Poutine and Banh Mi at The Rivermarket

I was in New Westminster yesterday and jumped at the opportunity to go see what the New West waterfront/Front Street looks like now that the multi-level parkade has been taken down from Begbie Street over to 6th. My first impression is WOW. So much sunshine can now pour onto Front Street.

Of course I also had to eat while I was near the foodie’s paradise we call the Rivermarket.

Banh mi and Poutine
Banh mi and Poutine

I chose two places in the market to grab snacks – first place was Freebird; a joint that does flavourful free-range, hormone-free rotisserie roasted chicken. To perfection.

I had the Banh mi – a Vietnamese style sub sandwich. The sandwich – inside the sandwich – spectacular. Loaded with roasted chicken, crisp cucumber slices, a sprig of cilantro, paper thin carrots and just enough lightly pickled jicama to add a snap to the taste buds. Lovely.

My only complaint was that the bread was not as crisp on the outside as a traditional french baguette. A minor complaint.

Bacon Poutine
Bacon Poutine

The other place I stopped to visit while in the Rivermarket was the classic burger joint, Wally’s Burgers.

Of course since I was having a sub sandwich from Freebird I didn’t need a burger so I ordered a bacon poutine. Oh my.

Ultra crisp strips of smoky bacon lay on top of the cheese curds which hid the very crispy and wonderful fries. There was enough gravy on the poutine to keep them moving but not a slopping mess.

Two wonderful eats on my quick walk through New West’s Rivermarket.