Monday, March 9, 2009

Heckler's Bar and Grill—123 Gorge Road East—250-386-9207—

Big Burger
(add $1 for bacon)

Heckler's has a lot going for it. Pull tabs, chocolate bacon, a bubble hockey table that hasn't been broken by Guy and me... yep Heckler's pretty much has it all. Bubble hockey tables are few and far between in Victoria, so finding this one was a total revelation. It was like getting dragged into a cave by a hungry bear; only to find the cave walls are made of caramel, the stalagmites are Sweet Marie bars, and the bear just wanted company while he eats some spaghetti.

Ok so Heckler's isn't exactly like virtual reality Grimm's Fairy Tales, but it is a restaurant on the Gorge that isn't horse-shit—and there aren't many of those.

The Big Burger has been recommended a couple times in the comments here at the blog, and I'm pleased to say it wasn't a bad recommendation. The house made sirloin patty is well seasoned, and much more rich and flavourful than your average Victoria pub fare. The bacon is affordable and served crisp, while the bun is a chewy sesame seed kaiser. The kaiser doesn't offer a perfect bun:burger ratio; but doesn't dwarf the patty either.

The weak points here are definitely the condiments and the run of the mill vegetable toppings. Veges are fresh, but don't add a whole lot to the overall flavour of this unit. They are there because they are obliged to show up—and they don't disapoint—but they do get lost a little in the bun.

For condiments on this bad boy you get a smidgeon of mustard aioli on top, and a little bottle cough of bbq sauce on the bottom. It's a good thing this bbq sauce is used sparingly, because otherwise it would really overwhelm this package. Personally I would like to see a slightly more dynamic house mayo to go with this burger, but I can't say the mix here is necessarily hurting anything. The aioli isn't much more than regular mayo though, and without the great taste of the patty to guide it, I can picture it being a let-down.

When it all comes right down to brass tacks though; this is a good burger. The patty is unique and flavourful, and none of the other elements sabotage that. I could be quite content hanging out here on a regular basis.


Hecklers is the home of rough customers, stand-up comedy nights and a decent burger that might be priced a little high. The patty is big, thick and delicious, but there was almost no mayo! Put a little more mayo on this bad-boy and you got yourself a hearty AND flavorful burger.

I know Donald already mentioned this, but Hecklers has dome hockey: and that's amazing.

VERDICT: I know where I'm going the next time I want to play bubble hockey and laugh at horrible local comedians.


Anonymous said...

Wait...there are restuarants on Gorge Road? I can't even think of where that is located.

Anonymous said...

another good burger on the gorge is at Glo off Jutland.

dk said...

yah search through the archives and you'll find a Glo review

Fuzzburgerfucker said...

I'm so happy you guys did this site. I hate going to a place and ordering a burger, and it's not really a burger. Its a piece of shit. Now I know what's up. Burgers are my favorite food, although , like a good drug they may kill me.

Glo blows...

Anonymous said...

I think you need to revisit...

"~The Matt's Ultimate Burger Challenge ~ 25
A two-pound homemade beef patty, four slices of cheese, six slices of bacon, four slices of tomato, lettuce, sautéed mushrooms and onions on a signature bun. Served with French fries.
The Challenge is eat this burger and fries in under an hour
without sharing and it’s on the house."

Might not be worthy of a review, but I'm curious as to whether or not you burger knights can pull it off.

dk said...

If the burger isn't on a bun the size of a fuckin giant sea turtle then I might give it a go. Otherwise the Matt's Ultimate can take a hike.

Anonymous said...

The bun is actually quite thin, the thing is huge and so far only 3 of 17 have completed it. Give it a go if you think you can.

Anonymous said...

DO IT!!! I actually work there and would love to see you guys give it a try. I think the number is up to 4 now. You would love to see the number of tough guys who come in and think its a walk in the park and barely make it a quarter of the way through.
Since you guys are the burger guys- it would be totally appropriate!

Anonymous said...

oh and sea-turtle is a pretty freaking approproate description

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