Now that we have worked in Strathcona for a couple of months, we’ve had the chance to explore this East Van neighborhood and have discovered several great places to eat within walking distance of the office!
Sure there are a few tried and true chains in the area, e.g. Starbucks and Subway, but we’re sticking with the local businesses. Here’s our list to help anyone who is new to Strathcona lunch spots.
Our Favourite Strathcona Lunch Spots
Liquids and Solids – 901 East Hastings Street
We love the “warm your soul” kind of soups here, from their delicious clam chowder to a filling chilli. Pair a soup with a Sweet and Sassy Moo (free range roast beef on a baguette)—you might find it hard to finish this meal, but we’re betting you will because it’s so delicious! They have a wide variety of wraps, sandwiches and pot pies…and are literally across the street (Campbell Ave) from our office.
Strathcona Beer Company – 895 East Hastings Street
We couldn’t be luckier to have these guys as our neighbors to the east! You’ll keep coming back to Strathcona Beer Company for the variety of tasty craft beers and gourmet pizza pies, both served in a fun, warm atmosphere. Be careful trying their Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler—it very quickly became our summer favorite and a reason to drop by after work! Just heading to get some Beach…
Yolks – 1598 East Hastings Street
I don’t think I’ve every been to Yolks without standing in a lineup out the door, but don’t let that deter you as the wait is always worth it—and the wait isn’t long with the new patio seating. From a melt-in-your-mouth “perfectly poached bennies” (Eggs Benedict) paired with a fresh squeezed orange juice, to our favorite Chicken and Waffles, the fantastic food at Yolks is what keeps us coming back for more. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what they have on their menu.
Crème de la Crumb – 1215 Clark Drive
Crème de la Crumb makes mouth-watering sandwiches and gourmet sandwich wraps. They also have a catering side to their business, so if you wanted to hold a lunch meeting or conference with food at Makeshift Work Space, this is one of the local places you can order from. And they do custom cakes and cupcakes for birthdays. Just a quick walk east over to Clark Drive and south along Clark past Venables Street, and you won’t be disappointed. Actually, the walk is a good idea if you like
Axum – 1279 East Hastings Street
Axum is a family-owned Ethiopian restaurant. If you’re looking for soul food, this is the place to visit. Authentic dishes that will keep you coming back for more, in a cozy setting. If you’re looking for something a little different over the regular lunch fare, visit Axum.
All of these Strathcona lunch spots offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Most of them deliver too, if you can’t get away from your desk. Check their websites for the details.