Best Lunch Spots in Chinatown and Strathcona

Looking for the best lunch restaurants in the charming and historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Strathcona? These casual joints are major crowd-pleasers.

Kokomo

611 Gore Ave | $ | Plant-based Cafe

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The chill, tropical vibes are flowing at Kokomo, a new plant-based eatery in Chinatown that serves smoothies, acai bowls, lunch bowls, and Cocowhip. Their open-air concept (thanks to a roll-up garage door) makes this counter-service eatery the place to be during summertime, and their food might be some of the most delicious plant-based cuisine in town. Try the hemp caesar (sunflower seed dressing, topped with marinated chickpeas) and a cup of Cocowhip (Australian soft-serve made with coconut water).

Virtuous Pie

583 Main St | 604-620-0060 $$ | Pizzeria

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Plant-based pizza and ice cream joint serving creative pies like the 'Stranger Wings' with buffalo cauliflower, house-made nut-based mozzarella and blue cheese sauce. Feeling lazy? Virtuous Pie is available via DoorDash delivery.

Fat Mao

217 E Georgia St | 604-569-8192 $ | Noodles

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Chinese-Thai noodle bar from award-winning chef Angus An (Maenam, Longtail Kitchen, Freebird Chicken Shack) located in the heart of Chinatown. Open 11:30-9 seven days a week, this small restaurants offers six noodle soup entrees and a handful of side dishes, like Ma Po Tofu and Scallion Pancake with Curry. For a main, try their one plant-based option, the Coconut Mushroom Noodle soup made with Angus' incredible rice sheet noodles. Take-out is not available.

Harvest Community Foods

Harvest Community Foods Union Street

243 Union St | 604-682-8851 $$ | Market

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Chef Andrea Carlson's mini eatery and grocery is known for its ramen and noodles (the rice noodles with hazelnut, smoked chili and greens is my fav) and well-curated selection of local goods like Nuez Milk, Earnest Ice Cream and Yummus Hummus.

Finch's Market

Finchs Market Salads

501 E Georgia St | 604-558-1644 $$ | Market

A charming cafe and market nestled within Strathcona that specializes in gourmet baguette sandwiches, like the Avocado with half an avocado, cucumber, red leaf lettuce, roasted walnuts, evoo and balsamic vinegar. Soups and salad are also on offer and coffee is decent, made with an eagle dome Bezzera.