Saturday, September 24, 2011

Glo. Victoria, BC

My brain was still buzzing with latent flavour endorphins from my last glorious lamb burger at Smithy’s Oyster House in Gibson’s so I was curious how the Glo lamb burger would compare. Not so bad but not quite there, a solid burger 8/10. The tsatziki was flavourful and generously applied but in the end it hid the lamb patty flavour and I thought that perhaps the patty was also a bit too small.

Glo is a nice place, down on the water in Victoria’s gorge area. There was some talk a few years ago about Glo having one of Victoria’s better burgers. They are good, check out the burger here, but not great.

Some of my favourite Victoria burgers:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver 2011

Vancouver Magazine: The Stackhouse burger. It's on my list, stay tuned.
Check out all the other great food and drink in Vancouver here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rhubarb. Heathrow Terminal 3, London UK

Rhubarb’s beef burger

Flame grilled burger, tomato, lettuce, dill pickles and crisp lettuce on a toasted brioche bun with chunky chips

I’m a bit surprised by the quality of airport burgers, at least at Heathrow. Last year it was the Bridge, Terminal 1, this year Rhubarb, Terminal 3. To be fair my expectations are not high. I’m usually beat from travel and on an extensive layover or in this case a 6 hour delay, so a burger and fries is just the feel good food that I need and as long as they don’t totally screw things up I’m happy.

And I was happy at Rhubarb easily a 6.5-7/10. I’ve had many worst burgers at establishments claiming “great burgers”. Sure the patty was overdone but it’s most likely pre-frozen and I guess you don’t want an international e-coli incident. Everything else was good burger 101. My flight delay was made just that much easier. The Spitfire helped as well.

BTW, nice plating with the fries, if I had a restaurant here in Vancouver, I’d defiantely borrow the idea. Just saying!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Craig St. Brew Pub. Duncan BC

The Craig Street Brew Pub is next door to Just Jakes on Craig St. in Duncan. How’s that for name creativity?

Both establishments are really the same place the same owners the same kitchen. I’ve had the Craig St. Burger last Xmas, it was good. This time I thought I’d try the

RED HOT & BLEU BURGER House made beef burger, basted in spicy red hot sauce and topped with crumbled bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo

Sadly, I did not like this burger, call this burger confusing. I’ve decided that spicy red hot sauce and blue cheese belongs on chicken wings not burgers. The red sauce was to acidic for the beef, the blue cheese both lost and over powering. Yes that makes sense.

This burger is as 4/10 brown bun disaster. It certainly did not live up to the “good choice” comment from the server when he placed the burger in front of me. He has bad taste or was just kissing my ass I can’t decide.

To be fair, given the quality of the Craig St. Burger I think this is just a matter of taste and not an indication of the overall quality of the establishment. A third visit down the road may be required to get a handle on that question.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stacked Modern Diner. South Surrey, BC

 Stacked Modern Diner is an interesting place. Interesting meaning that I can’t quite  figure this place out.

A small new diner with kitschy stuff placed around almost like set decoration. It doesn’t come off as natural for me it looks staged. Is it trying to hard to be something? Does it really know what it wants to be? But that’s just me and that’s just my first impression of the place.

At least they have the right idea with the advertized fresh food concept. The deluxe 7 oz. hand made burger was good, a solid 8/10. It had great gooey mozza for the cheese which is unique and a good twist. Everything was nice everything was fresh but somehow everything just didn’t make it to the next level. The burger is far better then most places but needs some sole to take it to the next level. Stacked is new maybe they will figure who they are and the type of place they want to be and evolve into something and maybe as the restaurant evolves so will the burger. I hope they do becouse the burger is off to a good start.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Smitty's Oyster House. Gibsons. Sunshine Coast

Sure it’s seafood joint but the server assured me that the lamb burger is the best burger on the sunshine coast.

LAMB BURGER ... 6oz Organic Peace Country Lamb Patty with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Cilantro Lemongrass Dijon.

I agree. 10/10 wow.

Oyster Shells
As the Burger Blogger Boy I tend to eat more then a few average, mediocre and or crappy burgers. And there are many many out there and after awhile I almost forget why I do this. But then eureka a gem like this is placed before me. Whoever cooked this burger needs a raise. The lamb was perfect, flavourful, pink luscious. The Cilantro lemongrass dijion added some sweetness some totally off the wall-ness.

Grab the ferry to Gibson, head to Smitty’s Oyster House, sit at the bar, have some oysters but do not forget the lamb burger.