Young and cosmopolitan, Vancouver as a city also embodies the characteristics of Vancouver as an eating destination. There are many, many restaurants within the city limits, and while there are few specialties, per se, of traditional Vancouver, there are plenty of multicultural options that aim to satisfy.
The highest density of restaurants can be found in Kitsilano, which is south of Granville Island and downtown. Food of all kinds can be found in this area, from Asian to Vegan to Mexican, all with price tags that will make you glad you left city center. Cornwall and 4th are both primary food streets in this area. You'll also find a lot of eateries in the West End, especially of the Greek (Stepho's and Taki's are staples) and Asian (Thai and Japanese in particular) persuasions, that will keep both your wallet and palate in a state of bliss. The Central Business District also has some variety, and Robson Street has some of the highest end places on the Vancouver map for those looking to impress the future or current significant other.
For those who just want a snack or a pick me up, coffee shops are everywhere. You'll see more Starbucks than breaks in the clouds on some days, but there are a few other chains that will vie for your attention (JJ Beans, Beans Around the World, Caffe Artigiano, etc.). For something local, try Mario's downtown or Trees' in Yaletown, downtown, and Gastown.
Despite hailing from elsewhere, dishes like dim sum and sushi have gained traction in Vancouver, making them both an inexpensive and frequently available dining option, particularly in the nucleus of the city. You can also find fresh and quality seafood scattered throughout various neighborhoods, although it isn't as one would suspect with such proximity to the Pacific. Still, the Blue Water Cafe and the Fish House in Stanley Park are reliable choices.
As you can see, there's plenty to eat no matter where you look; we suggest perusing our specific listings for a few places or areas that may be worth including in the trip you plan for Vancouver.