It can be hard to keep up with the food scene in Vancouver. It seems like every week there's a new restaurant or cafe you hear about that you've never been to before or is just opening up.
But along with the hype of particular restaurants among the food scene, there are also plenty of underdogs that deserve just as much praise - the local favourites and low key neighbourhood classics.
If you're looking to try sushi that's not from Miku or pasta that's not from Ask for Luigi, try these totally underrated restaurants that you will absolutely love.
Where: 4328 Main St // South Main
Most popular item: Punch Bowls
Why you should go: Nothing says Vancouver like a cozy little farm-to-table restaurant that cares. Not only does Grub genuinely care about where their ingredients come from, but also how it's made - always keeping you on your feet with a menu that changes a few times a week.
Pizzeria Spacca Napoli
Where: 2801 St. Johns St // Port Moody
Most popular item: Spacca Napoli and Margherita Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella
Why you should go: This super hip, family-owned pizza joint is by far one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the greater Vancouver area. Serving up delicious thin-crust clay oven pizza, this spot will have a pizza your heart.
Oka-san Kitchen and Cafe
Where: 3578 Fraser St // South Vancouver
Most popular item: Momma Style Poke Bowl and Spam Musubi
Why you should go: This adorable little Japanese-style neighbourhood joint is a local favourite. It can get super busy during the lunch rush, but the wait is worth it. Their poke bowls are stacked and spam musubis satisfying.
Where: 152 E 11th Ave // Mount Pleasant
Type: Southern-style Soul Food
Most popular item: Everything
Why you should go: This apartment living room turned restaurant tucked around a corner street just off of Main St is an absolute gem. If making food was like singing, then owner and chef Elizabeth Bryan has truly got soul. There isn't a set menu here because Elizabeth will make what's the freshest and bestest in season, and you'll love it.
Where: 2516 Prince Edward St // Mount Pleasant
Most popular item: Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl
Why you should go: This teeny, tiny Japanese joint serves up some of the yummiest sushi and donburi. You might not be able to sit in since the restaurant is kind of a hole in the wall, but hey, good things come in small packages right?
Fishworks & Canoe Oyster Bar
Where: 91 Lonsdale Ave // North Vancouver
Type: West Coast/Seafood
Most popular item: Oysters
Why you should go: Seafood in Vancouver is so fresh and delicious, and Fishworks does it justice. Shucking only the freshest oysters and whipping up seafood that tastes like they've just been caught from the sea, Fishworks will have you hooked.
Where: 3250 Main St // Mount Pleasant
Type: Latin American Street Food
Most popular item: Tacos and Arepas
Why you should go: This bumpin' joint is the late night dweller's food dreams. From tacos and arepas to weekend brunch and delicious shareable foods, El Camino's is the perfect spot to start your weekend shenanigans with the squad.
East is East
Where: Various Locations
Most popular item: Feast (All-you-can-eat) and Chai Tea
Why you should go: East is East is not just a restaurant, but a cultural experience. Not only does the ambiance completely submerged you into an authentic Eastern experience, but so will the delicious and flavourful dishes.
Where: 774 Denman St // West End
Type: Farm-to-table/Comfort Food
Most popular item: Hot Fried Chicken
Why you should go: This adorable restaurant is the coziest spot for a lazy weekend brunch. From the welcoming staff, their incredibly inviting dining area, and tummy-warming comfort food, Ritual makes you feel like you're at home.
The Pawn Shop
Where: 1117 Granville St // Downtown
Type: East L.A. / Tacos
Most popular item: $1 Tacos
Why you should go: Two words - $1 tacos. Their happy hour is always bumpin' with hip hop, tequila, and a whole lotta tacos. It's the perfect spot to get drunk and to be full when you're tryna to ball on a budget.