Wondering where to eat in Vancouver for a carb fix? Emily Wight checks out Miura on Main Street.
Why do I always feel, as a Vancouverite, that carbs and I are lovers in a dangerous time? There’s something almost counter-culture about my new favourite gluten-filled indulgence on Main Street: Miura Waffle + Milk Bar. Miura takes the glory that is sandwiches and subs out bread (stick with me now), only to replace it with fresh, perfect waffles.
I know, I’m crying too.
“Waffles are just awesome bread”
Sandwiched between Kafka’s Coffee House and Rosemary Rock Salt on the west side of Main Street between Broadway and 11th, Miura is where to eat in Vancouver with your kids for a quick breakfast, and also the perfect place to end your evening away from them. There are sweet waffles (try the pecan pie version!) and savoury waffles, and if you’ve got a picky eater to try and feed, they’ll give you a plain waffle with a bit of warm chocolate sauce. Bonus: When your picky eater smears that same chocolate sauce all over the walls and bench and table because you took your eyes off him for five seconds, it wipes off easily and doesn’t stain their furnishings.
Also, they have high chairs.
You Gotta Eat Here
Miura was featured on You Gotta Eat Here, a Canadian version of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that stars the bus driver from the Doodlebops. I’ve now tried both the sandwiches highlighted on the show – the Bulgogi sando (with bulgogi beef, kimchi, and an egg sauce not unlike sauce gribiche), and the Teri-Vani sando (with vanilla ice cream, teriyaki sauce and whipped cream). They are both amazing. The bulgogi sandwich is a perfect blend of spicy, salty and creamy, with good texture from the big bites of kimchi. The Teri-Vani sandwich is confusing at first, but delightful in the way that salted caramel or maple bacon is – a little salty on top of something very sweet, and it works.
I’ve also tried the GFC (garlic fried chicken) and Hoisin sandos; let’s just say everything I’ve tasted has been interesting and satisfying and delicious. You want to go to there.
Where to Eat in Vancouver for Carbs and Dairy
The milk bar part of the concept is basically milkshakes and yogurt-based smoothies; they also serve beer and fountain pop. And they’re open late, if you’re looking for a casual, inexpensive option for date night (maybe it’s your first stop before heading off to or after returning from 33 Acres or Brassneck Brewing, both nearby).
If you’re looking for something different, but accessible enough for even the littlest members of the family, add Miura Waffle + Milk Bar to your list of where to eat in Vancouver. If you love carbs, I promise these ones will love you right back.