Dunn’s Famous – the Revisit

A few weeks ago I was downtown Vancouver and I visited Dunn’s Famous, a restaurant known for serving smoked meat sandwiches. 

Through some poor choices on my part, I was not overwhelmed by my first experience at Dunn’s Famous so I promised myself I would return and try more of the menu items. Yesterday was the day.

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Deep Fried Pickles

We started with a $5 order of fried pickles. Dill pickles, battered and deep fried. I’ve had deep fried pickles before and been quite pleased with them, but these…awesome. Small pickles cut into wedges before being battered and fried. Love them.

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Dunn’s Egg Rolls

We also had an order of Dunn’s Egg Rolls for $6. There are three egg rolls per order; someone snuck one out of the dish before the camera could eat.

Filled with chopped smoked meat, their signature coleslaw (which was very much to our parties liking!), a little ginger and cilantro, the egg rolls were a hit with our party. Big enough to be a good starter item on their own, I would definitely order the egg rolls again.

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Dunn’s Poutine

In the name of journalistic integrity, I felt compelled to also order a poutine. The Dunn’s Poutine for $13 comes with barbecue gravy and chopped smoked meat. And of course, cheese curds.

The kitchen staff at Dunn’s Famous are not shy about adding the chopped smoked meat to the poutine. I really enjoyed the poutine but not everyone in our group thought the gravy was as good as I did. I would definitely order it again.

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Reuben Sandwich

For mains, I had what the menu says is “The Best Reuben in the City”. I added a $3 side of onion rings – for your benefit. So was it the best Reuben in the City?

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The Best Reuben in the City

Well, it is definitely the best Reuben I have ever had in this city. The only other one I had that was remotely close to the goodness of this one was from the Butcher and Bollocks, another downtown location. I have heard that there is a good one at the Nosherie – there’s another good reason for me to go back downtown.

The Reuben is a triple-decker sandwich on very dark rye bread with great tasting sauerkraut, swiss cheese and a healthy drizzle of Thousand Island dressing.

Oooey-gooey goodness. Loved it. And I took half of it home.

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Dunn’s Double Down

One of my lunch dates chooses to eat gluten free so the $14 Dunn’s Double Down was a perfect choice. A similar stack of smoked meat, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese sandwiched between two potato latkes.

Although my picture does not do it justice, this was another lunch hit. And we really loved the coleslaw.

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Roast Beef Sandwich

My other lunch mate had the Coffee Brined Roast Beef sandwich which comes on a ciabatta. There is also lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese with horse radish aioli. Honestly, the roast beef in the sandwich was (dare I say it?) better than the roast beef my mom makes. Full of coffee flavour and ultra tender.

So the bottom line? Dunn’s Famous is awesome. Basically everything we ordered was great to awesome. I will definitely return to Dunn’s Famous and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Dunn’s Famous is located at 827 Seymour Street in Vancouver.



Dunn’s Famous Smoked Meats

Today I was on another of my forays into downtown Vancouver and I took the opportunity to hike up Seymour Street to visit a place I have long been interested in – Dunn’s Famous.

According to their website, Dunn’s has been serving smoked meat sandwiches since 1927. I have to say, they are damned good at making a smoked meat sandwich!

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Smoked Meat Sandwich

Any of my complaints are a direct result of my choices – definitely not the responsibility of Dunn’s.

I wanted to try their smoked meat sandwich AND their poutine. So, I chose a smoked sandwich with 4 ounces of their “medium”  cut of smoked meat.

I could have ordered a 6 or even an 8 ounce serving of smoked meat, in fact when I return I will order an 8 ounce serving.

The “medium” part of my order is part of their menu – you can choose

  • Lean which equals healthy
  • Medium for juicy
  • Fat for very juicy

To get maximum flavour without it being too fatty, I chose medium. I chose the cut wisely. It was juicy enough to please me but not too fatty or dripping. It was awesome. Just not enough of it – my fault.

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To try their poutine I had an “add-on” poutine for $4. It was good. (I still think that Spud Shack makes the BEST poutine). Dunn’s makes the gravy in house from roasted beef bones and they use their barbecue spice mix to give it a kick. Again, when I return I will have a full order of Dunn’s Famous poutine with chopped smoked meat to improve that experience.

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Dunn’s Famous

Bottom line, I will return to Dunn’s to try more of the menu. Dunn’s Famous is located at 827 Seymour Street in Vancouver.

Dunn’s Famous Restaurant – Reboot

Yesterday, Dunn’s Famous Restaurant held a media event where they introduced their renewed menu to a selection of food bloggers and other media-types.

Although I was unable to attend the event, I did manage to follow along on Instagram and I was impressed with the look of the updated menu and look of the restaurant. I will be visiting Dunn’s Famous in the coming days at which point I will add my thoughts and opinions of how their new menu items taste.

I can also say that there is a rumour going around the foodie circles that this Friday – two days from now – Dunn’s Famous will be offering a selection of their sandwiches at the throwback price of $4 each.

Dunn’s Famous Restaurant is located at 827 Seymour Street in Vancouver. You can call them at 604-682-8938 or visit their website to book a table.

Anny’s Smoked Meat and Poutine

I always love it when worlds collide, especially in relation to my food blogging. And that is exactly what happened at lunch today.

Poutine and Smoked Meat
Poutine and Smoked Meat

I had a meeting with a client scheduled for today in New Westminster, I needed a photo of poutine for my weekly Gastropost competition and I had a hankering for a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. All of this came together quite perfectly at Anny’s in uptown New Westminster.

I ordered the half size Montreal smoked meat sandwich and it comes with a side of fries. I had them do the upgrade and change the fries into a side of poutine.

The poutine was excellent. The gravy was rich and had a very strong beefy flavour with big chunks of cheddar cheese curds. The molten hot gravy was poured over top of the fries and curds and melted the cheese into incredible squeaky hot morsels of deliciousness.


The fries themselves were good, not great. My gold standard for fries is set by the Spud Shack folks who are located in the New Westminster Skytrain station. Anny’s fries, as I said we’re good, but not great.

The smoked meat sandwich was also very good. I love seeing heroic pieces of bread that are able to contain the mounds of meaty goodness. Anny’s rye bread, with smear of mustard, is soft to the bite but also up to the task of containing the moist pile of very tender and perfectly seasoned smoked meat.

I did order the half size sandwich and I have to admit I was a little disappointed with its size when I first saw it. I expected more sandwich for $8. However, by the time I was done eating my sandwich, the two wedges of dill pickles, and the poutine, I was more than full. The smoked meat and poutine combination is a very good lunch value even after paying to have the fries upgraded to a poutine.

I will definitely be returning to Annie’s for a lunch if the opportunity arises again. Good value, good food, and poutine. How does it get any better than that?