A popsicle food cart is Vancouver’s top eatery, according to Yelp

Yelp has released a list of the top places to eat in the city by ranking local, non-chain businesses based on reviews and star ratings

Image: Johnnys-Pops.com

Johnny’s Pops, a bicycle cart selling handmade “artisan” popsicles in such flavours as blueberry mojito, strawberry balsamic basil and avocado lime, is the number one place to eat in Vancouver, according to a Yelp listing of top eateries in the city released October 1.

Yelp created the list by ranking local, non-chain businesses in Vancouver based on reviews and star ratings. More weight was given to recent reviews.

Although the business is not a traditional, brick-and-mortar restaurant, the fact that it came in first place is representative of a new trend in the city toward unconventional tastes, said Yelp Vancouver community manager Ayla Collins.

“There are so many new restaurants opening up in Vancouver all the time, and it’s really exciting to see,” Collins said.

“Craft beer is booming, food trucks have exploded over the past couple of years, doughnuts and gourmet hot dogs have also gotten really big.

“It’s great to see quirky, hole-in-the wall places coming to the forefront.”

Most of the establishments that made the list were more traditional, however. In second place was Le Crocodile, a French restaurant that has existed in the city for three decades. Italian restaurant Tavola came in third spot.

The top 50 places to eat in the city, according to Yelp, are:

1. Johnny's Pops

2. Le Crocodile Restaurant

3. Tavola

4. Indian Roti Kitchen

5. Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen

6. CHAU VeggiExpress

7. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop (Downtown)

8. French Made Baking

9. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop (Fairview Slopes

10. Tandem Bike Café

11. Vij's Restaurant

12. Molli Café

13. Bella Gelateria

14. Harvest Deli

15. Oyster Express

16. Ajisai Sushi Bar

17. Number E Food

18. Alibi Room

19. Guu with Garlic

20. La Quercia

21. Pizza Carano

22. Basho Café

23. Miku

24. Saj & Co

25. Lupo

26. Fable

27. Bishop's Restaurant

28. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

29. Chambar

30. Sushi Itoga

31. The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

32. La Grotta Del Formaggio

33. Lost + Found Café

34. Kingyo

35. Pizzeria Farina

37. Meat & Bread

38. Shanti's Curries

39. Toshi Sushi

40. Finch's Tea & Coffee House

41. Cafe Medina

40. Absinthe Bistro

41. Acacia Fillo Bar

42. Musette Caffe

43. Trilussa Pizza and Pane

45 Tuc Craft Kitchen

46. L'Abattoir

47. The Fish Counter

48. Purebread

49. Sushi Hoon

50. Simba's Grill

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