I have seen and heard of this cafe by day, burger and beer spot by night restaurant, so was excited to drop by today. My guest was here to visit a relative working within, and I was along for the ride.
First of all, I was impressed by the clever utility of the space. Their There is the cafe from 9-3pm. And Hundy, the dinner spot from 3-9pm. All to maximize the hours of operation with two different dining options, as well as a store to shop from. The latter includes the sales of wine, beer, spirits and mixes; on top of cards, incense and other knick knacks that are giftable. Father’s Day is the next shopping occasion and it looked like their assortment catered to that.
I could have spent my time further indoors, sitting in the dark carved out dining areas, lit with fun neon lights, and an old school arcade game, no longer in service. But instead we choose to take advantage of their new road side patio, which is a sign of the times.
The menu is small and concise with limited sides and no add ons. Making it easy enough to order three out of the five burgers, instead of fries or poutine. We made the right decision.
But first drinks. My guest went a different way with the very herbaceous gose from Six Acres, on tap. I tried the house lager, aptly named the Hundy lager. Fun fact, it is poured out of a neon pink beer handle that was cast out of the owners very own fist. As for how it tastes: a smooth easy chugger, great for seconds, and to pair with their most flavourful burgers.
Between a cheeseburger and one with bacon, always get the one with bacon I say. The bacon cheese burger included bacon, cheese, pickles, lettuce, and their Hundy sauce. It was simple, but done so right. An assortment you’d expect and a flavour you’d crave for when you immediately think bacon cheeseburger. It checked off all the boxes and was my favourite of the three we had, even despite it being on the greasy side, with plenty of oily sauce pooling. Thankfully it was served in an easy to eat out of brown paper pocket, over a tray to catch anything that falls.
The fried chicken sandwich was a large piece of buttermilk fried chicken with lettuce and a jalapeño aioli. We both likened it to a “McChicken” done right. One with quality ingredients and flavours that elevate the burger. I liked the flavour of the sauce and the ratio of lettuce and chicken to sweeter bun. Though the chicken is good enough to stand on its own, and I almost preferred it that way.
For something more spicy and flavourful with your beer, go for the Nashville style hot chicken. A heavily coated saucy piece of fried chicken, drizzled with a cooling buttermilk ranch, and finished off with pickled zucchini. I heard pickles and I was sold. It is on the spicer side, immediate in impact, but not overwhelming. Thankfully the sauce and the pickle helped to balance and have you going back for more. Worth noting is how different the two chicken sandwiches are, and how both are worth trying.
And for dessert, if you are lucky, you can snag one of the in house made doughnuts from There Their; if they have any leftovers from the morning’s rush. From what I have heard that isn’t common, but we lucked out today during our Tuesday 5pm dinner. We snagged one of each of the only two doughnuts left available, and shared.
The mochi donut is like a regular crueller on the outside, but inside it is squishy and chewy thanks to mochi flour. Worth mentioning is this isn’t like the ring of balls mochi doughnuts that you may have seen previously. I prefer the texture of this one over that.
Our second doughnut was a cruller, the breakfast pancake cruller with a maple bacon flavoured “butter square”. I absolutely loved the aesthetic to this. It simulated stacked pancakes, but with a soft cakey meets crispy combination. The only down side was having to ration and spread out the butter square, to evenly distribute it across the doughnut’s surface. Although both my host and I agreed that the doughnut was sweet enough and didn’t really need it.
And before you leave, make sure you grab a couple of hot beverages to go, because the cups are cute and worth collecting.
In short I liked everything. I enjoyed the novelty and even more the taste of everything. Must visit.
2042 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M9