Alimentaria Mexicana Softly Opens Cantina and Patio on Vancouver’s Granville Island



Multifaceted Project Takes Guests on South-of-the-Border Excursion via
Authentic Mexican Favourites

Mexican-Canadian Chef and Entrepreneur Ernesto Gomez and his team of creative collaborators behind the beloved Chancho Tortilleria, Nuba and former Fayuca are taking guests on an early sensory tour of things to come at the groundbreaking new cultural-culinary experience Alimentaria Mexicana by softly opening its cantina and patio in the heart of Granville Island.

In partnership with Director/Partner Darragh McFeely and Chef/Partner Martin Vargas, Gomez’s latest undertaking occupies the expansive former Edible Canada space and offers an authentic cultural and culinary experience that proudly showcases small farmers, suppliers and artisans from south-of-the-border communities.

Now open for dine-in and patio service, the Alimentaria Mexicana soft opening menu features an array of dishes including Halloumi & Grilled Cactus, Sopes with Bone Marrow, Mushrooms Birria and Beet Ceviche as well as signature salsas and accompaniments. All menu items are intended to be enjoyed family-style and shared around the table.

“We’re excited to give our guests a sneak peek into a project that will celebrate the traditions, depth and knowledge of cooking techniques used by communities across Mexico,” says Gomez. “We’re not cutting any corners and we’re making everything in a traditional way. We can’t wait to take our guests on an immersive journey through my mother country and its rich culinary history, but in a way that’s approachable and fun.”

What comes next will be the realization of the full vision of Alimentaria, with an expanded Cantina menu, the ‘El Caminero’ take-out window, Fabrica (educational space and tortilleria producing handcrafted artisanal corn tortillas), and Mercado, featuring high-quality, locally and internationally sourced artisanal products, dry goods, textiles, pottery and more. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.

During the soft opening period, Alimentaria will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. Limited lunch and dinner reservations for the Alimentaria Mexicana cantina are are now available at with walk-ins welcomed on a first-come, first served basis. Please note the patio is available for walk-ins only.

Further details on new additions at Alimentaria Mexicana will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information or to stay up to date on all the latest developments, sign up for the newsletter at or follow @alimentariamexicana on Instagram.

ABOUT ALIMENTARIA MEXICANA | The latest project for the team behind such award-winning Vancouver restaurants as Chancho Tortilleria, Nuba and the former Fayuca, Alimentaria Mexicana is now open for dine-in and patio service and will become a multifaceted concept that features a licensed dine-in cantina and take-out window, tortilla factory, educational space and online and retail shop that offers the highest quality local and internationally sourced artisanal Mexican food products, provisions and more. Located in the heart of Granville Island, Alimentaria Mexicana is an immersive culinary and cultural experience that showcases the time-honoured techniques, traditions and products of Mexican and local artisans in an authentic way that pays homage to their origins. |

1596 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver BC V6H 3R9 | 236-521-8440

Facebook: /alimentariamexicana | Instagram: @alimentariamexicana

Media release and images provided by Allie Darwin, SMC Communications Inc.

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