DOWNLOW CHICKEN SHACK Six days a week, this bustling neighbourhood joint serves Nashville-style hot chicken, deep-fried to crunchy perfection. Spice levels range from mild to “side of milk.” On Mondays, the menu switches over to made-in-house beef burgers, like the Not in Kansas topped with house-bourbon BBQ sauce. Sides include cold-smoked onion rings and sweet ’n’ sour slaw. $-$$. L/D (daily). 905 Commercial Dr. 778-866-5662. www.dlchickenshack.ca X Map 4: D4
JAMJAR Everything is made from scratch at this familyrun Lebanese restaurant where the emphasis is on sharing. Pick one of the jars-to-go for hummus and dips to take home. Delivery available. $. L/D (daily). 2280 Commercial Dr. 604-252-3957. X Map 4: D4 1488 W. 11th Ave. 604733-2211. Map 4: D3 Jamjar Canteen: 6035 University Blvd. 604-620-5320. www.jam-jar.ca Map 4: D1
PARALLEL 49 BREWING Beer Experience, Where to Dine Awards 2018. This East Van institution is famed for an ever-evolving roster of inventive beers and equally inventive— and eye-catching—labels. The taproom boasts 40 beers on tap, with 20 available for growler fills. The seasonal menu features food truck–inspired bites. Sit indoors or on the patio. Open daily. 1950 Triumph St. 604-5582739. www.parallel49brewing.com X Map 2: C3
STORM BREWING LTD. This bare-bones brewery distributes to bars all over the city. Brewmaster James Walton is best known for his creative ales and his award-winning aged sour beers. Fill your growlers on site, or call ahead for tours and kegs. Open daily. 310 Commercial Dr. 604-255-9119. www.stormbrewing.org X Map 2: C3
VIA TEVERE PIZZERIA Best Pizzeria, Vancouver magazine 2018. The blue-tiled wood-burning oven is centre stage at this East Vancouver haunt, which creates authentic Neapolitan pizzas. Selection of antipasti and classic Italian desserts, too. $$. D (Tu-Su).
1190 Victoria Dr. 604-336-1803. www. viateverepizzeria.com X Map 4: D5