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The Drinker Diet: Post-2 a.m. munchies are a lush’s delight

Wednesday 03rd, September 2014 / 15:27
By Rachel Morten
Illustration: Gillian Cole

Illustration: Gillian Cole

VANCOUVER — It’s Friday night – or Saturday morning, depending on your drunken perspective – and you’ve stumbled upon the nearby 7/11, again. Like a drunk moth to the flame half-blinded by the glow of the florescent lights you head straight for the rotisserie case, mesmerized by the warm buzz, rotating hotdogs with a strange sweaty dew and questionable taquitos. Your sober self would know better, but that version is long gone and five PBR and Jameson specials later, here you are, desperately trying to satisfy the endless hunger you feel. You might not remember it in the morning but the evidence is clear – traces of deep-fried batter crumbs, crushed hotdog boxes covered in chili and savage gut rot remind you of your terrible mistake. Though BeatRoute can’t stop anyone from hitting the bottles a little too hard, (this is the booze issue after all) we can save you the guttural misery by offering up a few late-night spots that are sure to satisfy the inner beast and cushion the fermented blow of that 10th beer you just crushed.

La Belle Patate

If you haven’t had poutine while heavily imbibed then you’ve really been doing it all wrong. La Belle Patate brings a little bit of francophone Canada to the West Coast in the form of homemade fries, the real deal cheese curds and a perfect portion of gravy.  Open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, weekend warriors can pick any of the 26 poutine varieties, including – but not limited to – a breakfast poutine donning bacon, eggs, onions, the Galvaude that does it different with chicken and peas, or even the smoked meat. There are so many reasons why poutine is necessary to a drinker’s survival, it has every element you need to get the job done and comes in a perfectly packaged aluminum case.

1215 Davie St.

11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday

Damso Modern

For those with a spicy palate, Damso Modern offers a modern take on Korean Cuisine. Located in the heart of the West End, those in a more coherent state can find solace in the small bite offerings on the menu. Try the Korean tacos, a fan favourite for good reason. These two-bite tacos keep it simple with a hand-stretched tortilla, tender beef belly and spicy chili sauce – they may just be the easiest food to completely devour. If you’re more interested in sweating out the booze you’ve just consumed, go for the Damso Noodles. The spicy noodle soup packs a serious kimchi kick with chicken, mushrooms, fresh garlic and thick pieces of jalapeno.

867 Denman St.

11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday

Breka Bakery

While most people tend to sway towards full-on grease while intoxicated, it’s worthwhile considering a sweeter option. Breka Bakery has three locations in Vancouver and all are open 24/7; meaning fresh long Johns are available to even the most inebriated of patrons. Eat as many cookies as you want or fill your gut with all the donuts you can stand. Not that into sweets? Not to worry, savory baked goods are a thing, and they’re way better than a dried-out taquito. Munch down on some sausage rolls, just don’t forget to pick up a few for the morning.

6533 Fraser St.
818 Bute St.
855 Davie St.

24/7 – Monday-Friday

Siegel’s Bagels

Bagel’s are the ultimate carb, making them a loyal ally to the drinker’s diet. Feeling a little over done? Grab a plain bagel smeared in cream cheese to soak up the residual whiskey that’s sloshing around in your stomach. Needing a little more to stave off the impending hangover? What would be better than a warm bagel stuffed with Montreal smoked meat to conveniently stuff in your mouth. The Kitsilano location is conveniently open 24/7 to keep any party animal going into the early hours of the morning.

1883 Cornwall Ave.

24/7 – Monday-Friday

24/7 Thai Vietnamese Cuisine

Nothing is better than curing, or even preventing, a hangover like pho. A big bowl of broth, noodles and beef are a necessity to anyone who’s sufficiently sloshed. 24/7 Thai Vietnamese Cuisine is a late night spot that not only serves up the brothy goodness but also dishes out good and greasy noodles. While curries and rice are solid options, a heaping pile of pad thai with a side of crunchy spring rolls add that greasy layer needed to keep you going and keep you from greeting your guts prematurely.

986 West Broadway

10 a.m. – 4 a.m. Monday-Sunday

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