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Downtown New West spot one of Yelp's top places to eat in Canada

BANH Mi BAR made it to the top 20 in the 2023 edition!

BANH Mi BAR in Downtown New West came in 17th in Yelp's 2023 list of 100 places to eat. The list, highlighting food Canada-wide, is into its eighth year/Yelp.ca

One New West restaurant is repping us on the national foodie scene—and you can find it Downtown.

BANH Mi BAR at 722 Carnarvon St. placed 17th on Yelp's top 100 places to eat in 2023. The eighth annual list is based on nominations from Yelp's user community, followed by an analysis of those submissions based on a restaurant's ratings, number of reviews, and submission volume. Yelp community managers also helped to further curate the list.

BANH Mi BAR has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, based on 127 reviews. Some reviews have described the spot as a mom-and-pop shop that offers no-fuss banh mi. Other recommendations by Yelpers include the restaurant's shrimp salad rolls and chicken wings.

The restaurant also has a reputation for selling out fast some days—many of its previous posts to its Facebook account reflect that, and some reviewers have given similar warnings.

Yelp user Eric C. calls the restaurant "a wonderful hidden gem," while also warning users that the spot tends to sell out fast/Yelp.Ca

BANH Mi BAR also offers catering and has a variety of vegan options.

The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 5pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30am to 4pm. It is closed on Sundays.

The year's Yelp list—now in its eighth year—had the most representation this year from Montreal: 19 eateries from that city made the list.

The number one place in Canada? The Northern Cafe and Grill at 1640 East Kent Ave. in Vancouver, which Yelp says is loved "for its Asian Fusion comfort food. Yelpers love the mix of traditional Asian staples, like wonton soup and spring rolls, and classic diner dishes, like French toast and steak and eggs."

The Northern Cafe and Grill has a perfect five-stars, based on 210 reviews.