If you're like us, you're eating a lot more takeout than usual this year. Vancouver, BC has some of the best food in North America, with five-star cuisine from all around the world a stone's throw away from pretty much any given point in the city. Now that takeout is all the rage, we thought putting together this list of the 6 best places to get takeout in Vancouver would come in handy. Don't forget to support the local restaurant industry in Vancouver - they need your help! And what a delicious way to lend a hand.
1. AJ's Brooklyn Pizza Joint
Location: 325 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Our favourite dish: The Spicy Vesuvio
Give them a call: (604) 428-5805
This is our favourite pizza joint in BC for a ton of reasons.
First off, their standard pies are legit. Think just pepperoni is boring? The flavours that hit your lips when you bite into a slice of John's Pepperoni Pie will leave you instantly hooked. Their specialty pizzas are also to die for, you've probably never experienced anything quite like The Detroit Red Top.
We called first thing in the morning and placed an order for four pies to be picked up in the evening, and everything timed out perfectly. We used to love grabbing a beer and a slice at AJ's, but their takeout game is equally as strong.
2. Tamarind Hill
Location: 1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC (there's also a second location in New Westminster)
Our favourite dish: Malaysian Curry Laksa
Give them a call: 604-990-0111
Can we talk Laksa for a minute. It might be the most underrated food in Vancouver right now, and Tamarind Hill is serving up this Malaysian recipe in three delicious varieties. With locations in both North Van and New West, you can get your Malaysian food on whenever you like. Perfect for takeout.
Location: 1128 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Our favourite dish: Kadai Paneer
Give them a call: 604-243-6219
This traditional Indian restaurant has plenty of great takeout options for you to choose from. We go all-vegetarian when we visit Sula, preferring to sample the veggie dishes like Dal Makhani, Channa Masala, and Gobi Aloo. There are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options should you have any dietary restrictions.
4. Meat & Bread
Location: 1033 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC (plus multiple other locations throughout Vancouver)
Our favourite dish: Porchetta Sandwich
Meat & Bread is pretty well known in Vancouver, but we had a hard time leaving them off this list given how perfect their sandwiches are for takeout. If you've never had one of their sandwiches...what are you waiting for? You can't go wrong with the Porchetta or Meatball, but if it's your first visit go with the former.
Location: 2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Our favourite dish: Unagi Oshi
Give them a call: 604-255-5550
We're listing the Unagi Oshi as our favourite dish, but all of the Oshi here at Kishimoto is really fantastic. As is the Wagyu Tataki, and the Spicy Chicken Karaage, and ALL of the bluefin tuna options...you can't go wrong. The perfect sushi restaurant when you're looking for takeout.
Location: 182 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC
Our favourite dish: The Juke Box
Give them a call: 604-336-5853
This chicken joint located in Chinatown is pumping out the best fried bird in the city. On top of that, the Juke Box that we mentioned above includes a quarter slab of ribs on top of two delicious pieces of fried chicken, so you can get the best of both worlds. The sweet and spicy wings with pickled chili & peanut furikake, and the hot wings are (obviously) also worth ordering. You had me at hot wings. Get the crispy fried chicken skins as long as the diet's out the window. Remember the wise words of Homer Simpson: You don't make friends with salad!
They do, subsequently, have salad on the menu - we've just never tried it.