Dine Out Vancouver: Street Food City

It was a wet but successful day of the first Street Food City event. For three days, some of the most popular Vancouver street food carts gather at the Art Gallery from 11am – 3pm to feed the downtowners. Since I’m working in downtown now, I took the opportunity, braved the rain, and walked my way to the plaza.

Even though it was rainy and so cold that it reached your bones, people came out in droves and willing to wait to feast on some handheld comfort food. I think the street food cart line up award went to Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck

I like my comfort food when it comes to warming up these old bones but I had a hankering for tacos; therefore, I went straight to the famous Tacofino Cantina Truck.  They made their name in Tofino and after 2 years of success they came down to Vancouver to share their baja inspired tacos.  And their bright colourful truck helped make the dreary day a bit more cheerful too.

I took the easy route and went for their signature fish taco

This colourful taco is tempura battered ling cod with chipotle mayo, shredded cabbage and salsa fresca on a fire toasted flour tortilla.  They ling cod was crunchy but not heavily battered so with each bite you had a mouthful of the actual fish.  The chipotle mayo and salsa fresca added the subtle spice, citrus, and freshness to the taco.  I pretty much demolished the two tacos within a few bites.

It’s apparent that street food is here to stay when people are willing to come out in a rain, be outside, and line up for food.  Street Food City is another great addition to the Dine Out Vancouver program and hope to see it again next year. There’s one more day left to this event…so you may see me there again ;)

Tacofino Cantina Truck
Howe St & Robson St
TacoFino Cantina on Urbanspoon


  1. 30/01/12 at 22:25

    this looked like a great event; I’m so sad I missed it. I like Tacofino in Tofino but it’s actually NOT my fave post-surf fish taco…for that, Wildside Grill takes the cake.

  2. Senses Inspired
    06/02/12 at 0:59

    I heard the original one in Tofino is phenomenal

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