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Mount Pleasant is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. While it’s a hot spot for first-time homebuyers, the lively community is also popular with urban professionals and families.Catering to this diverse mix of residents are a plethora of places to grab a bite to eat. From award-winning fine dining establishments and mom n’ pop eateries to greasy spoons, brew pubs and bakeries, there is no shortage of options to satisfy one’s cravings.Whether you’re a local or visitor to the area, it’s important to have a handle on the best places to dine. Here are just six of the best food spots in Mount Pleasant to discover or fall in love with all over again.
1. Bonchaz Bakery Cafe – 189 E Broadway, Vancouver
In the summer of 2009, Bonchaz was a just little stall at the vibrant local Vancouver Farmers Markets that sold a single product, the Bonchaz bun. While the sweet-dough bun with a butter and sugar filling, topped with a thin crust of cookie dough has proved to be a big hit, it’s more than just a tasty treat for founder Michael Lui. For this Mount Pleasant entrepreneur, the Bonchaz represents a dream to reinvent the familiar, and to test the boundaries of traditional bakery & cafe culture.
Bonchaz Bakery Cafe’s first store opened in 2010 at the edge of Gastown. In the continuing journey to change up cafe culture, the Bonchaz bun can now be found in multiple flavours and Lui’s menu is purposely ever evolving. From reinventing classic favorites like our Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar to home-style fusion like Italian Sausage Chowder, you can count on inspired recipes on the menu that reflect the diversity of our city.
2. Lucky’s Doughnuts – 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Have a hankering for something sweet? Perhaps it’s time to loosen up your belt loop a few notches and indulge in a Apple Bacon Fritter or Peanut Butter and Jelly doughnut over at Lucky’s Doughnuts. Forget Tim Horton’s — these bad boys are the real deal.
Authentic, hand-crafted and genuinely delicious, Lucky’s Doughnuts are made fresh throughout the day using the highest quality natural ingredients. Everything is made from scratch on-site, including the jams, glazes and fillings, which are all sourced locally and seasonally whenever possible.
3. Burgoo Bistro – 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
For those seeking comfort food and down home cooking like mom used to make, look no further than Burgoo. The popular Mount Pleasant eatery features hearty fare like Beef Bourguignon, Macaroni and Cheese, and Decadent French Onion Soup,
Burgoo Bistro’s French Onion Soup. Photo by Rob Shaer.[/caption]
Adding to the home-like feel is the old-world countryside ambience of earth tones, natural finishes and materials that harkens back to a simpler time.
And just in case you’re curious, the word “burgoo” comes from a book called Stews, Bogs and Burgoos, which the owner checked out from Vancouver’s Downtown Public Library.
“That term sounded so much better than “StewArts,” which was the initial working name of the concept, that we called our new restaurant “Burgoo,” says their website.
4. Sal Y Limon – Unit #5 701 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pronounced “Sal E Leemon,” this vibrant Mexican restaurant, located in the heart of the Mount Pleasant Community, is the brainchild of two couples who share their passion for authentic Mexican cuisine.
The menu features Mexican fast food favourites like burritos, tacos and tortas. There are also authentic Mexcian refreshments to wet your whistle like Jarritos, Mexico’s first national soft drink agu fresca and Mexican Coca-Cola.
While it’s food that bonds the group, the restaurant really came together for the partners when they blended casual dining with the concept of an art gallery. Throughout the year, the walls of Sal y Limion restaurant will showcase the works of various Mexican artists. Fiesta!
5. Earnest Ice Cream – 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Earnest Ice Cream was born from friendship and a shared love of ice cream. Since owners Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi opened hot…er, cool spot, back in 2012, they’ve been serving up ice cream that expresses a passion for flavour and a business that embodies their values.
Working in small batches allows them the flexibility to experiment with foraged ingredients like spruce bud and elderflower. They also feature rotating, seasonal flavours like these alongside classics like salted caramel and mint chip. And with this ice cream shop being the first to pack pints in returnable and reusable glass jars, it certainly earns its name earnestly.
6. Swiss Bakery – 143 East 3rd Avenue (off Main Street), Vancouver
Established in 1993, Swiss Bakery has provided Vancouver with a variety of delectable goods for over 20 years, serving the Kitsilano community in its infancy and now a staple in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Swiss Bakery cultivates baking in a European style that accentuates original and handcrafted goods, like their Artisan breads, pastries, and cakes.
Swiss Bakery also offers wholesale service, and counts many Vancouver-area restaurants and businesses among its clientele.
Mount Pleasant’s Best in Food
Wherever your taste buds take you in Mount Pleasant, chances are you won’t be disappointed – especially when there are so many options for dining out. Now go ahead and put your stretchy pants on, it’s time to get your fill of this eclectic community and all that it has to offer.
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