It’s easy enough to put together a vegan meal of Field Roast smoked apple sage sausage, French fries, and ketchup at home. Alternatively, you could go to Bestie (105 East Pender Street) in Vancouver and pay $8 to have it made for you.
Of course, this Chinatown sausage and beer parlour’s currywurst with veggie wurst isn’t the same as what you’d throw together after a long day at work. Indeed, the ketchup is curried, the fries are marginally better, and the German-inspired dish comes with a special fork (pommesgabel).
I can’t stand the name of this eatery, which also cooks up a dish of sausage and sauerkraut ($9.50). But, during my first visit, I did enjoy my overpriced meal. The tangy ketchup deserves some credit.
Started up in June, Bestie is part of a growing collection of restaurants contributing to the gentrification of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside (see also the Parker and Harvest Community Foods). In addition to Field Roast, the joint serves pig, turkey, and bison sausages.
Bestie is open Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. It operates a take-out window on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 3 a.m.