The Naam Restaurant

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      Open: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

      2724 W. 4th, Vancouver BC, Canada


      With its live music, comfy vibe, rotating art shows, and one of the warmest and most secluded patios in Vancouver, it’s no wonder that Georgia Straight readers have voted this funky 24-hour Kitsilano eatery as the city’s best vegetarian restaurant for 18 consecutive years. The Naam’s manager, Glen Delucas, relies on women of Punjabi descent to whip up zesty and delicious meat-free options that are as international as the city itself. Unpretentious entrées include Thai noodles, an Asian noodle bowl, fettuccini, and teriyaki stir fry. There’s also a wide range of veggie burgers, including our favourite, the Hawaiian-themed Maui-Maui platter.

      What keeps some folks returning are those legendary gluten-free dragon bowls offering authentic flavours of Mexico, Thailand, and India. Save room in your stomach for the decadent double-fudge cake. For vegans and those with celiac disease, there’s a banana-date-nut cream pie with no sweeteners, no eggs, no dairy, and no wheat.

      Here’s a fun fact: one of the Naam’s owners, Bob Woodsworth, is the grandson of J.S. Woodsworth, founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which was transformed into the New Democratic Party in 1961.

      The Naam has won a number of awards including the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plate Awards and Best of Vancouver Winner.

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