The Best Places In Vancouver For A Quick Lunch

Let’s face it: time has become an extremely valuable asset in the 21st century. Most of us complain that there is just not enough of it. We’ve got work to do, people to see, gyms to go to, Snapchats to send, Instagram photos to post. Who has time to eat? And the one meal that usually gets sacrificed is the one in the middle of our busy day: lunch. While breakfast gives us energy to start the day, and dinner is a relaxing way to end it, lunch is like phoning our parents: we know we have to do it, but don’t always have the time.

But ya still gotta eat! Believe it or not, if you live in Vancouver, there is a veritable smorgasbord of restaurant options if you are looking for a quick and tasty lunch.

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When it comes to ethnic food, the word “authentic” gets thrown around a lot by restaurants wanting to cash in on the appeal of international cuisine. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is authentic and what is not. La Catrina – with its Mexican chef and Mexican staff – is definitely the former. They serve authentic and insanely flavourful Mexican tacos out of their small, hole-in-the-wall location in Vancouver’s West End.

Gotta Try: The Cachete Taco (slow-cooked beef cheeks) and the Mole Taco (Chicken in a chocolate mole sauce with rice & white onion).

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Another West End go-to spot, Peaked Pies serves delicious Australian-style meat pies. After taking Whistler by storm, You can get them plain or you can get them “peaked,” with mashed potatoes, mushy peas, and gravy. Peaked Pies arrived in Vancouver and has been knocking it out of the park. If you’ve never had an authentic Australian meat pie, then this should be on your bucket list. If you have, then this is THE place in Vancouver to get them. Either way, get ordering and see what the fuss is all about.

Gotta Try: The Steak, Bacon & Cheese (chunky steak pieces infused with ground bacon, layered with cheddar and mozzarella) and the Hopper (ground kangaroo meat in a cabernet merlot balsamic reduction)

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Make no mistake: Pholicious – attached to the Delta Hotel & Suites in Downtown Vancouver – is tiny, really tiny. There are three stools inside and two tables outside, so your best bet for tasting some of the best Pho in town is to take out or order it online. But man is it worth it if you are craving tasty Vietnamese comfort food, including Pho, Banh Mi sandwiches, and spring rolls. It’s always fresh and always without MSG.

Gotta Try: The House Pho Noodle Soup (chicken, beef, beef balls, veggies, noodles, broth & herbs)

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A Vancouver institution, Donair Dude has 5 locations in Metro Vancouver, including Kitsilano, the West End, and the Granville Strip, where they are a popular post-night out destination. It’s a scientific fact that all donairs are not created equal, so rest assured that Donair Dude does donairs right, from the meat to the fillings. They are massive, they are delicious, and they are the perfect quick lunch, with each location offering lunch specials from 11 – 3.

Gotta Try: The Grilled Pita Donair (fresh cut donair meat with your choice of spreads & toppings in a grilled pita) and the Falafel Rice Plate (5 falafel balls, served on rice w/ 2 dolmades, tabouli salad, tzatziki, and your choice of sauces)

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If you question whether poutine qualifies as a lunch item, then we just may need to revoke your Canadian passport. Despite the rather fancy sounding name, there is nothing fancy about La Belle Patate – just tasty AF poutine, smoked meat & hot dogs. Located in the bustling Davie Street Village, La Belle Patate offers a kick-ass assortment of traditional and specialty poutines, most of which will cost you less than ten bucks.

Gotta Try: The Supreme Poutine (chicken, bacon, onions & mushrooms) and the Smoked Meat Poutine.

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Sometimes all you crave for lunch is a big bowl of meatballs… Well probably not but this is a place you have to checkout. And when that craving hits, head to, or order from Kofta Meatball Kitchen in Gastown. Kofta take their meatballs very seriously, with over 200 combinations of handmade meatballs, sauces, and garnishes. It’s fast, cheap, and hit-the-spot tasty. As a bonus, all the food at Kofta – including the meatballs themselves – is free of hormones, antibiotics and chemical additives.

Gotta Try: The Six Pack Mac Bowl (beef & ricotta meatballs, creamy three cheese sauce, asiago cheese, jalapenos, herbed parmesan panko) and the Power Protein Bowl (tender chicken meatballs, mushroom gravy, shredded cabbage & daikon radish, quinoa & rice).

So if you didn’t know, now you know: When it comes to quick and tasty lunches in Vancouver, you have options. So whether you are eating at home, eating at your desk, or eating on the fly, get on the ParcelPal app, and get your lunch on. If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands we suggest you check out these 5 New(ish) Vancouver Restaurants.

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