Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Romeo's Place—1581 Hillside Avenue—250•595•0212—www.romeosplace.com

It's a new year and a new local review! This is in fact the blog's fiftieth burger review! We thank our readers, all the people who gave us rides to burger joints, guest reviewers, and anyone else who has helped the blog since our first review so long ago.

Deluxe 1/3 Pound Burger

You would not believe the amount of seniors at this place for lunch on weekdays. Apple tree is just across the street, but for some reason (maybe because there's that health at home place down the street) Romeo's was teeming with forgotten relatives today. The clientiele juxtaposed nicely with the greeter, whose concealer made her look like she'd fallen face first into a bowl of chick pea flower. Alright, so now that I've finished making fun of people in order to feel better about myself, howsabout a burger review?

This burger is the sort of toss-off menu item you'd expect from a family-style Italian restaurant. The taste of the supplier patty is somewhere between festival food cart and backyard barbeque. The condiments are minimal (mayo, relish), but the style of burger suites the minimalism. The bacon is thick and crispy (possibly the best part of the unit), but a hefty bun makes any achievements within this package hard to enjoy. As an obligatory menu item this burger is adequate, but by no means do I feel like I've sniffed out a real truffle here.

VERDICT: If a restaurant has baked spaghetti on the menu, you might as well forget everything else.

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