Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dick's Fish & Chips, 1003B Island Highway, Campbell River, BC - - (250) 287-3336

D's Burger
5oz. Homemade beef patty, special sauce,
onion, mushroom, bacon, cheese.
$6.50 + tax


For everyone who is new to Campbell River, Dick's Fish and Chips, located on a floating dock beside Robert Osler Park, seems to be a popular spot to dine.

Perhaps its the heavy marketing that allows Dick's to be such a prominent presence on the Campbell River dining scene (which is not that great to begin with). Or could it be, that Dick's actually offers a good product?

I have not tried their Fish and Chips, so it would not be appropriate for me to say that they do not offer a good product in general. However, I can say that their burger is an underwhelming, and probably an under cared for product.



Beginning with the bun, which may have been alright had the beef patty been twice it's size, the "D" burger is a soggy and almost tasteless burger, and is something I would not expect for the price.

I'm starting to figure out why fast food companies like McDonald's and Wendy's have strong followings. There are just way too many people who run into mediocre, overpriced "home style" restaurant burgers. Plus they have to wait longer for a product that IS NOT better than fast food. My order at Dick's took about 15 minutes.



The lettuce on this burger was wilted, the tomato was soggy (I am not a fan of tomato to begin with), and the "special sauce" was one thousand island dressing.

Furthermore, the mushrooms were most likely from a can or just not drained properly, because they leaked moisture all over the cheese and gave the "D" burger a wet texture. If it were not for the mammoth bun to soak up all the moisture, this burger would have been leaking and falling apart like crazy.



Which brings me to my next point. Recently, Donald asked me if one of the burgers I tried "held up", meaning, does the burger maintain itself without dramatically falling apart. The answer for the "D" burger is no; the burger does not hold up. In fact, the bland patty crumbles as the moisture from the mushrooms leak, an ugly combination, especially if the burger is nothing special in the department of good taste.

However, I will end on a positive note by saying the bacon was close to perfect.

VERDICT: If you plan on going to Dick's Fish and Chips for a burger because a tourist guide told you too, think again. I think Dick's, is Campbell River's version of the tourist trap. You're better off going to White Spot.

83 comments:

dk said...

excellent review of what looks like a pretty slap-dash burger

it's strange how a lot of the time you really can't trust local favourites

Anonymous said...

Any credibility to your review is blown out the window by the fact you're drinking Budweiser. Ever heard of local brews? No? Well then get yourself down to McDonalds with the other sheep.

Anonymous said...

Victoria,
Fancy wasting your readers time with such a spurious load of crap. Have the decency to keep your burger reviews to hamburger establishments. Dick's burgers are crap we all know this, however his fish and chips are f%^&^%^ amazing;Dick his wife and family put a lot of love into their cod and scallops,what they achieve with batter and and special sauce is to die for.Next time review Dick's Burgers (Which are also crap)and remove your poison pen from Dick and his clans livelihood.

Sasha said...

I have crossed two oceans to take a bite of Dick's fish! This is the best place on the continent to have proper food and if a burger wasn't great - it's your problem!
What do you know about burgers!

Phil said...

I love Sasha...

Justin said...

On sundays Ben loves to play with me under the counter.

Chris P. said...

Just visited that place and had one fucking good burger with mushrooms and homemade sauce.
Much better than my big-handed wife's burgers.

Terrific! 9 out of 10!

Anonymous said...

Best burgers in Poland!!! *****

MW said...

Are you the Chris who pretends he runs a liquor store yet being a stupid cunt with no brain ?

Please contact me if this is you.
We need to talk.

Mrs. Walcheck

Phil said...

I love Chris P...

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Justin said...

Let's all give a big thanks to "Pizza Allnite" for sponsoring the new DFD forum!

Christian Pederson said...

Nick is a moron and a bitch!

Anonymous said...

word!

Anonymous said...

I'm fucking tied of mrs. P.

Pedersen said...

Has anybody seen the memory card for my camera? I think I left it on Dick's table after devouring his delectable fish sandwich with creamy horseradish tartar sauce. What a sandwich! But I'm missing all my family vacation pictures!

Pinko 2 said...

Justin please stop sucking your girlfriend's dick at the store, Sacha is getting jealous, and Andrew just can't stop dicking up all the sperm off the counter.

justin said...

sorry. sometimes when i'm bored and lonely i just have to grab the closest object and stick it in my mouth. i'm sure you remember that. it's a nervous habit.

Oleg said...

Tell me about Dick's homemade sauce !

Oleg said...

I have heard Dick's daughter makes the sauce.

svetlin said...

a little know secret about the special sauce: there are actually two. yes, one type of sauce is lovingly made by dick's daughter. it is pleasantly tangy with a hint of cayenne (9/10). the other is churned by the dick master himself. this one is fuller bodied, pale in color, and slightly salty (7/10). Together, they form a unique sensory experience. rated 9/10 points by wine speculator magazine

Oleg said...

Thank you for explanation. Did somebody tried to make the sauce at home ?

svetlin said...

all attempts to make the sauce at home have failed. the sauce of dick and his daughter is a closely guarded secret. they make it fresh each morning... and only make enough to last for that one day. nothing leaves the restaurant.

although dick makes his sauce with love; some say that it contains equal amounts of fear (possibly from the daughter) and a hint of desperate regret and self hatred, a yearning to recreate a joyous, happy-go-luck youth which never was.

Oleg said...

hey, svetlin!

come to my place and let's try to make the bloody sauce together some day!

Steven said...

This is Steven speaking

Oleg said...

I'm not interested in talking to Steven. Where is Svetlan?

svetlan said...

i have taken another pilgrimage to dick's fish and chips to try his new fish sandwich. i am currently at a starbucks in chilliwack, canada. free wifi is great... but this mocha latte is nothing compared to dick's sauce!

jewcat said...

I love licking dick's special sauce off of my fingers when I'm in the cooler!

justin said...

jewcat: come show your face! i need to make sure you haven't transplanted your consciousness into a computer.

p.s. eat my arse hoebag!

dicks fish and chips is the shit!

admin said...

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DickBurger's Admin said...

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mrs. converse said...

i think it's just delightful that i can enjoy a nice BIG JUICY burger with a side of one half bottle of chateau lyonnat at sir dick's fish and chip palace.

brad said...

i suck it

brad said...

i suck it

Finger said...

i confirm this. he sucks it so hard. i have photos.

also i would like to say that the fish and chips at this establishment are the finest in the land. the breading is to die for.

dick said...

i just wanted to thank brad for helping me make my special sauce when my daughter was on vacation. i don't think anybody knew the difference. thanks buddy!

luke said...

hey guys whats up? my dog says hi

port said...

hi luke and his dog!
tell us what burgers do you prefer!

luke said...

sometimes when i get really hungry i sink my teeth into "double D's burger". it has a bunch of the special sauce... and there is usually some left over for my dog.

Anonymous said...

McDonald's burgers are the best value in the country still. They pair well with pumpking beer!

Anonymous said...

My grandpappy always used to tell me a story about the brave but foolish russian who traveled across the siberian tundra for 40 days and 40 nights to taste dick's special sauce. Legend has it that he never made it... some say that his ghost can be seen late at night trying to thumb a ride to dick's.

james j lippenberg said...

Perhaps better than dicks burgers: finger's famous weekend cookout. Hey finger: let us know when its on!

Cut snake said...

I love dick's!

sasha said...

be aware of fire marshall!

fire marshall said...

be aware of sasha!

sasha said...

massachusetts fire marshal's photo:

http://www.mass.gov/Eeop/s/images/dfs/welcome/FireMarshal_small3.jpg

watch out folks!

Anonymous said...

by the way - fire marshal is heterosexual

Fire Marshal said...

BE ADVISED: Fire marshal WILL NOT be available to put out your fire because he is at Dick's savoring the special sauce.

Brad the troll said...

There's no better way to celebrate the new year than by chowing down on dick's glorious fish sandwich!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to Dick and his family!

Chris P said...

Dick's has an amazing waitstaff; but they still couldn't make me eat my greens.

Anonymous said...

###pedersen###

Anonymous said...

magic unicorn and mrs. pedersen are both cleaning Dick's cafe.

uncle said...

uhhhhh.....

Anonymous said...

Hi. My name is Matrima and I'm looking for job. Do you have openins for me at Dick's ?
I'm educated, hard working and
kind person. I can start next week
and would like to work from
11a.m. (1p.m.-3p.m.) with 2 hour
break to get my soup.
Thank you.

dick's admin said...

Martina:

Thank you for your interest in Dick's. We would love to have you as a new member of our team. Please be advised: Dick's has a strictly enforced no smoking policy; so you will have to find something else to do to justify disappearing for a half hour every hour.

fire marshal said...

it's all about where you stick it

John B. said...

My name is John Bradson and I am a manager of 4 USP stores and 3 liquor
stores.

Just to let everyone know.

uncle pedersen said...

wow

Anonymous said...

There is a place in Boston which serves terrific chocolates and salted peanuts!

Anonymous said...

nice floors don't really make shitty wine not shitty.

time to grow a brain.

Anonymous said...

bloody midgets

uncle admin said...

try my chardonnay! it's a little rough around the edges, but it goes down easier when you mix it with dick's sauce.

great value

wow

uncle said...

it's tuesday. wow. time to touch bottles.

uncle said...

it's friday! wow.

if anybody out there has extensive wine knowledge and can work days and is good at taking it in the arse, please post your resume on this message board.

Anonymous said...

DIIIICCCCKKKKK!!!!!!

Steven said...

RESUME

Steven Poofter
23 Oysterbay Ave
Oxford, MA
steven.1989@gmail.com


- Self motivated, long dicked
- Idiots-friendly, don't worry
- Able to handle up to 12 lb.
- Non-smoker, non-drinker, gay
- No product knowledge (give a shit?!)




Exp:

* Top Shelf
Beacon Hill, Boston, MA
(stocking nips, re-labeling
expired junk food)

* McDonald's
Don't remember the address -
it was next to some highway...
(Cleaning restrooms, cooking
burgers, sweeping and so on)

* Self employed
(blowing strangers for $)

Thank you for your time Mr. Pedersen (or should I call you Uncle?)

Steven.

Anonymous said...

love the new website layout. keep posting you poofters!

lynn p. said...

I LOVE burgers!
I grab 'em with my big hands and skull 'em till the last drop of
melted goodness!

Anonymous said...

fuck pedersen

Pedersen said...

fuck you!

John Bradson said...

sorry about opening late. please don't take away my tiny desk

Pederast said...

I think Dick's burger will go well with Botabox wine...

the lost soldier said...

dicks burgers and gin make a fine pairing. go turtles. fuck pedersen

Mr. Ped said...

I got a pack of skittles for Darias BD ! :-)

Anonymous said...

wow

Anonymous said...

Go midgets!

Pedersen said...

Matrima, stop stealing my nips. Please.

makmud said...

i'd like dick's more if they served bud light platinum

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Anonymous said...

Have you tried a daria brand burger? So juicy and zesty!!

- CAMERA - said...

matrima drinks at work

Pedersen said...

Dick's sauce looks so gooood on Daria's face!