Dunn’s Famous has been around since 1927 and they know smoked meat. Originally founded in Montreal, Vancouver is now lucky to have the only Dunn’s location outside of Quebec. Dunn’s Famous BC is located on Seymour street between Robson and Smithe and is open at 11am daily.
Poutine and Smoked Meat
The menu includes soups, salads, hot dogs and burgers but you should really go to Dunn’s for the sandwiches and the poutine. The multiple poutine options are made with hand cut Kennebec French fries and fresh cheese curds. We did not try it but the Dunn’s version with cheese curds, Dunn’s special gravy & chopped Montréal smoked meat sounded yummy. There is also a vegetarian option.
The sandwiches are served al a carte or with french fries, coleslaw and a kosher pickle. Sandwiches are served with mustard and available lean, medium or fat. Fries can be substituted for house salad or feature soup (no charge), Caesar salad (99¢), onion rings or seafood chowder ($1.99) or poutine Quebecoise ($3.50).
The Famous Dunn’s Reuben ($14.99) has Montréal smoked meat double stacked on dark rye with sauerkraut & melted Swiss cheese. This is the lean meat which was delicious with lots of pepper and no fat. The sandwich was double stacked with a third piece of bread in the middle which was unnecessary (and we would order it without next time). The coleslaw and pickle were flavorful and very good. The onion rings were just OK and we would likely not try them again. The Montreal smoked meat was the star and was among the best we’ve had, as expected.
The Dunn’s Grilled Cheese ($9.99) was off the specials menu. This sandwich had medium fat Montreal smoked meat topped with cheddar and swiss cheeses and was grilled perfectly. It was delicious and the fries were a hit. The hand cut Kennebec potatoes make fries like New York Fries, another favourite.
The space is quite large inside and was not busy at noon on a Saturday. Given its location, a bit off Robson, we were surprised that it was not full. Once it is better known it will likely be hard to get a seat.
There is no outdoor patio but floor to ceiling windows make the interior light and there are several tables by the windows.
The menu is full of pictures that have been very well shot, making everything look terrific. It was hard to make a choice but since this makes a perfect stop on the way to BC Place we will be stopping in on the way to some Lions games this summer.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years.