10 Local Restaurants Packing Gourmet Picnics

Enjoy your favourite dishes while soaking up that vitamin D this summer

Enjoy your favourite dishes while soaking up that vitamin D this summer

Summer is finally here and since we still need to respect physical distance regulations, there’s no better time to pick up a delicious, already prepped picnic meal from your favourite restaurant. So head to the local park or beach for delicious eats in the sun.

Here are 10 ready-to-eat picnic lunches for you to try…


1. Chancho

Providing enough food to feed four, Chancho’s picnic kits offer a lineup of authentic Mexican dishes, including your choice of carnitas—Maciza (shoulder/leg), Panza (belly), Campechano (shoulder and belly) or Papas Dia (potato) or Verduras Dia (veggie), as well as sides, salsas, beans, guacamole, chips, and a Margarita or Michelada mix.
Chancho’s backyard kits range from $74 to $86; available every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; order online here or by phone and in store; guests picking up between 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Monday to Friday will receive a 20% discount


2. Ladurée

Ladurée’s picnic sets feature either a savoury butter croissant sandwich with ham and cheese, or smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber and dill; a refreshing fruit cup; and a box of three assorted macarons. Their high-quality, local ingredients are sourced from Oyama Sausage and Les Amis Du Fromage, and guests can add a variety of individual-sized cakes, pastries and drinks to add to their selection.
Ladurée picnic sets start at $23; available for in-store pick up or local delivery; order online here


3. Trattoria

Available at all three locations, (Kitsilano, Burnaby and Park Royal), The U Pik-Nik from Trattoria offers a variety of bruschettas (chickpeas, olives and tomatoes), your choice of salad, and one pasta dish of your choice from their regular menu. Two cans of White Claw or Red Truck will also be included in your selection. 
Order on DoorDash and UberEats for delivery ($35) or receive a 20% discount when picked up at the restaurant ($28)


4. The Lazy Gourmet

Serving up delicious grilled sandwiches on ciabatta (including grilled veggies with pistachio goats cheese and roast beef with caramelized onions and apple wood cheddar), The Lazy Gourmet’s lunch in the park also comes with Italian potato salad, fruit kabob, lemon square and San Pellegrino sparkling water. Wine and beer is available to purchase as extra. 
Lunch in the park $25 per person; pick up and delivery options available, order online here


5. Jules Bistro

Jules Bistro’s summer picnic basket for two includes four bread rolls, two Niçoise salads and house-made chicken liver mousse with charcuterie selections, cheese and two house-made chocolate-chili tarts with the option to add a bottle of wine to your order.
Available Tuesday to Saturday, order 24 hours in advance by email or phone here; $55, $25 for wine add-on


6. Cibo Trattoria

Available for 48-hour pre-order and pickup at the downtown restaurant, Cibo’s fully loaded kit offers enough food for four adults and comes wrapped and ready to go with grilling tips from the new head chef Jesse Zuber. In addition, you’ll receive two 10 oz AAA 38-day dry aged rib-eye steaks, prawn skewers, vegetable skewers, antipasto platter, a selection of charcuterie, Mediterranean potato salad and one loaf of house-made ciabatta bread. A feast for four indeed!
Cibo Trattoria Summer BBQ box $200; order online here or by calling the restaurant at 604-602-9570 48 hours in advance


7. Lil Bird Sandwich Co.

Perfect for picnics at the park or beach, Lil Bird Sandwich Co. offers a variety of individually packed sandwiches with a side of delicious lemon-herbed chips and house-made lemonade. The window sandwich bar is located at Kafka’s Coffee on Main Street. 
Grab & go sandwiches $10 to $13; Stop by the Main St store window or pre-order for pick-up by calling Kafka’s Coffee (604) 569-2967


8. Juke Fried Chicken

Ideal for a personal picnic, Juke Fried Chicken’s Juke Box includes two pieces of fried chicken, a quarter slab of ribs, and a choice of side between: corn chicken fritters, fries, corn on the cob with chili lime mayo and Parmesan-tempura crumble, plus more! 
Juke Box $18; Order online here


9. Dachi

Dachi has curated a box filled with their favourite local and organic suppliers to provide us with the perfect park feast. With purveyors including Two Rivers Meats, Les Amis du Fromage and Livia Bakery, each box includes fresh premium ingredients. 
Picnic boxes from $39 to $89; Order in-store or online here


10. Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

With locations throughout the Lower Mainland, Tractor offers a variety of fresh and delicious bowls, stews, sandwiches, drinks and snacks perfect for any picnic occasion. From grilled avocado and seared albacore tuna bowls to kale Caesar and curried cauliflower sides, the options are endless! 
Order online or find your local restaurant to order instore here