10 must-try comfort foods to eat in Vancouver this winter

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With chillier temps, blustery winds, and pouring rain, sometimes you just want to get cozy from the inside out. With so many restaurants dishing up delectably warming eats, there are plenty of places where you can soothe your winter-weary soul with food.

We’ve rounded up 10 cold weather comfort eats to check out in Vancouver this winter.

Pot Pies

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Thousands of people flock to the Public Market at Granville Island day after day, and one of the biggest draws are the comforting pies being dished up on the daily at A La Mode–particularly their signature pot pies, which come with fillings like a classic chicken, beef stew, mushroom, or clam chowder.

A La Mode: 137 – 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Ratatouille

This classic veggie dish is as comforting as a Disney movie. Head to Vancouver’s beloved Chambar to taste their rendition, made with zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomato, purple potatoes, spinach, dill, ricotta, olives, and a quinoa tabouleh.

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Chambar: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Mac & Cheese

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This childhood favourite gets all sorts of grown up twists around town, and one of the best is the Mac & Cheese on the menu at Gastown’s six Acres. It’s made with gruyere, grana pandano, and aged cheddar, and topped with a toasted breadcrumb crust.

Six Acres: 203 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Lasagna

The champion of homestyle Italian eats, there are a few red sauce joints in town where you can tuck into some lasagna, including Lombardo’s. This family-run 30-year veteran has great pizza, salads, and pastas, including their Lasagna, which is a classic version with spinach, meaty ragu, bechamel, and oodles of noodle-y layers.

Lombardo’s: 1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Clam Chowder

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If you’re craving chowder, there’s no better spot than a place with “Chowder” in the name, and in this case that’s Crab Park Chowdery, where they’ve got a great New England-style clam chowder which you can get in a cup or a bread bowl.

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Crab Park Chowdery: 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Irish Stew

Burgoo means “stew,” so when that’s what you want in your belly, head to one of the Vancouver chainlet’s locations to tuck into their hearty Irish stew, chocked full of Guinness-braised lamb with root veggies, peas, and parsley.

Burgoo: 5 locations in Metro Vancouver; check website for details

Tuna Melt

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Sure, a tuna melt bucks the notion that seafood and cheese don’t mix, but boy is this deli/diner staple a satisfying eat. Head to Solly’s and get a mound of their tuna salad topped with your choice of melty cheddar or Edam, piled on one of their fresh bagels.

Solly’s: 3 Vancouver locations; check website for details

Pancakes

Breakfast eats at Jethro’s are legendary, and their pancakes are quite the sight; the plate can barely contain them! Go for a traditional stack, or venture into their crazy concoctions like Grandma’s Pancakes with cinnamon apples cooked in the batter, and more.

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Jethro’s Fine Grub: 3420 Dunbar Street and 3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver

French Onion Soup

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Considered one of the city’s finest bowls of French Onion Soup, it’s easy to satisfy a craving for French Onion Soup at this modern French bistro at the Loden Hotel. C’est magnifique!

Tableau Bar Bistro: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver

Spaghetti Bolognese

There’s spaghetti, and then there’s Spaghetti Bolognese, aka Spag Bol. This rich, meaty, tomato-y sauce is a labour of love, and when it’s served a top the hand-made noodles you’ll find a Nook, there’s no better. (Even their pasta-maker says it’s her favourite!)

Nook: 781 Denman Street and 1525 Yew Street, Vancouver

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city’s top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay’s first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com