The Best Places to Eat with Bands

Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, July 2017

The music scene is so small in Vancouver, you can see the same band play twice in one weekend then have the drummer serve you brunch the next morning.

Budgies Burritos

For vegetarian, tex-mex style burritos head to Budgies Burritos (44 Kingsway) in Mount Pleasant. Housed in a kitschy cool little space where Kingsway meets Main, Budgies is owned by Macey Budgell, the drummer for local pop punk trio NEEDLES//PINS. Seven dollars will get you the 10” veggie ground round Poser burrito with green salsa and vegan cheese served up by the same hungover musicians who played for you the night before.

Photo: @ytyger, July 2016
Photo: @ytyger, July 2016

What’s Up? Hot Dog!

If hot dogs are more your taste, wander down instead to Hastings Sunrise and grab a frank at What’s Up? Hot Dog! (2481 East Hastings). Opened in 2015 by Jenna and Matt Hagarty of power punk band Tender Hearts, WUHD needs to be seen to believed — mac ‘n cheese hot dogs, deep fried pop tarts, and three days over Halloween when the entire shop and staff do their best Bob’s Burgers cosplay. All that plus DJs every Wednesday, karaoke the last Tuesday of the month, and Vancouver’s first and only Vegan Wing Night (every Monday!)

Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, July 2017
Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, July 2017

Black Lodge

Matt Krysko, bassist for jangly garage-pop band Capitol 6, opened up Black Lodge with chef Claire Wyrostok in 2013. The late night Twin Peaks-themed hangout serves up vegetarian comfort food in a rustic little cabin off Fraser St blessed by the ghost of Laura Palmer. Order the peanut butter cup s’mores and cozy up to screenings of the new season of Twin Peaks starting 9 pm on Monday nights.

 

Photo: @theblacklodgevancouver, June 2016
Photo: @theblacklodgevancouver, June 2016
 
 

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