Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just Jakes. Duncan BC Canada

Downtown Duncan on a cold December night is a scene right out of Norman Rockwell, 1950's small town America. Love it.

Duncan gets a lot flack for its image as a mill town, strip mall dive. Did you know about the small old town charm? The uniqueness of the small shops and the family businesses and the hometown feeling that sadly doesn't exist in many places anymore. Maybe it’s the Christmas lights or the decorations, no matter, I am now officially full into the Christmas spirit. And if you are like me and work too much and can't even think of Christmas before say the 24th of December, head for Duncan and get into the spirit.

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Nice old town but it’s also nice to see local restaurants stepping up and setting up modern trendy eateries.

Just Jakes is the restaurant side of a brew pub experience. The place is trendy, it wouldn't be out of place in any major city.

Nice atmosphere and happily nice burgers.

I had the CRAIG STREET BURGER Topped with crispy fried onion rings, aged white cheddar, lettuce and tomato on a chipotle aioli dressed Kaiser

A solid 8/10. Great flavor from the home made patty, smokiness from the jalapeƱo sauce. The onion rings tasted good and crispy on their own but in the burger they just sort of get lost. This was the case with my last couple of burgers with onion rings. I have yet to find a burger were the onion rings stay crispy. Obviously more investigation is required. When I have issues with burgers most often than not it’s about the bun and unfortunately here it’s the same beef, a not so fresh, whole wheat Kaiser Bun. I don't know which to bitch about more the fact that the bun could have been fresher or that it was whole wheat. Regular readers of handsome burger know my thoughts on whole wheat buns. Burgers are not and should not be light, diet, fat reduced or have a whole wheat bun. What's the point?

And one other nit picky thing that applies to other establishments as well: When you serve breaded fries it just makes people think they are eating at Costco or KFC. Just saying!

But that's just me. Still a pretty good burger all and all and a really nice home brewed beer.

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