Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Have Been Alerted to a Deal!

Aura at Laurel Point Inn is doing a one time only special this Sunday: Point Burger and Beer for $16 (that's normally the price for a burger solo). Good time to get acquainted with one of my faves (if you haven't already). 11:30-4pm is your window. If anyone is aware of any other killer Dine Around/Olympic burger deals... let me know.

Monday, February 22, 2010

John's Place | 723 Pandora Avenue | 250.389.0711 |

Beef Burger
(add $1.35 for cheese)

I'll make this one quick, cause this burger really isn't worth the time. We'll start with the positive: the bun is toasted to perfection. Once you get past the bun, however, things start sliding downhill.

About halfway through this lunch hour nosh, Auggie turned to me and asked for my thoughts. "How is it?" he queried. "Meh," was my reply. "Applebee's?" he asked? "Yep," I answered back. The Applebee's correlation applies mainly to the charbroiled patty in this unit. The beef used is obviously of lower quality (i.e. what you may find at an Applebee's or Denny's) and not enough is done to hide it.

The first bite of the fried onions hints at an uplifting sweetness, but subsequent nibbles reveal a faint mushiness. The "secret sauce" is about as secretive as a dead goat is a good date to a wedding: that is to say not at all. Think every special mayo you have ever encountered in a pub or family restaurant; not bad, but not able to save lacklustre beef. Finally the frisbee sized leaf of lettuce takes on the aura of an unwashed tea towel as it quickly soaks up grease. Much like the burger itself—this garnish is utterly superfluous.

VERDICT: John's is an extremely popular restaurant, and not without reason... but I bet no one's ever mentioned their burger to you right? Yah, there's a reason for that.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Nexus on Vic's

I remember reading this review of the Vic's Steakhouse Burger when it was originally published back in December, but for some reason I didn't think to mention it.

Nexus was my old stomping grounds (you'll notice me in the commercial on the sidebar of their website) and Ed is a sometimes contributor to the burger and buffet blogs.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fernwood Inn | 1320 Gladstone Avenue | 250.412.2001 |

Fernwood Burger
(add $3 for Applewood Cheddar and Double Smoked Bacon)

Apologies for this horrible cellphone pic.

It's nice to see such great strides have been taken since the last time I had a burger here. Two years ago the offering was completely banal; the riling nature of its boorish blahness only upstaged by the hideous beer prices at the time. Now I am happy to say, despite a few issues, this is a pretty pleasant burger.

The largest faux-pas in this package is a common one—bun:burger ratio. Though the ciabatta has the sort of pillowy nature I love, there is just too much of it. The thick, boxy bun casts a shadow over a tasty flame-grilled patty that is thankfully devoid of the kitchen-sink style spicing kitschery which is all-too common in other yuppie-friendly pubs.

The double-smoked bacon is not as bold in flavour as I expected, but is not necessarily slouchy either. It may have done more for this unit to have the bacon resting on top of cheese, as opposed to underneath (blending in with its smoky neighbour)—but texturally, the choice made by Fernwood Inn is a good one.

The smoked paprika aioli lends the unit a flavour almost akin to the Buffalo Burger at Fifth Street. It blends well with the theme kicked off by the smoked cheddar and bacon, without tasting to similar to its buddies. A smaller white squishy bun and some caramelized onions might push this burger into put-it-on-a-pillar status, but it ain't so bad as is either.

VERDICT: The bun isn't quite right, but this is pretty worthwhile otherwise.