If you’ve long lamented the utter dearth of really good sandwich shops and burger joints in Vancouver (there are a few good sandwiches to be found but not a lot and they are somewhat hidden — more on that later), please go right now to Stanwich and Mudman Burgers, two new Vancouver food trucks that we really like. We are excited for the growing food truck culture in Vancouver, quaint as it may seem now, and both of these trucks glimpse good things to come as Vancouver continues to grow.
- Who: Stan and Ben, two lifelong friends who left 20 years of banking and the Corporate Life behind to bring us distinctive masterpiece sandwiches at the Stanwich Vancouver food truck.
- Where: Roving. Stanwich is often at local breweries such as Trap Door, Mr. Tabor and Fortside, and when not, on their home turf at HMP Market on Upper Main Street.
- When: Hours and days vary weekly but Stanwich posts updates very regularly on their facebook account. Also they are responsive to messages if you can’t find them or are wondering where they are at the exact moment you decide to go, which is soon we hope.
- Why: Sandwiches are world class and Stan knows how to fry, roast, slice and adorn. No boring sauces. One of the things we love about Stanwich is the changing and sometimes whimsical menu, although the core lineup includes:
The Hoosier – Deep Fried Pork Cutlet with Mustard, Mayo, Onion, House Made Bread and Butter Pickles and Lettuce on Brioche. Best value in town and ridiculously good. There have been some fun riffs on this one (Hoosier Ranch Daddy for example).
Wet or Italian Beef – Slow Roasted Beef and Spicy Giardiniera piled on a Hoagie Roll.
Roasted Pork (Philly Style) (half sandwich option) – Herb Roasted Pork with Provolone and House Made Chimichurri on a Hoagie.
Firebird and sometimes Naked Bird option or variation – Deep Fried Chicken Breast, Mayo, Lettuce, House Made Pickles, Nashville Hot Sauce.
Viet Chop aka “The VC” (half sandwich option) – Lemongrass Marinated Pork Loin, Scallion Oil, Sliced Cucumber, Picled Daikon and Carrot, Cilantro and Crushed Chicharrones on a Hoagie.
Things I’ve Also Seen: Twisted Biscuits with Sausage Gravy; Meatball Sub; Biscuits au Poivre; Sandwiches made with Briffles which are biscuit waffles; Corned Beef; Steuben (Stanwich spin on a Reuben). Burger special. You get the picture.
Next up is Mudman Burgers, a month old non-profit burger Vancouver food truck that is settling down into a brick and mortar very shortly.
Where: in the Orchards area, technically the North Image neighborhood, way in the middle of nowhere on East Fourth Plain. Although it’s not really in the middle of nowhere. Mudman sits in the parking lot that is also home to a great big Salvation Army donation and shopping center if you like to thrift, as well as a good consignment store called Treasure Trove, and a good Bi-Rite to stock up on plants and such. If you get to know Fourth Plain you’ll realize you can get a lot accomplished, shop very thriftily, and see and eat some of Vancouver’s best food on this street.
When: Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What: Right now they have 4 Things — The Mudman Burger (burger with lettuce, tomato, special sauce, and chili); the Mudbird (grilled chicken breast sandwich); the Breakfast Sandwich (sausage, egg, bacon, special sauce and gravy); and FRIES. Hand-cut fries that smell and taste like really good fresh fried potatoes. You get a little skin taste too. When they move into their new home they will have more food and coffee drinks, smoothies and shakes.
Why: For those of you who are fans of Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers in Los Angeles, think of a Tommy Burger but thicker and fresher and jucier — the quality of the beef is certainly better — and think exactly of the Tommy Burger chili. We really love the chili on this burger because it is not obtrusive and distracting to the burger. Also you get bacon on your burger. Enough said. Grab the map below and have happy travels!
Stay tuned for updates to this guide. We plan to walk you through all of the Vancouver food trucks doing cool things all spring and summer long.