The 23rd annual Eastside Culture Crawl is in full swing, shining a spotlight on the best in visual arts, design, and crafts in the city through Sunday (November 17).
Crawling through all the studios and neighbourhoods can be tiring, and the best way to refuel is with a good bite and drink.
To satisfy your appetite, here are six local spots to check out during the Crawl.
Earnest Ice Cream (1485 Frances Street)
Is an introduction really necessary? This fan-favourite ice-cream spot is known for delicious flavours like salted caramel, whiskey hazelnut, chocolate hazelnut brownie, and more. It’s also the only location to carry its housemade ice-cream sandwiches. As a to-go only location (no seats available), grab a scoop or a pint before heading back out to enjoy the Crawl, or to kick back at home after a night of taking in some great local art.
Fujiya Japanese Foods (912 Clark Drive)
Find fuss-free Japanese fare here, which extends beyond the classic sushi and sashimi. Its famous California roll is offered at $2.95, but other ready-to-eat items include bento (lunch) boxses filled with salads, gyoza, kaarage (fried chicken), spam musubi, salmon teriyaki, and more.
Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive)
This popular craft beer haunt offers various beers on tap, like Blackmail (north west stout), Nocturnum (dark IPA), and Super Strange & Super Obvious (dryhopped saison), among others. Cans, bottles, and vintage bottles are also available. In its tasting room, you can tuck into a rotating roster of locally sourced bites like pretzels and mustard, croissants and jam, and artisan cheese.
Union Market (810 Union Street)
Nestled in Strathcona, this neighbourhood spot serves everything from traditional Portuguese foods (think Portuguese egg tarts) to homemade dishes, and from freshly baked bread (like focaccia stuffed with onions and peppers) to coffees.
Uprising Breads Bakery (1697 Venables)
It’s been around for a few decades, and is still going strong—so you know it’s going to be a good spot to find some tasty grub. With a focus on using natural and sustainable ingredients, its expansive menu includes items like fresh sandwiches, soups, breads, and countless baked goods: muffins, cakes, croissants, scones, and cookies are all there. The hardest part of your visit will be deciding what treat to indulge in.
Wilder Snail (799 Keefer Street)
Don’t be surprised to find an overwhelming amount of choice at this cozy little neighbourhood grocery store and café. Its coffee program features Snail Blend (house special drip coffee), espresso, flat white, mocha, tea lattes, and more. On its food menu, guests will find various wraps (think vegan Moroccan, chicken chipotle, and Tuscan chicken), as well as other sandwiches and breads. For those who want something other than a caffeinated drink to warm up from the chilly temperature, try its organic spiced apple cider.