By Tana Kosiyabong
After hearing a CTV news reporter estimated fifty thousand visitors walking around Vancouver’s downtown core last Saturday night, I went out to experience this phenomenon firsthand. It was great to see Vancouver in such a lively vibe. Everybody seemed to enjoy the Olympic Spirit. As walking past a McDonald’s, I saw a long line of people waiting to get their burgers. I couldn’t help but wish I was able to change their minds. Not that I thought less of the McDonald’s. But chances are most visitors could get the same Big Mac or Quarter Pounder wherever they came from. If they are in the mood for burgers, why not try a great local burger joint like Vera’s Burger Shack instead?
Vera’s Burger Shack first opened its door in 1977. Back then it was just a beach concession. After thirty three years in business, they have become a successful burger chain boasting twelve locations throughout the Greater Vancouver area and still growing. Vera’s Burger Shack has won Vancouver’s Best Hamburger in the past five years.
The Gastown Vera’s Burger Shack is just a block from my place. It is located next to the famous Gassy Jack Statue. The interior brick wall contrasts well with the funky cow print pleather dining booths. As reaching the counter, I ordered my usual, the Vera Burger ($5.99) with “The Works.”
All burgers here come with “The Usual Suspect” toppings–ketchup, yellow mustard, relish, lettuce, and tomato by default. But you may opt for “The Works” toppings–ketchup, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, honey mustard, relish, mayo, Vera’s sauce, lettuce, raw onions, tomato, hot peppers, hot sauce, pickles and BBQ sauce–at no extra charge. You can also create your own custom burger from the à la carte toppings (69 cents to $1.79 per item)–fried onion, guacamole and fried egg, just to name a few.
The Vera Burger with the Works came with a foil wrap. Once served, I wasted no time to uncover this pack full of beefy goodness. From the very first bite, I felt a big bursts of bold flavors as my taste buds was rudely awakened. “The Works” was jam-packed with various condiments competing for my attention. Even then the beefy taste still shone through. The well-seasoned patty was beautifully grilled until formed a crispy outer crust. Yet it was still soft and juicy on the inside. This 6-ounce patty is fifty percent bigger than the quarter pounder. It was large enough to make me full without a side order of fries. The bun was lightly toasted on the outside. The crunchy lettuce and pickles added interesting texture to the burger. Hot peppers enhanced my appetite even more. If you’re going for “The Works” toppings, do not wear your favorite shirt or dress, or better yet, bring your own bib. With those many condiments, messy drippings are unavoidable.
The restaurant will make their burgers fresh to order. Be prepare to wait a bit longer than your typical fast food burger. But it’s definitely worth your time. So what are you waiting for? Give the Vera burger a try. You’ll sure have a great meal to write home about.
Enjoy the rest of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Thanks for visiting us:)
Vera’s Burger Shack–the Vera Burger with the Works: ©©©© 1/2
Remaining Budget: $310.11
Budget Spent: -$5.99 ($3.75+$1.75)
Budget Available: $304.12
Vera’s Burger Shack Gastown is located at 213 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (T) 604.568.5850 (Fax) 604.568.5850
For all Vera’s Burger Shack locations and phone/fax numbers, click here.
For Vera’s Burger Shack Menu, click here.
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