Monday, January 17, 2011

Willie's Bakery | 537 Johnson Street | 250.381.8414 |

All Beef Burger
(add $1 for cheese)

Lunch Only

Is there any greater victim of its own success than the hamburger? A dish so popular that every restauarant within a 10 mile radius of an American tourist is compelled to serve it. Willie's is such a restaurant. A place that seems to be serving its burger more out of compulsion rather than love of the meal.

The homemade half-pound patty is quite sawdusty, with a sweet and timid honeyesque flavour that likely comes from the onion that is mixed into it. The bun, advertised as a homemade ciabatta, tastes as if it has been sitting on the shelf for at least a day. The lettuce is fresh, but do I need the whole head? No, no not really. I don't really know what else to say. No amount of home sauce could have saved this one. Just a real sad tasting affair.

VERDICT: Stick with the pancakes.

ps. For history's sake, I suppose I should give the old ingredient list for this burger which dates back to the heady days of late 2009:

A homemade ½ lb patty with BBQ sauce, mushroom, lettuce, tomato, onion,
pickles, mustard & mayo served on a sourdough bun.


YRS said...

Flannery O'Connor once remarked: "There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

This could easily be adapted to the hamburger to address the overabundance of "sawdusty," careless examples of the dish. Because God knows, there's many a bad hamburger that could have been prevented by a good cook.

Your blog has saved me from eating many a bad or mediocre burger in this town, and for that, I thank you.

Happy new year,

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