Slideshow: Where to Eat in Canada: 8 Great Spots in Vancouver, BC

Lamb in Cumin and Light Cream Curry at Vij's Rangoli
Lamb in Cumin and Light Cream Curry at Vij's Rangoli

Don't have time to wait in line at Vij's Indian Restaurant? Thankfully, right next door is Vij's Rangoli, a more than respectable backup plan. While they also sell many Indian dishes to-go, this smaller restaurant will definitely please any Indian food cravings in a fresh, inventive way. Plus, their naan is excellent.

Vij's Rangoli: 1480 W 11th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-736-6664; Website.

Portobello Mushroom and Red Bell Pepper Curry at Vij's Rangoli
Portobello Mushroom and Red Bell Pepper Curry at Vij's Rangoli

Vij's has traditional and innovative plates. This curry served alongside a beet salad is one of their bestsellers. Make sure none of the sauce goes to waste!

Vij's Rangoli: 1480 W 11th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-736-6664; website.

Meeti Roti at Vij's Rangoli
Meeti Roti at Vij's Rangoli

For something sweet, our waiter steered us away from the expected rice pudding and straight toward something a little more unusual. The Meeti Roti, a sugary custard roti with cashews, was surprisingly light and disappeared faster than the 20 minutes of stickered wait time we'd endured.

Vij's Rangoli: 1480 W 11th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-736-6664; Website.

Honey Pistachio Doughnut and a Cappuccino at Forty Ninth Parallel
Honey Pistachio Doughnut and a Cappuccino at Forty Ninth Parallel

A honey-glazed, pistachio-studded cake doughnut pairs nicely with a cappuccino and morning light at Forty Ninth Parallel.

Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe: 2902 Main St., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-872-4901; Website.

Pie & Chai at Aphrodite's Cafe & Pie Shop
Pie & Chai at Aphrodite's Cafe & Pie Shop

On the way back from a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, make sure to detour into Aphrodite's. I'll be dreaming about this thick slice of strawberry rhubarb for a long while. Although the Pie & Chai grabbed our attention, here's the real deal: you just want the pie. And the scoop of excellent vanilla ice cream.

Aphrodite's Cafe & Pie Shop: 3598 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-733-8308; Website.

Toshi Sushi
Toshi Sushi

Toshi Sushi has excellent, high-quality rolls and Japanese dishes for extremely affordable prices. Our waitress told us their secret: no markup. At nearby sushi hotspot Tojo's, she told us the same quality rolls go for triple the price. But if you don't arrive before the 5pm opening, expect a good long wait.

Toshi Sushi: 181 E 16th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-874-5173.

Chopped Scallop Nigiri, Salmon Roe and Quail Egg Nigiri at Toshi Sushi
Chopped Scallop Nigiri, Salmon Roe and Quail Egg Nigiri at Toshi Sushi

Snag a seat at the bar and watch the talented sushi chefs put together some remarkable creations, such as these special pieces of nigiri. While these beauts were definitely tasty to eat, it was almost more fun watching the quail egg do a slithery dance from its speckled shell into its new bed of salmon roe.

Toshi Sushi: 181 E 16th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-874-5173.

Cappuccino at Matchstick Coffee
Cappuccino at Matchstick Coffee

Vancouver's a coffee city, and this cappuccino from Matchstick Coffee was one of the best we found. Strong without being too heady, and perfectly foamed. We only wish the cute cafe wasn't so far off the beaten path—great sandwiches here, too.

Matchstick Coffee: 639 E 15th Ave., Vancouver, BC (Website.

Corned Beef from The British Butcher Shoppe
Corned Beef from The British Butcher Shoppe

Day-tripping? If you're headed to nearby Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, be sure to stop on the way at The British Butcher for high quality corned beef.

The British Butcher Shoppe: 1531 Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC (Map); 604-925-2224; Website.

Lemon Buttermilk Berry Pie from Savary Island Pie Company
Lemon Buttermilk Berry Pie from Savary Island Pie Company
And for dessert, a messily wonderful slice of lemon buttermilk berry pie from Savary Island Pie Company. Right next door to The British Butcher! Thanks to Edible Vancouver for the tip.

Savary Island Pie Co. : 1533 Marine Drive (Map); 604-926-4021; Website.