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  • Art Kramer | May 27, 2016 11:30 AM ET

    The Insider’s Guide to Vancouver’s Food Truck Scene

    The Insider’s Guide to Vancouver’s Food Truck Scene

    PHOTO: Mom’s Grilled Cheese isn’t your dad’s grilled cheese. (Courtesy Clipper Vacations)

    Canada’s “Hollywood North” is a city on the move, and that hustle and bustle has given birth to a diverse and delicious food truck scene.

    When you’re looking to grab a bite on the go, the street fare in Vancouver – one of the great excursions of Clipper Vacations – will help you indulge every craving, from sweet to savory, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you want to sample what the locals love, be sure to check out these popular, delicious spots.

    Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck
    A comfort food favorite, you can find Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck parked in the heart of the city across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Pick your favorite bread, cheese and a variety of tasty toppings (such as red onion, hot banana peppers, double smoked bacon or avocado) for the ultimate melty masterpiece. For a truly unique grab and go treat, try “The PMJ”—a grilled play on peanut butter and jelly. After you’re sufficiently comforted, make sure to investigate the artistic institution located directly across the street.

    Soho Road Naan Kebab
    If you’re on the lookout for great Southeast Asian cuisine, go to Soho Road Naan Kebab. Located on the corner of Georgia Street and Granville Street, this Food Network–featured food truck serves up delicious, traditionally made tandoori meats that are cooked in the oven right in the truck, then topped off with diced cucumbers and yogurt sauce, and wrapped up in naan for easy eating.

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    Vij’s Railway Express
    A mobile extension of Vij’s Restaurant, Vij’s Railway Express brings traditional Indian flavors curbside, often with a cross-cultural twist. Menu favorites include the butter chicken schnitzel and the Bengali squash and kale curry, which inject European and Western flavors into well-known Indian dishes. The downtown location varies, so make sure to look them up before heading out!

    La Bohéme Crêperie
    This authentic French crêperie, run by owner and France native Bruno Dehier, serves up organic, locally sourced ingredients wrapped in delicious sweet or savory buckwheat crêpes. Try the chèvre, pesto brie, ali baba and herbed squash if you’re in the mood for something rich, or the fresh berries and lemon-honey ricotta if you have a sweet tooth. La Bohéme can be found either at the Trout Lake Farmers Market or the Kitsilano Farmers Market during the weekend. The line is almost always long, but it’s worth the wait.

    Tacofino White Lightning
    This local favorite is an offshoot of the legendary Tofino-based truck, which opened with the simple intention of selling killer Baja-inspired tacos to local surfers. Now you can find Tacofino on the streets of downtown Vancouver in their big orange truck, hand-painted by Vancouver Island artist Lee Robinsong. Offerings include the fish taco with crispy ling cod and salsa fresca, the Japanese-inspired chicken karaage taco with avocado and radish and the “Gringa,” a pork al pastor with two cheeses and crema.

    Food trucks are a great meal option when you don’t feel like heading indoors for a sit-down lunch. Take advantage of Vancouver’s food truck scene by exploring the city streets or take the guess work out of it with a guided food truck tour! This two-hour tour includes four courses, five tastings and enough food truck goodness to fill you up until dinner.

    This blog originally appeared on Clipper Vacations’ website.


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Art Kramer Clipper Vacations

Art is a veteran travel writer.
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