Vancouver's best jamaican patties

The key to a great Jamaican patty is the crust. It should be flaky, light and crisp, with a slight yellow tint and puckered edges. Stuffed full of meat or veggies and spices, the perfect patty packs a flavourful, satisfying punch. See for yourself at any of these “irie” Vancouver restaurants. [Photo credit: fotokon]

The Patty Shop

4019 MacDonald Street, Vancouver, BC V6L 2N8

Don’t be deceived by the “hole in the wall” exterior of this patty vendor on MacDonald Street – the fresh, hot and incredibly tasty patties easily make up for the store’s humble quarters. While you may be tempted by their taco, curry, spinach, pizza and chicken patties, you also can’t go wrong with the basic hot beef. There’s no question you’ll find yourself coming back for more next time you’re in the hood.

The Lion's Den Café

651 15th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Over the years, this Japanese-Caribbean fusion restaurant has gained a strong contingent of regulars, mainly because of its entertaining and hilarious owner. The Lion’s Den is known for eclectic, quirky and laid-back service, and the Jamaican patties are the perfect pick up if you’re on the go in the Fraser-Kingsway area.

Riddim & Spice

1945 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8

You’ll find authentic and generously sized patties that rival Toronto’s great Jamaican cuisine. Riddim & Spice’s patties are packed full – easy on the pastry and heavy on the beef stuffing. Located on The Drive, the restaurant is simple and basic, but you’ll feel more than welcome to sit down and stay a while, and maybe even just get one more for the road.

Sula Indian Restaurant

4172 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P7

This Jamaican bistro, with locations on Main Street and Commerical Drive, is known for its fun atmosphere and lively patio. You’ll want to try the Jamaican patties as an appetizer, followed by one of their many classic Caribbean comfort food options, like jerk chicken, oxtail stew or a delicious curry. And don’t hesitate to try one of their fantastic rum cocktails, like a Dark ’n’ Stormy or a Jack Sparrow.

The Reef Runner

2-1026 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9

If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, seek out The Reef’s food truck. It’s usually parked downtown at Thurlow and Cordova and the Jamaican patties are perfect for eating on the run. Their beef or veggie patties will fill surely satisfy your Caribbean craving. Enjoy with a side of plantain chips for a real island experience.

Ammarose Internet Cafe

1290 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1R5

That’s right: it’s an internet café with some of the most delectable Jamaican patties in the downtown core. This quirky place is run by a Jamaican man who also happens to own the neighbouring dog spa and barber shop. The patties are the real deal, but you probably want to try the jerk chicken as well at some point.

Calabash Bistro

X1-428 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J7

For some fine Caribbean dining in the Downtown Eastside, Calabash never fails for a wonderful evening out. The beef, chicken and veggie patties make for great appetizers, or you can pair them with dumplings and roti for a flavourful tapas-style meal. Top it all off with one of Calabash’s tantalizing creative cocktails, like a Rose Man See or a Bordertown Swizzle.

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