Food carts continue to be (in my humble opinion) the best lunch value in town. The food is great, the price is right and you’re not stuck eating sandwiches every day. So after a summer long love affair with Arturo’s I decided to branch out.
Perfect for a cool fall day, La Brasserie, does one thing, and they do it good! Roast chicken sandwich with gravy and fried onions on a soft Portuguese style bun. You get to add mustard on the spot and really the only thing I could want in addition to their offering is some hot sauce. Feeling like something sweet? Try one of their butter tarts from Tartine to complete your meal. Sandwiches are around $7 (cash only). I have yet to try their restaurant in the West End, but I hear it’s also fantastic.
Next up is an oldie but a goodie on the Vancouver food cart scene, the Re-Up BBQ. I’d walked past this puppy a hundred times without stopping and finally, while out and about with the husband we decided to give it a try. We tried both the beef brisket and pulled pork, topped with coleslaw. They were equally delicious, but if forced to choose one I’d go with the brisket. My husband however was quite taken with the pulled pork, so go and try it for yourself! Sandwiches run $8-$9 and they sell out early in the day (cash only).
And I recently tried one of the newbies, Soho Road Naan Kebab (in front of Urban Barn on Howe). Think of all your Indian favourites like butter chicken or mixed veggie curry topped with a cucumber salad and yogurt dressing then wrapped up in a warm blanket of naan. Ask them to add the green chilies if you like a little extra heat! Price point is $7-$8 (cash only), the portions here are a little on the small side but well worth it in terms of quality and taste.
So once again, if you haven’t tried a food cart do so on your next lunch hour, you won’t be sorry. Now that it’s getting cold I think my next stop will be at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck (600 block of Hornby). Apparently most vendors stay open through the winter as long as they are getting business…so support the food trucks because they really are delicious!
Here’s a map with some of the newer carts you might not be familiar with: