The Red Wagon: Amazing BBQ, But Why The Asian Plates?

Diana Chan December 30, 2011 BBQ, Cafe, Commercial Drive / Grandview, Four Beakers

The Red Wagon on Hastings is a neighbourhood joint that serves up delicious diner food. The interior is very retro, but their food packs some amazing flavour.

Flo and I were on Trinity Street checking out some Christmas lights and got quite hungry. I chose to take her here because it’s a bit of a dive, but it does have some pretty interesting food.

Recently, Guy Fieri of Diners Drive-ins and Dives came to film a segment on his show for the Food Network. According to the show, he ate the Pulled Pork Pancakes.

If you missed it, it should air again on Dec 31st at 4pm! I check out this blog ( to check when shows are airing.

Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10.25) is served on a portuguese bun served with coleslaw and fries…but Flo just substituted it with their soup of the day.

Soup of the Day

Flo really enjoyed the taste of the Pulled pork and it’s taste can even rival Reup BBQ’s pulled pork. Since she didn’t like coleslaw, she ordered it on the side and made me eat it. hehehe. The coleslow was good and lightly dressed.

Crispy Pork Belly Sandwich ($10.50) has pickled vegetables, jalapeno, cilantro, mayo on a baguette with a side of chips.

This sandwich was good, but it was SO OILY. The pork belly contains quite a bit of fat, so when you are eating this, it drips all over your hands and plate. To counteract this, the pickled vegetables and cilantro try to balance it out. I used about 7 napkins to soak up the excess fat. The jalapeno was quite strong too, but it made me grab a glass of water to quell the burning.

This isn’t a sandwich for everyone, the overall taste is good, but depends if you can handle the fattiness and sting of jalapenos.

The chips on the side were pretty good, but I was all oiled out when eating the pork belly sandwich. Tastes super good with vinegar!

Did you notice something in each of the photos? ASIAN PLATES!

Overall, good place for a brunch or a late night meal. I still think the best item is the Pulled Pork Burger. It’s not on the menu, but sometimes it’s a special item. You can also ask the chef to make it.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Good food
  • Anything pulled pork is amazing
  • A tad expensive depending on what you get
  • Free parking on adjacent streets
We Rate The Red Wagon: 


2296 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC


Twitter: @redwagoncafe

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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. Andy December 31, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Wow, I never noticed that the plate was so “Asian” – I guess I was too concentrated on the task at hand, aka eating. Haha.

    • DesignGirl December 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      They don’t always use the asian dishes, so perhaps you got different plates.
      Crazy how they reuse things and it just looks like it fits the restaurant

  2. Sean December 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The plates were left over from the other restaurant that was there before and the chef decided to reuse them-just like the big old coke sign on the wall

  3. Janice December 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Triple D episode for Red Wagon here if anyone missed it:

    Are you still looking for the Fresh Local Wild one? I don’t know where my friend gets these links…. have to ask him.

    • DesignGirl December 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm


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