In a city known for its hidden gems, visitors to Victoria, BC (on the coast of Vancouver Island) are uncovering delicious street eats – perfect for those traveling on a budget. From food carts to barbecue shacks, great food doesn’t have to mean fine dining – these tiny eateries are perfect for those traveling with kids, too.
Hernande’z, modeled after the owner’s great grandmother’s market stall in the central market of Cojutepeque, El Salvador, serves up authentic Mexican and Latin American food – they’re becoming famous for their five tacos for $5. Daidoco is another true Victoria gem; located adjacent to Victoria’s Bug Zoo in Nootka Court, this quaint Japanese deli serves up a lunch only menu of locally sourced organic Japanese fare, with items ranging from $2 – $8. They’re open from 11:00 am until all items are sold out, which usually only takes only a couple of hours. Carnivorous visitors will love Pig BBQ Joint – an authentic southern BBQ shack where it’s all about the slowly smoked meat. The menu is simple: pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked chicken sandwiches each for $6. Sides are a steal: BBQ beans, coleslaw or cornbread with thyme butter go for $1.50. And for fans of food trucks, Puerto Vallarta Amigo’s Taco Truck is a pit stop for authentic Mexican food, including beef barbacoa prepared in the traditional Mexican style, involving the slow roasting of meat over a fire.
Hernande’z – 733 Yates Street, in the office building plaza
Daidaco – 633 Courtney Street (Nootka Court), Phone: 250-388-7383
Pig – 1325 Blanshard Street, Phone: 250-590-5193
Puerto Vallarta Amigos Taco Truck – Corner of Wharf & Yates Street