Kan Yon Restaurant and A&W: these were pretty much the only restaurants my dad brought me to for lunch as a kid. A&W was sweet because there was a big hill behind the picnic tables that me and my sister would scamper around on. No doubt these lunchtime excursions probably led me to my first full time job as an A&W employee: a job that was more about covering for autumn faced women who took smoke breaks every five goddamn minutes than it was about relieving cherished childhood memories. My memories of the Kan Yon aren't as vivid as those of A&W, but, unlike the dub, it's still sort of a special place to me.
The only thing about the Kan Yon I really remember vividly was the large, empty room you had to go through to get to the bathrooms. The place looked like an Eagles Hall, with all sorts of reminders of forgotten royals crowding the walls, and a dark, hollow feel. Nowadays the Kan Yon looks like more of a straight up diner, and is sadly missing the cartoony map of Canada paper placemats it used to have (the type with caricatures marking the capitals, like a giant pig sniffing at the CN Tower next to HOGTOWN in big letters).
Though I used to go to the Kan Yon on almost a weekly basis, this may be the first time I've ever had one of their burgers. Back in the day I was all about grilled cheese, or possibly some chow mein. I'm sure the grilled cheese here is still a primo American/white toast blend, and possibly a better option than the burger.
Highly reminiscent of White Spot, this burger package is adorned with red relish and a healthy amount of mayo. The American cheddar is melted to perfect molten status, and the patty is your standard pre-frozen fare. With its soft sesame bun and Spotesque construction; this burger can certainly claim comfort-food credentials—but don't expect to feel all American Graffiti about it. This is a relatively satisfying White Spot clone for the price though.
VERDICT: Why visit a BC Ferries cafe when you can go to the Kan Yon!