The Dirty Apron

Diana Chan February 14, 2011 Cafe, Culinary School, Four Beakers, Gastown, Specialty Shop

The Dirty Apron is many things….a cooking school, delicatessen, grocer, and a lunch/dinner hot spot. They are owned by the creators of Cafe Medina and  Chambar. They are actually located on the same block as well.

Mandu and I passed by a few weeks ago and noticed this new place. It wasn’t until today that we decided to try it out.

Walking inside, you can see there are 2 aisles of packaged products. Most of these are packaged products, so you can find canned items, pre-made pasta sauces, and specialty ingredients.

They have a variety of meats if you want to grab some for home or create your own sandwich.

They have about 5 of their grilled sandwiches on display. You can look at them and decide which one you want. Then they will grill it up for you!

They also have daily hot food such as roasted chicken, soups, rice, lentils, pasta, and stews. While you are there, you should try out some of their cheese samples. You may discover a new cheese which you will LOVE.

They have one main menu for baguettes and grilled sandwiches. They range from $7 – $9.

Mandu first wanted a sandwich but then when she saw a huge plate of lasagna ($6.99), she had to have it. First of all, this is some steller lasagna. It has lots of meat and vegetables. Perfectly cooked and had an amazing flavour. Highly recommended if you come here!

While we were there, 3 other people in the dining area had this as well. On any rainy day, this lasagna will turn your whole day around!

I ordered the prosciutto Grilled sandwich ($8.99). Inside this sandwich are figs, prosciutto, watercress, cheese, balsamic and onions.

The bread was really nice, it has inside nuts and cranberries. the outside was nicely grilled so it had a bit of a crunch to it. The balsamic and onions made this a very savory sandwich. I wish this sandwich had a but more prosciutto because at times I felt I could taste more of the figs than prosciutto. Still, the sandwich was amazing.

Oh, they also have cooking classes! Seriously, such an amazing looking set up. Who wouldn’t want to cook here?!

Words of Wisdom:

  • Free parking at Tinsel Town (Supposed to be for patrons…but it’s ok)
  • Cheap lunch
  • Specialty ingredients
  • Lots of seating

We Rate The Dirty Apron:


540 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC


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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Sarah February 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Great Blog!
    I was contemplating whether to visit Dirty Apron or not, and this post confirmed my decision to give it a try. Mmm..I love sandwiches.

    I’m curious if your friend “Mandu” is Korean? Haha, I ask because my very popular Korean nickname is Mandu as well.
    Oh, and I also go to SFU and just finishing up my last semester! Gd luck in midterm season 🙂

  2. DesignGirl February 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks! I think you will love Dirty Apron!

    Mandu means dumpling in Korean right? She got that name because her real name is very close to the spelling. But she’s not Korean at all.

    I hope you get through your midterms as well!

  3. Andy July 12, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for the tip on where to park! Hehe I detest parking downtown. 🙁

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