Burger Burger – Bacon Cheeseburger Special

The Food

Burger Burger - Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon Cheeseburger
Special – Bacon Cheeseburger, hand-cut french fries, and a drink.
Price: $5.65

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

Having driven by Burger Burger for a number of years it was just one of those places that I just never had the chance to stop at. One sunny day I found my self driving into New Westminster after leaving work early and decided to give it a try.

The decor of the place reminds me of a 1970’s Chinese Restaurant, pretty outdated, a little worn, and simple (salt & pepper shakers on table, along with napkins, plastic ketchup & mustard bottles). However, this was not a turn-off, in fact it brought back a lot of memories and was a nice change of pace from all the cookie cutter fast food joints out there.

After looking at their menu I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted, when the lady (who I presume is the owner along with her husband) recommended the special to me, a bacon cheeseburger, fresh cut fries, and a can of pop. I’ll take it!

The burger had a fresh, thin patty with a good “meaty” flavor, the burger came with thousand island dressing on the bun and a choice of toppings, however I chose only lettuce. The meat patty was actually wider than the bun and the outside had a nice crispy texture as it was cooked on a flat top, just like in the good ol’ days.

The cheese was a single slice of american cheese. Obviously not the best quality, but what can you expect for this price? Because the patty was thin, you could actually taste the cheese on each bite, which was a nice little surprise.

The special also came with excellent fresh hand-cut french fries. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and served very hot. For the drink, I chose a can of iced tea. I also ordered gravy on the side, which tasted good, but was a little runny for dipping the fries.

Overall, a great meal for a great price. I can’t wait to drive by again so I can try some other items on their menu!

Reviewers

B –  Bacon Cheeseburger Special

Burger Burger
340 6th St., New Westminster, BC, V3L 3B1
Tel: (604) 525-4229

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Pie – Mac and Cheese w/Peas Pie, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cream Pie

The Food

Mac and Cheese Pie

Mac and Cheese w/Peas Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coconut Cream and Key Lime

Key Lime Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coconut Cream Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

The same weekend that found me in Tacoma also had me exploring the Fremont area of Seattle. I spotted the signage for Pie on my way to the Fremont Sunday Market and I knew this would be my lunch destination. After exploring the wares at the market and successfully avoiding spoiling my lunch plans with tempting food cart food, I arrived at Pie. Their menu spanned all kinds of comfort foods in pie form.  Chicken pot pie, broccoli and cheese pie, peppered steak pie, English meat pie and mac and cheese with peas.  Craving mac and cheese from the day before, my choice was a no brainer. The warm pie was plucked from the warming cabinet and I was soon settled in for lunch. My first impression was that it was too cute to eat. Nicely browned pastry with a browned crumbled top. I cut the pie in half. It was full of cheesy noodles dotted with peas. The crust was flaky and not too over bearing.  The mac and cheese was moist but not runny and had a good full cheese taste.  It was a fabulous lunch on a very cold but sunny day.

They also have sweet pies and I could not leave without buying a couple to go. I picked a couple of our favorites, Key Lime and Coconut Cream to share with B. They survived the trip back to Vancouver and after the first bite of the coconut cream I wished I had bought even more. This was the creamiest, most “coconutiest” coconut cream pie we have ever had. The key lime was also great with a smooth tart finish. Pie is now definitely on our list for future Seattle dessert stops!

Reviewers

M –  Mac and Cheese, Key Lime, Coconut Cream

B – Key Lime, Coconut Cream

Pie
3515 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: 206.436.8590 http://sweetandsavorypie.com/
 

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Embers BBQ House – Beef Dip and Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Food

Embers BBQ - Beef Dip

Beef Dip – Thick cut oven braised beef with onions and cheese served with an au jus dip  Price: $9.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Embers BBQ - Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwich – slow roasted pulled pork with red onions and their own coleslaw and homemade BBQ sauce.  Price: $8.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Embers BBQ House has been on our radar for quite a while but we haven’t had a reason to be out in the Mission area. Finally a Saturday rolled around without any plans and we headed east for a drive along Lougheed highway. Embers is tucked behind the main street in Mission. If you weren’t looking for it you probably wouldn’t know it was there. Heck, we were looking for it and we had trouble finding it. Even our GPS took us in the wrong direction along Logan!

We arrived around lunch time so the menu was limited to mostly sandwiches and wraps as the meat plates are only available after 5pm. We ordered the pulled pork sandwich with fries and the beef dip with caesar salad. As we were waiting for our meals, we watched the cook staff in the open kitchen pull large pieces of meat from the ovens. When you are hungry, this sort of show can make you down right famished!

A couple of years ago we attended the Canadian BBQ Championships up at Whistler (if you haven’t gone before it is a must for the BBQ fan!). While sampling the beef brisket from all the different BBQ teams, there was one that really stood out to me. It was a team from Calgary Alberta and what made their brisket a little different was their rub. It wasn’t the traditional paprika based rub that most teams put on their BBQ. Paprika was in it but there was something more, something different. It tasted more Mexican. Yup, their rub had all the tell tale signs of the seasons you would taste in a taco. Cumin, coriander, etc. It wasn’t exactly taco seasoning though, it was a highly calculated mixture of a traditional BBQ rub and Mexican flavours, and it really stood out.

Where am I going with this? Well, the pulled pork sandwich that I had at Embers BBQ House had a very similar flavour. This time however it seemed like it was coming from their BBQ sauce and not the rub, although it may have been both. Not having anything else in this meal with BBQ sauce, it was hard to tell if that is where it was in fact coming from. But where ever it came from, I liked it. I liked it a lot. It is a unique BBQ flavour profile I have only tasted once before and I want more of it. Once the weather gets a little nicer it will be one of my goals to recreate this unique flavour within my own rub.

As far as the french fries go? Well, it really depends on what kind of fry you like. I really enjoyed these, although I know there will be a lot of people who will not. They are full of french fry flavour but kind of on the limp side. The easiest way for me to describe their fries is to compare them to the fries at the classic Dick’s Drive-ins in the Seattle area. These are exactly the same in taste and texture, the only difference is the fries at Embers were a little thicker cut. Dick’s Drive-in fries are infamous in the Seattle area, most people absolutely love them or hate them, and I can see Ember’s fries being the same.

Not surprisingly, the other meal was once again a beef dip sandwich. The meat was juicy and stacked high on the fresh bun.  The cheese was well melted, the onions were carmelized well, and the au jus was dark and full of flavour. Just a really great beef dip sandwich. The only disappointment was the caesar salad’s size. The salad itself was perfectly dressed and had good flavor. There just wasn’t that much of it (three or four bites) especially compared to the heaping mound of fries that came with the pulled pork sandwich.

We wish this place was a little closer to home. We have yet to be able to get out there for dinner as they are closed at 8pm every night and are not open on Sundays or Mondays. If you happen to be out in the valley, Embers is a must stop for good BBQ.

 

Reviewers

M – Beef Dip
B –  Pulled pork sandwich

 

Embers BBQ House
#107-32559 Logan Ave,  Mission BC
Tel: (604) 826-1191
http://www.embersbbqhouse.com
 

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