With news that the restrictions on restaurants in BC will continue until at least late May, there’s never been a better time to support your local favourites. Though some restaurants will be closed for the coming weeks, many are offering pickup or takeout – and some have open-air patio dining (or impromptu parking lot picnic tables) available, too. As we all stay close to home through spring, choose one in your own local community – it’s the best choice to help everyone stay safe and also to give a boost to the businesses nearby. Here’s some of our crowd-sourced top picks from throughout the metro Vancouver region:
SAL Y LIMON salylimon.ca
Tacos, huaraches, tortas … the list is endless at Sal Y Limon. Feeding a whole family? Check out the take-out special taco feast – all the fixings for a full meal. This East Van favourite has expanded into Surrey (and a location inside YVR airport) thanks to its incredible menu and quality food.
MARUTAMA RAMEN marutama.ca
With three Vancouver locations (the West End, the Central Library and Main Street) this is a great option when you’re in the mood for ramen. (Don’t worry, there’s also a location in Richmond and Burnaby, so you’re covered if you don’t live right in Vancouver.) Lots of traditional and unique combinations available for pre-order and pickup.
PORK MAFIA Porkmafia.ca
This local business offers real wood live fire southern style BBQ from a food truck for corporate catering, festivals, weddings and more. Right now, they’re offering pre-orders on a menu of various meat and side dishes, with pickup in Delta off Highway 10.
IL POSTO ilpostoresto.com
In the heart of Delta’s Ladner community, Il Posto offers authentic and hearty Italian meals, from pastas to pizzas and more. Take out available from the menu, as well as an Il Posto at Home weekly pickup for family sized meals.
JERUSALEM GRILL jerusalemgrill.ca
Specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, the Jerusalem Grill offers a range of traditional and gourmet meals, from appetizers to entrees, as well as mixed trays, salads, and more. They also have a family meal option, with a mixed menu that’s enough for everyone.
VENETIS STEAK AND SEAFOOD venetisrestaurant
Chicken souvlaki, BBQ ribs, baked lasagnas and much more is available at Venetis for takeout. A long-time favourite in the heart of Langley, there’s something on the menu for everyone, including a series of special take-out combos designed to feed two to four people (or more, depending on appetites.)
A hometown favourite in the Queensborough neighbourhood of New Westminster, this restaurant offers Greek, Italian and Indian dishes, and are offering a unique family meal – with pizza, pasta, salad and more – for pickup orders.
WILD THYME wildthyme-bc
Located on 12th Street, this restaurant offers a tasty menu of Lebanese foods including flatbreads, wraps, main courses and much more. The menu is full of fresh vegetables, savoury meats, and favourite Middle Eastern spice combinations.
There’s a reason there’s so often a line-up outside Anton’s and a packed dining room – it’s been a family favourite in north Burnaby for years. Though that dining room is closed for now, they’re still offering up their famous large servings of pastas, in dozens of flavours and combinations.
AGRA TANDOORI agratandoori.ca
With two locations in Burnaby – one on Canada Way and the other in Market Crossing – it’s an easy choice for folks throughout the city. Their gourmet menu full of traditional and new Indian dishes were so popular at their original location, that they opened the second.
AJUKER FRIED CHICKEN ajukerchicken.com
Craving something new and unique? Check out Ajuker for Korean style fried chicken, along with spicy rice cakes, ramen, and much more. Located on the boundary road between Burnaby and Coquitlam near Lougheed Mall, this is a central location for pickup.
GUACOMOLE GRILL guacmexgrill.ca
Tucked away in Whalley, this family owned shop is serving up fresh Mexican fare, including pupusas, enchiladas, soft tacos, and much more, all made on site. A neighbourhood favourite, the shop is well known for its fantastic guacamole and friendly staff.
BIG STAR SANDWICH CO. bigstarsandwich.com
Hand-pulled turkey, slow roasted beef and premium deli meats are all on the menu at Big Star Sandwich Co. on 104th near city hall in Surrey and close to Central Surrey mall and skytrain station. All sandwiches are made to order. Call ahead and drop in to pickup. (And if you’re not in Surrey, don’t worry: there’s locations in Richmond, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Burnaby, South Surrey and Langley.)
CARVERY SANDWICH thecarverysandwichshop.com
For those in South Surrey, the Carvery is serving up big hearty sandwiches, soups, and more. Fresh breads, top-notch fillings, and plenty of traditional and unique combinations are on the menu. Online ordering is available to pre-order and pickup.
STEVESTON PIZZA COMPANY stevestonpizza.com
For those close to historic Steveston, this pizza shop in the heart of the popular fishing village has long been a favourite. There’s all the classic favourites, along with plenty of unusual and unique combinations (how does pesto, shrimp, brie and scallion sound?)
ITALIAN TOMATO italiantomato.ca
Serving up authentic Italian cuisine, this Bridgeport location (with another one in downtown Vancouver) has a full menu of salads, calzones, pastas, pizzas, and specialty entrees. Check out the antipasti menu for a variety of traditional favourites.
MY GREEK TAVERNA mygreektaverna.com
This restaurant has been voted the Best Greek in the Tri-Cities for nearly 20 years. A local longtime favourite, the traditional Greek menu is full of the favourites, from keftedes to kalamari. Don’t miss out on the desserts, including fresh baklava and bougatsa.