoops, pints, and quarts.

Make sure you follow the store on Instagram for the exciting daily dishes!

Review by: Richard Wolak



1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-685-4569


Twitter: @Glowbal_Group

Advice: Counter service.

This is second location of the Italian Kitchen spin-off featuring a casual self-serve counter and seating for 40, offering take-out or leisurely dine-in meal. There is a large communal table for solo diners or others who want to eat with friends. They offer freshly baked scones, pastries and breakfast sandwiches to start off the morning along with a coffee beverage line-up. Lunch and dinner menu options include a variety of antipasti, charcuterie, salads, soups, specialty paninis, and strombolis.


Pine Nut Tarts & Fruit Croistata

Apricot Croistata and other pastries

I have dined in and had take-out on a few occasions and have tried several of their dishes including their notable Meatballs, Couscous, Farro, Tuna Sandwich, as well as several of the baked goodies.

They also offer hearty pastas and an array of traditional meat, seafood and poultry dishes, such as Veal Milanese, roasted chicken and salmon.

Review by: Richard Wolak


2817 Arbutus St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-730-1661


Twitter: @Petesmeats

Advice: No reservations, small seating area.

The butcher shop specializes in meat and not just any meat, there is beef, chicken and pork as well as other meats and you will find meats that are hormone-free, and they make a lot of the sausages in-house. On the deli side they specialize in really good sandwiches made with their meats on great thick bread then grilled.

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Beef Brisket Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

I had lunch with my friend Cassandra recently and we shared a couple of their huge sandwiches, both were delicious, I started off with the Beef Brisket followed by the Grilled Chicken served on their thick crusted bread, lightly grilled and under $10 each.

This is where you are going to want to go for lunch when in the neighborhood or nearby. The shop also carries spices, pickles, organic eggs, milk in glass bottles, and sodas.

Review By: Richard Wolak

Dunn’s Famous Opening

On Tuesday November 15th,  I attended the opening party of Dunn’s Famous Restaurant in Vancouver.

This Montreal based deli was founded in 1927 and there Vancouver restaurant is the first to open in Western Canada.

Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches

Guests were treated to Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, hand carved by guest chefs from Montreal.


Heritage Angus beef burgers

I ate my way through a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, a mini burger and a taster of the Reuben Sandwich, Poutine and Carrot Cake for dessert!

Specializing in 17 day smoked beef brisket, steamed 3 hours right before serving and always hand sliced to order lean, medium, fat; comfort food, family favourites, all day breakfasts, big desserts and six Montreal poutines!

The room is black and red throughout from the big booths to the seating in the room with brick walls and white hanging lights.

Dunn’s Famous BC is located at 827 Seymour Street (at Robson) in Vancouver. Serving an All day menu Sunday – Thursday 10am – midnight and Friday & Saturday 10am – 1am.

Call 604-682-8938 or visit on the web at

By: Richard Wolak



1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604.684.6239


Twitter: @PHAT_Yaletown

Advice: Private room in the sports bar is a hockey lovers paradise. Get the Phat-Size sandwich and take home the other half.

Any of my visits to New York, Montreal or LA, have always resulted in visiting a Jewish deli for a Smoked Meat or a Pastrami sandwich. After a bit of banter over twitter and friends nudging me to get to PHAT in Yaletown, I joined up with Rachel Fox for a Smoked Meat dining adventure. What we discovered was a Smoked Meat paradise in our backyard so to speak, their smoked meat is prepared in Montreal and smoked in their deli in Vancouver and it’s the leanest type of meat which for us West-coasters makes us happy! PHAT has been serving up sandwiches, soups, salads and more for years, about a year ago they expanded doubling in size and adding a sports bar which looks more like a hockey wall or room of fame.

Skinny Matzo Ball Soup

Reuben Sandwich



I had the heart-warming Skinny Matzo Ball Soup ($4.25) which is made with one matzo ball, you can get the Phat size with two matzo balls in a chicken soup broth. Next was the delicious Reuben Sandwich ($11.99 phat size) with smoked meat, served on toasted Marble Rye with Saurkraut & Swiss Cheese along with the best Kosher Dill pickle; I shared the Poutine ($6.50) with phat fries along with the Coleslaw ($2.50) and for a refreshing beverage had a Limonata ($2.60). They have got bagels and bagels with lots of tasty toppings, breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, here you can even get a bagel and a beer!

Review By: Richard Wolak


446 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-677-3985

Web: n/a

Advice: Party paks of Falafel available, call ahead.

Crispy Falafel in Pita

Located close to Broadway Station, this west side spot has some delicious, crispy Falafel. I had the Crispy Falafel in Pita ($6.95) filled with all the fixins vegetables, hummus, tahini sauce in a whole wheat pita. The menu also features Falafel plate, salads, spinach pie, potato knish, veggie lasagna and more.

If you are in the area and looking for good value and a quick bite to eat in or to go, give them a try!

Review by: Richard Wolak


Gallery Cafe

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-688-2233


Advice: There are empty glasses on the glass wall after the cash register along with ice and great tap water.

plum frangipane tart

plum frangipane tart

Located upstairs inside the Vancouver Art Gallery this café offers a wonderful selection of salads, daily features, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. It is large and spacious and there are tables for sharing inside as well as outside on the large umbrella covered patio. On a sunny day this is the best garden patio in the city, and they have live music some evenings during the summer.

The food is delicious and the people watching is lots of fun, if you are eating alone then join one of the community tables. Enjoy a coffee or tea or an iced smoothie, or a beer or even a glass of wine. They offer a bucked of Grolsch beer for $12. The desserts selection is ever so changing and most of the desserts are $3.95 a piece.

Why not visit the Vancouver Art Gallery before or after a meal.

Review by: Richard Wolak




5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-263-2625

Advice: Ask for lean or extra lean for any of the meat sandwiches.


This Jewish deli has been part of the community for many years, my friends and I have many long standing favourites, first of all they have the most delicious chicken soup, some would say the chicken soup will cure any illness or will cure your soul and others just love their soup, they have a few variations of the soup on the menu from clear broth to the Chicken Megillah Soup ($6.25) Chicken soup with kreplach, matzah ball and noodles to the Chicken in the Pot which is the ultimate works and includes chicken soup, with kreplach, matzah ball, chicken pieces, carrots and noodles ($12.75). The deli is known for its smoked meat, corned beef, pastrami, beef brisket monster sandwiches which include a big serving of meat, coleslaw, cheese and more (these sandwiches range in price from $12-$14) there is also chopped liver, herring, gefilte fish, lox and bagels, potato knishes and many other specialties. You don’t have to be Jewish to dine here, you just have to love this style of great deli food. Their Cinnamon Buns ($2.75) are the biggest buns in town and they come with or without raisins.

Review by: Richard Wolak


Siegels Bagels

1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-685-5670


Advice: spend over $5 to use debit, otherwise it is cash only. Get the Sesame or Poppy bagels within minutes after coming out of the firewood oven.


At this local outpost for Siegel’s located inside Granville Island Market, the line-up forms with people asking for their favorite bagels or baked goods. My favourites here are the warm Cream Cheese filled Bagels ($3.50) made with sweetened ricotta cheese, personally my favourite from the line-up of Montreal style bagels ($ .95) are the wholewheat sesame and the rosemary rock salt. You can also get the bagels with a variety of cream cheese shmears and you can get packages of Lox from the fish vendor who is less than 15 feet away.

Review by: Richard Wolak



UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED (relocated to Oak Street)

5866 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-321-1818


Advice: They are closed Saturdays.

This kosher deli located across from Oakridge Centre features a wide range of deli sandwiches, hot dogs, soups and salads. My favorites here are the Turkey Sandwich ($7.50) smoked turkey, deli mustard on plain rye bread with coleslaw and pickle on the side and the Hot Pastrami ($7.50) with deli mustard on plain rye bread with coleslaw and pickle. Omnitsky

The back section of the store is devoted to kosher groceries and fresh meats. Omnitsky’s also carries kosher breads including challah from Garden City Bakery.

Review by: Richard Wolak


Cardero Bottega

1016 Cardero Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-0450


Advice: Don’t be afraid to change the toppings if they are not on the sandwich you choose.

Hidden away in the Westend is a sandwich shop that I had heard about, and it was a must visit on my list. The reality is unless you live in the neighborhood and have your own parking space there is no parking to be had here unless you create your own parking spot like I did. It is easily accessible by bicylcle, walking or fairly easy by bus and a short walk from Denman or Davie. Cardero Bottega has a small selection of sandwiches, all with unique names and great toppings, I decided to get one of their house creations with a few modifications and this was just so delicious and so fresh. I ordered the Monte Twisto Sandwich ($7) turkey, swiss cheese and this is where I made some changes, I skipped the 2 toppings that usually comes with this sandwich and added marinated peppers and grainy mustard on the portugese bun. For only $7 this was the tastiest and most affordable sandwich I have had in Vancouver in quite sometime.

Some of the other sandwiches have names such as The Lord Stanley, Jimmy The Greek and Fat Tony. There also a couple of hot sandwiches as well a coffee menu. Additionally they sell fresh and dried pasta, some packaged foods and cold drinks.

Go forth and seek out this spot, you won’t be disappointed.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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